Borderway Agri-Expo Open British Blue Calf Show
The Border British Blue Club staged their eighth annual open calf show on Friday 30th October 2015 at the Borderway Agri-Expo 2015 at Borderway Mart, Carlisle when there was a catalogued entry of 41 calves. This was made up of 19 males and 22 females all UK born pedigree registered calves born on or after 1st October 2015.
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, Jeff Dunn, (Highridge Blues Herd) commented that he had a great day judging the pedigree British Blue calves at the Borderway Agri-Expo and would like to thank the organisers for inviting him to judge. The quality of calves exhibited was excellent throughout and they were all turned out to a very high standard. Both my champion and reserve champion calves had great presence in the ring and were great examples of the breed. They were full of growth, muscle and had very good mobility and I would be very pleased to have both of these in my herd. I would also like to say thank you to the owners for presenting me with so many great calves and also to congratulate the youngsters for their hard work and enthusiasm in the young handlers class.
Exhibitors travelled the length and breadth of the country to support this event which has grown to be the winter show of choice.
The male & overall championship went to JE Bellas & Son with Croftends Kit ET. A March 2015 born bull calf from the Cromwell Fendt (SR) ET and Croftends Becky 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 Josh Bellas.
The reserve male championship was awarded to Matthew Jones with Graymar Jaegerbomb ET an October 2014 born bull calf from the Lennie Van Het Caloenhof (IS) and Graymar Glitter ET flush.
Kevin Watret won the female & reserve overall championship with Solway View Jitter. An October 2014 born heifer by Mountjoy Utopia (SR) and out of Lukeroyal Wonderful 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.
Taking the reserve female championship was Michael Phillips who had travelled up from Berkshire with two calves. Taking the honours was Drift Kitkat ET a March 2015 born heifer calf from the Drift Domino (SR) and Drift Fliss ET flush.
There was 3 very competitive young handlers competing for the Pendle plaque. It was won once again by Josh Bellas (15) leading Croftends Kit ET. Elaine Hartley presented Josh with the Pendle plaque. He was closely followed by Joe Pattinson (10) leading Drift Kitkat ET, with Hollie Bellas (9) a close 3rd leading Croftends Kendall ET.
Ross & Elaine Pattinson won the Progeny Group with two Boherard Canonta ET calves. Top Side Jake ET (male) (3rd in his class) out of Rathlyon Dinah ET and Top Side Jazz ET (female) (3rd in her class) out of Andys Esme ET.
DJ & B Spours were runners up in Progeny group with two Mountjoy Utopia (SR) calves. Brownridge Blues Kingpin (male) (1st in his class) out of College Valley Fifi ET and Brownridge Blues Kitty (heifer) (3rd in her class) out of College Valley Frisky ET.
The Norbreck Genetics perpetual trophy for the breeder with the most points was awarded to Matthew Jones (Graymar Herd).
Class prize winners were as follows: -
Class 1) male born between 01.10.14 and 31.12.14:
1st & reserve male champion Graymar Jaegerbomb ET (Matthew Jones);
2nd Top Side Joey ET (Ross & Elaine Pattinson);
3rd Top Side Jake ET (Ross & Elaine Pattinson).
Class 2) male born between 01.01.15 and 31.01.15
1st Tanat Kinsman ET (WR & WW Jones);
2nd Abington Knock-Out (Ian McGarva);
3rd Moorsley Kane (Paul Brannen);
4th Graymar Kaiser Cheif (Matthew Jones).
Class 3) male born between 01.02.15 and 31.03.15:
1st, male champion & overall champion Croftends Kit ET (JE Bellas & Son);
2nd Maes Klinsman ET (IP Jones);
3rd Bank Lane Kruger ET (JB Bowness);
4th Drift Kaiser ET (Mr & Mrs AS Phillips & Sons).
Class 4) male born between 01.04.15 and 30.04.15:
1st Brownridge Blues Kingpin (DJ & B Spours);
2nd Liley Knight (B Marsden);
3rd Solway View Kelvin ET (Kevin Watret).
Class 5) female born between 01.10.14 and 31.12.14:
1st female champion, reserve overall champion & best animal opposite sex to the champion Solway View Jitter (Kevin Watret);
2nd Graymar Jinx ET (Matthew Jones);
3rd Top Side Jazz ET (Ross & Elaine Pattinson).
Class 6) female born between 01.01.15 and 31.01.15:
1st Croftends Klass (JE Bellas & Son);
2nd Tanat Kindly ET (WR & WW Jones);
3rd Tanat Krystal ET (WR & WW Jones).
Class 7) female born between 01.02.15 and 31.03.15:
1st & reserve female champion Drift Kitkat ET (Mr & Mrs AS Phillips & Sons);
2nd Dyffryn Katrin ET (Catrin Edwards & Idris Jones);
3rd Croftends Kendall ET (JE Bellas & Son);
4th Graymar Keira ET (Matthew Jones);
5th Graymar Kitkat (Matthew Jones).
Class 8) female born between 01.04.15 and 31.05.15:
1st Solway View Kit Kat ET (Kevin Watret);
2nd Blue Mount Krystal (Deric W Noble);
3rd Brownridge Blues Kitty (DJ & B Spours).
Class 9) Young Handler (aged 16 and under):
1st Josh Bellas (15) leading Croftends Kit ET;
2nd Joe Pattinson (10) leading Drift Kitkat ET;
3rd Hollie Bellas (9) leading Croftends Kendall ET;
Class 10 Progeny (2 animals by the same sire but out of different
1st Ross & Elaine Pattinson – Top Side Jake ET & Top Side Jazz ET (sired by Boherard Cantona ET);
2nd DJ & B Spours – Brownridge Blues Kingpin & Brownridge Blues Kitty (sired by Mountjoy Utopia (SR).