We are thrilled to announce that we had a very successful day at the 2017 Malham Show, being awarded first place in each class we entered! This was the first time we have ever attended Malham Show and so we had no idea what to expect. We entered three classes: primitive rare breed ram, primitive rare breed ewe and farm crops (hay). For the primitive rare breed ram, we entered Wispa the North Ronaldsay and Boris the Boreray. For the ewe class, we entered Borerays Fulvia and Poppy. For the farm crops (hay) class, we entered two slices of hay from a bale which we produced earlier this year.
It was another lovely day for showing our lovely sheep. We didn't take as many animals as we did to Trawden because there were fewer classes. It was great to see some familiar faces and also to meet some new people in the world of rare breeds, all promoting and showcasing their own stock. There was a good turn out of rare breeds, both primitive and non-primitive and it was great for the public to see all the different types.
Because Fulvia and Wispa both won their respective classes, they went into the "Championship" and were judged against each other for the Champion and Reserve Champion rosettes. So it was Wispa versus Fulvia and Wispa clinched it because he was stood more nicely than Fulvia. As a result of this, Wispa (and Heather) were awarded the RBST Dales Group Trophy - our first ever piece of silverware. Well done Wispa and Heather!
Because Wispa was awarded Champion Primitive Sheep, he was then entered into the overall Champion class, and was up against some of the more traditional hill breeds that you see in the north of England, such as the Mule, Texel, Bluefaced Leicesters, Wensleydales, Dalesbreds etc. He looked quite amusing amongst his bigger cousins! Sadly he was no match for them in this particular class, but we are very proud of him and Heather for getting that far!
After a busy morning showing the sheep, we had our lunch and walked over to the cattle tent, where our hay was being judged, only to find we had won first prize for that too! Although we knew our hay from this year was very good, we still did not expect to win, and so we were thrilled to see the little red ticket showing first prize, along with a "Special" ticket showing that we had won a trophy for it as well! It was all very exciting.
Here are some photos from the day. You can view them all in our gallery as well.