Females flourished at the Royal Bath and West, the Society’s Southern Focus Show, under judge John North of Settle, North Yorkshire. Mr North found his champion in the winner of the shearling ewe class, TIP1701440, from Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams, Shifnal, Shropshire.
This daughter of Eglur Yukon is out of an Oldford ewe which is itself by Strathbogie U2. She was the winner of the gimmer class before going on to be female champion and subsequently overall champion under Mr North.
And his reserve female champion, a ewe lamb from the Fordwell flock of Fordwell Farm Partners then followed the gimmer through to take the reserve overall championship. This was CJF1800823, a lamb by Strathbogie Yes Sir out of an Auchencairn dam by Fairywater Samurai.
Mr North said both his females were excellent examples of the breed, with easy fleshing carcasses and style combined with correctness and breed character. “It has been a pleasure to judge here today and I commend the exhibitors on the quality of the sheep forward for today’s classes after what has been a testing winter and spring for many.”
Taking the day’s male championship was Millar’s Action Replay, a shearling tup owned jointly by Ian and Fiona Andrews of the Cattistock flock and Fordwell Farm Partners of the Fordwell flock. This son of Cowal Yorkshire Lad is out of a dam by Knap Vital Spark and has previously been breed champion at Devon County Show this season.
It was a seasoned winner at Bath and West which took the day’s reserve male championship, with this being the winner of aged tup class, Strathbogie Wembley from Georgie Helyer. This son of the 50,000gns Mullan Vivaldi is out of Razzle Dazzle daughter and won his class at Royal Bath and West last year as an aged ram and in 2016 was the highest placed shearling tup at the show.
The opening class of the day, the group of three was won by Anthony Carter, while the ram lambs saw the Tippetts and Williams team notch up another success with their lamb TIP1801858, a Deveronvale Ace of Diamonds son out of a homebred dam by Castlecairn SAS Commander.
1 –Georgina Helyer’s Strathbogie Wembley
2 – Anthony Carter’s Wollascott Yo Sushi
1 – Messrs Andrews and Fordwell Farm Partners’ Millar’s Action Replay
2 – Georgie Helyer’s Milnbank Africa
3 – Mark Blakeney’s BZZ1702875
4 – Fordwell Farm Partners’ CJF1700734
5 – Anthony Carter’s Loosebeare Amigo
1 – Messrs Tippetts and Williams’ TIP1801858
2 – Fordwell Farm Partners’ CJF1800855
3 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1800331
4 – Fordwell Farm Partners’ CJF1800852
5 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1800330
1 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1400101
2 – Annabel Hole’s KMH1500296
3 – A J Carter’s WPS1400644
4 – Lisette Smith’s PRE1600705
1 – Messrs Tippetts and Williams’ TIP1701440
2 – Fordwell Farm Partners’ CJF1700748
3 – Anthony Carter’s CAJ1700550
4 – Ian and Fiona Andrews’ AIC1700276
5 – Fordwell Farm Partners’ CJF1700747
1 – Fordwell Farm Partners’ CJF1800823
2 – Georgina Helyer’s HML1800631
3 – Messrs Tippetts and Williams’ TIP1801826
4 – Matthew Fear’s FME1800442
5 – Fordwell Farm Partners’ CJF1800829
Champion – Messrs Tippetts and Williams’ shearling ewe TIP1701440
Reserve champion – Fordwell Farm Partners ewe lamb CJF1800823
See a full gallery of photographs from the show here.