Fin­ley High dom­i­nates Sheep and Wool Fair

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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.

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