Riggit Galloway Cattle Society 2013 Summer Meeting Report
The Riggit Galloway Cattle Society held it’s summer meeting and farm walks on the 15th and 16th August 2013 in Cumbria.
Fast becoming a recognised calendar highlight, this year’s event was kindly centred on our hosts the Richardson family and their Stonehouse herd of Riggit Galloways.
The Society comprises a friendly group of like-minded breeders dedicated to resurrecting this archaic colour strain of Galloway cattle.
By happy co-incidence many of our members are also Belted Galloway breeders and this year, as in several previous summer visits, we were treated to see the Belted Galloways as well.
The RGCS formal meeting convened at The George and Dragon at Dent, Dentdale and welcomed members from all over the UK, a Canadian Galloway breeder of Riggits and other Galloways, representatives from BGCS Council and new associate members.
A number of matters were discussed including new incoming RGCS participation at The World Galloway Congress 2016 held in Galloway and breeding reports in advance of the publication of Volume 2 of the bi-ennial Herdbook.
Day 1 afternoon was spent in the Yorkshire Dales National Park at Stonehouse, Cowgill, Dent, hill farm home to William and Emma Richardson, their Riggit and Belted Galloway herds, Swaledale, Mule and Dalesbred flocks. The weather was wet but didn’t dampen our spirits as we toured the farm which rises to over 1800ft. Poplar Nedthered, red Belted stock bull, was a picture around his harem and the rain lifted enough for us to briefly get magnificent views and a group photo by the viaduct. The weather did not lift enough to get sight of the Stonehouse Whitebred Shorthorns sadly.
In the late afternoon, some hardy hill folk walked back from top of the hill to Stonehouse to join the main group for a fabulous BBQ, sadly driving rain meant in the barn not the garden. It was a truly family affair with Emma’s family helping with such splendid hospitality.
Day 2 involved a tour of the new NWA J36 mart complex at Crooklands with Director John Geldard and the NWA Fieldsman. We then took the three mile run to High Row House, Lupton, home of our hosts Stan and Margaret Richardson. There followed a comprehensive tour of all the cattle groups. Stock bulls Sherberton Rufus and TwoMills Moses with respective Riggit Galloway groups, youngstock of every colour variety, Blonde d’Aquitaine cross cows running with their Blonde bull and mule ewe lambs.
Every year the catering (and waistline measurements) exceed previous hospitality. The high tea at High Row being no exception but it was a good chance to mingle with family and Society members.
A huge thank you to William and Emma, Stan and Margaret and families for all their hardwork in putting this impressive programme together
Retiring to The Sun at Dent that night, well fed and wowed by the cattle, stockmanship, attention to detail and the scenery and setting, we had the chance to say our farewells before members departed to Scotland, the South West, Northumberland, Dorset, Suffolk, even Canada.
The photos take a small snapshot of the days but cannot really convey the conviviality of these summer meetings nor the craic.
We hope you enjoy the photos, why not come along next year, you’d all be very welcome?
Jeremy Perkins for the Riggit Galloway Cattle Society
Contact: Anton Coaker, Honorary Secretary