The following week was Devonport Show. Devonport being a 2 day show I have not shown there before due to Paul's work commitments, but this year his RDO fell on the right day! What a fantastic show we had! Five studs entered (Tazhunt, Preston Park, Rawlings, Kirup Park & us, Goldshaft) and to our pleasant surprise were given our own classes. We were all expecting to be in the "Any Other Breed" section due to the ruling that a breed must be entered for 2 years running to be given their own classes. Dexters are becoming very popular and I predict it won't be long before we will out number all the other breeds at shows! Dexters are Feature Breed at Wynyard Show next year so make sure you come and support either by bringing out a cow or two or just being part of the cheer squad!
Guns'N'Roses was awarded Reserve Champion Junior Bull next to the lovely bull Rawlings Grand Design. Gazelle won against Polly (Galipolli Mist) much to Sarah's delight "beating mum". We put in late entries for the group of 3 & junior pairs and to my absolute delight we won the Group of 3 and came second in the junior pairs! I never expected it because the animals we were up against are such high quality animals!! Sarah highjacked Preston Park Hoity Toity and dressed her up as a ballerina (which was interesting getting a tutu on a calf!!) and won the calf fancy dress. Tazhunt Huckleberry Finn came 4th out of 12 in the "serious" calf class - a fantastic feat! Finn will be a bull to watch for in the future! I forgot to take my camera - I would have liked to get a photo of Guns as this was his last show with me. Oh well, maybe next time I'll remember.
I guess I must be doing something right in my breeding program. I feel each generation I am breeding is an improvement on the previous which is the whole purpose in breeding. I get such great satisfaction making "educated guesses" as to what bull will improve a particular cow's weaknesses and have the result actually work. I can assure you, occasionally it doesn't but that is the fun of trying! I am eager to seeing next year's calves as I have 6 due to Guns (who has just been sold and going to his new home shortly) and the rest to Envoy. The 3 calves Envoy gave me this year I am very pleased with and look forward to seeing more of his offspring next year. I can't thank Marg Rawlings & Sue Hannaford enough for giving me the opportunity in purchasing him. Early indications show he is improving my herd where I want to go.