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Mary Smith Receives Wensleydale Sheep Outstanding Achievement Award

Mary Smith, thought to be one of only two people in the 93-year history of Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders to achieve a Great Yorkshire Show championship hat-trick with the same sheep in the same year, was honoured for her high profile success at the association’s annual meeting.

Mrs Smith received the Ruth Pedley Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the member with the most outstanding achievement in the show ring in interbreed championships across the United Kingdom.

Mary Smith receives the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Ruth Pedley Memorial Trophy from outgoing president Frank Pedley

Mary Smith receives the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Ruth Pedley Memorial Trophy from outgoing president Frank Pedley

It was presented by outgoing president Frank Pedley, who donated the highly prized trophy in memory of his late wife and renowned Wensleydale breeder, who died in 2007.

Judge Graham Steventon’s decision to award Mrs Smith the breed championship at the 2012 Great Yorkshire Show for her hogg-in-wool was a very popular one among her fellow competitors. The hogg then went on to win both the Longwool Championship and the Wool on the Hoof Championship.

Great Yorkshire Show 2012 Wensleydale Triple Champion

Great Yorkshire Show 2012 Wensleydale Triple Champion

Mary has since kept the ewe, who was sired by a tup from Ernie Sherwin’s Nosterfield flock in Bedale. She has subsequently lambed.

Mr Pedley, of Richmond, reflected on the coincidence that his late wife was the last person to win the Wensleydale triple championship in 1997. She and Mrs Smith are the only exhibitors of any breed to have achieved such a feat at the Great Yorkshire. Also interesting is the fact that both ladies, though a generation apart, were born within a mile of each other near Pateley Bridge.

A few months ago, Mrs Smith, her husband Mark and son, Daniel, sold their primarily dairy farm of several generations at Pateley Bridge and moved to Scotland when purchasing a similar, but larger holding - Carston Farm at Drongan in Ayrshire.

Mrs Smith’s pedigree as a breeder of Wensleydale sheep goes back several generations. Her grandfather Walter Threadgold established the Stainley flock in South Stainley, Ripon, in 1949. Several years later, his daughter Jean married Peter Robinson and together they established the Fellbeck flock in 1962.

Mrs Smith is their daughter and on her 21st birthday, her parents gave her a ewe, supplemented by another ewe from her aunty Maud Simpson, of Pateley Bridge. Maud, as the ewe became known, lived to a grand old age and produced some high quality stock.

The Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ annual meeting was held at the Tempest Arms, Elslack, Skipton. (Sat, May 4). The association will this year stage its 122nd annual show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart on Saturday, August 31

Wensleydale Sheep

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