Eleventh Annual Calf Show
BORDER BRITISH BLUE CLUB ELEVENTH ANNUAL OPEN CALF SHOW
Thursday 18th February 2010
The Border British Blue Club staged their Eleventh annual open calf
show on Thursday 18th February 2010 at Borderway Mart, Carlisle when
nearly all of the 42 catalogued entries were forward for judging. This
was made up of 14 males and 28 females all UK born pedigree registered
calves born on or after 1st January 2009.
The club would like to thank the sponsors of this event, Capontree Veterinary
Centre & The Shepherds Inn & Auctioneer for the class prize money,
Harrison and Hetherington Ltd for the catalogue and the premises, H&H
Insurance Brokers Ltd for the championship prize money, Massey Bros.
(Feeds) for the Perpetual Shield awarded to the champion calf and Norbreck
Genetics for the Perpetual Shield for the winner of the young handler
The Judge Eileen Wilson, Aprilton Herd had the very difficult task of
judging the calves. Eileen said that she knew there would be some good
calves but until she entered the ring, she had not appreciated just how
many good young calves would be on show and her task was a difficult
one, but she was very pleased with her final Championship choice saying:
Emma is a very correct heifer, full of style with excellent length and
|Croftends Emma ET
The female and overall championship was awarded to JE Bellas & Son,
Croft Ends Farm, Appleby with Croftends Emma ET a January 2009 daughter
out of the Empire D’Ochain (IS) and Croftends Belle ET flush.
Carrick Primestock, Lyonpark, Maybole took the reserve female championship
and reserve overall championship with Lyonpark Evelien ET a February
2009 daughter of the Gitan Du P’Tit Mayeur (IS) and Woodview April
The male championship was awarded to Kevin Watret, 25 North Field Park,
Annan, Dumfriesshire with Solway
View Emirates ET a January 2009 son
out of a Bringlee Blackstar ET and Annanwater Venice ET flush.
Mick Gamble and Sarah Rigg, Sharplaw Farms, Hownam, Kelso took the
reserve male championship with Sharplaw Engineer ET a May 2009 son
out of the Empire D’Ochain (IS) and Cowden Blueberry ET flush.
won the Progeny group with two Gitan Du P’Tit
Mayeur (IS) calves. The first was a female calf Lyonpark Evelien ET (reserve
female champion and reserve overall champion) and the second a heifer
Lyonpark Elise ET (4th in her class).
The reserve progeny group went to two Empire D’Ochain (IS) calves
shown by JE Bellas & Son. The first was a male calf Croftends Eddie
ET (3rd in his class), and the second, a heifer Croftends Emma ET (female
and overall champion).
Border Club Chairman Steve Pattinson commented
“Many of the evenings
classes were truly world class and had attracted a huge crowd from all
over the UK, Eire and Belgium. A magical evening that must be one of
the strongest fields at a Border Club calf show to date”.
There were more young handlers than we have had in the past, partly due
to the half term break. It was great to see them all taking it seriously.
This year all the handlers had the chance to pick up some top tips from
Judge Eileen Wilson of the Aprilton herd. Judge Eileen said the young
handler class was the hardest part of the competition to judge. Picking
her winner Eileen said
"There were only two of the competitors who
never took their eye off what I was doing the whole of the time I was
judging. These were Issie Hartley and Josh Bellas. It was Issie who went
on to clinch the Norbreck Perpetual Trophy once more, but Eileen said
there was very little between them. In third place was Taylor Allison
and fourth place was Thomas Hartley.
Earlier in the evening Eileen had gathered all the young people
together to give them some tips on how to handle their calves.
a great opportunity and Border Blue Club Chairman Steve Pattinson welcomed
16 young handlers into the ring. Whilst some of the young people present
did not show on this occasion, it certainly inspired them to enter in
Class prize winners were as follows: -
Class 1) male born between 01.01.09 and 30.04.09:
1st & Male Champion
Solway View Emirates ET (Kevin Watret);
2nd Valley Ebaneezer (Richard
3rd Croftends Eddie ET (JE Bellas & Son);
Edge ET (Paul Brannen)
Class 2) male born between 04.05.09 and 10.09.09:
1st & Reserve Male
Champion Sharplaw Engineer ET (MD Gamble & SJ Rigg);
2nd Pendle Elo
(AM & E Hartley);
3rd Blue Mist Eclipse ET (PJ & HL Brindley).
3) female born between 01.01.09 and 20.03.09:
1st Female Champion & Overall
Champion Croftends Emma ET (JE Bellas & Son);
2nd Reserve Female
Champion & Reserve Overall Chyampion Lyonpark Evelien ET (Carrick
3rd Solway View Energy ET (Kevin Watret);
4th Lyonpark Elise
ET (Carrick Primestock).
Class 4) female born between 01.04.09 and 08.06.09:
1st Croftends Elizabeth ET (JE Bellas & Son);
2nd Solway View Elly
ET (Kevin Watret);
3rd Croftends Edith ET (JE Bellas & Son);
Abington Esther (James A McGarva).
Class 5) female born between 26.06.09
1st Pendle E By Gum (AM & E Hartley);
2nd Solway View Entertainer ET (Kevin Watret);
3rd Solway View Elegance (Kevin Watret);
4th Sharplaw Esta ET (MD Gamble & SJ
Class 6 Young Handler (aged 16 and under):
1st Issie Hartley leading
2nd Josh Bellas leading Croftends Eddie ET;
3rd Taylor Allison
leading Croftends Elizabeth ET;
4th Thomas Hartley leading Pendle E By
Runners up – Connor Watret, Lee Sowerby, Will Allison, Rachel
Harrison and Thomas Williamson.
2009 show report