Ruby Tannahill, 13, Aims for Supreme Title at Balmoral Show with Apollo

Ruby Tannahill, 13, prepares to compete with her family's sheep, including Apollo, at the prestigious Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland. The family aims to win the Supreme title after Apollo won the reserve champion title in the Rouge class last year.

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Ruby Tannahill, 13, Aims for Supreme Title at Balmoral Show with Apollo

Ruby Tannahill, 13, Aims for Supreme Title at Balmoral Show with Apollo

Ruby Tannahill, a 13-year-old from Coleraine, Northern Ireland, is gearing up to compete with her family's sheep, including Apollo, at the prestigious Balmoral Show from May 15-18, 2024, at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn. Last year, Apollo won the reserve champion title in the Rouge class, and Ruby hopes to take home the Supreme title this year.

Ruby's family, including her parents, Alan and Jayne Tannahill, and her 9-year-old sister, Anna Mae, are Balmoral Show veterans with over 20 years of experience in showing sheep. The family switched from dairy farming to sheep farming a couple of years ago due to financial reasons. Mrs. Tannahill has kept pet lambs since she was a child, and the move to sheep farming made more financial sense.

Preparing a prize-winning ram like Apollo takes months of work, including washing, trimming, and spraying. Ruby and her family have been coaching, clipping, and conditioning their animals in preparation for the show. Ruby enjoys competing against others and wants to win, saying, "I enjoy getting rosettes for my sheep and competing against others. I definitely want to win."

The Balmoral Show is the premier event in Northern Ireland's farming calendar, attracting over 100,000 people each year. The show is a significant event for the farming community, and the Tannahill family always makes time for it. Mr. Tannahill says, "It's good craic, a good day out. The Balmoral Show is the first of the farming get-togethers, and it sets you up for the rest of the year."

Ruby's competitive spirit shines through as she prepares for the show. "You are all up against each other, friends, become, enemies, show afterwards you're all friends again, but while you're in the show they're your enemies," she says. Her younger sister Anna-Mae also helps with the preparations, explaining, "On the day you have to wash it to make sure it's very clean. Also, you have to brush it and you take it out of its pen to the show ring and then you have to keep it steady for like 10 or 15 minutes and that can be tricky."

The Tannahill family's dedication to sheep farming and the Balmoral Show is a testament to their passion for agriculture. With Ruby's determination and Apollo's impressive track record, they are strong contenders for the Supreme title at this year's event. The Balmoral Show runs from May 15 to May 18, 2024, at the Eikon Exhibition Centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.

Key Takeaways

  • Ruby Tannahill, 13, to compete with her sheep at Balmoral Show 2024.
  • Ruby's family has 20+ years of experience in showing sheep.
  • Apollo, Ruby's sheep, won reserve champion title in 2023.
  • Ruby aims to win Supreme title at Balmoral Show 2024.
  • Balmoral Show runs from May 15-18, 2024, at Eikon Exhibition Centre.