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Suffolk Show: Middleditch family makes it five-in-a-row in the Hampshire Down classes

15:53 28 May 2014

Denise Middleditch with the Hampshire Down champion.

Denise Middleditch with the Hampshire Down champion.

The Middleditch family from Belchamp St Paul, near Sudbury, today added a fifth consecutive championship in the Hampshire Down classes to their growing collection of Suffolk Show honours.

And they will have a second representative in today’s interbreed championship, having also won the title in the Other Down Breeds category, with a three-shear Oxford Down ewe.

Their Hampshire Down champion was a home-bred shearling ram which also won as a lamb last year and which they now plan to take to this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

Hampshire Down judge Jim Birkwood, from Grimsby, said the champion had a great presence in the ring and he believed he could be a strong contender for the interbreed title.

Also adding to a successful track record at the Suffolk Show yesterday were Terry and Jenny Prentice from Creeting St Mary, near Needham Market, who − after a gap of a few years − won another breed title in the Texel classes.

Their champion was a shearling ram making his very first appearance in the show ring, not having been shown as a lamb although his prize-winning potential was clear even then. The Prentices also took reserve spot with a shearling ewe.

Texel judge Frank Rushton, from Derbyshire, said of the champion: “He is a god solid tup throughout, with good tight skin, well fleshed, and he covered the ground extremely well.”

The Suffolk breed championship was retained by MJ and JA Pinny from Holcot, near Northampton, with a shearling ewe which won the same title a year ago as a lamb.

Asked what impressed him about the champion, judge Pat Greaney, originally from Ireland and now based in Monmouthshire, replied without hesitation: “Everything”.

“She says ‘Look at me’,” he added. “She has very good conformity and is very correct − a true Suffolk”.

Reserve in the Suffolk championship went to Gordon Beddie, from Swaffham, in Norfolk, with a shearling ram.

Mr Beddie also claimed reserve spot in the female championship, with the shearling ewe which was placed second in its class to the eventual champion. Reserve in the male championship went to a ram lamb owned by H Bradshaw & Son from Somersham in Cambridgeshire.

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