A fantastic entry of livestock came forward for the 107th Okehampton Show, held at the Stoney Park Showground on Thursday.
Competitors from across the region gathered in front of the judges to battle it out for the top honours in their respective classes.
Show secretary Claire Woodward said she was pleased with the number of entries on the day: “We’ve had very good entries of livestock, cattle, sheep, pigs, pygmy goats, dairy goats and good entries of horses too.
“The livestock are always the stars of the show,” she added.
Alison and Terry Ruby from Ashwater were lost for words when their Beef Shorthorn bull got the judge’s pat on the back in the supreme beef championship.
Cairnsmore Dominator has enjoyed huge success in the show ring both at local and national level, since the couple purchased him in Stirling two years ago.
The four-year-old bull has notched up championships across the region and further afield. Some of his most notable successes include senior male champion at the Devon County Show, any other pure breed champion at the Royal Cornwall Show, Liskeard Show and Woolsery, and breed champion at the Royal Welsh.
Owner Alison said: “He’s just an incredible, easy to do bull. He hasn’t got a nasty bone in this body.
“Words cannot explain how pleased we are, it has been a long time coming as he is usually the bridesmaid in the championships.”
She added: “We’ve had a really good year with him. We said last year was a really good year but this year has been just as incredible, if not better.”
Edward Quick and his impressive Limousin bull took the reserve position in the supreme beef championship, after taking a number of other titles on the day including breed champion, continental beef champion and the beef pairs championship, alongside the Neale family’s two-year-old heifer Nealford Honey.
The Quick family, based at Zeal Monachorum, also enjoyed success in the sheep classes, taking the breed championships with their Texel ram and Charollais ewe, before being awarded the best male and best female sheep in show titles in the interbreed championships.
In a strong entry of dairy cattle, the supreme championship was clinched by Holstein cow in milk Ventonian Buckeye Amanda, owned by the Grigg family from Monkleigh.
The Devon and South Devon classes were hotly contested as the two breeds battled it out on their home turf. Ian Ellacott, from Ashwater, was victorious in the Devon championship with his bull Freddie Ferdinand the 3rd, whilst Bill Harper from North Tamerton clinched the South Devon championship with his bull Z Welland Valley Trident 3rd.
The Sully family from Taunton took the top honours in the interbreed pig championship with their splendid Oxford Sandy and Black sow Longash Gloria 68.
DEVON: I Ellacott – Freddie Ferdinand the 3rd.
SOUTH DEVON: W P & S L Harper – Welland Valley Trident 3rd
GALLOWAY: K C & J C Heard – Ben Lomond Glengoyne
ABERDEEN ANGUS: J Neale – Nealford Emimi M643
DEXTER: D Hunt
WELSH BLACK: C P Heard
ANY OTHER NATIVE BREED: T C & A J Ruby – Cairnsmore Dominator
BRITISH CHAROLAIS: D R & B Stacey – Polgoda Hazel
BRITISH LIMOUSIN: E W Quick & Sons
BRITISH BLUE: J N Dunn – Highridge Blues Iona
BRITISH BLONDE: Holman & Williams – Cosdon Goodnite
SALERS: A M Austin – Cumbrian Hector Red
BUTCHERS BEAST: L Pidsley – Jackpot
COW AND CALF: K C & J C Heard
JUNIOR BEEF: Sophie Dunn
SUPREME CHAMPION BEEF BREEDS: T C & A J Ruby – Cairnsmore Dominator
HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN: D E & T A Grigg – Ventonian Buckeye Amanda
AYRSHIRE: Rockett & Marshall – Greenaway Shamrock
GUERNSEY: C & L Carpenter – Fairfield Olivia
GUERNSEY YOUNG HANDLERS: Harry Crowter
JUNIOR DAIRY: Paige Marsden
INSPECTION PRODUCTION CLASS: D E & T A Grigg
SUPREME CHAMPION DAIRY BREEDS: D E & T A Grigg – Ventonian Buckeye Amanda
DEVON & CORNWALL LONGWOOL: S W Cornelius & Daughters
GREYFACE DARTMOOR: R T Alford & J A Rogers
WHITEFACE DARTMOOR: P G Abel
DEVON CLOSEWOOL: : G E & E J Nicholls
EXMOOR HORN: Mrs J C Scripps
DORSET HORN AND POLLED DORSET: P J Cole
JACOB: D J & M Biggs
SUFFOLK: J T Heard
BLACKFACE: K C & J C Heard
BLUEFACED LEICESTER: P L Heard
HAMPSHIRE DOWN: Mr and Mrs D C Ritchie
SOUTHDOWN: A & C Brown
SHETLAND: Ms L Bushnell
RYELAND: Lt Col & Mrs C W Charlton
RARE, MINORITY AND PRIMITIVE BREEDS: C R Stacey, Wensleydale
ANY OTHER PURE BRITISH BREED: J Human, Kerry Hill
CHAROLLAIS: E W Quick & Son
TEXEL: E W Quick & Son
ROUSSIN: T Nancekivell
ANY OTHER CONTINENTAL BREED: Mrs G B Renfree, Blue Texel
SUPREME CHAMPION SHEEP BREEDS: E W Quick & Son, Charollais ewe