British Blue Cattle Society

shows 2006


22nd - 25th June 2006

Woodview Sue from Andrew Craig, Woodview Herd, Coleraine, was again the Belgian Blue Overall Champion
Woodview Sue

Woodview Belgian Blue genetics shine through at Highland

Judge, Anthony Smith, from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, selected Woodview Sue, bred & exhibited by Andrew Craig, Coleraine, as his Supreme Champion. Woodview Sue was shown with her bull calf at foot. This was the second year that ‘Sue’ has claimed the Overall Champion at the Royal Highland.

The Woodview herd also took first place in the junior bull class with Woodview Azu (a BQI Elite bull) born January 2005 out of Woodview Upgirl. In the Junior Heifer section Woodview Anne claimed second place and again in the Senior Bull class Woodview Vantage also received a blue rosette.

Ballygrange Vinny - Male and Reserve Champion
Ballygrange Vinny, male and Reserve Champion

The Overall Reserve Champion Ballygrange Vinney, was also bred in Northern Ireland by Jim Sloan, Kilkeel now owned by A Wainright & sons and exhibited at the Highland by J E Bellas & son. He too carried Woodview genetics the sire being Woodview Solo.

And the Woodview herd did not stop there going on to win for the second time this show season the highly coveted Belgian Blue Breeder and Exhibitor awards which are only presented at the four Royal shows.


Supreme Champion – Woodview Sue ET – Sire: Seduisant de Fooz – Dam: Woodview Oprah
Bred & exhibited by Andrew Craig

Reserve Supreme & Champion Male – Ballygrange Vinney – Sire: Woodview Solo – Dam: Ballygrange Roxy
Bred by Jim Sloan, exhibited by RA & NJ Wheelright and shown by J E Bellas & Son

Best Junior Female & best junior animal – Clougher Wilma – Sire: Visconti De St Fontaine – Dam: Reinbeck Opticia

Best Junior Bull – Woodview Azu – Sire: Affute Du Ry Ossogne – Dam: Woodview Upgirl
Bred & exhibited by Andrew Craig

New breeders’ David & Kevin Watret, from Annan, of the “Solway View” herd, had their inaugural presence at the Highland Show rewarded, with a first prize ticket for their female, Ridge Dean Aneka – Sire: Tamhorn Sumo – Dam: Ridge Dean Veronique. Bred by Michele Wilde.

David & Kevin also had a third prize ticket with Court Ursula, two fourth prizes with Woodview Velvet and an animal of their own breeding, Solway View Antonio ET, an August ’05 bull.


Female born on or after 1.1.05
1st – Ridge Dean Aneka – D & K Watret
2nd – Woodview Anne – A Craig
3rd – Welton Anita – RA & NJ Wheelright

Female born on or between 1.1.04 & 31.12.04
1st – Clougher Wilma – Zara Chestnutt
2nd – Ridge Dean Wicker – D Small
3rd – Croftends Winnie – JE Bellas & Son

Female born on or before 31.12.03, in-calf, or with calf at foot
1st – Woodview Sue – A Craig
2nd – Stowbeck Vera – D & K Watret
3rd – Court Ursula – D & K Watret

Female born on or before 31.12.03, not eligible for class 209
1st – Reinbeck Opticia – Zara Chestnutt
2nd – Oxcroft Nymph – J & J Green
3rd – Toeke Et Van Terbeck – J & J Green

Bull born on or after 1.1.05
1st – Woodview Azu – A Craig
2nd – Pendle Australia – D Small
3rd – Headlind AJ – A Jackson

Bull born on or before 31.12.04
1st – Ballygrange Vinney RA & NJ Wheelright
2nd – Woodview Vantage – A Craig
3rd – Oxcroft Watsit – J & J Green

Belgian Blue Team Take Reserve Champion in the United Auctions Interbreed Competition

There was tremendous excitement on the showfield, when the Belgian Blue team, consisting of one bull, one cow aged 3 years and over and two females under 3 years of age, were pulled out as reserve interbreed team. This very well balanced group was a true credit to the breed and deserved the success they had. The team was made up of Ridge Dean Wicker, exhibited by Dermot Small, a March ’04 female, Reinbeck Opticia, an April ’97 cow, exhibited by Zara Chestnutt, Annanwater Valerie, a December ’03 heifer, exhibited by D & K Watret and, finally, the show reserve champion, Ballygrange Vinney, exhibited by RA & NJ Wheelright.

Young Handlers Competition

Under 16 –
1st - Cameron Jackson, Covington Mill, Thankerton, Biggar
2nd – Andrew Wainwright, Todhall Farm, Cupar, Fife
3rd – Reanna Craig, Coleraine, Northern Ireland

16 – 25 -
1st – Grant Anderson,
2nd – Zara Chestnutt, Bushmills, Co Antrim
3rd – Ian Macinnes, Scarinish, Isle of Tiree

Judge, Anthony Smith

Premier Breeder & Exhibitor Awards

The Royal Highland Premier Breeder for 2006 was the Woodview Herd and the Premier Exhibitor being Mr. Andrew Craig.

Plaques presented for this award are very kindly sponsored by the Belgian Semen Company, The Belgian Blue Group (BBG).

Kevin Watret with Ridge Dean Aneka

Ballygrange Vinney, with Judge, Jonathan Bellas, Pierre Mallieu and Royal Bank of Scotland sponsor

Junior Female Champion, with Judge, Breeder & exhibitor Zara Chestnutt and Royal Bank of Scotland sponsor

Male Champion, Ballygrange Vinney, with Johnathan Bellas & Anthony Smith

Pierre Mallieu & Shanthi De Tillesse Herd Book Blanc-bleu Belge, enjoying presentation barbeque

Andrew, Robert & Reanne Craig receiving Supreme Championship award from Judge, Anthony Smith

Secretary, John Fleming – “Stupid Cork”!!

Celebration’s commence

A bicycle made for 3!

Willy Robson judging the Overall Beef Interbreed Championship, inspecting Woodview Sue

Pierre Mallieu & Shanthi De Tillesse with United Auctions Beef Cattle Interbreed Reserve Champion Team

Zara Chestnutt with Clougher Wilma

Pierre Mallieu on Society Stand

Down the lines

A strong line up

Junior Female Champion with Breeder & Exhibitor, Zara Chestnutt, judge Anthony Smith and Shanthi T from the Herd Book Blanc-bleu Belge

Reanne Craig receiving 1st prize ticket for Woodview Sue

Victor Chestnutt receiving 1st prize ticket for Reinbeck Opticia,

Judge Anthony Smith from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, careful inspection during judging

Andrew Craig with daughter Reanne, showing at the Highland

Andrew & Reanne Craig receiving rosette for Supreme Champion and Champion Female

Andrew Craig with Woodview Azu
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