The GOSPBC organises four special competitions each year open to club members only.
Champion of Champions 2020 – Judge TBA
This takes place for 2020 at The Malvern Autumn Show 26-27 September and brings together the winning first place and reserve pigs qualifying from 9 major shows to compete for the prestigious Elwes Memorial Cup. Qualifying rosettes will be presented at each of the shows. (Competitors must be members of the BPA)
The winner receives not only the prestigious trophy for the year but a special rosette and sash and a cheque for £75. The runner-up receives a special rosette and a cheque for £25.
|Welsh Spring||16th-17th May|
|Devon County||21st-23rd May||Royal Cheshire||16th-17th June|
|Royal Bath & West||28th-29th May||Staffordshire||27th-28th May|
|Royal Cornwall||4th-6th June||South of England||11th-13th June|
|Royal Three Counties||12th-14th June||Great Yorkshire||14th-16th July|
Northern Championships 2020 – Judge TBA
The Northern Championships will be judged for 2020 at Great Yorkshire Show in July. Like the Champion of Champions, qualifier rosettes are awarded to the Breed Champions at each of the qualifier events listed below. Only pigs owned by GOSPBC members can take part in this competition.
The winner receives the Myrtle Styles Memorial Trophy for the year, a sash and special rosette and a cheque for £35. The runner-up receives a special rosette and a cheque for £15.
|Balmoral (NI)||13th-16th May||Notts County||9th-10th May|
|Northumberland||25th May||Suffolk County
|Honley||13th June||Lincolnshire County||24th-25th June|
|Royal Norfolk||1st-2nd July||Great Yorkshire||9th-11th July|
Southern Championships 2020 – Judge TBA
This works in exactly the same way as the Northern Championships and qualifiers can attend the Dorset County Show for the final in September. Prizes too are similar with a perpetual trophy, sash, rosette and cheque for £35 to the winner and a rosette and cheque for £15 to the runner-up. Only pigs owned by GOSPBC members can take part in this competition.
|Dorset Rare Breeds||25th May|
|North Somerset||4th May||Chertsey||8th-9th August|
|Heathfield||23rd May||Egham||29th-30th August|
|South of England||6-8th June||Edenbridge & Oxted||30th-31st August|
|South Gloucestershire||1-2 August||Singleton||19th July|
|FINAL: Dorset (Dorchester)||5th-6th September|
GOS Pig of the Year (Open to Club Members Only)
This last is a points-based competition for the individual pig which, throughout the show season, has accumulated the highest score of points from all shows. Application forms are sent to all exhibitors at the end of the show season and claims made in time for the prizes to be presented at the following AGM. The winner receives the Ray Sims Memorial Trophy for the year, a sash and rosette and the runner-up receives a rosette. All shows count towards the total points but the larger shows have a weighting factor applied. You can print a form to enter your pig here. GOSPBCPigoftheYearAwardPointsForm
A lot of effort goes into these events and if you are lucky enough to get a qualifier for any of them, do please make the effort to attend the finals and bring your prize-winner out to compete for the main prize! Good Luck