It was Pat’s birthday yesterday, but she didn’t get much of a lie-in as we had to feed the animals at home, load the show team and leave home all by 6 a.m. in order to get down to the Westpoint Showground outside Exeter by 7 before the organisers closed the livestock gates. But we made it, and each one of the show team (Garnet, Gypsy Princess, Gatsby and Goya) won a rosette – two seconds and two thirds. While it was a shame not to get a first on this occasion, we were far from last in any class, and it’s always good to hear the judge’s comments on each animal. It is a fact that while we can see the quality of own animals improving all the time, so are those of many other breeders.
When we had left home the animals were extremely damp, being covered in dew, even though they had been under cover in a barn overnight. Fortunately, the morning sun at the showground was quite strong, so we led them out from the marquee into the general public area to dry out their fleeces. The team are all juniors (6-12 months old), but they were all well behaved and attracted a lot of interest from members of the public.