Whaplode Leicester Longwool breeder awarded best in show

Reaching the highest note: Barry Enderby with Best Leicester Longwool in Show Delta Soprano. SG160713-116NG
Reaching the highest note: Barry Enderby with Best Leicester Longwool in Show Delta Soprano. SG160713-116NG
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The Malton Agricultural Society trophy for the best Leicester Longwool in show has been won by a Whaplode breeder.

Barry Enderby, of Wallisgate, brought the cup out of Yorkshire for the first time in its 63-year history.

Barry has had Leicester Longwools at Whaplode for 30 years and came home from The Malton Show with a clutch of medals.

He won the ewe class, reserve male champion, first with the ewe and then first and second with the Longwool females and then the ultimate award, the female champion, with Delta Soprano.

Barry said: “The trophy is quite important because it’s for the best in show in the Leicester Longwool class, which was first awarded in 1950. It’s the first time it’s ever been awarded to anybody outside of Yorkshire – and it was a Yorkshire judge.

“I feel pretty good about it because we have had a pretty bad year in terms of things happening in the society. I have had lots of success at the show, but have always just been beaten by a Yorkshire breeder right at the end.”

Barry also won the fleece competition from a female called Delta Sassy.

The past chairman of the breed society feels strongly they should be looking after the heritage of the breed, “rather than yielding to modern fashion”. Leicester Longwools are the second rarest sheep, with just eight true blood lines remaining.