Blonde National Show 2015 at Royal Balmoral

Champion Ivaniskey Denise
Champion Ivaniskey Denise

Strong numbers of quality cattle were out on parade as the Blondes held their sixth National show, this year at the Royal Balmoral show.

Rhydian Davies of the Fronfedw herd from Lampeter, West Wales judged a fine line up of cattle.

Taking the eye of the judge for the second year running was senior cow Ivaniskey Denise who was to be crowned Champion Blonde from I & R McElroy and son from Dromore, Co.Down.

A Doncombe Agha Khan daughter born October 2008, with calf at foot opened the show season in great style picking up numerous trophies at the presentation dinner including the Perpetual challenge cup and the National Show Trophy presented by the McElroy family.

Reserve champion ribbons were awarded to junior cow Drumraymond Hidi Ho exhibited by H. Griffin and family born May 2012 sired by Frondedw Arawn who received the Wilson Perpetual challenge trophy.

The Savage Bros were delighted that their Senior heifer Shanvalley Input born March 2013 and daughter of Seaview Barney took the red ribbons, lifting the Andrews perpetual challenge trophy.

Budore Ila born September 2013 sired by Budore Utah exhibited by P.McGarry won her class lifting the Hillhead trophy for intermediate heifer. Stablemate Budore Jessie born May 2014 sired by Budore Floyd was following in her footsteps in the line of success by lifting the DSB Farm supplies trophy for the junior heifer class as well as the ‘Miss Future’ F.I.E.R.B.A trophy for the under 24 month old heifer.

The senior bull class was won by Drumraymond Grafter exhibited and owned by M Savage from Co.Down who lifted the Drumraymond Blondes perpetual trophy.

Shanvalley Jagger born April 2014 sired by Seaview Barney, started his day by lifting the M R Rodgers perpetual challenge trophy in the Junior bull class before going on to take the Junior championship.

A new calf class was added due to the attendance of the National show. This was well supported with P McGarry taking top spot with Budore Jim-Bob sired by Budore Floyd born July ’14. Having won this class Jim-Bob went on to join Budore Jameson to win the pairs class.

The society presented a sash to the best Blonde animal amongst other commercial animals; this was won by Martin Rodgers from Hillhead Blondes, ‘Smokey’ born October ’14 sired by Sauveur.

The Blondes welcomed 14 international visitors from France who were extremely interested in the traits that they are looking for in the British Blondes.

The club would like to thank all of the sponsors for their support in bringing the National show to Balmoral.