2019 Boer Goat Show Season Review
WHAT A YEAR and it’s not over yet!
The 2019 Show Season has been a remarkable year with record entries set at every show.
In addition ALL shows have a range of classes on the second day too which gives the public more opportunity to see these great boer goats.
At all the shows the BBGS were so lucky to have past trustee Dr Paul Unwin as Chief Steward. His attention to detail and unfailing good humour was such an asset. A big ‘thank you’ to him as no one realises the amount of work that has to go on in the background in order to assist these shows in running smoothly.
Royal Welsh Agricultural Society Smallholders Show.
This is the first show of the season and always very much anticipated. The team at RWAS do their utmost to ensure all exhibitors are very well looked after and they do not charge penning fees.
The worst of the winter weather is behind us, we have survived the up’s and the down’s of kidding and are looking forward to the year ahead.
When the entry list was supplied for checking that all the entrants were registered correctly we could not believe our eyes!
Bucklings 7 entries, Buck kids 18 entries, Does 8 entries, Doelings 18 entries, Doe kids 17 entries etc etc!
Outstanding numbers which was to be repeated at all the shows, in fact in order to accommodate this huge entry the RWAS put at the disposal of the BBGS a wonderful new large barn venue.
The BBGS welcomed for the first time to showing, Laura and Gary Richards and their 4 delightful little girls who were all avid goat keepers. Also new to this show was Phillip Knapp and family from Lincolnshire and Sarah Brocklebank and family who had travelled all the way from Yorkshire, true dedication. Liam Price, who is more local, was also making this his debut.
The Judge with the unenviable task of making the difficult decisions regarding what was an exceedingly high class entry of boer goats was Robin Browne of Norfolk and, very kindly, his wife Beckie Browne who is a past Trustee of the BBGS agreed to be scribe for the results.
Ian Johnson of the Dalbury Boer Goat Stud had a very good show winning many classes and being both Female & Male Champion and also took Supreme Champion exhibit with his wonderful doe, Dalbury Basile, who has repeated this accolade at this show for the last 2 yrs.
Phillip Knapp had an outstanding result in winning the doe kid class with his homebred Knapp Jade by Micathel Valentino, many congratultations.
Further awards were shared between me, Jan-Ernst and Vanessa Montagne, the Richards, Debbie Marshall and Sarah Brocklebank.
I was particularly pleased with the strong results I won with my red boer goats. Showing is such a great chance to show the general public that such boers exist!
The social side of this show is always most enjoyable as the town of Builth Wells is on the doorstep for a pub supper and the Stockman’s Restaurant and bar on Saturday night with hearty food (and helpings!) and live music is great fun.
On to Stafford
The momentum for showing continued as this historic show also received more boer goat entries than they had ever had.
Staffordshire County Show has great accessibility to the motorway network and has the most picturesque setting for the boer goats of all the shows we attend.
They also cannot help the boer goat exhibitors more with very reasonable entry and penning fees and meal vouchers.
Stafford Show and the BBGS were very lucky to have as their judge, Mrs Hilary Matthews, a renowned dairy goat judge who now has boer goats too. A very welcome addition to the boer goat family.
Once again the indomitable Dalbury Basile of Ian Johnson’s won her doe class and was Supreme Champion.
Jan-Ernst & Vanessa Montagnes Morley herd took Male Champion with Morley Edwin and Debbie Marshall had a super result coming 2nd in a strong Buck Class with Parridale Clifford who went on to be Reserve Champion Male.
Sarah Brocklebank had a great show winning the very strong Doe Kid class with the homebred Sifelly Mary, many congratulations. Once again Laura Richards and family and Phillip Knapp had many strong placings.
The Young Handler class on the Sunday was so large that it had to be split into 2 sections, fabulous!
I was very sorry to miss this lovely show but I do know that all the exhibitors had a marvellous time.
Royal Three Counties Show
Record numbers of entries yet again led the BBGS having to request a larger marquee!
Sadly some entries had to be turned away as they missed the closing date for the show and so the number of entries could have been even higher.
For the second year running the BBGS were very grateful to Mr Robin Metcalfe, respected animal nutritionist, and For Farmers for his sponsorship. He was accompanied by his wife, Diane, and as always he took a keen interest in the top quality boer goats in front of him in these large classes.
The RTCS and the BBGS welcomed Mr Engel Kupers as judge. He had made the journey, accompanied by his wife Nineke, from Holland. Engel had judged the very first boer goat showing classes here at RTCS, organised by Rob Grinnall and myself, in 2014.
He remarked on the amazing increase in the quality of the boer goats forward since that time and said he thought the standard of the British Boer Goat was the best in Europe. Good news.
Trudie Thomas, also a past committee member, kindly offered to be Results scribe.
The Supreme Champion was once again bred by Ian Johnson and from the Doe class but this time was Davel-UK Carra , with the Reserve Supreme being the Male Champion, Ian Johnson’s Dalbury Fane, the winning Buck Kid.
Morley Edwin won the Buckling class for the Montagnes and was Reserve Champion Male
At this show we welcomed as newcomers to the show ring the Robinsfolly Herd owned by father and daughter, Leigh & Evie Cochrane ably assisted by Evie’s partner George Jackson.
They went on to have good results especially with a fantastic 2nd place (Robinsfolly Reeva) in one of the most hotly contested classes of the day, the Doeling class which was won by Dalbury Ella who finished Reserve Champion Female.
Once again awards were spread throughout the exhibitors with every rosette being hard won.
We were all very lucky with the weather and only the final Championships had to be judged inside the Marquee.
At each of the 3 shows the second day’s classes were well supported and the full list of results will be on the website once confirmed.
On the Saturday evening we continued the tradition of all the exhibitors getting together in the Marquee for eats and drinks. Despite the chilly evening it was great fun and the banter, music and fabulous pizzas together with wonderful hog roast supplied by the Cancer Research volunteers in exchange for a donation made the evening last late into the night. Good fun indeed.
We now have a brand new show to look forward to at Hanbury, can’t wait…..Good luck all, Regards Jo Jenkins