Tattykeel on top for Poll Dorsets Photos
Big classes were the norm for Poll Dorset judge James Corcoran Snr
There was very little variation in the classes and it was splitting hairs in many of the classes to work through to the top sheep.
Big classes were the norm for Poll Dorset judge James Corcoran Snr, when 64 entries were paraded before him in the Cox Pavilion.
"The entries were outstanding, exceptional, the breed was very well represented," Mr Corcoran said.
"There was very little variation in the classes and it was splitting hairs in many of the classes to work through to the top sheep."
The senior champion ram had been successful in the ram, showing milk teeth and bare shorn class when paraded by the Gilmore family, Tattykeel, Oberon, and Mr Corcoran thought his shear presence propelled him to the sash.
"He just presented himself so well," Mr Corcoran said.
"He stood out, but I like his moderate size and smooth shoulders which is important for easy lambing."
The reserve senior champion ram, who had been in the Pair of Rams, showing milk teeth, was shown by the Gilmore family, Tattykeel, Oberon.
The junior champion ram coming from the Pair of Rams, showing milk teeth, born after 1 August and shorn, was exhibited by the Tattykeel stud, while the reserve junior champion was also shown by Tattykeel, but came from the ram, showing milk teeth, born after 1 August and shorn.
The grand champion ram was the senior champion, while the reserve grand champion had been judged junior champion ram.
The grand champion and reserve grand champion ewes, shown by the Gilmore family, Tattykeel, Oberon, had each been judged first in the Pair of Ewes, showing milk teeth only.
When commenting upon the grand champion ewe, Mr Corcoran thought her an 'outstanding' ewe.
"It took me a long time to sort this lineup," he said when talking after six class winners were displayed before him.
"The grand champion just had that extra bit of style, she is balanced and with smooth shoulders and a great loin.
"Her sister was nearly as good but she is still a super ewe."
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