Greyface Dartmoor Sheep Show Results 2013

This has been a better year for showing; only one cancelled show, Cornwood due to TB restriction on show field. Two shows, Melplash and Frome have been added to the Wessex Region. The number of exhibitors throughout the country has remained fairly constant. Some familiar names have been absent for a variety of reasons but these have been replaced by newcomers in all regions. Most successful of these have been R Gatrill and K Hands, the former winning the Novice Plate. Congratulations.

The Regional results are as follows

Devon Cup (20 exhibitors)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
A& M Martin 135 A Rickson 105 M Osborne 89 C Mortimer 80 C Nugent 65 M Thompson

Wessex Cup (10 exhibitors)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
C Nugent 110 S James 65 A Martin 38 R Gatrill 30 A Rickson 18 V Pratt 14

 Northern Cup (12 exhibitors)

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
E Dawson 77 S & J Bullock 54 E Dale 44 L Jackson 38 C Nugent 37 P Blyth 16

Wool on Hoof

This year a new trophy was presented to the DSBA for Wool on the Hoof by M G V Thompson. This year it was given to the exhibitor gaining most points in the wool on the hoof competitions at the Devon,Bath & West and Royal Cornwall Shows. All were judged by a wool board judge with rosettes to four places. Mortimer & Jordan took the Honours, Reserve was M Osborne.

There is an increasing interest from exhibitors in wool on the hoof competitions and the breed is gaining success in the interbreed competitions. This competition could be widened out but there are problems; the recording of the results, the requirement for a wool board judge, and the fact that the competition can be on a different day from the other sheep classes.

A criticism of our points competition levelled by some is that they favour exhibitors from large flocks who make multiple class entries. Council di discuss this a couple of years ago and decided to keep to the status quo. By limiting the entries to one per class or giving points to only one exhibit from an exhibitor per class might reduce the number of sheep in the line up. However, some shows do limit entries to two per exhibitor. Should we do the same?

A summary of the show results is on the web site. One thing missing is details of how the breed champion does in the interbreed competitions. There are also competitions for interbreed pairs and groups. If successful exhibitors contacted the Secretary, Christine Nugent or myself we could produce a role of Honour for the Newsletter or record wins in the Flock Book.

From personal experience this year I did witness the Dartmoor pair from Ann Rickson and Michele Osborne gain the interbreed pairs championship at the Royal Cornwall. Also at the Royal Cornwall the Breed Club Stand achieved second place in a competition for livestock display boards in the cattle, sheep and pig lines.

Malcolm Thompson Flock 432