Home-bred successes include: breed championships at the Great Yorkshire Show; the Royal Lancashire Show; Interbreed Championships at the York Rare Breeds Show and Sale; Interbreed Championships at the Rare and Native Stockbreeders’ Show and Sale at Skipton, and Breed Champion at the Carlisle Show and Sale; twin ewe lamb champions at the national Ryeland Show and Sale.
Additional successes at the Great Yorkshire Show have included Fleece Champion on two occasions. The Ryeland Wool on the Hoof championship has been won three times, and on two occasions subsequently went on to win overall Supreme Wool on the Hoof championship.
In 2016 Stephen won male and Ryeland Breed championship at the Great Yorkshire Show with Hardgate Valentino, who also went on to win Overall Wool on the Hoof at Malton, judged by the British Wool Board, and was also placed first at all successive shows in 2016. He was inter-breed champion at Halifax. His gimmer lamb was reserve champion at Ripley.
In 2017 Stephen was reserve champion with Valentino at Malton and North Yorkshire. At the Great Yorkshire Show, all sheep were placed despite a record number of Ryeland entries! Stephen won the Ryeland Fleece and Special award for the best Lowland Fleece.