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The Homecoming for North Country Cheviot Sheep

1st August 2018

The Homecoming for North Country Cheviot Sheep

Exhibitors from across England head to the Glendale Show, in Wooler, Northumberland, on August Bank Holiday Monday, to show their sheep in the England National North Country Cheviot Show.

 

The Glendale Agricultural Society, organiser of the Glendale Show, are absolutely delighted to announce that they are to host for the first time ever, The English National North Country Cheviot Show. This is unique event being held as part of the livestock classes and it has  have attracted North Country Cheviot Sheep entries from as far south as Somerset.

Each year, Glendale Show, near Wooler, attracts hundreds of entries across its Commercial, Continental and Native breed sheep classes, and this year there has been a tremendous keenness for people to enter North Country Cheviots. There is always a huge showcase of Livestock at the Glendale Show, and this year is no exception across all the sections, including the Cattle, Goats, Equine and Donkey Classes.

The six North Country Hill Type Cheviot sheep classes, sponsored by Rix Petroleum, will be judged by Mr Hugh Wilson, from Moffat. The North Country Park Type Cheviots, sponsored by Frank Gibson of Yetholm, are being judged by Mr Melfyn Williams of Anglesey.

Dallas Allen, of Humbleheugh and Stopehill near Alnwick, NCC Pedigree Breeder and a Council Member for the North of England North Country Cheviot Sheep Society said: -
“Historically, Glendale Show has had the best display of North Country Cheviots in England and this is their homecoming. As a society, we really are thrilled that Glendale Agricultural Society have embraced this competition from the outset, and I would like to thank the Society our two main sponsors Harrison and Hetherington and Scott JCB, and our all of our other supporters who are making this day possible.”

Giving further background, Andrew Walton, Show Director and one of the leading Livestock Stewards, said: “It is a huge honour for the Glendale Agricultural Society to be invited to host such a prestigious competition and it will, undoubtedly, be one of the highlights in the Livestock section this year.  Being a North Country Cheviot Sheep Competition, it could not be held in more fitting a place, here at the foot of Cheviot, in Wooler, a town referred to as the Gateway to the Cheviot Hills.

As always we are looking forward to welcoming our regular and new exhibitors across all of the classes and I know that for those attending the show there is guaranteed to be the most fantastic livestock on display.”.

The culmination of the show is, without a doubt, the judging of the Champion of Champions sponsored by Harrison and Hetherington, with the Sheep Interbreed Champion, Goat Champion, Donkey Champion, Overall Cattle Champion and Overall Hunter Champion, all competing against each other. The calibre of entries in this competition is the best of the best in show and this year Michael Aynsley has the challenging role of judging the overall Champion of Champions.

The Carrs Billington Livestock Points Competition is another highly anticipated class; points are allocated for 1st to 3rd placing across the Sheep and Cattle Classes, and the winner is the exhibitor who has the most points after all the classes have been judged.

Glendale Show is, however, not just all about livestock, it is also a showcase for one of the largest Horticultural and Industrial displays in the whole of the North of England. There are hundreds of trades stands, craft and food marquees, providing the much – needed retail therapy.

Throughout the day, there is entertainment for all ages in the main ring, a companion dog show, fell race, live music and family fairground.

Further details and ticket prices can be found at www.glendaleshow.com or by telephoning the Show Office on 01668283868.

Active for over 100 years, Glendale Agricultural Society stages the hugely successful Glendale Show attracting over 15,000 visitors each year and has now become one of the highlights of the Northumbrian agricultural calendar.  As well as hosting the multi award-winning educational Children’s Countryside Day which this year attracted over 1650 children.