We have had an absolutely brilliant weekend down in Malvern at The Royal Three Counties Show. On Saturday, we gained the championship with our shearling ewe, Hawthorns U5 and again on Sunday, which is the National Rare Breeds Day, she was champion again. We are extremely proud of her and the rest of our team. We had 3 first places and 3 third places on Saturday and 4 first places, 1 second place and 1 third place on Sunday. Our shearling ram, Hawthorns Union Jack and U5 were selected by our judge, Russell Howell to represent our breed in the Interbreed Pairs competition were they achieved Reserve Champions in the Other Breed Section.
This posting is well overdue!!! We had a brilliant show season last year culminating in winning the Percy Wear Points Trophy, which was awarded to us at The Ryeland Flock Book Society Show & Sale at Ludlow.
It was a huge honour to win this trophy and we are extremely proud. We thought our day could not get any better but we were wrong! We then went on to achieve a breed record price of 2,000 guineas with our yearling ram Hawthorns Talisman. It was a day we will never forget, made so much better by the congratulations of our Ryeland friends.
The show season started at The Royal Welsh Spring Festival in May, our aged ram Hawthorns Phineas gained a first place in his class, our two yearling rams, Hawthorns Tuilagi and Hawthorns Talisman were 1st and 2nd in their class. Our yearling ewe Hawthorns Tara was 2nd in her class. Phineas went on to become Champion with Tuilagi in reserve. Our next stop was The Royal Three Counties, unfortunately, it clashed with our local show, The Cumberland County, but luckily our friends the Bewley family and in particular Charlotte saved the day and exhibited our sheep, gaining Champion with Hawthorns Talisman. Then onto The Great Yorkshire were Tuilagi was made champion followed by trips to The Royal Welsh, Dumfries and another championship for Phineas, gained at Anglesey County Show.
A fabulous year for the Hawthorns Flock.