History And Breed Information

 

A History of the Devon Dexter Group

The Devon Group was founded in November 1986 and the first meeting held in Ilsington and was attended by fourteen like minded Dexter owners who elected Mr Philip Huxtable to be Chairman and Mrs Rosemary Brown as the Secretary/Treasurer.  The aim of the group was to support and help Dexter owners living in Devon. 

Gradually more shows in the south had classes for Dexters and the group helped each other with travelling to these cowshows, namely the Newbury Show when Bob Huntley borrowed a 17 ton lorry and took people and their cattle up to Berkshire. In 1987 Mrs Philippa Laing brought back the championship and in 1988 the Devon Group held its own Championship Show at Hatherleigh.

The formation of the group helped promote beef sales and sales of cattle in the area, and generally facilitate a good time.  The parties on the Dexter lines at the Devon County Show when it was at Whipton were quite a riot and enjoyed by many. 

A Herd competition was held in 1995 for the first time in the South West and the overall winner was Mr Bernard Stamp.  The competition was very successful and promoted an interest in both the Dexter breed and the Society itself.  It was considered to be a good way to involve members who were not interested in showing and it was hoped that it might help break down the barriers between long and short legged animals.  The competition went national two years later.

The Devon Group has had strong links with Cornwall throughout, and to this day we attend each other’s meetings and social gatherings.  We have also built up a close friendship with the Wessex Group, they are well known for their fun skittles evenings,  and Philippa Laing judged their popular Wessex Group Cattle Show last year, eleven classes and a great turnout of cattle was recorded - despite Defra!!

 

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