Thursday 13 September 2012

Westmorland County Show

We were up before the crack of dawn today as we had to be off with our show team to the 2012 Westmorland Country Show.  It's hard work when you have animals that rely on you at home that need seeing to before you leave and you have to be at penned in for 7.30am.

It was a good two and a half hour drive but it was worth it, we took six animals and came back with 5 rosettes and a championship sash.

First into the ring was our grey girl Emery, first place, thank you very much.  Unfortunately there was no grey female championship as they were not expecting many entries, so hadn't ordered a sash, however the grey classes were very popular.  Never mind 1st place was great!

Next in was Seymour, our young black boy from Loki (half brother to Emery), black again were seeming very popular, but we were happy with the 3rd place, with judge Cathy Lloyd commenting that he was the finest in the class.

Next in the lineup was our fawn stud Barnacre Sandstorm, now this boy has presence so we had high hopes for him.  He didn't let us down, 1st place and he went on to win Fawn Male Champion too.
It's not the best photo, but I forgot the camera - well I was up at 3.45 so was bound to forget something!
After the excitement of the fawn champion it was on to what I think was the biggest class of the day, intermediate white female.  We had two in the class, and once again Neelie did us proud, 4rd place with Cathy saying was a fantastic handle she had and that her fleece was so bright she needed sunglasses.  Unfortunately her mate Angelica didn't get placed.
Our final animal in was Niveous, we were very pleased with his second place to the Supreme Champion; I'll say no more than that (as I don't want to spoil anything for someone else), but well done!
Thankfully when we got home all seems well; the ducks had gone to bed, assuming that they actually got up! The hens were long gone to bed, Mary was waiting for her tea and the goats has escaped and were walking round the yard.  They've eaten Dave's tree - hope it grows back before he comes up next.......


Rob @ Wellground said...

Congratulations Debbie, Sandstorm looks fantastic. He does look like his Daddy.

Well done Rob n Les

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Sounds like a satisfying, if long, day, congratulations.

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Congratulations....thats an excellent day out !....I bet you are early to bed tonight....Jayne

oak haven alpacas said...

Sounds like a great show!!


Unknown said...

Congratulations Debbie and Paul...great to see you both.