21 June 2016
There was no doubt for all that attended Royal Three Counties Show, that this was indeed a very special year. The livestock rings were buzzing with several breeds’ National Shows, as well as the Devon World Congress at the show attracting an entry of more than 80 Devons to be judged by our two invited international judges, Prof. Betty Cirne Lima from Brazil who judged the females and Mr Ted Laurie from Australia who judged the bulls. We were honoured by a visit to the Devon ring by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal who spent time talking to the DCBS President, James Williams, and the two Judges. The bull classes were first in the ring, with judge, Ted Laurie, picking out 2015 Bull of the Year, Boskenna Donal as his winner for the Senior Bull class. An exceptionally good 2 year old bull class was won by Stonegrove Livestock’s Stonegrove Perfection with JW May’s Dira Halycon (bred by Richard & Jane Youngman), in second. The two yearling bull classes were won by Stonegrove Recordbreaker and Priorton Patron but the quality of the 2 year old bulls proved supreme with Stonegrove Perfection taking the Male Champion title ahead of Dira Halcyon in reserve.
Prof. Betty Cirne Lima was then welcomed into the ring, attired in her striking traditional Brazilian dress. Stonegrove Livestock continued their dominance of the line up with Stonegrove Norie 22nd winning the Senior Cow class. The Junior Cow class was won by Simon & Grania Phillip’s successful show cow, Colleton Marion 27th. The 2 year old heifer class went to Stonegrove Snowdrop 18th, with the two yearling heifer classes being won respectively by Mike & Dannielle Cowell’s Eastyard Camelia and Simon & Grania Phillip’s Colleton Daisy 20th, but it was Colleton Marion 27th who added another Female Championship to her collection, with Stonegrove Norrie 22nd in Reserve.
To two judges came together to judge the pairs and group classes. Pairs was won by John May, with Philip & Caroline Gay’s Bagnell pair in second. The Group of three was won by Stonegrove Livestock with Colleton in 2nd. Stonegrove Perfection proved unbeatable on the day, taking the Breed Champion title with Colleton Marion 27th Reserve Breed Champion.
Saturday heralded the judging of Interbreed classes and most particularly the RASE Burke Trophy Beef Pairs Championship. The Red Ruby Devons were represented by Breed Champion, Stonegrove Livestock’s Stonegrove Perfection and Stonegrove Hatton 17th, (both sired by Bollowal Elgar). The presence of 16 breeds, fielding beautifully produced and turned out pairs of cattle, was indeed a stirring sight in the main arena for the farming community and the general public alike. The judge tapped out the Charolais pair to take this prestigious title, but it was with great credit to Stonegrove Livestock that judge, Mr P Close from Berwickshire, brought the Devons forward to his shortlist of five pairs, and they very ably represented our breed and UK native breeds in general.
After all the excitement of the Burke Trophy, we may have anticipated an anti-climax but a number of keen junior Devon members kept the flag flying in Young Handler classes, with Charlotte Warne putting in an exceptional performance to win the overall Young Handlers Championship. Many congratulations to Charlotte and all the Young Handlers that competed with their Red Ruby Devons. Download a full set of results here
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