Agri Expo 2014Borderway Agri-Expo Open British Blue Calf Show

Friday 31st October 2014

Judge: Gail Ellis (Trencrom Herd)


Generously sponsored by Davidsons Animal Feeds

The Border British Blue Club staged their seventh annual open calf show on Friday 31st October 2014 at the Borderway Agri-Expo 2014 at Borderway Mart, Carlisle when there was a catalogued entry of 47 calves. This was made up of 18 males and 29 females all UK born pedigree registered calves born on or after 1st October 2013.

The club would like to thank the sponsors of this event, Davidsons Animal Feeds who supplied the prize money and the club provided the rosettes and coffee on the stand.

Trophies - David Dickinson Memorial Trophy for the overall champion calf; BK Ryder Memorial Trophy for the reserve overall champion calf; Bellas Perpetual Trophy for the best animal opposite sex to the champion, Norbreck Genetics Perpetual Trophy for the breeder with the most points and the Pendle plaque for the winner of the young handler class presented by the Hartley family.

Chairman Richard Brough would like to thank all those who supplied cattle for the British Blue stand at the Agri-Expo they certainly generated a lot of interest and were a great spectacle for the breed. He would also like to say a big thank you to all those who helped on the Blue stand. It was very much appreciated.

The Judge, Gail Ellis, (Trencrom Herd) delivered a master class on judging and ring etiquette.

Exhibitors travelled the length and breadth of the country to support this event which has grown to be the winter show of choice.

The female & overall championship went to R & M Paterson with Auchenlay IO ET. An October 2013 born black heifer from the Heros du Peroy (IS) & Auchenlay Fair Maid ET flush. Alan Dickinson brother of the late David Dickinson (official society auctioneer to the British Blue Cattle Society 1989-2007) presented the David Dickinson memorial trophy to Rab Paterson.

The male & reserve overall championship was awarded to Kevin Watret with Solway View Jackpot an 8 month old bull calf who is another outstanding calf from the 2011 Royal Highland Show champion Solway View Firecracker (SR) ET. He is out of Bringlee Evadine ET. The BK Memorial Trophy for the reserve overall champion animal was presented to Kevin Watret. They were also presented with the Bellas trophy for the best animal opposite sex to the champion.

Kevin Watret went on to take the reserve female championship with Solway View Illusion ET. A November born heifer from the Solway View Dynamite ET and Solway View Euphoria ET flush.

Taking the reserve male championship was Ian McGarva with Abington I Am Legend. An October born son of Tweeddale Ebony (SR) ET and out of Lukeroyal Guess ET.

The young handler class was a very strong class with 6 competitors competing for the trophy. It was won by Josh Bellas (14) leading Croftends Iceman. Elaine & Mark Hartley awarded Josh with the Pendle plaque. He was closely followed by Ross Comrie (12) leading Stonebyres Imp, with Tom Ryder (14) a close 3rd leading Solway View Imogen ET.

DJ & B Spours won the Progeny group with two Newton Blues Elvis ET calves. Brownridge Blues Jackpot (male) (1st in his class) out of College Valley Fame ET and Brownridge Blues J Lo (heifer) (1st in her class) out of College Valley Fifi ET.

The Norbreck Genetics perpetual trophy for the breeder with the most points was awarded to Kevin Watret (Solway View Herd).

Commenting after the show Gail Ellis said “I have thoroughly enjoyed judging such a high quality and well presented entry of cattle, which will hold the breed in good stead for the future. They were a credit to each and every exhibitor.”


Class prize winners were as follows: -

Class 1) male born between 01.10.13 and 31.12.13:
1st & reserve male champion Abington I Am Legend (Ian McGarva);
2nd Stonebyres I Spy (A & CS Comrie);
3rd Croftends Iceman (JE Bellas & Son);
4th Stonebyres Imp (A & CS Comrie);
5th Keasden Head Idonis ET (S Mason).

Class 2) male born between 01.01.14 and 28.02.14:
1st, male, reserve overall champion & best animal opposite sex to the champion Solway View Jackpot (Kevin Watret);
2nd Abington Jumbo (Ian McGarva);
3rd Solway View Jasper (Kevin Watret);
4th Croftends Josh ET (JE Bellas & Son);
5th Clifftown Jock (Dylan Townend).

Class 3) male born between 01.03.14 and 30.06.14:
1st Brownridge Blues Jackpot (DJ & B Spours);
2nd Tanat Jupiter ET (WR & WW Jones);
3rd Haneve Jupiter ET (JA & E Murray);
4th Tweeddale Jedward (Redhead & Watson);
5th Tanat Jasper ET (WR & WW Jones)

Class 4) female born between 01.10.13 and 15.11.13:
1st, female champion & overall champion – Auchenlay IO ET (R & M Paterson);
2nd Blue Mist Inca ET (PJ & HL Brindley);
3rd Auchenlay Ibby ET (R & M Paterson);
4th Blue Mist Inepaisse ET (PJ & HL Brindley);
5th Croftends Indiana ET (JE Bellas & Son).

Class 5) female born between 20.11.13 and 31.12.13:
1st & reserve female champion Solway View Illusion ET (Kevin Watret);
2nd Solway View Imogen ET (Kevin Watret);
3rd Solway View Irresistable ET (Kevin Watret);
4th Blue Mount Isla (Deric W Noble);
5th Chardaney Imarni ET (Mycocks Agri Ltd).

Class 6) female born between 01.01.14 and 28.02.14:
1st Brownridge Blues J Lo (DJ & B Spours);
2nd Tanat J Lo ET (WR & WW Jones);
3rd Moorsley Judy ET (Paul Brannen).

Class 7) female born between 01.03.14 and 05.04.14:
1st Tanat Jemma ET (WR & WW Jones);
2nd Blackstane Jadore (K Blackwood & D Davidson);
3rd Tipladys Jorja ET (Richard J Tiplady);
4th Haneve Joules (JA & E Murray);
5th Solway View Jubilee (Kevin Watret).

Class 8) female born between 15.04.14 and 31.05.14:
1st Tweeddale Jazzy (Redhead & Watson);
2nd Solway View Jessie (Kevin Watret);
3rd Kelowna Joules (Steve & Claire Pattinson);
4th Tipladys Joules ET (Richard J Tiplady).

Class 9) Young Handler (aged 16 and under):

1st Josh Bellas (14) leading Croftends Iceman ET;
2nd Ross Comrie (12) leading Stonebyres Imp;
3rd Tom Ryder (14) leading Solway View Imogen ET;
4th Holly Bellas (8) leading Croftends Indiana ET;
5th Joe Pattinson (9) leading Kelowna Joules;
6th Georgia Mason-Thornton (13) leading Keasden Head Isis Campbell

Class 10 Progeny (2 animals by the same sire but out of different dams):

1st DJ & B Spours – Brownridge Blues Jackpot & Brownridge Blues J Lo (sired by Newton Blues Elvis ET).