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Top UK shearers at Devon County Shows summer shearing & dog trials event

Competitors from across the country took part in Devon County Shows Ewe and Lamb Shearing and Dog Trials Event held at Sidbury, near Sidmouth on Sunday (August 14).

Amongst the honours was Stuart Persey from Cullompton who took the Ernie Smith Memorial Award presented to the highest placed Devon shearer aged under 21.

But Devon shearers were pushed off the top spots despite making it into the finals by some exceptional shearing by Steve Rowberry from Hereford, who took the National Sheep Associations South West Regional Young Farmers Championship, the Animax Senior Championship and the Henry Lattaney Open Championship.  In the Open Final alone Steve managed to shear 20 sheep in just under 18 minutes which was awesome to watch.

Gavin Stevens, Chairman of Devon County Shows Shearing Committee, described the level of competition as high and said the event was well supported.

It was a terrific day! There was a strong field of competitors, excellent quality sheep and a good crowd who were thrilled to see the skill and speed with which shearers handle the animals and blades.

Gavin thanked all those involved in organising and running the event and paid tribute to the sponsors for supporting the competition.

There was a terrific turn out with great support from the shearing industry both in Devon and further afield. The level of competition was high and everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Special thanks must go to Sir John and Lady Cave and Alan Derryman for allowing us to hold the event at Home Farm.  The standard of sheep presented for the competition was excellent and again, credit is due to Alan for preparing in the region of 900 ewes and ewe lambs for shearing.

Action wasnt confined to shearing as some of the countrys top shepherds brought their dogs to compete in sheep dog trials. Victor Pitts of the Exmoor Dog Trials Club who organised the trials, added: A good day was had by all. The sheep were a test for all of us but we came through! I was particularly pleased to win the competition for a brace [a pair of dogs working together].

The event sponsors were:


Mr Albert Cook

Mrs Henry Lattaney

Mole Valley Farmers Ltd

National Sheep Association (NSA) SW

Gavin Stevens & Co

West Ridge Veterinary Practice



The Albert Cook Under 21 Championship

1st – Henry Nankivell, Cornwall

2nd Stuart Persey, Devon

3rd Chris Rowberry, Hereford

4th Billy Nankivell, Cornwall

5th Scott Cartwright, Somerset


The NSA South West Young Farmers Championship

1st – Steve Rowberry, Hereford

2nd Dean Nelmes, Dorset

3rd Stuart Persey, Devon

4th Ross Crang, Devon

5th Alec Brand, Somerset

6th Sam Bullingham, Devon


The Gavin Stevens & Co Junior Championship

1st – Nick Harding, North Devon

2nd Stuart Persey, Devon

3rd Robert Lee, Somerset

4th Chris Rowberry, Hereford

5th Henry Nankivell, Cornwall

6th Scott Cartwright, Somerset


The Mole Valley Farmers Intermediate Championship

1st – Dean Nelmes, Dorset

2nd Sam Bullingham, Devon

3rd Nick Harding, Devon

4th Ashley Selway, Devon

5th Alec Brand, Somerset

6th Robert Lee, Somerset


The Animax Senior Championship

1st – Steve Rowberry, Hereford

2nd Ross Crang, Devon

3rd Ed Gingle, East Sussex

4th Chris Steer, Devon

5th Ed Goodfellow, Dorset

6th Adam Virgo, Australia


The Henry Lattaney Open Championship

1st – Steve Rowberry, Hereford

2nd Ant Frew, New Zealand

3rd Adam Berry, Cumbria

4th Neil Woollacott, Devon

5th Gavin Stevens, Devon

6th Ross Crang, Devon

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