Borderway Agri-Expo Open British Blue Calf Show

The Border British Blue Club staged their tenth annual open calf show on Friday 3rd November 2017 at the Borderway Agri-Expo 2017 at Borderway Mart, Carlisle when there was a catalogued entry of 37 calves. This was made up of 16 males and 21 females all UK born pedigree registered calves born on or after 1st October 2016.

DavidsonsThe 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 and cakes on the stand.

Trophies - David Dickinson Memorial Trophy for the overall champion calf; BK Ryder Memorial Trophy for the male champion calf; Bellas Perpetual Trophy for the female champion calf, 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 Ross Pattinson 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, Sam Martin, (Springhill Herd) commented that it was an honour to be asked to judge the Pedigree British Blue calves at the Borderway Agri-Expo. He commented that the quality was second to none and his champion was a tremendous example of the breed with great length & style. Congratulations to all the young handlers. Many thanks to all the exhibitors for the cattle forward it’s a credit to you all.

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 championship went to Kevin Watret with Solway View Lenny ET. An October 2016 born bull calf from the Colos Van Daisel (IS) and Broomfield Vivien flush. He was presented the Ryder Farming Perpetual Trophy for the male champion.

Solway View Lenny ET

Solway View Lenny ET

The reserve male championship was awarded to A & CS Comrie with Stonebyres Minstrel a February 2017 born bull calf by Kersey Geronimo ET and out of Stonebyres Jazz.

Roly Carr won the female & overall championship with Homilton Lottie ET. A November 2016 born heifer from the Heros Du Peroy (IS) and Homilton Iris ET flush. He was presented the Bellas Perpetual Trophy for champion female and David Dickinson memorial trophy (official society auctioneer to the British Blue Cattle Society 1989-2007) for the overall championship.

Homilton Lottie ET

Homilton Lottie ET

Homilton Lottie ET

Homilton Lottie ET

Homilton Lottie ET

Homilton Lottie ET

Taking the reserve female championship was, Bordley Maltesers, a January 2017 born heifer from John S Stephenson. Maltesers is by Tanat Harlequin ET and out of Oxcroft Cornelia ET.

Bordley Maltesers

Bordley Maltesers

There was 4 very competitive young handlers competing for the Pendle plaque but it was Hollie Bellas who won the Pendle plaque for the second time.

Hollie Bellas

Hollie Bellas

Kevin Watret won the Progeny Group with two Solway View Jackpot calves. Solway View Leroy (male) (3rd in his class) out of Solway View Fortune ET and Solway View Lavendar (female) (2nd in her class) out of Solway View Drambuie ET.

Blair & Shona Comrie were runners up in the Progeny Group with two Kersey Geronimo ET calves. Stonebyres Minstrel (male) (1st in his class & reserve male champion) out of Stonebyres Jazz and Stonebyres Mack (male) (3rd in his class) out of Stonebyres Imogen.

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

Class prize winners were as follows: -

Class 1) male born between 01.10.16 and 31. 12.16:
1st & Male Champion Solway View Lenny ET (Kevin Watret);

2nd Luce Water Lord of the Rings ET (Ben Haigh);

3rd Solway View Leroy (Kevin Watret);

4th Tanat Laser ET (WR & WW Jones);

5th Maidenlands Locki ET (Dean Saunders).

Class 2) male born between 01.01.17 and 28.02.17
1st & reserve male champion Stonebyres Minstrel (A & CS Comrie);

2nd Bordley Mr T (John S Stephenson);

3rd Stonebyres Mack (A & CS Comrie);

4th Bordley Magic (John S Stephenson);

5th Moorsley Micky (Paul Brannen).

Class 3) male born between 01.03.17 and 31.05.17:
1st Solway View Macleod ET (Kevin Watret);

2nd Abington Marvin ET (Ian McGarva);

3rd Stonebyres Murdo (A & CS Comrie);

Class 4) female born between 01.10.16 and 07.11.16:
1st  Blackstane Little Princess ET (K Blackwood & D Davidson);

2nd Solway View Lavender (Kevin Watret);

3rd Clifftown Limited Edition (Dylan Townend);

4th Solway View Lottie ET (Kevin Watret);

5th Cliftown Lara (Dylan Townend).

Class 5) female born between 08.11.16 and 31.01.17:
1st female champion & overall champion Homilton Lottie ET (Roly Carr);

2nd & reserve female champion Bordley Maltesers (John S Stephenson);

3rd Maidenlands Lush ET (Dean Saunders);

4th Redmires Matilda ET (Stephen & Ashley Mills);

5th Moorsley Molly Malone (Paul Brannen).

Class 6) female born between 01.02.17 and 31.05.17:
1st  Brownridge Blues Madeleine (DJ & B Spours);

2nd Abington Maisey (Ian McGarva);

3rd Solway View Madonna (Kevin Watret);

4th Croftends Molly (JE Bellas & Son);

5th Redmires Mabel ET (Stephen & Ashley Mills).

Class 7) Young Handler (aged 16 and under):
1st Hollie Bellas (11) leading Croftends Molly;

2nd Ross Comrie (15) leading Stonebyres Mack;

3rd Joe Pattinson (12) leading Tanat Laser ET

4th Matthew Benson (10) leading Maidenlands Locki ET;

Class 8 Progeny (2 animals by the same sire but out of different dams):
1st Kevin Watret – Solway View Leroy & Solway View Lavender (sired by Solway View Jackpot);

2nd Blair & Shona Comrie – Stonebyres Minstrel & Stonebyres Mack (sired by Kersey Geronimo ET);

3rd John S Stephenson – Bordley Mr T & Bordley Magic (sired by Tanat Harlequin ET);

4th Ian McGarva – Abington Marvin ET & Abington Maisey (sired by Tweeddale Ebony SR ET);

5th John S Stephenson – Bordley Maltesers & Bordley Maisy (sired by Tanat Harlequin ET).

2016 show report