With no fewer than 47 breed and section winners forward from an entry of 3228 sheep, it was certainly a year to remember for Charles Sercombe and family, from Melton Mowbray, when their Charollais took the supreme honours.

Scottish inter-breed judge, Bruce Goldie, from Dumfries, had a tough job but soon found his winner in the Sercombes' gimmer.

“The Charollais was the soundest sheep put in front of me today. She was well put together and very difficult to fault. She has a great top line and is a very worthy winner in my eyes,” he said.

Charles Sercombe and daughters, Grace and Victoria, run 120 Charollais ewes with the champion being sired by Foulrice Regs, out of a home-bred ewe by Dalby Rhapsody. She is also a full sister to the 12,500gns record priced female.

Reserve honours went to the non-MV-accredited champion, the Clun Forest winner from Anna Pennell, Darlington. This home-bred shearling, Nipa Earl, is by Pixie Blackjack and out of a former reserve inter-breed winner here in 2018.

Clun Forrest was reserve overall sheep from AE Pennell  Ref:RH140722119  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Clun Forrest was reserve overall sheep from AE Pennell Ref:RH140722119 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Texels from Gordon and David Gray’s Ettrick flock, from Selkirk, won the inter-breed pairs and comprised a gimmer and shearling ram both sired by the 10,000gns Douganhill Desperado.

Beltex

A home-bred gimmer from Anne and Rachael Story’s Borderesk flock, from Carlisle, produced a first supreme at Harrogate for the mother and daughter duo.

Previously unshown, she is by Borderesk Eagle Eyes and out of a home-bred dam by Ardstewart Cheeky Charlie, which also bred the 30,000gns Borderesk Fingers Keepers.

Ali Jackson and James Little, Carlisle, landed the reserve with a jointly owned five-year-old ewe. Hackney Cancan was bought at the Wilodge dispersal and is by Kingledores Braveheart out of Hackney What A Girl.

Champion Beltex was from the Story family Ref:RH120722069  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Champion Beltex was from the Story family Ref:RH120722069 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Blackface

A tup lamb on his first outing from Peter Turnbull, Whitby, secured the tri-colour

He is by a £3200 Dudlees and out of a home-bred ewe.

Ruth Mary Guy, Richmond, secured the blue and white rosette with a ewe by a Greenleighton tup out of a home-bred ewe.

Bleu du Maine

Scottish breeder, Kenny O’Connor, Carstairs Junction, Lanarkshire, made his mark amongst the breed when he landed the supreme with Skye Blue Vixen.

This gimmer, which stood first at the Highland last month and is destined for next month’s breed sale at Carlisle, is by Maximum Obama and out of a foundation ewe bought from William Baillie, Calla.

Mother and son duo, Sally and Finlay Shone, from Malpas, Cheshire, produced the reserve with the previously unshown ram, Maximum Trueman, by Maximum Orinoco.

Blu Du Maine champion was the ewe from Kenny OConner Ref:RH120722107  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Blu Du Maine champion was the ewe from Kenny O'Conner Ref:RH120722107 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Blue Texel

It was another ticket in the kist for Kevin Watret and Ali Jackson when their gimmer was presented the supreme.

Fifth in her class at the Highland, she is a daughter of 6500gns Pistyll Everest and out of a home-bred ewe that stood second at Ingliston last month.

The second prize gimmer from Stephanie Dick, Stirling was pulled in as reserve. She is by Beili Blues Euphoric and out of the private purchase, Derg Dior. She was champion at LiveScot last year and reserve at Stirling, last month.

Supreme in the Blue Texel section was from Kevin Watret Ref:RH140722111  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Supreme in the Blue Texel section was from Kevin Watret Ref:RH140722111 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Bluefaced Leicester

Allan Pye and sons, Phil and Chris, who run just 20 ewes at Lancaster, won the top ticket amongst the Blues.

Their trophy winner was a previously unshown gimmer bought at Carlisle earlier in the year for 5500gns. Bred by Messrs Lord in the Hewgill flock, she is by the L7 Riddings.

The second prize gimmer from John and James Graham, Burnbank, Stirling, took the reserve. Her pedigree features a £3500 Riddings sire bought at Hawes and a home-bred dam that goes back to J1 Jackpot.

Blue Faced Leicester champion was from AC and K Pye   Ref:RH130722038  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Blue Faced Leicester champion was from AC and K Pye Ref:RH130722038 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Border Leicester

Derbyshire breeder, Tori Stanley, lifted the supreme with a home-bred gimmer.

Backed by Scottish genetics, she is by Knockglass Johnny B Good and out of a Kilphin ewe bought out of Lanark last year as a ewe lamb after standing reserve female.

Dan Grinnall (16) had to settle for the reserve with a five-year-old ewe from his small flock from Kidderminster. She is by Manifold New Design and out of a Jameson-bred ewe.

Border Leicester champion was from T Stanley    Ref:RH120722106  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Border Leicester champion was from T Stanley Ref:RH120722106 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

British Berrichon

A home-bred gimmer from Windrush Farming Partners – run by Peter and Sarah Harkness and farm manager, Ben Stayt – Cheltenham, secured the breed honours.

A daughter of Headlands One In A Million, she is out of a Snowdonia ewe bought at Builth in 2016.

Reserve was the male champion from Richard and Jade Bett, Louth. Reserve here last year, this shearling is by Yarburgh Samson and out of a Keeves ewe.

British Charollais

It was a day to remember for the Sercombe family of Charles and daughters, Grace and Victoria from Melton Mowbray, when they secured the supreme.

Their winner by Foulrice Regs, is out of a home-bred ewe by Dalby Rhapsody and is a full sister to the 12,500gns breed record holder.

Maerdy Esmor, a 26-month-old two-shear ram from Mike and Melanie Alford’s Devon-based Foxhill Farm flock, was reserve.

Male champion at the Highland, he was bought at Builth Wells last year for 3500gns from Esmor Evans.

British Rouge

Females ruled supreme amongst the Rouge, with a two shear ewe from Ian Teasdale, York, taking supreme.

Second at the Highland last month and second here last year, she was bought at the dispersal from the late Percy Tait at Carlisle. She is by Tullyvallen Schumacher.

Ali Jackson’s gimmer, Sunrise You Peach, from Annan was reserve and is by Bennachie Winning Shot out of Sunrise Unicorn.

British Rouge champion was from IE and AC Teasdale Ref:RH130722072  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

British Rouge champion was from IE and AC Teasdale Ref:RH130722072 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Coloured Ryeland

Annabelle Burton, Hawes, stood supreme with the home-bred female, Ryeside Beryllium. She is by Kilton Urkulees.

Reserve was Snelson Beth, a ewe by Stardust Zoom from Michelle Varmen, Macclesfield.

Dorsets

Karen Hodgson, Eyam, Derbyshire, produced the supreme with a seven-year-old ewe brought from the Macnicroft dispersal. She is by Downkillysbegs Thunder.

Sam Driver, Glossop, took the reserve a home-bred shearling ram by Mainview Balboa .

Dutch Spotted

Ali and Hannah Jackson, from Dumfries, continued on their winning ways to take the champion and reserve honours.

Breed leader was Tiptop Diana, which scooped the same award at the Highland and reserve overall at last year’s Great Yorkshire. She is by Tiptop Charlie which landed the reserve overall. This 2019-born ram is by Lochlad Braveheart.

Topping the Dutch Spotted was this ewe from Ali Jackson Ref:RH140722112  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Topping the Dutch Spotted was this ewe from Ali Jackson Ref:RH140722112 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Hampshire Down

Stephen Short, from Halifax, took the top award with the shearling ram, Highcliffe Highlight.

Half sister to Mr Short’s champion last year, he is by Chaddlehanger King Eric and out of a home-bred dam.

First time exhibitor, Austin Chapman, Richmond, landed the blue and white rosette with a previously unshown gimmer bought as a ewe lamb at Shrewsbury. She is by Lecropt Legend.

The ram from SJR Short stood Hampshire Down Champion  Ref:RH130722046  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

The ram from SJR Short stood Hampshire Down Champion Ref:RH130722046 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Hebridean

Sparram Wood Familia, an aged ewe took the top ticket for Ann and Nick Fecitt, Sedbergh.

Their entry by a Brightside tup is out a home-bred ewe.

Male champion and reserve overall was Glendoick Harrier from John and Caroline Mosley, West Linton. Their aged ram bought at Lanark last year from Euan Dunbar, is a son of Brookewood Ardvasar and out of Brightside Uras.

Herdwick

A shearling ram backed by home-bred genetics from Ian and Angela Grisedale, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, stood supreme amongst the Herdwicks.

Reserve was a two-shear ram from Amy Harrison and John Longworth, Kendal. He is by a 5500gns Susanhill.

Jacob

It was a double victory for Gavin and Becky Haworth and children Isaac (9) and Emily (4) from Skipton, when they won champion and reserve

Supreme was the gimmer, Hurrsdale Poppy, a daughter of Wharf Rocket out of home-bred dam.

Reserve was the ewe lamb, Haworth Rosie, by Haworth Quattro.

Jacob champion was from the Haworth family Ref:RH120722111  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Jacob champion was from the Haworth family Ref:RH120722111 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Kerryhill

A gifted gimmer secured the championship sash for Chris Adamson’s small ewe flock, from Littleborough.

Malbrook Bootylicious is backed by Malbrook breeding on both sides.

Jack Graham, from Lockerbie, took reserve with the shearling ram, Birsca Black Magic. This home-bred tup was on his first outing and is by a Pentrenant tup.

Lleyn

Tom and Ian Walling, of Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk, landed the top award with a two-shear tup that stood second at the Highland.

He was purchased at Builth Wells from Dylan Jones for 1800gns last year, and is by Forts Gold Card.

Joanne and Antony Carter took reserve with a home-bred gimmer from Dawlish, Devon. She was champion at the Royal Cornwall and is by a Richard Turner-bred ram.

The Wailings family won the LLyen top ticket   Ref:RH130722074  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

The Wailings family won the LLyen top ticket Ref:RH130722074 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Mule

First time exhibitor Chris Hewitt, Lancashire, produced the supreme with a gimmer that had been bought in a pen of ewe lambs from Messrs Watson, at Lazonby.

James Robinson, Carnforth, was reserve with another gimmer that had made up part of the champion pair at Agri Expo last year. She was bought in from a pen of ewe lambs from Andrew Brown of Asby Hall.

North Country Cheviot

Going one better than their reserve at the Highland to secure the breed title was a home-bred ewe from Willie and Laura Thomson, Hownam Grange, Kelso.

Their home-bred three-crop ewe, Vicki – the champion at Kelso in 2019 – is a daughter of Hownam Grange Victoria, the reserve inter-breed sheep champion at the Highland and the Great Yorkshire, in 2019. Her sire is Synton Vespa.

Reserve was a gimmer from the Stones family, North Yorkshire. Previously unshown, she is by Allanshaws Xray.

The ewe won the Mule championship for J Robinson  Ref:RH130722076  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

The ewe won the Mule championship for J Robinson Ref:RH130722076 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Ryeland

France-based podcaster, Andy Frazier, made his presence felt amongst the Ryelands, when he secured the tricolour with the white gimmer that landed the same award at the Highland Show.

Bred by Ann Davies, of the Catherton flock and bought at Worcester as a ewe lamb, she is by Dolwen Young Uther, and out of a show winning Mansell ewe.

Molly Cook, Richmond, secured the reserve with the gimmer, Kneeton Camilla by Bruncaffo Xtra.

Shetland

History is believed to have been made when West Lothian breeders, Kate Sharp and Alan Hill, did the double – winning the supreme at the Great Yorkshire and the Royal Highland in the same year.

Their winner at Harrogate was the three-shear ram, Mentor of Spalford, a son of Island Blackjack, out of a home-bred ewe.

Runner up was the ewe lamb, Billerhowe Blackbetty, from Amanda Cass, Whitby.

Suffolk

New breeders, Charlotte and Neville Pitman, of the Foxhill View flock, Devon, took supreme with a gimmer bought from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock for 8000gns at Carlisle, last year. She was inter-breed champion at Royal Cornwall.

Reserve was a ram lamb from Keith Denby, Longtown. Bound for Lanark, he is by Monkton Mentalist out of a Carnforth Patriot sired-dam.

Swaledale

A gimmer by the £18,000 Kingshaugh Deano, was supreme for Tom Hutchinson, Barnard Castle.

John Dixon from Richmond, produced the reserve, a shearling ram bought at Hawes for £5000. He is by a Brogden sire.

Suffolk champion was from the Pitmans Ref:RH130722054  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Suffolk champion was from the Pitmans Ref:RH130722054 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Texel

There was a Scottish double victory among the entry of 191 Texels when a gimmer from Alan Clark’s Garngour flock, from Lesmahagow, took supreme

Previously unshown, she is daughter of the 16,000gns Procters Chumba Wumba, and bred from a ewe by Knock Bantastic. Her great grand dam is a former Royal Highland Show and Great Yorkshire inter-breed champion in 2016 and has bred the 70,000gns Teiglum Young Gun.

The second prize gimmer from Keith, Allan and Roy Campbell, Lochgoilhead, took reserve.

Inter-breed champion at Fife Show, she is a daughter of the 65,000gns Hexel Django tup, and bred from an Auldhouseburn Boss sired-dam.

Texel champion was the shearling ewe from the Clark family  Ref:RH130722056  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Texel champion was the shearling ewe from the Clark family Ref:RH130722056 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Valais Blacknose

A ram lamb from Jill Teasdale, Bedale, secured the championship honours for the first year of competitive classes here.

February-born, he is by Highland King Kong and out of a Prendwick Hero dam that was reserve female.

Reserve was a gimmer from the Fairburn family based in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.

Valais Blacknose champion was the ram lamb from the Teasdales Ref:RH120722108  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Valais Blacknose champion was the ram lamb from the Teasdales Ref:RH120722108 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

Zwartbles

Whinnow Jellybean, a gimmer from Tom and Gillian Blamire, Carlisle, produced a first supreme champion at the Yorkshire for the couple who have been exhibiting for the past 10 years.

Their gimmer, which stood third at the Royal Highland is by Wallacetown Gung Ho, and out of Whinnow Duchess.

A ram lamb from Peter and Susan Addison, Barnard Castle, Co Durham, was reserve champion.

The lamb which is bound for next month’s sale at Carlisle, is son of Broomfield Trickster and out of Hayberries Gloryanna, which was third here as a ewe lamb.

T and G Blamires ewe stood champion in the Zwartbles section Ref:RH120722068  Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...

T and G Blamire's ewe stood champion in the Zwartbles section Ref:RH120722068 Rob Haining / The Scottish Farmer...