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Livestock Schedule now available

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The Hope Show Livestock Schedule and Entry Form are now available to view online.

Copies will be sent out to previous exhibitors in due course and will also be available to pick up from Wm Eyres at Brough, Bagshaws at Bakewell and Leek, Carrs Billington at Bakewell and GR Leigh's at Buxton.

All entry form and monies must be in by the 13th August.

We hear from one of last year’s rising stars who will be looking to go one better in the Champion of Champion class with his Derbyshire Gritstone this year…

2017 was a bumper year for Hope Show as the sun shone and crowds flocked to see the best livestock from across the Peak District and further afield. This year promises to be another memorable show as sheep and cattle producers from across the region place their entries in Derbyshire’s premier agricultural show.

Jensen Bowden is one of Hope Show’s youngest contenders in the sheep classes at just fourteen but he is giving the more experienced competitors a run for their money. Last year he had to settle for second place with his Derbyshire Gritstone in the Champion of Champions but Jensen always sees the positive side in all his showing experiences and last year at Hope Show was no different. He says:

“I don’t mind coming second when there are so many lovely sheep in the class and when someone beats us with a really top class animal. I use it as a good opportunity to learn from them and I watch how they show their sheep and make them stand correctly.”

Establishing his own Derbyshire Gritstone flock has been a labour of love for Jensen Bowden who is causing a stir amongst pedigree breeders. Fitting in farming between school and working on a neighbouring farm at weekends, Jensen is passionate about his sheep.

Jensen bought his first two shearlings just four years ago but in 2017 he hit the big time by winning the breed champion at the Royal Welsh, at Bakewell and at Hayfield Sheepdog Trials. Only the Champion of Champions class at Hope eluded him.

Despite his young years, Jensen already has a good idea of what he wants to see in his Gritstones:

“They must have no black in their fleece and can only have black on their face and legs. I like white and black markings on their faces and legs but not too much of either. It’s really important the markings on their legs are well matched and symmetrical.

“I like my sheep to have plenty of bone and a strong chest. I want to see a good head, but not too big and they must have white below the ears on the back of the head. They should have a tight fleece and the tails should not be docked on the tups,” Jensen explains.

A keen member of Hope Valley Young Farmers Club, Jensen is in no doubt about where his future lies. His parents are evidently delighted he is so passionate about his hobby and are absolutely supportive of him choosing agriculture as his career. Jensen says:

“I like the farm machinery, driving the tractors and doing all the different tasks and I really enjoy learning from people. I find the breeding aspect the most interesting but I like to show because I watch the different sheep and see what does well in the ring,” Jensen explains.

The livestock section organisers at Hope Show are anticipating in excess of 600 entries for this year’s show so the competition will be stiff but Jenson and his pedigree Derbyshire Gritstones are evidently the ones to watch.