Renowned Texel breeders Gordon and David Gray of Sunnycroft, Lindean won the Champion of Champions prize with a gimmer on her first outing at the Border Union Show, Kelso, last Saturday.
The father and son team are regularly in the ribbons and achieve good prices for their stock, but Saturday was the first time they’d taken the show’s top award.
A delighted David said: “This is a dream come true. It was one thing to win the Texels, it’s a lottery to win the inter-breed and even more of a lottery to win the champion of champions.”
Utterly Butterly became the Grays’ second Texel to win the sheep interbreed trophy earlier in the day (1998 was the last time).
Sired by £6,000 Knock Topaz, her mother was interbreed champion at Perth Show last year and her grandmother was Kelso’s reserve interbreed in 2011.
Champion of Champions judge Tom Tennant of Gilmanscleuch, Ettrick commented: “It was a very good line-up, every champion was worthy. The gimmer has tremendous breed character, she’s just an outstanding sheep.”
The pair had a successful showing year last year when they took the Scottish Texel Breeders Club’s Jubilee Trophy, awarded for the most points gained at five nominated shows, for the second time in three years. And former Texel Sheep Society president Gordon had the honour of judging Texels at the Highland Show last year, the highlight of his farming career so far.