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Fashions to come out for Ladies' Day at Royal Bath and West Show

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

By Tina Rowe

Fashions to come out for Ladies' Day at Royal Bath and West Show

Fashions to come out for Ladies' Day at Royal Bath and West Show

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It's Ladies Day today at the Royal Bath and West Show, and this year the celebration moves up a gear with the first ever Farm Woman of the Year Award.

Britain's sexiest farmer, Graeme Moon, will announce the winner, alongside fellow judge, Blackmore Vale farmer Ruth Kimber.

The four finalists, Gillian Dosson, Jen Hunter, Maureen Trott and Anita Simmons, all from Somerset, were not just judged on one aspect of their lives.

All have shown an active involvement in community work, from taking in cattle evacuated from the Levels to volunteering for the Farm Crisis Network.

Miss Bristol, Naomi Dunbar will judge the Best Dressed Lady contest which has been entered by dozens of stylish women. They will be judged during an afternoon tea, following the Farm Woman of the Year Award.

Yesterday saw plenty more top quality livestock taking the silverware at the second day of the great showcase of rural life.

Haulage contractor Tom Clarke says: "I'd rather be working with my sheep than driving a lorry," and his husbandry has paid off with the Supreme Sheep Championship at the Royal Bath and West Show with his Poll Dorset ram lamb.

Mr Clarke, of Manor Croft Farm, Crediton, has been keeping Poll Dorsets for 11 years and now has a flock of 80. The Supreme Champ was best of breed at the Devon County Show last week, and, of course, breed champion at the Royal Bath and West, before going forward for the top award.

Mr Clarke, aged 32, and his partner Donna Western, 33, started out this year's showing season with the ambition of winning the breed championship at all three shows they are entering. Now there is just the Royal Cornwall Show next week to go.

Actresses love the limelight, and a British Lop pig named Bezurrell Actress has certainly achieved that goal. The three-and-a-half-year-old sow owned by Giles Eustace from Hayle, travelled up from Cornwall with stockman David Harding to take the Interbreed Championship at the second day of the Royal Bath and West Show.

The reserve champion, Portbredy Maple Leaf, a Large White gilt, has a new owner, after being sold at the show. She will continue to be shown by her owner-exhibitor, Steven Loveless, of Bridport until the end of the show season. He, and his daughter, Hayley, who prepares their pigs for the show ring, hopes to take Portbredy Maple Leaf on to more success at the Royal Cornwall, Lincoln and Great Yorkshire Show.

Beef farmer Ann Orr-Ewing, from Purton, near Swindon, is enjoying exceptional success with her Charolais. On Wednesday animals from her Fox Mill Farm herd took Charolais bull, pairs, and young bull awards, and a heifer took a second place. Yesterday Foxacre Initiative, who had been champion on Wednesday was judged continental junior champion bull, and went on with his brother, Foxacre Ithaca to be reserve champion intercontinental pair. The animals are in the safe hands of stockman Matt Impey and under-stockman Nina Smith.

At the end of the second day of the four day show Royal Bath and West Society chief executive Jane Guise said: "We've had a very busy day, and the rain has mostly come at the end. There is a lot more for the public to enjoy tomorrow and on Saturday."

Among the stunning entertainment in the main ring are the dare-devil aerobatics of the Squibb Freestyle Motocross Show, and the stunt riding of the Devils' Horsemen.

Today native breed ponies, including Somerset's own Exmoor breed will be judged in the main ring in the morning. The 200-acre showground near Shepton Mallet offers so much that it is difficult to see everything in a day.

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