Geldards grasp double glory at Skipton Charollais females highlight Breed mainstays, the Geldard family from Cumbria, clinched a memorable championship and reserve championship double at the milestone 10th anniversary show and sale of pedigree breeding females staged under the auspices of the British Charollais Sheep Society at Skipton Auction Mart.

Father and son John and Richard Geldard, who run the Wraycastle flock at Low Foulshaw Farm, Gilpin Bridge, Kendal, won the Skipton title, the latest of many at the North Yorkshire venue, with their first prize shearling ewe, a December, 2012-born daughter and one of triplets by the family’s Parkgate Jack, their top-performing senior stock ram for three years and himself by the highly regarded Ballyhibben Paddy Power. The dam is a Banwy Immense-sired ewe.


Scanned carrying twins to Galtres Never Say Never Again, purchased for 2,500gns at this year’s Worcester Premier Sale, the victor sold for 720gns to Messrs Beaumont, of Longridge, Preston.


Another same way bred Wraycastle shearling ewe, just two days younger than the champion, picked up first prize honours in a special anniversary show class open to members of the society’s northern region, which covers Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.


Also scanned carrying twins to Galtres Never Say Never Again, the ewe was then awarded the reserve championship by the show judge, British Charollais Sheep Society chairman David Mawhinney, who runs the Rockvilla pedigree flock in Newtonlands, County Down, and had travelled over specially for the landmark fixture, which was sponsored by JG Animal Health.


He described his two principals as “super sheep with very little between them.” His chosen reserve champion, made top price in sale of 950gns when selling to Robert and Samuel Tindall, of Linton Springs Farm, Wetherby.


Breed stalwarts Charles and Valerie Marwood, whose Foulrice flock is based at Whenby, York, were again prominent among the prizewinners with the third prize shearling ewe, by their own Foulrice Lightening, out of a Foulrice Eboracum-sired ewe. Scanned carrying twins to Lowereye Neil’s Favourite, she was sold for 550gns to S Cummings.


Another Marwood shearling ewe, a Langstone K2 daughter also scanned in-lamb to Lowereye Neil’s Favourite, was awarded second prize in the northern region show class.


On a good day, the Marwoods were also responsible for the first and second prize ewe lambs, two further Foulrice Lightening daughters. The red rosette winner, out of an Edstaston Head Master-sired ewe sold for 600gns, again to the Tindalls, with the runner-up making 400gns when claimed by Kenton Foster for his new Kentons flock.


The third prize ewe lamb was shown by the Regan flock of Cambridgeshire vendors, DC&J Green, of Sutton, near Ely. By Dalby Lazelle, out of a Rockville Golden Promise-sired ewe, the December-born lamb was sold for 480 gns to Skipton regular Robert Towers, of Farleton, Lancaster.


Northamptonshire’s Geoff and Carol Watson, who run the Sulwood pedigree flock at Eastbrook Hill, Desborough, stepped up with the first prize ewe, born in December 2011 to a show-winning sire, while her dam, Sulwood Kinki Kitten, was interbreed champion at the Royal Norfolk and supreme terminal sire female at the Great Yorkshire.


Colin and Ros Bowen, of Gwyndy, Llandeloy, took second in class with a ewe by Foulrice Leroy and scanned with twins to Gwyndy Kadinsky. The Bowens’ Gwyndy flock also achieved 520gns for a Millhouse Musician-sired shearling sold scanned with twins to Gwyndy Kadinsky.


The remaining prize winner, third in the northern region show class, was a shearling ewe from the North Yorkshire Halfpenny flock of husband and wife team Stephen and Nicola Hodgson, of Patrick Brompton, Bedale. By Springfield Inxs, out of an Aberkinsey Earth Mover-sired dam, the ewe is scanned in-lamb to Halfpenny Kaiser, the 2013 Great Yorkshire Show terminal champion.


Mark Worthington, of Ramsbottom, made 480gns with a shearling ewe by Dudston Jasper in-lamb to Galtres Lynz Unstoppable.