For the 3rd year running NYMMO attended Open Farm Sunday at Stonebeck Gate Farm and I have to say this year was definitely the best so far. The sun was shining, the visitors through the gate increased and the demonstrations were running constantly.
The visitors to the main field were treated to a sheep dog demonstration whereby a sheep jumped a dry stone wall and into the farmhouse and I certainly don’t think that was in the script! Then it was the turn of John Cavana who gave an excellent insight into Gun Dog Training, he also had a little help from a couple of his very young pupils and they certainly didn’t disappoint. NYMMO is privileged to work alongside John on various events and he is a great ambassador of shooting and moorland management. 1 particular sentence of Johns stuck in my mind “A Labrador is born half trained whereas a Spaniel dies half trained”, as a Spaniel owner myself this really made me chuckle!
For anyone who hasn’t attended an Open Farm Sunday it really is well worth a visit, not only do you get to look around a real working farm, you get to go up close and personal with the animals, watch sheep shearing, speak to farmers, and enjoy lots of arts, crafts and quizzes.
We were also treated to the launch of “Shuttle Socks”, these are an absolute must have for shooting enthusiasts, designs include Grouse, Pheasant, Partridge and Woodcock. We will have these for sale at next weeks NYMMO Clay Shoot, you can also purchase from Milbury Hill, Sam Turners and Parnaby’s Saddlery shop and the great thing is that part of the proceeds from these go back into NYMMO to help us fund future projects. (So DIG DEEP – buy them for friends and family!)