The Northern Ireland Charolais Club Annual Dinner took place in the Valley Hotel Fivemiletown.
The special guest on this occasion was Mr Nigel Kearney from the Helping Hand Charity Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
The Awards were presented by Mrs Shirley Bothwell:
November Sale 2013
Lambeg Cup - Cecil McIlwaine - Corrick Honey
Auctioneers Silver Salver - Cecil McIlwaine - Corrick Honey
Ulster Bank Rose Bowl - Victor Chestnutt – Bushmills Harley
March Sale 2014
The Millar Trophy - K C Veitch – Drumlone Hunter
Northern Bank Salver - K C Veitch – Drumlone Hunter
First Trust Bank Salver - B McAllister & Son – Burnside Hadam
April Sale 2014
The Simpson Trophy - S & D Bothwell – Killadeas Harper
May Sale 2014
The Elmpark Cup - B McAllister & Son – Burnside Iceberg
THE BARDIN TROPHY - Paddy Gallagher – Rumsden Fawkes
THE BREEDERS PERPETUAL CHALLENGE ROSEBOWL - Paddy Gallagher – Rumsden Fawkes
THE ORAGE TROPHY - G J Crawford - Coolnaslee Helga
H A CURRY CUP - B McAllister & Son - Burnside Iceman
JOHN K CURRIE CUP - G J Crawford – Coolnaslee Helga
MCALLISTER SHIELD - Adult section - Andrew Burleigh
MILLAR SHIELD – Junior section - Matthew Mitchell
UK Stock Judging Trophy - Caoimhe McGovern
National Charolais Show
ROBERT SCOTT SHIELD Male Champion -G J Crawford - Coolnaslee Ivanhoe
DESMOND ANDERSON MEMORIAL CUP Female Champion-Jack Smyth - Bessiebell Incredible
MCALLISTER LIVESTOCK TROPHY Commercial Champion - Alan Veitch
ANIMAX CUP Champion Young Handler - Philip Johnston
FAIRWAY TROPHY - Caoimhe & Eimear McGovern For the winning pair
ALWENT PERPETUAL TROPHY - Caoimhe McGovern
For the exhibitor with the highest points Intermediate section (277 points)
Club chairman David welcomed members and friends and thanked them for their support at club events.
He appreciated their support at four pedigree sales, Balmoral Show, the MINSUPS qualifying shows and the Grand Final at Clogher Valley and National Show at Fintona, all those who took suckled calves to the 10 shows across the province.
David emphasized the important of the Charolais Youth and the Young Handling and Stock Judging events, the wonderful success that the young people had this year at regional and UK level. He congratulated all those young people who competed and especially Caoimhe and Eimear McGovern who brought back two UK trophies to Northern Ireland.
In his address he spoke of the dedication and support given by 35 sponsors. Without this financial support many events would simply not happen. He thanked them for continuing to invest in the NI Charolais breed.
He also acknowledged the generosity of the British Charolais Society who match fund the main championships and suckled calf shows. The club does its best to get as much mileage as possible for all the sponsors and thank the farming press for their continued coverage of all the events.
To the committee members for attending monthly meetings and helping to set up for shows and sales, and to the NI Charolais Club members and friends for all their hard work at events.
He thanked the judges of sales and shows and our team of young judges who are lined up to judge the 10 suckled calf shows, and all those who gave of their expertise at stock judging practices and the NI competition hosted by Gilbert Crawford.
The club appreciates some of the senior members attending shows to give support to new judges. He concluded by thanking The Valley Hotel for a beautiful meal, all rounded off by with excellent music provided by Cathy McGovern.
A vote of thanks was proposed by Mr Brian McAllister on behalf of the breeders. He thanked the Charolais club committee for organizing the shows sales and events throughout the year.
He also thanked the secretary Ann Orr for all her hard work in co-ordinating the annual events.