GALLERY: Heytesbury shows its happy face

IF success is based on smiles than Saturday’s Heytesbury Show was better than ever, according to the event’s secretary Libby Van Donk.

“The whole feel of the crowd and the excitement with kids was positive. Success to me is people saying what a wonderful day they had,” Mrs Van Donk said.

Although a final tally of numbers is not yet complete, Mrs Van Donk said there were increases in several areas.

“There was a definite increase in the number of exhibitors and in the horse, cattle and the sheep (categories) there were more entries than expected,” she said. 

Photograph entries in the craft pavilion were also up on previous years.

There was a record-breaking performance in the Heytesbury dog jump, in which winner Fly achieved a personal best. 

“We’d never seen one jump that high at Heytesbury Show before. Fly by name, fly by nature,” Mrs Van Donk said.

She said the beyondblue truck pull was a crowd-pleaser, the Heytesbury Stockfeeds entry securing first place.

“It was very entertaining and there were lots of laughs.

“There are a lot of people to thank for making the show a great day.”

Johanne Drake, of Allansford, Neil Boxhall, from the Simpson Mens Shed group, and Marion Coots, of Cooriemungle, look at the toys made by the Mens Shed being sold at the Heytsbury.

Johanne Drake, of Allansford, Neil Boxhall, from the Simpson Mens Shed group, and Marion Coots, of Cooriemungle, look at the toys made by the Mens Shed being sold at the Heytsbury.

Anthony Fleming, of Carpendeit, drives a vintage Chamberlain tractor in the tractor pull event at the Heytsbury Show.

Anthony Fleming, of Carpendeit, drives a vintage Chamberlain tractor in the tractor pull event at the Heytsbury Show.

Brad Paton, of Carpendeit, drives his restored, tracked Fowler Crawler in the tractor pull event.

Brad Paton, of Carpendeit, drives his restored, tracked Fowler Crawler in the tractor pull event.

Brad Killgallon, 11 from Colac, gets a good view of the Heytsbury Show from the Scout's Westvic Abseiling Team abseiling tower.

Brad Killgallon, 11 from Colac, gets a good view of the Heytsbury Show from the Scout's Westvic Abseiling Team abseiling tower.

Bonnie Leersen, 3 of Colac, takes a drive in a UFO car at the Heytsbury Show.

Bonnie Leersen, 3 of Colac, takes a drive in a UFO car at the Heytsbury Show.

Taylor Vaughn, of Portland, shows off his bull riding style at the Heytsbury Show.

Taylor Vaughn, of Portland, shows off his bull riding style at the Heytsbury Show.

Tanner Fratantaro, 10 of Simpson, gets some air on the bungy trampoline.

Tanner Fratantaro, 10 of Simpson, gets some air on the bungy trampoline.

Annabelle Lenehan, 3 of Camperdown, with her new kitten, from the Heytsbury Show.

Annabelle Lenehan, 3 of Camperdown, with her new kitten, from the Heytsbury Show.

Robyn Sanderson, of Simpson, shows her nephew Benji Sanderson, 14 months from Scotts Creek, the miniature pony, at the Heytsbury Show.

Robyn Sanderson, of Simpson, shows her nephew Benji Sanderson, 14 months from Scotts Creek, the miniature pony, at the Heytsbury Show.

Competitors in the Open Underhand Woodchop get stuck into their blocks.

Competitors in the Open Underhand Woodchop get stuck into their blocks.

Krystal Bennett, of Colac, leads Mallawa Park La Bella to win the Champion ribbon in the Pinto 10.2-14 Hands catagory.

Krystal Bennett, of Colac, leads Mallawa Park La Bella to win the Champion ribbon in the Pinto 10.2-14 Hands catagory.

Harriet Place, 13 of Camperdown, rides Chatue Gay Gretal, ahead of the Ridden Pinto competition at the Heytsbury Show.

Harriet Place, 13 of Camperdown, rides Chatue Gay Gretal, ahead of the Ridden Pinto competition at the Heytsbury Show.

Erin Kleisterlee, of Warrnambool, relaxes with her Swiss Brown cow Miley after a rigorous day of competition.

Erin Kleisterlee, of Warrnambool, relaxes with her Swiss Brown cow Miley after a rigorous day of competition.

Lachie Joyce, 6, and Sophie Joyce, 5 both of Broadwater, relax with their Jersey cows

Lachie Joyce, 6, and Sophie Joyce, 5 both of Broadwater, relax with their Jersey cows