4 June 2018
As with Devon County, entries were certainly down for Royal Bath & West but the quality of those cattle forward gave high hopes for success. Judge Mrs Grania Phillips’ found her Breed Champion in Lisa Roper’s yearling bull, Forde Abbey Solomon, with Female Champion, Kingsbrompton Flirt standing Reserve. Colesden Curly 21st, bred by David & Sarah Tutt, owned and exhibited by Messrs Poad & Slee, won her cow class and stood Reserve Female Champion, while Tom Priday’s Norton Valley Salamander, exhibited by Mark & Lisa Parsons stood Reserve Male Champion. Mark & Lisa were showing Norton Valley Devons as well as their own Kingsbury Devons and they were in the ribbons in most of the Devon classes. Their consistency gave a hint as to what was to follow in the Interbreed, on Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday, Interbreed Judge, Mr I Green from Moray, followed the Devon judging to tap out Forde Abbey Solomon as his Reserve in the Best Exhibitor Bred Native Championship and the Junior Native Beef Bull Championship. Mark & Lisa Parsons’ pair of Kingsbury yearling heifers, took the Championship title in the Best Pair of Native Beef Animals and the Best Pair of exhibitor bred Native Beef Animals. This pair, both sired by Ebbesbourne Oakley, went on to stand Reserve in the Supreme Pairs Championship to a Limousin pair. That might have been thought enough success for one Show, but Saturday’s Finale brought more success in the prestigious Yarner and Col. Bill Roberts Championship classes for Group of 3 and Group of 4 respectively. In his summing up before tapping out his Champion, Judge Mr Ron Wilson from Roxburghshire said that this was probably the finest groups class he had judged in his entire career. With 13 exhibitor bred groups of three competing for the Yarner Trophy, it was good to see the Norton Valley trio pulled forward into the final six. Even better to have them tapped out as Reserve Champions to Nick Hill’s Quaish pair of Limousins. The Norton Valley trio of yearling bull and two yearling heifers were all sired by Perton Dynamite, bred by the late Richard Jeanes. In the highlight class of the Show, the Col. “Bill” Roberts Perpetual Trophy for the Best Group of Four, the Devon Judge’s selection of the Norton Valley trio plus Kingsbury Sovereign, proved the right choice; with the ringside six deep with spectators watching the impressive spectacle of 11 groups of four representing all the main Native and Continental breeds, it was fantastic to see the Norton Valley quartet getting the tap for Reserve Champion, with the Championship once again going to the Limousins. See the website for a full set of results.