Returned home yesterday afternoon from a very successful Royal Highland Show. There were 57 Ryelands on parade and were a credit to the breed. Mr Ifan Lloyd of South Wales had the very hard task of judging. Susan Bryden took top honours with her aged ram, Broomwell Johnny Depp and our ewe lamb, Hawthorns Poppy was Reserve. Overall we had an improved result on previous years as we had 3rd in Aged Ram Class with 2sh Bryn Caffo Lordyn, 1st in Sh Ram Class with our own Hawthorns Nadal, 2nd in Ram Lamb Class with Hawthorns Paddywack, 1st in Breeding Ewe with Hawthorns Gillean, 5th in Sh Ewe Class with Hawthorns Eleanor, 1st in Ewe Lamb Class with Poppy and 1st in Group of Three with Nadal, Eleanor and Poppy. Nadal was Reserve Male Champion and we were delighted and extremely proud to be presented with the Reivesley Plate for the Best Lamb by Colin Silver in memory of his late wife, Gillean, quite fitting as Poppy is a grand-daughter of Reivesley Tiny.
Arrived home this morning at 12.20 a.m. from The Three Counties Show, had a wonderful time. It is the home of The National Ryeland Show and we came away with 3 x 2nd places and 1 x 3rd place - absolutely delighted. It was a long way to travel but well worth it and I would recommend the trip to everyone.