The Dexter Cattle Society NI Group annual dinner took place in November at The Ramble Inn, Antrim where the company enjoyed an excellent meal of Dexter beef.
Chairman Deirdre Hilton MBE introduced the proceedings of the evening giving a resume of the events of the year. She then introduced Colin McDonald from R.U.A.S. Balmoral as the guest speaker.
His illustrated talk was very entertaining and enlightening on the development of the new Balmoral Park.
Mr and Mrs McDonald were then asked to present the cups and trophies to the winners of classes at Balmoral Show in May, The Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s Show at Gosford in September and Regional Shows in Northern Ireland.
Balmoral Show cup winners were as follows:
The President’s Cup for Champion Dexter - Ken and Heather Briggs - Saltaire Wrist
The Dettingen Cup for Reserve Champion Dexter - James McCullough – Ballyhartfield Bliss
The Bingham Family Cup for Dexter Cow – James McCullough – Ballyhartfield Bliss
Carnebrooke Cup for Senior Bull – Arnold Pearson - Ballyloughan Edinburgh
The Tully Farm Cup for Junior Bull – Ryan Lavery - Derryola Obama
The Hilton Cup for Senior Heifer – Ken and Heather Briggs - Saltire Wrist.
The Frazer Family Cup for Junior Heifer - Damien Tumelty and Sons - Castlescreen Winnie
The Ballydrumman Cup for Dexter Pairs - Montgomery and McClenaghan
The Moomin Cup for Young Handler - Nathan Tumelty
The Championship Show at Gosford in conjunction with the RBST produced some different winners.
The Northern Ireland Group Plaque for Champion Dexter - Damien Tumelty and Sons - Ballyloughan Chevalier
Brian Strong Memorial Trophy for Best Opposite Sex to Champion and Reserve Champion - Stephen Alexander - Bunlougher Cookie
The Hillhead Perpetual Cup in remembrance of Paul Spriddell for Cow over seven years old - Montgomery and McClenaghan - Ballyloughan Amber The Hillhead Trophy for best Heifer - Montgomery and McClenaghan - Ballyloughan Fairytale
The Amber Trophy for Maiden Heifer over 12 months – A and N Bingham – Ballykeel Urshula
The Islandkelly Cup for Best Dexter Under 12 months and Champion Calf - Ryan Lavery - Derryola Dangermouse
The McClenaghan Family Cup for Best Opposite Sex to Champion Calf - Mike Frazer - Rachanna Carol
Derryola Cup for Dexter Pairs - Stephen Alexander
Lowerybane Perpetual Cup for Junior Young Handler - Freya McClenaghan
The Eccles Cup for Senior Young Handler - James Verner
Showman of the Year Trophy - Alison McClenaghan
Ballyloughan Cup for best Newcomer - Mark Twaddell
At Ballymena show the Montgomery Food Hall Cup went to Montgomery and McClenaghan - Ballyloughan Amber
The Antrim show Edenvale Cup went to Montgomery and McClenaghan - Ballyloughan Amber
The raffle, organised by Alex Montgomery, was a great success raising over £150 which will be donated to The Northern Ireland Hospice.
Mrs Hilton thanked the speaker Colin McDonald for his entertaining talk, The Ramble Inn staff for an excellent meal and service, and all who had worked so hard during the year in support of the Dexter Group.
She wished everyone a safe journey home and showing success in 2015.