Royal Highland Show Results
An entry of 32 Belties made for an interesting event at the Royal Highland Show in 2016. Equally encouraging was the distance travelled by exhibitors, with entries from as far afield as Rutland in the Midlands. The judge for this year’s competition was Stuart Renton, a very experienced stockman who worked with the famous Broadmeadows herd of Belted Galloways.
At the request of the Society a new class had been added to the show for junior heifers born on or after 1st April 2015 and this was the first to be judged. Five entries were forward and the quality was of a very high standard. First prize went to Carolyn Fletcher’s homebred heifer, Barwise Ermione. Out of another homebred cow, Barwise Ermine, this calf was sired by Whitepool Kitemark which is breeding excellent calves and is much in demand on the semen market. Second place went to Mochrum Estate’s heifer Mochrum Carrie and third was R.K.G. Farms’ Auchengassel Nayla.
The next heifer class was for females born between 24th June 2014 and 31st March 2015 and R.K.G. Farms did well here, collecting the first prize rosette for their homebred heifer Auchengassel Meadow Sweet. Sired by Mochrum Cantana, which was bought at castle Douglas, Meadow sweet is out of a homebred cow Auchengassel Ivy. Runner up in this class was Judith Cowie’s heifer Copelaw Isabella, a homebred daughter of Tobergill Ivy by the red and white A.I. sire Mochrum Huckleberry. Third place went to Robert Brown’s Brodale Dreama Darcy.
The senior heifer class for females born between 1st September 2013 and 23rd June 2014 presented the judge with a challenge with all ten entries forward. A most impressive sight in the ring, the overall quality was of a very high standard and the worthy winner was Anne Bell’s Broadmeadows May 30th . Bred in the recently-dispersed Broadmeadows herd of Douglas Crighton, May 30th was sired by Anne’s own bull, Clifton Hercules, himself a prize winning animal and now a useful addition to the breed’s A.I. stud. Second place went to R.K.G. Farms’ Auchengassel Made My Day, a daughter of the homebred bull Auchengassel Defender and dam Auchengassel Jade. Third place went to Jane Landers’ homebred heifer Cairnsmore Ivory Melody. Following this class the Ian B.M. Hamilton trophy for the best heifer was also awarded to Broadmeadows May 30th.
The cow class, for females born before 31st August 2013, saw four entries forward and Joe and Zan Kirk’s six year old Huntfield Opal took the honours here, also picking up the Kinrea Trophy for the best cow. No stranger to the show circuit, this excellent cow is out of the homebred Huntfield Good Friday by sire Broadmeadows Lennie. Second place went to the Laing’s four year old Coulmony Maree, another Whitepool Kitemark daughter. Her calf also scooped the John Corrie Perpetual trophy for the best calf at foot. Third placed cow was Ashley Thom’s Whitlaw Fairy. After the cow class the special prize for the best female was also won by Broadmeadows May 30th.
On to the bulls, and the junior class for bulls born on or after 24th June 2014 featured three entries. First place went to the Landers’ Ryehills Elliot son Cairnsmore Irwin. Runner up was Coulmony Garry, the Laing’s homebred bull sired by Mosstonmuir Paddy and third prize was Mochrum Estate’s homebred bull Mochrum Defender.
All seven entries in the senior bull class were forward presenting stiff competition for the class of bulls born on or before 23rd June 2014. More credit went to the sire Whitepool Kitemark here, with his three year old son Barwise Javalin winning the class for Carolyn Fletcher. A close second was Anne Bell’s Broadmeadows Jamie, another one of Douglas Chrighton’s breeding which was also sired by Anne’s top bull Clifton Hercules. Third placed senior bull was Duncan Maxwell’s homebred two year old Lomond Auchentoshan, a Southfield Dun Ronaldo son of the dam Solway Event. Following this class the best bull special prize went to Carolyn Fletcher’s Barwise Javalin, with Broad meadows Jamie the reserve.
This left only the championship to decide, and Stuart Renton could not go past the Best Female Broadmeadows May 30th, bringing a broad grin to Anne bell’s face. Reserve Champion was the Best Bull Barwise Javalin.
The final prize was the Lyall-Bower trophy for the herd which had won the most points in the main classes, and this was presented by Dr. Jane Bower to R.K.G. Farm’s Kyla Graham.