Gower Show – Ducks, Horses, Ducks & Falcons

Despite living down this way for over 10 years I’ve never ever been to a Gower Show. However, this year I headed along half expecting to spend most of the day either sat in a queue of cars or up to my knees in mud. Thankfully neither happened. Instead there was plenty of interesting displays and events to enjoy.

There was plenty of livestock – well plenty of horses to take photos of – although I opted to limit myself to just a handful. I particularly like the one below as it looks like the horse has spotted the camera and given a nice smile in response.

Horse Judging

Entertaining the crowds were the Rockwood Dog Training. They put a variety of breeds through their paces including jumping through fire, tackling bank robbers, picking coloured rags and racing against each other.

Rockwood Dog Training

Following Rockwood was a sheepdog/duck demonstration. Indian ducks are used in these demos in place of sheep and they can be quite fun to photograph. The demonstrator asked for half a dozen children to help him out – and ended up with quite a lot of kids. In between one of the dogs not being obedient, a youngster playing in one of the ducks’ tubes, an audience dog almost grabbing a duck (twice) and kids running everywhere – the demo went on without a hitch!

Ducks & Kids at Gower Show

The final demonstration of the day was by Ben Long Falconry. Surely it must be easier to capture a falcon in display than a bird of prey out in the wild? The photo below shows a blur of the falcon as it flew past the lure…

Ben Long Falconry Display

.. a bit more work needed perhaps? Or a miracle! Fortunately the falcons are a lot easier to photograph when they’re sat on the arms of their owners.

Ben Long Falconry Display

My favourite shot, however, was this one showing Fowler Showman’s Road Locomotive. I like the steam coming out of the engine whilst the guys who must spend hours lovingly looking after it continue to work oblivious to the camera.

Fowler Showman's Road Locomotive

There were a few things I didn’t get shots of – including the fabulous Salt Marsh Lamb Burger from Gower Salt Marsh Lamb and the strawberry cheesecake from The Welsh Cheesecake Company. I’m also looking forward to taking a break in one of the vans from Scampervanhire.

Gower Show Flickr Photo Set