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North Craven Whites take two North of England Mule crowns at Gargrave Show

Updated: Aug 29, 2023


Abbey White with the supreme champion North of England Mule gimmer lamb at Gargrave Show.


Horton-in-Ribblesdale father and daughter, Gavin and Abbey White, had a field day in the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) show classes at Gargrave Show, the highlight of their multiple successes being the supreme champion single Mule gimmer lamb, later crowned reserve interbreed champion.


The Whites, who run Ribblesdale Bluefaced Leicesters, also stood first in two further show classes – the best pen of six Mule gimmer lambs and aged BFL ram with three Mule gimmer lambs, all sired by N1 Ribblesdale, the latter going on receive the champion’s rosette in the NEMSA Skipton Branch Progeny Show.


From left to right : Abbey, Alex & Gavin White and with the family’s class-winning Bluefaced Leicester ram and three North of England Mule gimmer lambs, later adjudged champions in the NEMSA Skipton Branch Progeny Show.


For good measure, the Whites, who will have tup lambs sired by N1 and out of his mother for sale this back end, also finished both second and third in the pairs of Mule gimmer lambs show class.

Father and son show judges, Robert and Matthew Emmott, Wythop Hall, Cockermouth, adjudicating in memory of their late father and grandfather, George, from Steeton, awarded the reserve championship to the second prize single Mule gimmer lamb from the Threshfield-based Kitching farming family, who themselves won two show classes - pair of Mule gimmer lambs and BFL shearling ram with three Mule gimmer progeny, plus third prize tickets with their pen of six Mule gimmer lambs and three Mule gimmers by the same sire.



Draughton husband and wife, Joe and Nancy Throup, picked up four prizes, finishing runners-up in both the pen of six and aged BFL ram with three Mule gimmer progeny classes, and third with their single Mule gimmer lamb and BFL shearling ram with three Mule gimmers.


The Mason family, Oddacres, Embsay, won the show class for a trio of Mule gimmers by the same sire, followed in second place by the Appletreewick-based Walkers, who also stood runners-up in the BFL shearling ram with three Mule gimmer progeny show class, the prize winners completed by a third place in the aged BFL ram with three Mule gimmer progeny class for Kevin Wilson and family, Blubberhouses.


Judges Robert and Matthew Emmott judging the progeny show at Gargrave


Results from Gargrave Show -


Single mule gimmer lamb

1st Gavin & Abbey White

2nd CD & RF Kitching

3rd Mr Joe Throup

Pair of mule gimmer lambs

1st CD & RF Kitching

2nd Gavin & Abbey White

3rd Gavin & Abbey White

Pen of 6 mule gimmer lambs

1st Gavin & Abbey White

2nd Mr Joe Throup

3rd CD & RF Kitching

Champion mule – G & A White

Reserve champion – CD & RF Kitching

Aged BFL Ram with 3 mule gimmer progeny

1st Gavin & Abbey White

2nd Mr Joe Throup

3rd JK Wilson & Son

Shearling BFL Ram with 3 mule gimmer progeny

1st CD & RF Kitching

2nd WP & B Walker

3rd Mr Joe Throup


3 mule gimmers by the same sire not shown in previous 2 classes

1st AJ Mason

2nd WP & B Walker

3rd CD & RF Kitching




Pictures: Kelly Armitage, CCM Auctions



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