In November 2004, Harry and Christina were given a pair of rare breed Berkshire pigs as a wedding present. They were called Huff & Puff. They proved such a sucess that Christina then decided to expand and bought two piglets and called them Acorn and Truffle. Between her and her sister theyproduced 26 piglets. The piglets were sold to fellow breeders to show, breed or turn into delicious pork.
SINGLETON SHOW - July 2006
Christina and Harry's pig showing debut! Acorn shown by Christina was placed 1st and then was reserve Champion. This meant she was qualifed for the Champion of Champions Berkshire pigbreed final at Newbury. Poor Harry spent most of the show running after his rather wild pig similar to a Benny Hill sketch!
THE ROYALCOUNTY of BERKSHIRE SHOW - September 2006
After making her showing debut at Singleton, Truffle reversed the placings wth her sister Acorn and went on to win the Berkshire Breed Championship at the prestigious Newbury Show on only her second start. She was first in the Young Sow class, then won the Berkshire bred championship.
LAMBOURN VINTAGE MACHINARY & RARE BREEDS SHOW - May 2007
Truffle won the Senior Sow class. Then there was Foot & Mouth so no more showing.
LAMBOURN VINTAGE MACHINARY AND RARE BREEDS SHOW May 2008
2008 season Truffle looked to retain her title and was joined in the show ring by her 1yr old daughter Russett. Both Truffle and Russett took part in the local Lambourn Show, a qualifier for Newbury. There were about 15-20 other pigs competing for the top prize and the standard was very high. After much deliberating by the judge Truffle won the Senior Sow class beating a very good Middle White. She then went on to take the Championship therefore being crowned Best Pig in Show! Russett didn't do quite as well as her mother but will come on from the experience.
THE ROYAL COUNTY of BERKSHIRE SHOW - Newbury September 2008
Both Truffle and Russett were entered in the same class - Senior Berkshire sow. Assisted by Master Tom Dunlop (2yrs) both sows were washed and shampooed and then oiled from snout to tail with baby oil, Johnson's of course, only the best! Due to a rather hectic racing season their fitness training schedule had taken a back seat so dispite gleaming they were a tad overweight. Much to everyone's joy and amazement Russet took 1st prize - Christina's first homebred winner and first ever homebred shown in the ring.
THE ROYAL COUNTY of BERKSHIRE SHOW - Newbury September 2009
Russet was unplaced but Truffle took 2nd place. Her show record remains intact for never being out of the top 3 at any show.
THE ROYAL COUNTY of BERKSHIRE SHOW - NEWBURY September 2010
Truffle was chosen to be the Face of the Show for 2010. Her image appeared on all the marketing and promotional material. Lara Marsh appeared next to her as both Tom and William Dunlop refused to play ball during the photographer's session! Duing the hard winter she had incurred a leg injury and subsquently lost half a trotter so her showing time was now over. She still made an appearance at the Show and held court in the pig tent being admired by many of her fans. Some were heard to say "Is that the famous pig off the radio"! She had been featured on BBC Berkshire Radio. She also appeared on ITV local news andin a photoshoot for a magazine.
William aged 2yrs made his showing debut inthe Young Handlers class taking Truffle into the arena. He was thrilled to bits to received a Highly Commended rosette.
ROYAL COUNTY OF BERKSHIRE SHOW - NEWBURY 2015
Rosie and the boys returned to the show for the Junior Handler classes. William was out to retain his 2014 win in the un 8 which to much excitement he achieved! Tom came home with a well deserved 2nd place in the 8--12 class beaten by a much older child in a much delibarated final.
Due to racing committments Christina was unable to attend the usual number of shows and only made The Royal County of Berkshire Show at Newbury.