This year’s Courtenay A & P Show President Ashley Seaton with his family - Georgia, Fergus and Anna Seaton.

2017 Show President


Ashley Seaton has a long involvement with the Show he has now become President of.

Ash explains his past and present Show involvement; “when I was young I entered pet lambs in the Courtenay A & P Show and helped Dad at working bees. I joined the committee in 2004 starting off in the sheep section marshalling the supreme ram hogget section. Then I moved on to the role of sheep convenor (2009 until 2015) when I became junior vice president. I also organise the winterfeed competition with Guy Bassett in conjunction with the Malvern A & P Association and have done since 2008”.

The road to Show Presidency is preceded by two years ‘apprenticeship’ in the position of junior and senior vice presidents. It’s accepted that these two years are needed to get a better understanding of what is happening around the rest of the Show, as up until then most future Presidents have been very focussed on their individual sections, which in Ash’s case was sheep.

Ash and his wife Anna have two children, five year old Georgia  and two and a half year old Fergus. They are expecting another addition to their family next month.

“I run the family farm with my brother Warwick and we finish lambs and bulls, as well as grow a variety of crops.

“Many of my interests have a farming background ie reversible competition ploughing and vintage tractors. I am also treasurer for the Courtenay Paparua Ploughing Association and helped organise New Zealand ploughing finals at home this year. However I do also enjoy spending time with my family and I believe country A & P Shows are a great family day out.”

“The rural Show plays an important role in the community. It brings town and country together for a day-out and it’s a wonderful a chance for friends, neighbours and acquaintances to catch up. It also gives people a chance to show their exhibits and talents to the wider community, while local businesses get a chance to display their products to a more extensive audience.

“I have many memories of the Show. I don’t think I have missed one in my lifetime. I have still got all the ribbons that I won with pet lambs in the cupboard somewhere,” Ash smiled.

The current Show committee are credited with doing a sterling job of their sections.

“We have a really good committee where everyone knows what they are doing and just get the jobs done,” Ash said.

  • Dave McConchie – Horses
  • Warwick Seaton – Sheep
  • Peter Schnell – Sites & Space
  • Sam Bryan – Cattle
  • David Stott – Produce Shed
  • Graeme Marshall – Grain and Seed
  • Graeme Bell – Poultry
  • Trevor Schnell – Vintage Machinery
  • Terry Gallagher – Treasurer
  • Sharon Kellock – Secretary
  • Jane Jenkins – Senior Vice President
  • Wendy Chamberlain – Junior Vice President. 

The skill and knowledge of this committee all contributes to an enjoyable and smooth running Show.

As always a lot of preparation goes on behind the scenes prior to Show day.

There have been working bees to finish the seating around the ring and grounds-man Stuart Begg has been busy maintaining the area so it is ship-shape for the day, including much mowing and the planting of some new trees.

“It’s been all hands on deck to get everything in place before Show day,” Ash said. “Convenors and sub-sections have to find judges marshalls and stewards for their various classes, as well as Sharon, the Show secretary, co-ordinating schedules, entries and masses of administration bits and pieces.

“At the Show this year we have lots of entertainment for the whole family from Pedalmania to wood chopping and speed shearing, plus Arion Farm Yard and lots and lots more. It’ll be a wonderful day out and if we can get the weather right too, an even better one,” Ashley concluded.