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Our breed show

Hope Show which is held annually on its own showground near Castleton in the Peak District’s Hope Valley, is a traditional agricultural show and has been the official Breed Show for many years. It is held annually on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Please note exclusively at this show - females are shown in pairs. The show also includes the annual Champion of Champions competition - more information below.

More information about Hope Show can be found on the show website

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“Champion of Champions”

To celebrate the centenary of the Derbyshire Gritstone Sheepbreeders Society in 2006, Hope Show in conjunction with the society held the inaugural Champion of Champions competition to find the Supreme Champion Derbyshire Gritstone sheep from all the shows held that year. This is now an annual event

The shows that qualify are:

The Great Yorkshire Show

The Royal Lancashire Show

The Royal Welsh Show

Bury Show

Chipping Show

Great Harwood Show

Halifax Show

Harden Moss

Mottram Show

Poynton Show

Todmorden Show

Trawden Show

This first Champion of Champions competition in 2006 was judged jointly by a team of judges including Mr John Whitworth then DGSS Chairman, Mr John Bowler, flock-master of “Torgate” one of the founding flocks and Mrs Gill Napper. 

This centenary show was supported by the late Duke of Devonshire who provided engraved tankards and prize money for the champion and reserve champions of champions in recognition of the part his ancestor the 8th Duke of Devonshire had in taking the Presidency at the inauguration of the DGSS.

Centenary Rosettes were presented to the champion, an aged ram bred by John Terry and the reserve champion, a shearling ram bred by David Eggleton who received £150 and £75 respectively kindly donated by the Duke of Devonshire and Mr Stephen Charles.

The ‘Champion of Champions’ also received a commemorative ‘Percy Wheelton Trophy in remembrance of Percy, a lifelong member of the Society.

This was kindly presented by Mr Steven Charles, Grandson of Percy Wheelton.

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