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    A highly successful Dorrigo Show Horse Challenge and Indoor Camp Draft drew competitors from all parts of the Northern Rivers and Lower New England.

    Dorrigo Plateau riders were joined by men and women from Kempsey, Macksville, Grafton, Tamworth and the Coast.
    Organisers said they were overwhelmed with the success of the two-day event and the standard of competition and horsemanship.
    Saturday events included Led and Ridden Classes for all breeds of horses, followed by the Horse Challenge.

    The Horse Challenge involves skill in riding to a set pattern, steering your horse through an obstacle course (walking over a bridge, going through a gate, over a jump, cracking a whip, just to name a few challenges) and a two-handed cutting event.

    Dorrigo Challenge winners on the day were: Junior’s: 1st Isabelle Cartmill, 2nd Brydi Fittock, 3rd Lacey Pitkin.
    Open winners were – 1st Shanlee Duckett, 2nd Heidi Gillett, 3rd Ash Barnett.

    Competitors offered votes of thanks to Laurie Darby for organising this event.

    A delicious camp oven dinner was served in a transformed Dairy Cattle Pavilion on Saturday night and enjoyed by all. Thank you to the Bar Staff.
    Sunday dawned with a buzz of excitement as competitors lined up to experience the first-ever indoor undercover camp draft in Dorrigo, sponsored by Elders Dorrigo.
    First competitor, committee member and Ebor grazier, Rob Perkins showed everyone how it was done with a blistering run and a score of 90, which was unbeaten on the day.
    Show Society President Sally Duckett, also a camp-draft enthusiast, coursed her beast fr a score of 80. Indoor camp drafting on a shortened course involves perfect timing and accurate horsemanship.

    Final results were Maiden: 1st – Rob Perkins, 2nd Steven Grace, 3rd Scott Beaumont. Highest cut-out prize went to Scott Beaumont.
    Open winners were 1st Elly Shipman, 2nd Rob Perkins, 3rd Casey Fahey.
    John Stanton, a veteran Campdrafter at the age of 90, from Macksville, won the cut- out prize.

    Sincere thanks were offered to camp draft Judges, Anthony Nelson and Jim Freeman.

    The Show Society acknowledged of its major sponsors of the camp draft, Elders Dorrigo, and
    All sponsors of the Horse Challenge, cattle donors, announcer, office ladies, yard workers, Judges, VRA first aid, Mike Thompson Cartage, and competitors who supported us and believed that this event could happen, and
    Special thanks to the Dorrigo Show Catering Committee for keeping everyone fed.
    A very enjoyable weekend was had by all.

    Maiden Winners

    Maiden Camp draft winners 2022Maiden Winners, L to R, Lachlan Gay (Announcer ), Sally Duckett (Show President), Anthony Nelson (Judge), 1st Rob Perkins, 2nd Steven Grace, 3rd Scott Beaumont, Cut-out winner Scott Beaumont

    Open Winners

    Open Camp draft winners 2022Open Winners, L to R, Lachlan Gay (Announcer), 1st Elly Shipman, 2nd Rob Perkins, 3rd Casey Fahey, 4th Paul Worland, Sally Duckett (Show President), Laurie Darby (Chief Steward) Cut-out winner John Stanton, Jim Freeman (Judge)

    Third Time Successful!

    Dorrigo Show Society has launched its preparation for the first district exhibition since 2019.

    After two hard years of cancelling Dorrigo Show because of the impact of Covid 19 the 2022 show will be held on the 4th weekend in November.

    Planning will be led by an executive with some new faces in key areas: Susan Bignell has been elected treasurer; Christine Dacron has indicated she will remain as secretary until a full time replacement is found and Sally Duckett has entered her 14th year as society president.

    Sally has acknowledged the contribution of retiring treasurers, Alison and Phillip Clements.

    “The committee extended a huge thank you to Alison and Phillip who have done a sterling job during the last seven years,” Sally said.
    Susan brings extensive experience to her new position in the areas of book-keeping, allied financial management and Angus cattle breeding.
    She and her partner moved to Dorrigo last November after many years producing Angus beef and Merino wool near Copeton Dam, Inverell.
    “I ran a book-keeping business for 25 years and I am very familiar with life on the land,” Susan said.
    “I’m thrilled to be in Dorrigo and to become treasurer of the show society.”

    Vice presidents for 2022 are Bob Hawkins, Greg Tyler, and Wayne Burley and the executive committee is former Dorrigo Show Girl, Tahnee Tosh, Alexander Fraser, and Brad Schwartz.
    This year’s show theme will be “ Women in Agriculture “ and with the three senior positions on the society occupied by women it will be a traditional country show with a special focus on women on the land, not just as support people but has leaders and independent managers.
    “We are really looking forward to Dorrigo Show, 2022,” Sally said.
    “It will be hard work getting it up and going again, but we know we will get there. Bring it on!”

    The Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Agricultural Association Inc. AGM commenced at 6.30pm on 8.3.22 as scheduled, actioning Items 1 through 5: Welcome, Approval of Minutes, President’s Report, Financial Reports and Election of Patrons.

    The meeting was then adjourned and will resume at 6.30pm on Tuesday 22 March 2022 at the Church of England Hall, Kurrajong Street, Dorrigo, to consider the remaining Items, commencing with Item 6, Election of Officers of the Association.

    All positions will be considered vacant.

    Thank you to Elaine Turner the President of Wingham Show Society for alerting us to scammers who are promoting live streaming of shows. 

    We have had some shows have their Facebook page targeted by scammers, with a comment to “click a link to purchase a live feed of the event”.   

    The person pays for the feed ($15 or similar) and receives nothing. Then the Show Secretary has received messages questioning “where is my live feed I paid for.”

    We recommend you have someone monitor comments on your Facebook posts on Show Day.

    Dorrigo’s Showgirl for 2022, Jade Taylor, represented the Show Society at the Zone Finals in Wee Waa over the weekend.

    There were 14 Showgirls in the competition and Jade is to be congratulated on her outstanding presentation on the night.


    A keen supporter of the Show Society since she was a little girl, Jade is passionate about the land and rural communities and works at Nutrien Ag Solutions in Dorrigo as an Agronomist.

    Emma Bailey from Tamworth Show Society and Elizabeth Webber from Walgett Show Society were chosen to represent the Zone at the State Finals at the Royal Easter Show. Emma is a radio announcer and Production Manager at 88.9fm Tamworth and Elizabeth is a Graduate Agronomist with Cotton Grower Services in Wee Waa.

    Jade was supported by her husband Lewis, family, friends and Show supporters.


    Due to current market conditions a decision has been made by the committee not to hold the Hoof and Hook Carcass Competition this year. We would like to thank the entrants and generous sponsors for their support.

    The committee hope to run the Hoof and Hook Carcass Competition at a later date.

    Tuesday 8 March at Dorrigo Saleyards
    Entries close 25 February at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; entry fee $30/pen.

    All cattle need to be NLIS-tagged; NVD and MSA Forms must accompany cattle; all exhibitors must be MSA-accredited. Cattle do not have to be vendor bred.
    Cattle must be penned by 9am. Judging will commence at 12 noon with winners announced at approximately 1pm.
    Exhibitors will be required to pay freight to Wingham.
    Payment will be made into exhibitor’ accounts as soon as NH Foods – Wingham Beef Exports’ payment to Elders Rural Services Dorrigo has cleared.
    Any prizemoney will be added to, and freight deducted from, this payment.

    Click HERE for the entry form.

    Dorrigo professional agronomist, Jade Cochran, has been selected to represent the Plateau in the 2022 NSW Showgirl Competition.

    She will travel to Wee Waa, on February 19, for the Zone finals of the Competition.

    The next six weeks will be especially busy, and important, for Jade.

    In three weeks she will marry her fiancé, Lewis Taylor, who is moving from Armidale to Dorrigo to begin a traineeship with Elders Real Estate.

    jade Cochran dorrigo showgirlDorrigo Showgirl 2022, Jade Cochran, and her horse, Fleet.

    “I am very proud to be the Showgirl of Dorrigo and look forward to representing our great community”, Jade said today.
    “During the weekend just past I attended a deportment school in Narrabri with the other showgirls of our Zone which was a great opportunity to meet the other girls and prepare for the Zone final.  I really enjoyed it.”

    Jade is a life-time local girl from a family with a love of horses.
    She is currently working as a Graduate Agronomist at Nutrien Ag Solutions in Dorrigo after completing a Bachelor of Rural Science at The University of New England, Armidale.

    “I chose agronomy because of my passion for the land and farming,” Jade said.
    “I want to be able to give back to my community and help to improve the efficiency of the land and farming systems.”

    She still enjoys horse riding and baking in what spare time she has.

    Show Society President, Sally Duckett, says a morning tea will be held at the Never Never Mind Function Room, on Saturday, January-15 beginning at 10am.
    “We invite people to join us there to meet, acknowledge and encourage Jade as our Showgirl.
    “It will also give her an opportunity to practice her public speaking and social skills.
    “We sincerely wish Jade every success in the Zone finals next month.”

    Dorrigo Show Society has voted to maintain its policy of “Show events when there is no Show” with the re-introduction of the Dorrigo Hoof and Hook Carcase Competition.

    A revamped Hoof and Hook event will be held on March 7, 2022, at the Dorrigo Sale Yards.

    This decision is the latest in a program of Show-related public events during the last two years when Covid-19 restrictions forced the cancellation of the Plateau’s annual November Show.

    The Society already has confirmed it plans to hold its next Show in November of 2022, the first since 2019.

    Since then the Society has staged a variety of public events aimed at maintaining interest in country shows and traditions.
    The most recent, held last month, was a No-Show Open-Garden Day at the home of Society President, Sally Duckett, and husband Arnold, thanking Society members and supporters for their backing.

    The open day, which attracted more than 200 people, offered a variety of entertainment, historical displays and food.
    It included exhibits of vintage farm equipment, tools and century-old buggies and machinery, fully restored by Arnold.
    “It was a very successful, enjoyable and relaxing day for the Society to say thank you to members and sponsors” Sally said.
    “It has been more than 25 years since the last Hoof and Hook Carcase Competition and we have announced its resumption as early as possible to give interested participants adequate time to prepare their cattle.

    “Competition details will be announced as soon as possible but we envisage it will focus on pens of three, mainly young, cattle up to 300kg dressed weight.”


    Resumption of Dorrigo Hoof and Hook ONESome of the fully restored vintage farm equipment. (Image: Murray Slender)
    Resumption of Dorrigo Hoof and Hook TWOVintage horse-drawn buggies and other equipment, fully restored by Arnold Duckett (Image: Murray Slender)

    Resumption of Dorriggo Hoof and Hook THREEArnold Duckett with small portion of his collection of historical farming equipment. (Image: Murray Slender.)


    Raffle Ticket Winners announced  & Made in Dorrigo Day 11/12/21 - Christmas Cupcake Competition.

    Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to our sponsors.!

    winners 2021

    Congratulations to the following winners of our Membership draw, held at our November Committee meeting:

    • Michael Eppler - family pass to the Butterfly House
    • Hunter McGuire - family pass to Billabong Zoo
    • Reid Gibson - family pass to Billabong Zoo
    • Malcolm Taylor - family pass to Big Banana
    • Glendon Roworth - Bridgestone Nambucca voucher
    • Lorrine Gibson - family pass to Majestic Cinemas

    Thank you to all our loyal Members for renewing your membership for 2021 and we hope you enjoy your prizes.

    Thank you also to our wonderful Sponsors for being so supportive in the good and not-so-good times.

    Catch us there for delicious pumpkin products and a great raffle.

    mid dec

    A load of Aglime (32 tonnes), kindly donated by Graymont and Nutrien, will be auctioned on 15 December at the Dorrigo cattle sale.
    Freight from Attunga to the Plateau kindly donated by Sheridans Hard Rock Quarry.

    lime auction

    Save the date.  “NO-SHOW” OPEN-GARDEN DAY - SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER, 9.30am — 3.30pm

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    no show open garden


    SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER  9:30am — 3:30pm

    At ‘Tamalee’, 443 Paddys Plains Road
    2021 Members and Sponsors FREE
    Other Adults $10, Children under 18 $5

    and SO MUCH MORE.


    For further information contact
    Carolyn—0437 977 189 or Sally—6657 5241 or download the Flyer HERE


    COVID-19 Restrictions will apply - QR Code sign-in, Masks required indoors, 1.5m social distancing.

    Due to current Government restrictions, only people who can produce proof of being double vaccinated against COVID-19 are eligible to attend this event.
    The Dorrigo Show Society apologises for any distress or inconvenience this may cause.




    To all those interested –
    The Association is running a photo competition for our first calendar. Entry is free and there will be prizes for those photos selected to appear in the calendar.
    Photos can be of previous Dorrigo shows or photos taken before close of the competition (i.e. your horse, cow, flowers, patchwork etc). The higher the resolution the larger we can make the photo.
    The categories we are looking for are:

    1. Beef cattle
    2. Dairy cattle
    3. Horse ( including showjumping)
    4. Rodeo
    5. Pavilion
    6. Side show alley
    7. Entertainment
    8. Poultry
    9. Machinery
    10. Grand Parade
    11. Bikes
    12. Utes
    13. Woodchops
    14. Animal  Farm
    15. Old show times - good old Photo of the show going back to when photos were first taken of the show

    Entries must have a name and what category they are being entered. You can enter as many times as you like.
    Please email your photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post them to PO Box 153 Dorrigo NSW 2453.

    Entries close on 30 October 2021.

    With regret, the decision was made on 14 September at our Committee Meeting to cancel the Dorrigo Show for 2021. This decision was based primarily on the desire to keep our local community safe in these uncertain times.

    NEVERTHELESS, our incredible DORRIGO SHOW RAFFLE will still proceed. Our wonderful local businesses have been so generous. For just $5 per ticket:

    • 1st Prize is vouchers worth $1,000.00
    • 2nd Prize is vouchers worth $600.00, and
    • 3rd to 7th Prizes are vouchers worth varying amounts.


    All monies raised will go towards creating the most amazing Dorrigo Show in 2022. Prizes will be drawn on 27 November 2021. Tickets at $5.00 each are available now from Committee members and participating businesses.

    Thank you to all our loyal members for paying their membership fees and supporting us in these uncertain times. We have a total of 5 family passes to give away as a thank you for early membership payments. These prizes will be drawn at our
    9 November Committee Meeting:
    2 family passes to the Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie
    1 family pass to the Butterfly House at Bonville
    1 family pass to the Big Banana, and
    1 family pass for Majestic Cinemas
    Thank you for your understanding regarding this disappointing decision. We look forward to bringing you a bigger, better Dorrigo Show in 2022.

    Possible future Covid-19 restrictions have forced the cancellation of this year’s Dorrigo Show.

    The next show will be held in November 2022.

    The move to cancel this year’s show was a unanimous one taken at a meeting of the Dorrigo Show Society General Committee.

    Society President, Sally Duckett, expressed deep disappointment at the decision to cancel.
    “This was not a decision easily taken,” she said.
    “At the end of the day it was about keeping our wonderful community safe; that is our responsibility.
    “We simply do not know what the Covid situation will be two months from now.
    “We could go ahead and plan the show for November this year, with all the attendant organisation, work and expectations.
    “We could allocate vital funds, make bookings, employ staff and encourage hundreds of exhibitors only to find at show week we are in lockdown.
    “All our efforts and the preparations and work of exhibitors, not to mention supporters coming from many parts of northern NSW… all of this would be for nothing.
    “The costs would be huge and we just can’t take such a risk.
    “Instead our hopes are that in 14 months time the Covid situation might be far more stable, vaccinations above 70 or 80 per cent and we would have a degree of surety that a show could be organised and run without the fear of a last minute cancellation.
    “These are the feelings of committee members and this is why the decision to cancel had the support of every person at our meeting.
    “It is very disappointing but we believe this decision is the right one and in keeping with our responsibility for the safety of the Plateau community and all visitors.
    ” We would like to thank all sponsors for continued support and all members who have paid membership.”

    • While the 2021 show has been cancelled the popular Show Raffle will run as usual and tickets are available from committee members or local businesses for just $5 each.
      Local business houses have generously offered $1,920 worth of
      vouchers with first prize valued at $1000.


    The Greatest Show on the Plateau is Back

    It’s official, it’s on, and it will be great; the Plateau’s premier rural display, Dorrigo Show, has been confirmed for November 26 and 27.

    After being forced, reluctantly, to cancel last year’s show because of Covid-19, the 2021 exhibition has been re-organised to run over Friday and Saturday. Sunday has been set aside for dismantling the pavilion and a general clean-up.

    dorrigo show about

    The show program will include some different scheduling, new sections and the aim of providing increased action for exhibiters and patrons in a Covid safe manner. Members are now encouraged to pay their membership for 2021 which includes unlimited entry into the 109th Dorrigo Show.
    Show Society President, Sally Duckett, said after the disappointment of 2020 committee members and volunteers are strongly motivated to renewing the show spirit on the plateau and making 2021 a year to remember.

    “This year, horse sections will start on Friday at 8am and continue on Saturday, utilising three rings and the cutting arena,” Sally said.

    “Events will include the Dorrigo Show Horse Challenge, which involves numerous horse-related skills including whip cracking, a water jump, negotiating obstacles, and gates.

    “The event tests the understanding between horse and rider and it is expected a number of the participating horses will be brumbies, reclaimed from Guy Fawkes National Park and trained for a variety of roles.

    “Midday Friday will be the start of the beef cattle section with junior and school classes and on Friday night we will host the extremely popular Dorrigo Rodeo, starting at 7 p.m.

    “An hour before the rodeo we’ll welcome a new event: The Back Track Boys, from Armidale with the very popular dog high jumping, some of the best reaching heights of almost three metres, an evening meal will also be available from the Catering Committee.

    “Saturday will be jam-packed with all our favourite entertainment: traders’ lane, sideshow alley, dairy cattle and poultry judging, a full woodchop program, bush dog trials and the grand parade.

    “We have included a new event on Saturday - Off The Track Ridden Thoroughbred. Showjumping will also run Friday and Saturday.

    “Our new showground lighting will give added appeal to the very popular motor bike time trial, fireworks and ute challenge.

    “In the pavilion, there will be some changes in when entry forms and exhibits need to be submitted. This will streamline our set-up processes and allow the pavilion to be open for public viewing as early as possible on Friday.

    “Please check the Show Schedule, when it is released, for these changes.” The 2021 Show will include the theme “ Women in Agriculture “.

    Women play an important role in all aspects of Agriculture, all sections of the Show will have a special class especially for women. Updates will be featured on our new look website.

    During the past 18 months the society has sponsored a number of “one off” events to maintain interest in rural activities and competition.

    The most recent involved a livestock and working dog clinic under the instruction of Scott Amon from Barru Working Kelpies.

    The Barru dogs are the result of 70 years of careful breeding and feature a quiet, low stress approach to moving stock with trained dogs.

    This step-by-step program, last week-end, demonstrated how to educate livestock and dogs at the same time. All participants appreciated the 2 day event which featured a camp oven dinner on Saturday night.

    Cattle and sheep were utilised for this event.

    New Show Format 2021

    Running Friday and Saturday, it will be two chock-full days of fun.

    dorrigo show 2021 format
    In the Pavilion, there will be some changes in when entry forms and exhibits need to be brought in, to streamline set-up processes and allow the Pavilion to be open for public viewing as early as possible on Friday. Please check the Schedule, when it comes out, for these changes.

    Horse sections will start on Friday at 8am and continue Saturday, utilising three Rings and the Cutting Arena. Events will include Guy Fawkes Heritage Horse and the Challenge, as well as a new event on Saturday—Off The Track Ridden Thoroughbred. Showjumping will also run Friday and Saturday.

    Midday Friday will see the start of the Beef Cattle section with junior and school Classes. Friday night will see the return of the popular Rodeo. Saturday will be jam-packed with all your favourites: entertainment, traders’ lane, sideshow alley, Dairy, Poultry, Woodchop, Bush Dog Trials and the Grand Parade. With the Showground boasting new lighting, the evening will see the very popular Motor Bike Time Trial, Fireworks and Ute Challenge.

    Sunday will see the dismantling of the Pavilion and clean up.


    Fruit & Vegetable Art Competition at the 2021 Dorrigo Show

    Sections 6/7, Class 40: Fruit and Vegetable Art

    Great prize money of $300 proudly sponsored by
    Plateau Farms
    Primary School children: 1st $40, 2nd $25, 3rd $15
    High School children: 1st $50, 2nd $30, 3rd $20
    Open: 1st $60, 2nd $40, 3rd $20
    Lots of ideas are available on line.


    Great prize money proudly sponsored by
    Plateau Farms

    1st $100, 2nd $60, 3rd $40.....  Lots of ideas are available on line.


    The Dorrigo & Guy Fawkes Agricultural Association Inc. is proud to announce the launch of it's new website.  The new site is aimed at better informing you of what is happening through the Society as well as better representing our loyal sponsors.

    dorrigo show new website

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