Two Cups in a row makes three

Lara LadymanCountryman

The spectacle of the Grand Parade was the backdrop to the announcement of this year's Governor's Cup winner, Banksia Park Alpaca stud for the second year in a row.

For Jenny and George Jackson and their daughter, Sophie, who manages the Serpentine-based stud, it was the third time they had taken home the Cup, awarded for the most points in the livestock section across 10 classes.

This year, 21 of their 800 alpacas strutted their stuff at the Perth Royal, including 4.5-year-old Huacaya male Banksia Park Colorado which was crowned supreme alpaca.

He is one of 30 Banksia Park alpacas headed to Sydney to compete in this week's national championships.

The Jacksons' first Governor's Cup win was in 2006 when they tied with Loreen and Tony Kitchen's Bandeeka stud.

This year, the Kitchens exhibited about 30 beef cattle of three breeds, gaining most points in the cattle showing which made them a finalist in judging for the 2011 Governor's Cup.

The third finalist was the Squiers family's Shirlee Downs stud, which gained most points in the sheep shed.

Among its many ribbons at this year's Royal, Bandeeka stud took out three of the five interbreed champions - the senior cow, junior bull and group of three.

Fay, Chris, Sascha and Adrian Squiers exhibited about 35 Poll Dorset and Prime Samms on behalf of Shirlee Downs.

In the list of achievements for the stud at this year's Show was the interbreed supreme group of one ram and two ewes with their Prime Samms.

They also took home broad ribbons with their champion Prime Samm ewe and reserve Prime Samm ram and ewe and the reserve Poll Dorset champion ram.

The 2011 Perth Royal Show saw an estimated 440,000 show-goers pass through the gates.

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