The Sun Shone on the Northern Irish National Show

Champion – Untrimmed Ram Lamb from ASHLEY flock

The sun shone for the Hampshire down National show 2023, seeing nearly 90 sheep attending. Judge Mr Harry Elsden of the HERTFORD Flock, Welwyn, England made the journey over. Harry is a keen Hampshire Down breeder and a Butcher by trade. He very much enjoyed his day Judging, seeing large classes of sheep.

Champion on the day came from the well attended untrimmed Ram lamb. This class saw a great selection of Ram Lambs. Harry chose a lovely well grown Ram Lamb from A&V McFadden, Ashley flock. This Ram Lamb bred from Ashley Dakota R34 and sired by Higher Grawley Larkin stood out for Harry on the day. Harry stated “The Champion is definitely my type of sheep. Perfect width from shoulder to gigot, a real carcass animal, great presence, character and colour. Topped off with a superb skin. Would be a beneficial addition to any flock”.

In the Ram class Harry chose a strong ram from Peter Lawson’s Glenbrook Flock following in the aged Ewe class, saw another strong Ewe from A&V McFadden being placed first.  The shearling Ewe class saw Harry pick a very stylish well-made shearling Ewe from J, A and Jonathan Fletchers, Loughan Moss Flock, which went on to be placed as Reserve Breed Champion. This shearling ewe bred from a Loughan Moss and sired by Ballyvester Consensus was part of the RUAS Group of Three Reserve Interbreed Champion.

The largest class was the Ewe lamb class, seeing 17 sheep in this class. This give Harry great choice and variety of sheep, seeing Graham Manson being placed first with a very stylish Ewe lamb, followed by A&V McFadden.  In the Ram lamb class, there was great range of rams. This made Harry’s decision harder, with a lot of debate at the end of the class, but he made his decision with a very tight Ram Lamb from Graham Manson followed by A&V McFadden.

It was great to see so many new breeders showing this year, and this was seen out in our Novice class. There was a great selection of sheep being shown, which saw young Adam Gregg taking first place followed by Robbie Sloane in second place.

The group classes were outstanding, all class were very well attended, giving Harry a great outstanding selection. In the Pair of lambs Graham Manson was placed with a very smart pair of lambs. In the Pair of shearling ewes, Kevin McCarthy was placed first with his striking pair and then Kevin went onto take first place with in his Group of Three.

The club would like to take this opportunity and thank Harry Elsden for Judging at our National. It was a lovely day enjoyed by all. Also thank you to our sponsors of the classes on the day Connelly’s Red Mills and Animax. A very big thank you to Armagh show, for all the hard work they put into the show and helping us with the National.

National show results 2023

Ram class
1st Peter Lawson GLENBROOK
2nd Sean Doyle LOUGHBRAE
3rd Sean Doyle LOUGHBRAE
4th Rodney Wilson AIMNEY
5th Sean Doyle LOUGHBRAE
6th J, A & J Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS

Ewe class
1st A & V McFadden ASHLEY
2nd Graham Manson DUNRAVEN
3rd Rodney Wilson AIMNEY
4th J, A & J Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS
5th Kevin McCarthy BALLYCREELLY
6th Heather Gordon BALLYHAY

Shearling Ewe
1st J, A & J Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS
2nd J, A & J Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS
3rd Peter Lawson GLENBROOK
4th Peter Lawson GLENBROOK
5th Kevin McCarthy BALLYCREELLY
6th Rodney Wilson AIMNEY

Ewe Lamb
1st Graham Manson DUNRAVEN
2nd A & V McFadden ASHLEY
3rd Graham Manson DUNRAVEN
4th Kevin McCarthy BALLYCREELLY
5th A & V McFadden ASHLEY
6th Colin Gregg KILDOWNEY

Ram Lamb
1st Graham Manson DUNRAVEN
2nd A & V McFadden ASHLEY
3rd Sean Doyle LOUGHBRAE
4th Colin Gregg KILDOWNEY
5th Kevin McCarthy BALLYCREELLY
6th Graham Manson DUNRAVEN

Untrimmed Ram Lamb
1st A & V McFadden ASHLEY
2nd Kevin McCarthy BALLYCREELLY
3rd Graham Manson DUNRAVEN
4th J, A & J Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS
5th Peter Lawson GLENBROOK
6th Graham Manson DUNRAVEN

Pair of lambs
1st Graham Manson DUNRAVEN
2nd Colin Gregg KILDOWNEY
3rd A & V McFadden ASHLEY
4th Kevin McCarthy BALLYCREELLY
5th Peter Lawson GLENBROOK

Pair of Shearling Ewes
1st Kevin McCarthy BALLYCREELLY
2nd J, A & J Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS
3rd Peter Lawson GLENBROOK
4th Graham Manson DUNRAVEN
5th Ryan Murray SHEEPHAVEN
6th Colin Irwin SHANNON

Group of Three
1st Kevin McCarthy BALLYCREELLY
2nd J, A & J Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS
3rd Peter Lawson GLENBROOK
4th A & V McFadden ASHLEY
5th Graham Manson DUNRAVEN
6th Ryan Murray SHEEPHAVEN

Novice Class
1st Colin Gregg KILDOWNEY
2nd Robbie Sloane DRUMLOUGH
3rd Ryan Murray SHEEPHAVEN
4th Colin Irwin SHANNON
5th Heather Gordon BALLYHAY
6th Ryan Murray SHEEPHAVEN

Champion
Untrimmed Ram Lamb
A&V McFadden, ASHLEY

Reserve Champion
Shearling Ewe
J, A & J Fletcher LOUGHAN MOSS

 

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