Southern Region News Archive
AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2013 and AGM information
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SURREY COUNTY RESULTS http://www.jacobsheepsociety.co.uk/files/Surrey County Show 2013.docx
EDENBRIDGE AND OXTED RESULTS http://www.jacobsheepsociety.co.uk/files/Edenbridge Results.docx
Edenbridge and Oxted Show, August 25th to 26th
The 2013 renewal of Edenbridge and Oxted show was very much a game of two halves with heavy rain the day before making everything a quagmire underfoot and all the sheep looking very bedraggled and miserable as they arrived (other than Linda Brown’s Coldswood flock which trotted in snugly rugged in matching livery). As if by magic the sky cleared by mid-morning on Sunday and the sun came out, drying everyone off and returning the showground to bearable mud – which was very amusing to all of us in boots as so many of the visiting crowd were seen leaping the puddles shod only in flip-flops. By the Monday it was hot and sunny and we were all down to T shirts and shorts. Despite the weather on the first day, Edenbridge lived up to its well earned reputation for a friendly holiday atmosphere and a relaxed and easy introduction to showing for new exhibitors.
A few years ago the pure Jacob classes were lost due to a drop in numbers and all the trophies were dispersed so it was gratifying to count up a total of 31 sheep in 6 classes, the Ram Lamb class being particularly strong with 12 entries with Linda Brown taking first and second place. However, the Judge Mr J. Williams of Kimbolton found his Champion in the Shearling Ewe class with Mapleleaf Jasmine, shown by Chris and Amanda Bone, repeating her success from Kent County of taking both the class and the Championship. When the Judge came to visit the exhibitors after the class we told him that he had chosen well as Jasmine had won at Kent, he looked visibly relieved at getting it right!
Lesley Pope won the Open Wool class with her Jacob fleece beating all the other breeds and Michaela Baldwin of Swan Farm YFC at Ashford showed one of Glen Dodwell’s Jacobs (Aurora) to be second in a very hotly contested Young Handler Class.
We have been looking to replace the Jacob trophies at Edenbridge and Bill Emptage came to the rescue having found a nice new cup in an antique shop so he gave it to the best novice exhibitor who has not won a first prize at the show in the Jacob classes, with the intention of encouraging newcomers to “come and have a go at showing”. After some discussion with the Stewards we had three entries(or was it four?) and it was won by a promising Ram lamb shown by Nick Van Manen.
Click on the link above for the full results.
The Kent Show, July 12th-14th
The Kent show took place on what was probably the hottest weekend end of the year. As usual we had a stand with lots of woollen goods and soap very popular, I was most surprised by the amount of folk buying their yearly supply of soap! The show its self well stocked with Jacobs, we had a full line of Jacobs in the pens. Sue Taylour was our Judge, she was entertained in the Jacob tent after judging, with wine and cake as tradition dictates! It was the first year that the young farmers were allowed to show horned sheep in their classes, they have their own ring at Kent and it’s very well supported. Sadly I missed seeing them in the ring but Larissia from Swan farm Young Farmers Got 3rd. for her Jacob ram lamb. In the turn out class. I must say a big thank you to all of you who helped on the stand over the weekend.
Linda Brown with her reserve champion ram lamb, Judge Sue Taylour and Amanda bone with her shearling ewe champion
Singleton Rare Breeds Show, July 21st 2013
Another perfect day for this show although a little warm for the sheep! Peter Bull judged the Jacob classes and it was good to see him looking so well.
Roy and Jean Digweed took the championship with a lovely shearling ewe and the reserve was Mike Reynolds with his ewe lamb.
The full list of results can be seen by clicking on the link above.
Roy Digweed with his winning shearling ewe.
Alton Show, July 7th
A lovely day for the show at Alton – the attendance was good although there were not so many there during the afternoon. Could have been something to do with Andy Murray playing the final at Wimbledon!
Unfortunately there were only 3 entrants which is disappointing as it is such a nice show and deserves support.
Stan Taylor was the judge and gave Mark Bridger the championship with his ewe and Simon Jones reserve with a ram lamb. Congratulations to both of them. The full list of results can be seen by clicking the link above.
Stan Taylor with Mark Bridger and Simon Jones - champion and reserve
Surrey County Show, May 27th
Finally the sun shone for the Surrey County Show at Guildford. Usually it rains (or even snows) and the wind howls through the sheep lines, but this year the weather was perfect. Sunshine but not too hot and it certainly brought the crowds out.
There was a good turnout for all the sheep classes with 4 exhibitors in the Jacob classes. Mark Bridger took the championship with his shearling ram and Simon Jones was Reserve with a ewe. Well done to both of them !
Click on the link above for the full results.
Mark Bridger receiving his trophy for his ram.
SPRING NEWSLETTER 2013 AND QUESTIONNAIRE
News & Events in 2012
Open Day 2012
In the middle of June we had a very successful Open Day at Fiona and Noel Gordon’s lovely house near Maidstone. Unlike many other events this year, the weather was kind although Fiona had a few panics the week before as to whether we would all have to move indoors. However apart from a couple of short lived showers, the sun shone and we all enjoyed a superb barbecue lunch on the terrace. Before that we looked at Fiona’s flock and Jean Blacknell led a very informative and interesting discussion about all aspects of the breed and sheep keeping generally.
After lunch there was a hands on session on halter training, washing and preparing sheep for showing and how to show your sheep in the ring to best advantage.
As always Jean was full of useful advice and helpful tips!
It was nice to see some new faces, particularly young ones, and hopefully some of them will now feel they have the confidence to have a go at showing.
Thank you again to Fiona and Noel for their hospitality
SHOW RESULTS 2012
Show results Click on the show name to see the full results
Flock assessment 2012 Click on the link for the results
News & Events in 2011
Now the show season is here I will do my best to get the results up as they come in, if you have any good photos of you and your winning flock collecting your cups Please email them in,to BARLEY110@AOL.COM And I'll do my best.
Kent County show 15th-17th July.
There was a superb turn out of 26 Jacob sheep for the Kent show. Linda Brown took the championship with her ram and the reserve was won by Chis Bone with her ewe lamb.
The newly presented Aldington cup for the best Jacob fleece was won by Chris Bone.
Caroline Gould did a brilliant job setting up and manning the Society stand which won a highly commended award in the agricultural stand category. Photos to follow
Well done to all of them!
Kent show results.
Ram 1st L. Brown, 2nd L. Brown.
Ram Lamb 1st Mr C. Palmer, 2nd L. Brown, 3rd Fiona Gordon.
Ewe lamb 1st C. Bone, 2nd Mrs Anning, 3rd F. Gordon.
Ewe 1st L. Brown, 2nd L. Brown, 3rd C. Bone.
Group of three 1st L. Brown, 2nd L. Brown, 3rd F. Gordon.
SINGLETON Rare Breeds Show 17th July 2011.
Ram 1st Mike Reynolds, with Wispers Remus. 2nd Mrs Digweed, with Rowan.
Ram Lamb 1st Mrs Digweed, 2nd Mrs Digweed, 3rd M. Reynolds.
Ewe 1st M. Reynolds, 2nd Daphne Rice & Helen Sutherland.
Ewe lamb 1st M. Reynolds, 2nd D. Rice & H. Sutherland.
Champion Ram Mike Reynolds.
Reserve Champion Ram lamb Mrs Digweed.
ALTON SHOW 3rd Jul 2011
Ewe 1st S. Jones, 2nd D. Rice/ H. Sutherland. 3rd S. Jones.
Ram 1st B.C. Coventry, 2nd S. Jones, 3rd M.Bridger.
Ewe lamb 1st B.C. Coventry, 2nd S. Jones, 3rd D.Rice/ H. Sutherland.
Ram lamb 1st D. Rice/ H. Sutherland, S. Jones.
Group of three 1st S. Jones, 2nd B. C. Coventry.
Champion Jacob sheep B. C. Coventry, ram.
Reserve champion D. Rice/ H.Sutherland, ram lamb.
Surrey County Show May 30th 2011
Judge: Mr Peter Bull.
Champion- 1054 Simon Jones ewe.
Reserve- Simon Jones shearling ewe.
189 RAM any age 1st- 1051 Simon Jones, 2nd- 1052 S Coventry.
190 RAM LAMB 1st- 1053 Simon Jones.
191 EWE any age 1st- 1054 Simon Jones, 2nd- 1055
192 SHEARLING EWE 1st- 1057 Simon Jones, 2nd- 1056 Simon Jones, 3rd- 1055 S Coventry.
193 SINGLE EWE LAMB, born in 2011, 1st- 1059 S Coventry, 2nd- 1058 Simon Jones.
Ben Walden Wilts
Jane Wade Kent
Nick Tobutt West Sussex
Jon Race East Sussex
Mr T Kemp Kent