Finley High dominates Sheep and Wool Fair
THE Finley High School show team had a very successful trip to the Holbrook Sheep and Wool Fair last month, securing 15 wins.
Among them were two most successful prizes and five champion-of-show awards.
Finley High retained its dominance in the school interbred competition, taking out the most successful school for the third year running.
In total, 11 students took part in the showing of Poll Dorset sheep, and enjoyed a very successful stint.
First placings were not only awarded in the showing of sheep, but also a win for Rosa-lea Cleve in the junior sheep judging competition.
The school also hauled in six second places and five thirds, as well as a couple of other placings.
Agriculture teacher Gary Webb said the school was ‘‘very keen’’ to defend its title in the school interbreed competition, after winning most successful exhibit the previous two years.
And with the success in each of the categories, the win was in the bag for Finley.
‘‘Tom Isedale started us on our winning way with first in the twotooth rams class with ‘Foster’. This ram went on to be the champion schools ram,’’ Mr Webb said.
‘‘Jack Anthony was close behind as he claimed second in the same class.
‘‘Harrison Close, Shinae Harrison and Alaura Perryman took a ewe each into a huge class of 30 ewes and were third, fifth and seventh respectively.
‘‘Jeremy Robertson led our two-tooth ewe to second in her class.
‘‘This year we took a lovely pair of four-tooth ewes with lambs at foot to Holbrook. Damien Wilson and Jarrod Morham did a wonderful job to win this class and ‘Effie’, as she is affectionately known, went on to claim the double by winning the champion schools ewe title.
‘‘The points were tallied and the many placings we received ensured that we once again won the most successful school title for 2011.’’
On day two of the show, Finley High School showed in the open competition, taking titles in the novice and open sections.
In the novice section FHS won the ewe twotooth and under, as well as four-tooth and over sections.
In the open sections, first placing were given in the ram two-tooth, ewe four-tooth and over, pair of ewes, and group of one ram and two ewes.
Day two also saw the school win champion ram, reserve champion ewe and most successful Poll Dorset exhibitor.
On the final day of the show, in the short wool sheep section, Finley High was awarded Grand Champion Ram and Grand Champion Short Wool group.
The students also secured third place in the Esdale Lincoln Stud Prize awarded to a pair of ewes of any breed.
The Commonwealth Bank Perpetual Trophy for the supreme champion exhibit for Poll Dorsets was also attained by Finley High School, as was the runner-up award for the best maintained school team.
Ribbons . . . Finley High School’s show team proudly displays the swag of ribbons they won.
Ewe win . . . Damien Wilson with the champion school ewe.