|Vendéen National Championships||Sunday||15th June||Pauric Nyland||091 850864||Cheryl O’Brien, Geoff Ashton||086 852 5588 087 977 5627|
|Roundfort, Co Mayo – No entries||Sunday||8th June||Kathleen Nally||094 9540196||Pat Fitzgerald||086 350 9587|
|Fingal County Show -Pedigree Sheep Section Cancelled||Saturday||28th June||Tony Corbally||087 2529991||Ann Ford||086 023 7721|
|Charleville||Sunday||29th June||Eleanor Fleming||086 4000325||Geoff Ashton||087 977 5627|
|Athlone||Sunday||29th June||Oliver Flanagan||090 6472138||Yvonne Johnston||087 266 3020|
|Omagh (N.I.)||Saturday||5th July||Edwin Cartwright||028 82242500||Daryl Moffit||0788 992 5015|
|Clonmel (4 classes)||Sunday||6th July||Sheila Quinn||052 21413||Cheryl O’Brien||086 852 5588|
|Mullingar||Sunday||13th July||Eileen White||087 997 1306||Yvonne Johnston||087 266 3020|
|Castlewellan (N.I.)||Saturday||19th July||Jackie Fitzpatrick||028 40638087||Jim Macaulay||028 406 50004|
|Erris (Belmullet)||Sunday||27th July||Mary B Murphy||087 354 1607||Tom Duffy||086 262 1385|
|Clogher Valley (N.I.)||Wednesday||30th July||Ruth Montgomery||028 85548883||Daryl Moffit||0788 992 5015|
|Tinahely||Monday B.H.||4th August||Catherine O’Donohoe||0402 34922||Mark Crowe||087 285 6203|
|Bonniconlon, Co Mayo||Monday B.H.||4th August||Bridie Judge||096 45187||Tom Duffy||086 262 1385|
|Tullamore||Sunday||10th August||Freda Kinnerney||057 9352141||Ciaran Coughlan||086 822 9900|
|Roscommon||Saturday||16th August||Ursula Hannon||09066 37644||Martin Mannion||086 825 4459|
|Virginia||Wednesday||20th August||Michael Barry||086 384 7544||Ann Ford||086 023 7721|
|Limerick||Sunday||24th August||Angela O’Mara||061 355298||Geoff Ashton||087 977 5627|
|Royal Meath (Trim)||Sunday||7th September||Betty Gannon||086 735 5557||Mark Crowe||087 285 6203|
Show Flock of the Year
The Show Flock of the Year award will be based on points from each breeder’s eight best shows from the shows listed. For a class to be eligible, it must have 3 or more entries from 2 or more breeders.
Show Flock of the Year (N.I.)
This trophy has been kindly donated by Ann Ford and will be for all breeders in the 6 Counties who are excluded from showing in the Republic due to Department of Agriculture restrictions.
The criteria will be as above except that, at present, there are only THREE qualifying shows. These are Castlewellan, Clogher Valley and Omagh .
We would welcome the addition of further show venues and would urge you to let us know if you have any suggestions. Initially, it might not be possible to get classes for Vendéens but if 2 breeders participate in “open” classes – they will still qualify under the present criteria.
Novice Show Flock Competition
This award is in the form of a perpetual trophy kindly sponsored by the “Killeen Vendéen Flock” and is confined to new breeders who have joined the Irish Vendéen Sheep Society within the last three years. Points will be awarded in the same way as the “Show flock of the Year” competition but will be based on the breeder’s best 5 shows of those listed.
In addition to the major shows listed here, there are numerous smaller Agricultural shows taking place in nearly every town and village across the Country. Taking part in these smaller shows is one of the best ways of showcasing our sheep as people will often take an interest and ask questions about the breed. Please try to enter in your local shows – even if they do not have Vendéen classes there will usually be continental classes that you could enter. This is a great way to meet other sheep breeders and, maybe, potential customers. It is also great fun!