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Sherwin Championship Success at Skipton Wensleydale Highlight

North Yorkshire Wensleydale pedigree sheep breeder Ernie Sherwin, reserve supreme all-breeds champion at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show, continued his successful run when presenting the supreme champion at the 122st annual show and sale for the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ Association at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Aug 31)

Ernie, of The Grange, Nosterfield, Bedale, secured the Skipton title with his first prize shearling ewe and female champion, a highly regarded daughter of his home-bred Nosterfield Winalot.

2013 Skipton Wensleydale supreme champion

2013 Skipton Wensleydale supreme champion

It is a ram that has really lived up to its name, being responsible for two Great Yorkshire Wensleydale champions in 2012 and 2013 – this year in Ernie’s hands and last year for Winalot’s new owner, well-known Wensleydale breeder Mary Smith, of Carston Farm, Drongan, near Ayr,

Both went on to secure the wool on the hoof all-breeds championship, Ernie’s charge further progressing to overall reserve supreme honours and Mary’s 2012 victor also taking the Longwool Championship.

Ernie, also reserve supreme champion at last year’s Skipton show, made a clean sweep of the first, second and third prizes in the gimmer shearling class at this year’s renewal, all Winalot daughters, with his show champion selling for top price in class of 260gns (£273) to N Oakley, of Yelverton in Devon.

Further successes were achieved by Ernie. He was also responsible for the first prize and top price ram lamb, Nosterfield Flashman, by RM Loyal Monarch, sold for 250gns (£262.50) to another Devon buyer, C Stacey, of Buckfastleigh, and the second prize aged ewe, sired by Carlton Donald, which fell to the same purchaser for 200gns (£210).

Mark Elliott, of Providence Farm, Ferrensby, Knaresborough, narrowly failed in his bid to land a fourth successive Skipton supreme championship, this year having to settle for the male and reserve supreme championship with his first prize aged ram, a son of Leyburn Euro. The runner-up sold for 210gns (£220.50) to SJ Raw, of Castle Bolton, Leyburn.

Mr Elliott, who trades as JA&F Elliott, was also responsible for the first prize shearling ram, Endrigs Emblem, by Princethorpe Harry’s Bar, which progressed to secure top price in show at 300gns (£315) when joining Lanarkshire buyer Peter Elliott, of Broughton, Biggar.

Mary Smith, whose 2012 Great Yorkshire exploits earlier this year earned her the Ruth Pedley Memorial Trophy, presented annually to the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders’ member with the most outstanding achievement in the show ring in interbreed championships across the United Kingdom, was also to the fore at this year’s Skipton highlight.

She stepped forward with the first and second prize ewe lambs, both Nosterfield Winalot daughters, with the red rosette winner heading the class prices when sold for 280gns (£294).

Mary also presented the second prize and best fleshed 150gns (£157.50) ram lamb, yet again by Nosterfield Winalot, which found a new home with JP&AN Davies in Shrewsbury.

Roger Field, of Long Cottage, Ferrensby, achieved a top price class double with his second prize aged ram, Princethorpe Nice Try, by Maesafon Harry, which became another JP&AN Davies acquisition at 280gns (£294), and his first prize aged ewe, by Princethorpe Royalist, sold for 170gns (£178.50) to Lancashire breeder TA McDonald, of Samlesbury.

Show judge was Dr Graham Steventon, who runs the Princethorpe pedigree Wensleydale flock near Rugby. He described the shearling class as “tremendous” and noted: “What I particularly liked about the shearling ewe champion was its shine, quality and clean, golden fleece. The aged ram reserve champion was also very correct and had very good wool.”

Challenge prizes were awarded as follows: The Fawell Perpetual Challenge Cup for the champion sheep, The John Percival Trophy for the best female of any age, and The Fawell Silver Coffee Pot, re-presented by P Ashby, for the best ram lamb – Ernie Sherwin. The Burton Silver Teapot, re-presented by P Ashby, for the best shearling or aged ram, and the Smalley Perpetual Challenge Cup for the best ram of any age - JA & F Elliott, Ferrensby.

The John Percival Perpetual Challenge Cup for the best shearling ram bred by the exhibitor – John and Shelagh Prescott, Longhorsley, Morpeth. The Nettleton Perpetual Silver Salver for the best fleshed ram lamb, and the Outlane Perpetual Challenge Cup for the best ewe lamb – Mary Smith.

Ernie Sherwin with his 2013 Skipton Wensleydale supreme champion

Ernie Sherwin with his 2013 Skipton Wensleydale supreme champion, joined by show judge Dr Graham Steventon.

Show results:

Aged ram – 1 Mark Elliott, Ferrensby, 2 Roger Field, Ferrensby, 3 John and Shelagh Prescott, Longhorsley.

Shearling ram – 1 JA&F Elliott, 2 JN&SM Prescott, 3 Yvonne Mudd, Thistle Hill, Knareborough.

Ram lamb – 1 Ernie Sherwin, Nosterfield, 2 Mary Smith, Drongan, Ayr, 3 RA&B Orkney, Carperby, Leyburn.

Aged ewe – 1 BR Field, 2 E Sherwin.

Shearling ewe – 1, 2 & 3 E Sherwin.

Ewe lamb – l & 2 Mrs M Smith, 3 Mrs Tracy Ranger, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

The Wensleydale show and sale formed part of CCM Skipton’s annual Rare & Native Stock Breeders Auctions of rare, minority and traditional breeds of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.

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