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New President brings Hope to Hope Show

Hope Morris is the first lady President for Hope Show in its 150 year history and with her passion for livestock, the agricultural focus of the show goes from strength to strength.
Hope Show is renowned amongst farming communities for its record sheep and cattle entries and for the outstanding quality of the livestock exhibited. More recently, the livestock classes have been extended to include poultry and pigs.
Hope will be setting her sights on another successful year for the sheep dog trials, the Shire horses and the show jumping.  New to the show this year is the Food Festival.
Hope partners her husband Angus looking after their flock of pedigree Derbyshire Gritstone sheep high up on Chinley Churn on the western foothills of Kinder Scout.
She explains her connection with Hope Show began over thirty years ago:
“Angus and I had always been involved with our local shows when we were growing up so we went to Hope Show with our young children. We volunteered to help with the stewarding and then Angus founded the North Country Cheviot classes. In 2006 I became Livestock Secretary.”
Hope Show is home to the Champion of the Champions classes for both local Derbyshire breeds, the Derbyshire Gritstones and the White Faced Woodlands.
Hope says:
“We always have a really good turnout of hill sheep at Hope because it is the time of year when farmers are gathering for the autumn sales. It is a celebration of the end of the summer and it is a chance for the farming community to come together before the winter.”
Hope was voted the Show’s first lady president at the AGM earlier this month and she is already looking forward to show day on August Bank Holiday Monday.
To recognise the part played by women during the show's history and in the local and farming communities, Hope is asking the organisers of all the show day activities to commemorate this especial year in their own way.
In previous years, Hope’s show day commitments as Livestock Secretary meant she has missed most of the judging action. This year will be the opportunity for her to see every aspect of the Show’s varied programme at first hand.
 “It will be great fun to have the opportunity to be part of the show and relax with everyone that I know without having to do all the hard work! I will be able to see some of the wonderful classes at the Show which I have never had the time to watch before,” Hope says.
Hope and Angus have taken the time to visit other shows over the last years to look for new ideas. It has convinced her that Hope Show really is unique.
“Hope Show has such a wonderful setting with the backdrop of Mam Tor and Lose-hill. There is so much for everyone to enjoy and it is so well supported.”
The team at Hope Show welcome everyone to the Show Ground at Marsh Farm near Hope on Monday 31st August 2015.