It was Ladies Day all the way at the 2018 Royal Ulster Show!
It was ladies day at the 150th Anniversary Royal Ulster Show, Judge Jen Jones from the well known Dendor Herd based in Powys, Mid-Wales, found both her Supreme and Reserve Champions from the Intermediate Class in the Female Section.
Solpoll 1 Starlet P2 from John & William McMordie, Ballygowan, Co. Down, took the Breed Championship. This excellent in-calf daughter of the hugely successful Panmure 1 Henry was on her show debut, and is the 3rd ‘Henry’ daughter to lift the Balmoral Supreme title in the last 4 years!
Reserve Champion went to Bertie & Greer Watson with Barnburn 1 Priscilla (pictured below). Sired by former National Show Champion Pinmoor 1 Kingsley, her full sister was Reserve Female Champion at last year’s show. Not finished there the Watsons’ also won a strong Senior Heifer class with in-calf Barnburn 1 Nolana, another animal sired by Panmure 1 Henry.
The Grand Male Championship went to last year’s Supreme Champion Panmure 1 Monster owned by JE, RI & W Haire of Dundrod, Co. Antrim, weighing in at circa 1400kgs he was head and shoulders above the competition.
The Haire family weren't happy with the one win and took the Cow & Calf class with Dorepoll 1 Classic Kim, a fine example of a good breeding cow with calf at foot.
The biggest class on the day was won by J & G Small, Randalstown, Co. Antrim, with their yearling heifer Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 561. This well grown classy female was a real head turner and one to watch out for in the future. She then went onto win Junior Champion on the day.
Solpoll 1 Playboy took the Junior Bull Class, a heifer’s calf going back to breed record price female Solpoll 1 Stella C16. Not to be outdone, his stable mate Solpoll 1 Perfection, took the Native & Reserve Overall Inter-breed Beef Performance Class the following day - both young bulls were sons of Panmure 1 Henry.
Richmount 1 Peppermint owned and bred by James Graham, Portadown, Co. Armagh, won the Intermediate Bull section, before going on to take the Reserve Grand Male Championship.
There was more success for James Graham when he won the Best Group of Three (as can be seen right).
Solpoll 1 Starlet P2. J&W McMordie
Reserve Supreme Champion
Barnburn 1 Priscilla. Greer Watson
Solpoll 1 Starlet P2. J&W McMordie
Reserve Female Champion
Barnburn 1 Priscilla: B & G Watson
Panmure 1 Monster: JE, RI & W Haire
Reserve Male Champion
Richmount 1 Peppermint: J Graham
Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 561: J & G Small
Reserve Junior Champion
Richmount 1 Poppy: J Graham
Class 583 Cow or Heifer born before 31/12/15 in calf or calf at foot
1st Dorepoll 1 553 Classic Kim: JE, RI & W Haire
2nd Richmount 1 Laura: J Graham
3rd Hockley Poll 1 Amelia: Leader Family
Class 584 Heifer born 1/1/16 - 30/6/16 in calf or calf at foot.
1st Barnburn 1 Nolana. B & G Watson
2nd Solpoll 1 Starlet N23. J & W McMordie
3rd Richmount 1 Nola. J Graham
4th Hawkesbury 1 Veronica. S Cherry
Class 585 Heifer born 1/7/16 - 31/12/16
1st Solpoll 1 Starlet P2. J & W McMordie
2nd Barnburn 1 Priscilla. B & G Watson
3rd Woodvale 1 Journey. A & A Armour
4th Baltymore Thora 496. C Geelan
Class 586 Heifer born on or after 1/1/17
1st Kinglee 1 Oyster Girl 561. J & G Small
2nd Richmount 1 Poppy. J Graham
3rd Solpoll 1 Starlet P9. J & W McMordie
4th Dorepoll 1 Sally. JE, RI & W Haire
Class 587 Bull born prior 1/4/16
1st Panmure 1 Monster. JE, RI & W Haire
2nd Mullaghdoopoll 1 Elite. C Kerr
Class 588 Bull born 1/1/16 - 31/12/16
1st Richmount 1 Peppermint. J Graham
2nd Lusky 1 Pharoh. J Gill
3rd Lusky Premier. WJ Gill
4th Kinnego 1 Pharaoh. C Kerr
Class 589 Bull born after 1/1/17
1st Solpoll 1 Playboy. J & W McMoride
2nd Ballypallady 1 Pride. S Cherry
3rd Solpoll 1 Perfection. J & W McMordie
4th Lusky 1 Prodigy. WJ Gill
Group of Three animals
1st J Graham
2nd J & W McMordie
3rd WJ Gill