Club Showing Competitions

The GOSPBC organises four special competitions each year open to club members only.

Champion of Champions 2017 – Judge TBA

This takes place for 2017 at The Malvern Autumn Show 23-24 September and brings together qualifying pigs from 10 major shows to compete for the prestigious Elwes Memorial Cup. Only the Breed Champion from each of the shows below is eligible to come forward for the finals. If the breed Champion is unable to attend then the reserve Champion may attend in its place. A Qualifier rosette is awarded at each at the shows and if a pig has already qualified at an earlier show, then the next down the line should be awarded the Qualifier rosette.(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.

QUALIFIER SHOWS

SHOW DATES SHOW DATES
South Suffolk 14th May Royal Cheshire 20th-21st June
Devon County 18th-20th May Welsh Spring 20th-21st May
Royal Bath & West 31st May-3rd June Staffordshire 31st May-1st June
Royal Cornwall 8th-10th June South of England 8th-10th June
Royal Three Counties 16th-18th June  Great Yorkshire  11th-13th July

Northern Championships 2017 – Judge TBA

The Northern Championships will return to be judged for 2017 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.  Again, in the event of a pig already having qualified, the next in line should receive the qualifier rosette and be eligible to compete. 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.

QUALIFIER SHOWS

SHOW DATES SHOW DATES
    Notts County 13th-14th May
Staffordshire 31st May -1st June Suffolk County 31st May-1st June
Royal Cheshire 20th-21st June Lincolnshire County 21st-22nd June
Royal Norfolk 28th-29th June Great Yorkshire 11h-13th July

Southern Championships 2017 – Judge TBA
This works in exactly the same way as the Northern Championships and qualifiers can attend the Royal Berkshire & Newbury Show for the finals in September. You do not need to have entered the show but can contact the livestock officer to book a pen for the final. 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.

QUALIFIER SHOWS

SHOW DATES SHOW DATES
Dorset Rare Breeds 29th May    
North Somerset 1st May Devon County 18th – 20th May
Welsh Spring Show 20th-21st May Royal Bath & West 31st May-3rd June
South of England 8th-10th June Royal Cornwall 8th-10th June
Royal Three Counties *option to go in Northern Championship if preferred 16th—18th June Royal Welsh 24th – 27th July
Singleton 16th July Mid-Devon 22nd July
Cranleigh 2nd July Okehampton 10th August
Dorset (Dorchester) 2nd-3rd September Royal Berkshire & Newbury 16th – 17th 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.

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