Kelvin Fletcher and his wife Liz were both reduced to tears in Monday night’s episode of Kelvin’s Big Farming adventure after their oldest daughter scored a rosette in Derbyshire’s most prestigious sheep show.
The Fletchers, who live on a Peak District farm near Buxton, attended the Ashbourne Show with three of their Cotswold sheep, each entered with Kelvin, Liz, and their daughter Marnie.
While both parents failed to place, Marnie snapped up the rosette for fourth place with her sheep, Rosie, and the 2019 Strictly winner couldn’t help but shed a tear of pride for his daughter, stating he was the “proudest dad”.
Founded in 1881, the Ashbourne Show is Derbyshire’s premiere agricultural event, and the nerves were getting to the Fletchers before they took the ring, with Kelvin mentioning that he had “butterflies” when they arrived.
They had spent days prepping the sheep for the show, as winning a coveted rosette can significantly increase the value of the flock when sold on.
Training involved teaching the sheep to walk and stand using a halter.
First up was Kelvin in the category, rare ewes, and despite having a well-behaved sheep, the competition was too tough and he failed to place.
Liz had a much trickier time taming the ram Daniel, who refused to co-operate, and spent the category playing dead.
But it was Marnie and Rosie who stole the show, with an incredible performance from the pair seeing them place fourth, making both parents incredibly proud.
“Its such an overwhelming feeling – I never thought I’d be crying over a sheep show” said Liz.
The episode also followed the Fletchers as Kelvin built a new outdoor pen for the family’s three pigs, which Liz dubbed “Pig Palace”, and the rest of the family worked on renovating the farmhouse on the plot into a high-end luxury holiday let.
The fifth episode of Kelvin’s Big Farming Adventure will air on February 14, on BBC One at 8.30pm.