The Bassett family from L to R: Charlie, Jenny, Sarah with Diesel, Guy, Jessica. 

New 2018 Show President


The President of this year’s Malvern A & P Association is Sheffield’s Guy Bassett. Guy  and his wife Jenny have run both a contracting and farming operation in the locality and because of that are well known throughout Central Canterbury.

Guy has been contract seed drilling and planting for seventeen years under the trading name Bassett Agriculture Ltd. Until recently Guy and Jenny have also leased a cropping farm, growing a variety of seed and grain crops.

The couple have three children;  Sarah (18) in her first year at Massey University, studying towards a veterinary degree, Charlie (16) in Year 12 at Christ’s College, and Jessica (14) in Year 10 at St Margaret’s College.

While the Bassett family do not have generations of history with the Malvern Show, as some past Presidents have had, Jenny explained,  A & P Associations are of immense interest to them. The family are currently members of Malvern, Canterbury, MacKenzie and Wanaka A & P Shows. This is mainly due to Jenny’s Boer goat stud, which requires family assistance when exhibiting.

Guy, who has been a past winner of the Matson & Allan Young Achiever Trophy, representing the Malvern A & P Show, has had many years of organising the Malvern & Courtenay A & P Winter Feed Competition, in conjunction with the late Hamish Reid and Ashley Seaton from the Courtenay Show.

The family has exhibited at Malvern for many years, with Sarah and Jenny both past winners of the Premier Photography Exhibit and Jessica winning the Under 18 years Baking Cup in 2015 and 2017 (aged 11 and 13).

A regular exhibitor is Diesel the beagle, who last year won the Best in Show, in the dog section.

“He will aim to defend his title this year, along with competing in the dress-up section which he good-naturedly puts up with,” Jenny laughed!

This year the committee has worked toward reinvigorating the Show with not only some new classes, but also many  new features.

“The aim of the Show is to have a family day hosted by the community for the community, for everyone, not just locals,” both Guy and Jenny stressed. “There is entertainment for children by Adam Allsorts, an animal tent, music, competitions with horses and ponies, sheep, cattle, alpacas, hens, wool, dog trialling, photography, art, produce, baking, flowers and much more. There will be craft and food stalls and machinery displays by firms and local contractors as well,” Guy and Jenny outlined.

Guy is proud to be the Malvern A & P President this year and thanks his committee for all their toil and hard work during the year, along with the judges and stewards, nor forgetting of course all the Show entrants.

Bassett Agriculture has sponsored Darfield High School’s Rural College since its inception and are thankful for its students help on Show day in a variety of sections.

“This Show is probably one of the smaller A & P Shows, but there is an enormous amount of community support,” Guy and Jenny said. “This makes the day activity-filled, action-packed and occasionally eventful. It’s a day we would encourage everyone to come along to, enjoy and take in the sights,” the pair concluded.