British Blues Impress at Stars of the Future 2016

12th November 2016

It was a good day for the British Blue Breed when two youngsters went on to take the top awards in the continental inter breed competition, but going right to the top of the junior line up was Ian McGarva's Abington Lionel.

Abington Lionel

Abington Lionel

Shown by Kelly Blackwood, this January born AI son of Corrandulla Finton was fresh from the reserve breed title at Agri Expo on his only other outing and is bred from Abington Harriet from the 10 cow herd near Biggar.

Standing reserve to him in the breed was the second prize bull from the same class from the Stonebyres herd, Stonebyres Levi which had stood reserve male to Lionel at Agri Expo the week before. Bred out of the Tamhorn Goodtimegirl cow bought at the Tamhorn dispersal, Levi is by the AI sire Kersey Geronimo.

Among the seniors being judged by Paul Walker from Hunnington, it was Tom and Alison Cockburn's 14 month old Kingside Katie that secured the senior breed title before going on to stand reserve senior continental champion. She was making her show ring debut and is another by the AI sire Corrandulla Finton and is bred from one of three cows at West Linton, Kingside Ice Maiden.

The second prize senior heifer was shown by 11 year old Jamie Manson from Wick with Caithness Krystal and he followed Katie all the way through to stand reserve senior champion on Jamie's debut jaunt to the event. The 13 month old is an AI daughter of Drift Domino and out of Caithness Caledonie and stood reserve interbreed at Latheron Show in the summer.

The young handler competition was won by Ross Comrie.