- Brockhurst Bolshoi wins Individual Interbreed
- Limousin wins Interbreed Team of Four
- Brockhurst Bolshoi & Brockhurst Elvis win Blythewood Interbreed Pairs
- Limousin sired steer wins Commercial Beef Championship
It was a Championship -double for Brockhurst Bolshoi from Doug Mash, Torrington Farm, Grove Lane, Chesham, Bucks who secured both the Limousin Championship and the Supreme Individual Interbreed on the first day of judging on Tuesday 8th July at the 2014 Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate. The win followed hard on the heels of the 2014 Royal Highland Show where this eight-year-old cow had also taken the Limousin Championship
Shown with her Brockhurst Centurion-sired bull calf at foot, Brockhurst Imacelebrity, Brockhurst Bolshoi is full of breeding being by the 55,000gns Grahams Samson and out of the herd’s highly acclaimed cow Ronick McAinsi. No stranger to the winner’s circle at Harrogate, Brockhurst Bolshoi had previously lifted the Limousin Championship at the Great Yorkshire in 2011.
The Limousin judge for the day Andrew Ewing, who runs the noted Fairywater pedigree herd at Dumbretton Farms, Annan, Dumfries, was presented with a strong entry of 70 cattle forward with plenty of depth and quality throughout.
With the Limousin Championship safely tucked away Brockhurst Bolshoi, shown by stockman Dougie McBeath, then went head to head with the Champions from the other beef breeds and was awarded the Overall Supreme Individual Interbreed title by the afternoon’s judge Danny Wylie, Tamworth, Staffordshire.
The Limousin judge Andrew Ewing declared Brockhurst Bolshoi as a ‘very worthy Champion’ and said: “This is a tremendous cow and a great example of the Limousin breed. She’s got style and femininity, has great presence, and is very correct with super mobility. Also, she’s doing the business in rearing her calf with an abundance of milk”.
A delighted Doug Mash said that he would take time now to consider Brockhurst Bolshoi’s show future but that he was ‘thrilled’ with his day and to win the Championship-double. As well as the Highland title, Bolshoi has also secured the Limousin Championship at the Royal Bath & West in 2014 and is a previous multi title winner at shows including the Royal, and Royal Welsh respectively. Speaking at the close of the Interbreed Dug Mash said: “Bolshoi has been a great pleasure to breed, own and show. To win at the Great Yorkshire Show, perhaps England’s foremost show, and against such strong all-round competition is fantastic. Cows are the flagship of any herd and to win as an eight-year-old with calf at foot, and back in calf, is very pleasing”. Brockhurst Bolshoi is six months in-calf to the herd’s stock bull Hafodlas Domino who was himself Highland Show Limousin Champion in 2012.
As if any icing on the cake was required Doug Mash also won the Male Championship with the five-year-old bull Brockhurst Elvis who is a son of the day’s Champion Brockhurst Bolshoi! Again full of breeding, Brockhurst Elvis is sired by the multi Royal Show title winning bull Samy.
Brockhurst genetics were also evident in Overall Reserve & Female Reserve Champion Millington Highlight from local breeders Millington Limousins Ltd, The Grange, Millington, York. By the prolific Wilodge Vantastic, Millington Highlight is out of Brockhurst Option, another daughter of Ronick McAinsi. January 2012 born, Highlight who emerged from a strong class of ten heifers, is a full sister to Millington Hawk who was previously a part of the 2013 winning Blytheswood Pairs Interbreed at the Great Yorkshire. In her first show outing, Millington Highlight had won the Lincolnshire Show Interbreed title earlier this year. Regular exhibitors at the Great Yorkshire Show, the 100-cow Millington herd had previously won the Limousin Championship in 2008 with Millington Tangerine.
On the second day of judging, Wednesday 9th July, the Limousin breed was at it again when it secured the Interbreed Senior Team of Four title from judge David Thomlinson, Carlisle, Cumbria. A balanced team of power and style, the four comprised of Brockhurst Elvis, Brockhurst Bolshoi, Millington Highlight, and Ronick Honey. The 20,000gns Ronick Honey, from the Gordon Brook Trust, Upper Huntlywood Farm, Earlston, Berwickshire, had placed second in her class to Millington Highlight.In the afternoon mother and son, Bolshoi and Elvis, teamed up to round off a memorable two days by winning the prestigious Blythewood Interbreed Pairs title.
Continuing a cracking show season with the Junior Overall & Junior Female Championship titles was Glenrock Illusion from Stephen Illingworth, Howgillside, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie. Again this was another double with the heifer having picked up the same titles at June’s Royal Highland Show. This stylish January 2013-born heifer is by the prolific Goldies Comet, a Wilodge Vantastic son, and is out of the herd’s noted cow Glenrock Spangle who was also the mother of Glenrock Fantastic, the 2013 Reserve Champion at the Highland Show. Beyond the show season Glenrock Illusion will be offered at a sale of the Glenrock herd to be held on 22nd August at Carlisle.
Following Glenrock Illusion with the Reserve Junior Female Championship was Sevengun Ivina from first-time Limousin exhibitor Tony Booth, Hardwick Hall Farm, Aston, Sheffield. This heifer had placed first in a split class which comprised of 22 heifers in all born between 1st January and 30th June 2013. Born in April 2013, she is by the 32,000gns Millgate Fame and is out of Bankdale Davina a female purchased at the noted Bankdale Dispersal Sale.
Ian Nimmo, Bogside Farm, Newmains, Wishaw, Lanark continued his fine run of form at the Great Yorkshire when he picked up the Junior Male Championship for the third year in a row and this time with Maraiscote Idol. All three Junior Male Champions shown by Ian Nimmo have been sired by the 23,000gns herd stock sire Goldies Comet. For good measure Maraiscote Idol, a full brother to the herd’s 2013 Royal Highland Male Champion, also picked up the Reserve Overall Male, & Reserve Overall Junior Champion titles. Maraiscote Idol, who will be aimed at the autumn bull sales, is out of the Normande Urquhart daughter, Maraiscote Bop.
The Reserve Junior Male title went to Gunnerfleet Hicks from another first time exhibitor, Garrowby Estate Farms, Bugthorpe, York. Bred by Ian Handley, Ingleton, Lancs, Gunnerfleet Hicks is by the 32,000gns Dolcorsllwyn Brynmor, a Nenuphar son, and is out of the French dam Ellora.
Matthew Keel, along with his sister Clare, Griffin Farm, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, took the Overall Supreme Championship in the keenly contested Commercial Beef Championship with their Limousin sired steer Coco on day two of the judging at Harrogate. Given the nod by judge Gail Ellis, Cornwall, this 506kg Limousin cross steer is by the Glenrock Ventura son, Garrowby Gizmo, and is out of a Limousin cross dam. The Champion steer was purchased at Leyburn from Garrowby Estate Farms.
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