Derbyshire Gritstone Sheepbreeders Society


Hope Show

The Breed Show has been held annually on August Bank Holiday Monday at Hope Show in the Peak District, Derbyshire for many years.


To celebrate the centenary of the Derbyshire Gritstone Sheepbreeders Society in 2006, Hope Show in conjunction with the society held the inaugral “Champion of Champions” competition open to the Supreme Champion Derbyshire Gritstone sheep from all the shows held in 2006 prior to the breed show.


These included The Royal, the Royal Lancashire, the Great Yorkshire, and the Royal Welsh as well as Gritstone breeders local shows including Bakewell, Bury, Chipping, Great Harwood, Halifax , Honley , Mottram, Poynton, Todmorden and Trawden.


This first Championship was judged jointly by a team of judges including Mr John Whitworh DGSS Chairman (deceased), Mr John Bowler, current flockmaster of “Torgate” one of the founder flocks and Mrs Gill Napper.


The centenary show was supported by the late Duke of Devonshire who provided engraved tankards and prize money for the champion and reserve champions of champions in recognition of the part his ancestor the 8th Duke of Devonshire had in taking the Presidency at the inauguration of the DGSS.


Centenary Rosettes were presented to the champion ram bred by John Terry and the reserve champion shearling ram bred by David Eggleton who received £150 and £75 respectively kindly donated by the Duke of Devonshire and Mr Stephen Charles.


The ‘Champion of Champions’ also received a commemorative ‘Percy Wheelton Trophy in remembrance of Percy, a lifelong member of the Society. This was kindly presented by Mr Steven Charles, Grandson of Percy Wheelton .


Hope Show which is held annually on its own showground near Castleton in the Peak District’s Hope Valley , is a traditional agricultural show with cattle, sheep, horses, gundogs and most recently alpacas all having their own classes.


More information about Hope Show can be found on the show website

More information about Hope Show can be found on the show website

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