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27th April, 2015

The youngster is taking part in showing his Exmoor Horns on the opening day of the Show – May 27 – which will also be his 11th birthday.

And that’s just one of the classes which William and brother Dougie, 13, of Purton Stoke, near Cricklade, in Wiltshire have entered with sheep from their own flocks.
Mum Vicky said: “Dougie has Black Welsh Mountain and William has Exmoor Horns. The boys do everything for their sheep and this will be their third Bath and West where they will be showing.

“They are competitive with each other but they also support each other and help each other which is lovely.”
Both boys breed sheep with William now having a home bred flock and Dougie not far behind.

“They know their sheep individually and enjoy looking after them; although I got the night shift for lambing – it was supposed to fall in the school holidays but the sheep waited until the boys went back to school,” she laughed.

The youngsters have already scooped awards at previous Royal Bath and West Shows and others around the South West to the delight of mum and dad, Fred.

Says Vicky: “It is a good way of seeing different parts of the country and they have made some lovely friends.”
The Royal Bath and West Show takes place in half term at the Showground in Shepton Mallet from May 27 to May 30.
Advance saver prices are on sale until 26 May 2015 are £19 for an adult including two children admitted free, £5 for additional child.

Gate prices are £22 adult, £7 child and £49 family and new for 2015 £20 Concessions with proof of ID for disabled/carers, students and senior citizens.

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