Tuesday 5 May 2015

North Somerset Show

On Bank Holiday Monday we headed off for the first local show, the North Somerset Show. Heavy showers had preceeded for a few days, so the herd had been washed and blow-dried, but then had visited the rolling pit. Nevertheless, the weather forecast was for gradual improvement, so I was optimistic that they would be dry and clean by the time we set off, and this was the case. The day dawned breezy and sunny, and we arrived in good time, with no need to set up the gazebo.

First in the ring was Apple Vale Florina, in a class of six and she gained second place, praised by judge Jay Holland for her soft-handling fleece:
Apple Vale Florina - Dam: Apple Vale Bramley (S: CME Tulaco Centurion), Sire: Van Diemen Qjori of Patou

Next came the fawns, and we had female Flamenco, followed by male Fiesta, both sired by our stud, EP Cambridge Columbus of Patou - a second place for Flamenco, also praised for her soft handle, but Fiesta didn't place in a class of nine:
Apple Vale Flamenco
Apple Vale Fiesta - heads into the ring full of optimism;
Finally, the junior white male class, and Apple Vale Fortune took fourth place in a class of 7, earning praise for his good frame, and dense, fine fleece:
Apple Vale Fortune - s: CCNF Talon of Classical Mile End
The rain had been threatening for an hour, and set-in as we lined up for the Supreme Champion - I expect everyone was damp by the time they set off, and got a good soaking when they unloaded at home, as we did - but a good show was had. Two more shows this month - bring 'em on!


  1. Well done, good to see you, and yes, by the time I got home I was drenched! See you at the Bath and West!

  2. Congratulations - looks like a good day!

  3. You are getting good at this game - congratulations! Shirley & Robbie