Novice wins Small Shepherds Club Show 2014

Small Shepherds Club Show Champion 2014 Wowie Dunnings with her Southdown ewe lamb and judge Viv Miles. Photo by Paul Dunnings

Show Champion Wowie Dunnings with her Southdown ewe lamb and judge Viv Miles. (Photo: Paul Dunnings)

The Club’s 2014 Show will long be remembered as one of the best.  This was our fifth and last show at Birgitte Attley and Robin Beard’s wonderful place near Petersfield looking out over acres of open land – much of it sheep pasture - towards the Hampshire South Downs.  We’ve enjoyed great facilities there with all sheep housed under cover in case of bad weather (but it was sunny this year) adjacent to the show ring.  The day was organized superbly by Sarah Bettin with plenty of help from others in the Club.  This was Sarah’s first show – so a considerable accolade for her given the day passed without a hitch.

A warm, bright day meant that those not showing could relax in the sun and reflect on the pleasures of sheep keeping past and present.  We were blessed with four judges this year – Viv Miles being our lead judge of the main sheep classes alongside Susie Parish for Rolled Fleece and Wool on the Hoof, Brigid Kirsch for Butchers Lamb, Bob Coleman for the Novice Classes and Birgitte Attley for Young Handler.  Bob and Viv together judged the Show Championships which this year included an award for best Coloured Sheep.

More breeds were shown this year – 21 in total.  More sheep were entered than in recent years – and amongst the handlers were a number of first time entrants which is always something the Club likes to encourage.  So it was fitting that Wowie Dunnings should win the Show Championship with her Southdown sheep – this was Wowie’s first show – and she won the busy Pure or Crossbred Ewe Lamb class as well as the Novice Ewe / Ewe Lamb class.  Congratulations to Wowie. Other first time winners included Gerry McEvilly handling one of Birgitte’s sheep in the Crossbred Ewe class and Sarah Kenny who won the Novice Ram class.

The Coloured Sheep Championship was introduced to allow a greater stage for the smaller primitive and hill sheep. This was won by Alex Finch with a Badger Face ram lamb.

2015 sees us moving the show to the Cranleigh Show Ground.  It’s such a sociable day and a great opportunity for members to show their finest sheep as well as practice their showing skills so we’re all confident that the new venue will be a great success.

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