Triple triumph for Spriggs

Sally HincksThe West Australian

Both grand champion Poll Merinos - ram and ewe - were from East Strathglen in what was a stunner of a show for the Sprigg family.

The 4-tooth ram had earlier won his strong wool championship and the 4-tooth ewe her fine-medium wool championship.

"He has tremendous length of staple in his top quality wool," judge Kim Henderson said. "He's the complete package."

Earlier, judge Richard House had said he was a standout ram with beautiful soft wool.

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In the strong wool ram championship, the reserve was from Eastville Park.

The ram's grandmother was Queen and his grandfather Sir Winston. Duke was the sire, Rowland Sprigg said.

Reserve to the grand champion was Clinton Blight's Seymour Park ram.

The East Strathglen grand champion ewe was highly praised by judge Karen Huskisson.

"She is an exceptional ewe and the quality of her wool is outstanding," she said. "It is exquisite wool and she is almost faultless."

Reserve here was Wellard's Hyfield medium wool champion ewe.

The strong wool ewe champion was from the Patterson family's Woolkabin stud with the reserve from East Strathglen.

In the fine-medium wool ram championship it was a great day for Clinton Blight's Seymour Park stud when his 4-tooth ram was sashed as champion. The Bolt family's Claypans ram was in reserve.

The champion is by Coromandel 2 (Sir Thomas) and out of a Shahs specially-selected ewe.

The champion fine-medium ewe and her reserve were both from East Strathglen.

Hyfield took out the fine wool Poll Merino ram championship with a Seymour Park ram in reserve.

"He has fine wool all over him and it's carried right through his long body," judge Huskisson said of the Hyfield champion.

A Claypans ewe was sashed as the fine wool champion with a Rosedale ewe in reserve.

The champion medium wool ram was from the Lewis family's Pallinup stud with a Seymour Park ram in reserve.

In the ewes, a Hyfield entry was sashed as medium wool champion with Claypans in reserve.

The champion ram lamb and champion ewe lamb both came from Gaden Rose's Mardo Well stud at Dandaragan.

"It was a unanimous decision on the ram which has bright wool, is well-balanced and has good spring of rib," judge Henderson said.

Using an AI program, the ram is sired by Collinsville Majestic, Gaden said.

"The ewe has excellent size and bone and carries beautiful soft, bright wool. She is beautifully finished and has a good underline," the judge said.

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