Ivaniskey Denise bred and exhibited by I & R McElroy & son from Co. Down, Northern Ireland was crowned champion Blonde at the Royal Highland show in Edinburgh by judge and society chairman Pip Rogers from Presteigne.
Denise, born October ’08 sired by Doncombe Aga Khan who had her calf at foot sired by French bull Tino lifted the Brownhills trophy for the best exhibitor bred animal having lifted the Hayton trophy for winning her class of cow in calf with calf at foot.
Reserve champion was awarded to Whitefield Freya exhibited by Laird and son from Wemyss, Fife bred by Eric Mutch from Aberdeenshire. Born January ’10 sired by Whistley Dollar out of Whitefield Suzy, Freya was awarded the Easterton trophy for the reserve champion animal as well as lifting the Scottish club cup for the cow and calf class born between January ’10 and March ’12.
Laird and son continued with success lifting the Paragon ET trophy for the senior heifer class with Lochhead Isla born April ‘13 sired by Lochhead Dam Good Bull out of Gala Dustry.
Savage Brothers, having travelled from Co. Down, Northern Ireland were thrilled to take the junior championship with Shanvalley Iona born August ’13 sired by Seaview Barney out of Islandhill Dolly lifting the Neils trophy for junior champion Blonde as well as the Aberdeen and Northern Marts trophy for Intermediate heifer born on or between 1st April and 31st December 2013.
Overton Jess exhibited by Alan Walker from Auchinleck, Ayreshire sired by Doncombe Aga Khan out of Ivaniskey Vannessa born January ’14 and bred by R & S Kennedy from By Ayr lifted the North of Scotland Blonde club trophy for the heifer born between January and May ’14.
Andrew Stott won the first class of the day which was the junior female class born on or after 1st June ’14. Hilltop Jackie born June ’14 sired by Ark Diego out of homebred cow Hilltop Caprice went on to take the honours as reserve junior female and reserve junior Blonde champion of the show.
George Hamilton from Duns, Berwickshire enjoyed success with both his bulls; Ramrig Iceman born February ’13 sired by previous Highland champion Hallfield Destiny out of homebred cow Ramrig Dior lifted the Holloways trophy for senior bull and was awarded male champion overall.
Stablemate Ramrig Jumping Jack Flash lifted the Semex trophy for the Intermediate bull class. Having been born March ’14 he is half brother to Iceman having been sired by Hallfield Destiny, he also received the ribbons for best junior bull overall.
The pair’s class for animals born before 1st June 2013 was won by Savage brothers. Alan Walker’s team received the ribbons and The Bank of Scotland Perpetual challenge trophy for the group of three.