Thousands of people visited the Museum on Sunday 19 June to attend our annual Rare & Traditional Breeds show.
This was the event’s 30th anniversary year and it truly sizzled in the July sunshine, with over 600 different cattle, sheep, pigs and goats competing for awards. Alpacas and poultry also featured, making an amazing collection of rare and popular breeds.
This year, The Shetland Sheep Society is holding its quinquennial Champion of Champions competition, and our Rare Breeds Show was appointed as a qualifying Show.
A full list of trophies and prizes is available here.
The Sheep Show proved extremely popular with visitors. It was a fun and educational show, which is run and owned by New Zealander, Richard Savory, who describes it as “… a bit like Miss World but for sheep”.
The audience clapped along with Nobby the Norfolk Horn and Susie the Southdown during the three 30-minute shows, which incorporated a shearing demonstration showing how you get wool from the sheep, back to a jumper to wear.
The supporting trade stands at the show reflected the use of rare breeds, promoting the use of fleece and wool garments, specialist meat products and products with a country life theme.
Visitors to the show were also welcome to explore the Museum’s 40-acre site and collection of rescued historic buildings.
The history of the show
The 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 agriculture calendar in the South of England.
Many of the original exhibitors and past young handlers attended the 30th anniversary show, supporting as exhibitors and parents of young handlers, judges or stewards.
The show has grown to be the largest of its kind in the south east, helping to demonstrate and protect the biodiversity of our farming heritage.
The Sheep Championship awards were presented by Gail Sprake, Chairman of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Trustees.
The top Supreme Interbreed Championship awards were given to:
- Mrs S M Tedury for Hennesfield Ellen, her Longhorn Heifer
- Mrs Jenny Hughes for her Coloured Ryeland Sheep
- Annette & Peter Monument for their English Goat Brimstone Geoffrey
- Mr & Mrs Westron for Choller Excelsior their Saddleback Pig
- The Junior Stockpersons of the year are Sian Bird for Sheep and Beb Westron for Pigs.
Click here for the full list of trophies and prizes.