A champion addition to annual show

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A Champion of Champions will be chosen at this year’s Glendale Show.

This new class in the stockjudging competitions promises to add an extra dimension to one of the show’s most popular attractions.

This new award has been presented by John Swan & Son, which also sponsors a number of sheep classes within the show. With a new trophy and prize money, the judge for the event is Peter Dodds, of East Horton.

Tony Hall, chief auctioneer at John Swan, said: “We are the local auction mart, at the heart of farming in Glendale, and we want to be as involved as we can with championing the best in local livestock.

“We want to choose and celebrate the champion animal, from all the categories of livestock. This is a new competition and whichever animal comes out champion of champion is the supreme champion on the day.”

Peter Dodds’ difficult task will take place in the main arena, which ends events on the day. The supreme champion from each section – cattle, sheep, horses, goats and donkeys – takes part in the grand parade of livestock, while Peter searches for the best of the best.

The 120th show takes place on Monday, August 27. Exhibitors come from far and wide to enter the livestock, equine, horticultural and industrial classes and the popular dog show. It also features a heat in the Shetland Pony Grand National, the Bolddog Lings FMX display team, sheep racing, donkeys and a host of children’s activities.

Tickets: Adult, £12 on the gate, £9 in advance; senior, £8 on the gate, £6 advance; children up to 15, free. Tickets can be bought at all the Northumberland tourism information centres and Brand’s newsagents in Wooler.

Glendale Agricultural Society, which runs the show, is looking for a new events coordinator and administrator for its successul Children’s Countryside Day. The closing date for applications is August 31. For more information contact the society on 01668 283868.