The arena groomed to perfection just ready for competition.
The entrance to the track and main arena - unusually quiet.
Credit to the Royal Agricultural Society, the main arena was in perfect condition.
Some things never change. The Breakfast Bar in the past has been a God-send for those horse competitors up most of the night lunging. This year the cattle, pig and sheep competitors have it all to themselves!
These rails are going nowhere.
Neither are these.
Usually a busy thoroughfare the stabling area blocked off to the general public.
The message was loud and clear!
Usually a hive of activity - the exercise arena and not a horse is sight.
Parade exemption anyone?
The only horse floats at the Royal - Olympic continued their tradition.
Not necessary to wear helmets this year.
Picturesque but empty.
The only horsepower on the arena were the vehicles setting up for the features - hey at least they're not playing up!
Perhaps it's time to trade the horses in and show chooks?
Thank God its not Bird Flu!
This little duck totally unfazed by the occasion.
Did you know they even have Champion Yoghurt?
The only prize cards we are going to see this year.
These horses came home with the blue felt - well the carving did anyway.
The adorable 'Captain Morgan' knows he's good and the sashes to prove it!
'Captain Morgan' posing for the camera.
Another winner and isn't he just beautiful!
Shaun the Samoyed - biding time waiting for his time in the arena. It's hard enough keeping a grey horse clean, imagine preparing Shaun!
Well known showing competitors and judges Bet Chibnall, Margaret & Elizabeth Fricker doing some serious retail therapy. Whilst it's not as much fun as riding, twins Victoria and Caitlin took advantage of the face painting.
Is that a horse I see?
At least the wash bays are being utilised.
The fodder store will be quieter this year - trolleys for the taking.
You cannot have a Royal show without fast cars - this year is no exception.
The Clydesdale stables without the Clydie's - it just doesn't look right.
An institution the 'Horseman's Bar' - has provided celebration and commiseration for many at past shows - this year not a patron in sight.
Where are all the horses gone?
The only horse power here.
The harness lockers, usually a frantic area with cleaning and shining of the never-ending harness equipment.
Dairy cattle taking some well earned time out.
You have to hand it to them; the dairy guys really know how to set up a locker!