The Ryeland Archive
The West Midland Show at Shrewsbury is a great event, an original county show. This year there was once again a disappointing turnout by competitors although we were lucky to be joined this time in the show ring by 2 new competitors to the show; The Donovan family with their Dolwen Flock from Whitland, Carmarthanshire and David Lewis with his Arberth Flock from Narberth, Pembrokeshire. Both are among the strongest flocks in the society and additionally they are great people; fun and interesting company to be with. Officiating over events and Judge for the day was Paul Dixon, this years Society President, from Holmefirth in Yorkshire. Paul is another character, good company and always entertaining. So whilst numbers were low there was quality both in with the sheep and the attendees. The prizes were equally shared around and we were lucky enough to win the Championship with our Shearling Ram - Bradvale Kingstar. The boys from West Wales enjoyed their visit to Shrewsbury that evening and I hope they and many other competitors return next year so the proud and historic breed that is the Ryeland may do this proud and historic show justice.