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Rare Breeds Show 2016 – champions & trophies

By 20 July 2016January 26th, 2021No Comments

Over 4,400 people visited the Museum and enjoyed our annual Rare & Traditional Breeds Show on Sunday 17 July.

We were treated to a sizzling July day but cloud cover kept the animals (and our visitors) as comfortable as possible. More than 600 different rare and traditional breed cattle, sheep, pigs and goats competed for awards, plus there were displays of alpacas, poultry and rabbits.

A full list of the trophies and prizes awarded is available here.


Now in its second year with us, The Sheep Show proved extremely popular with visitors. This fun and educational show is run and owned by New Zealander, Richard Savory, who describes it as “… a bit like Miss World but for sheep”.

The supporting trade stands at the show reflected the event’s theme, promoting the use of fleece and wool garments, specialist meat products and items with a country life theme.

Visitors to the show were also encouraged to explore the Museum’s 40-acre site and collection of 50 rescued historic buildings.

The history of the show

The Rare & Traditional Breeds show was started in 1984 by the Director of the Open Air Museum and the Sussex Support Group of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, with the hope of making it an annual event in the agricultural calendar in the South of England.

The show has grown to be one of the largest of its kind in the south east, helping to demonstrate and protect the biodiversity of our farming heritage.


All Champions and Best of Breed winners were awarded a special 2016 horse brass. Best of Breed winners also received either a breed society or a show rosette.

Our thanks to all of this year’s class sponsors and to event sponsor Fuller’s Brewery.


  • Supreme Interbreed Sheep: Mrs H Butler (Heath & Hill, Black-Welsh Mountain)
  • Reserve Supreme Interbreed Sheep: Mr Harwood (Primitive – Castlemilk)


  • Supreme Interbreed Cattle: Mrs J Whitehouse (Highland)
  • Reserve Interbreed Cattle: Miss F Thomson (Dexter)


  • Supreme Interbreed Goat: Mr & Mrs Sharp (Pigmy)
  • Reserve Interbreed Goat: J Barker (Golden Guernsey)


  • Supreme Interbreed Pig: S Westron
  • Reserve Supreme Interbreed: Mr & Dr Giles (Middle White)

Young Handlers

  • Young Handler under 10 (Sheep): Juliette Gamble
  • Young Handler 10-14 (Sheep): Emily Shipton
  • Young Handler under 10 (Cattle): Oscar Ross, aged 3 (Dexter)
  • Young Handler under 10 (Goats): Chloe Brown
  • Junior Stockperson (Pigs): Freya Harris

Click this link to view the complete list of trophies and prizes awarded at the Rare & Traditional Breeds Show 2016.

We hope that you will join us for next year’s show!

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