Wednesday 9 August 2023

At a wet Clogher Valley Show the NIHBA held their National Show with 12 exhibitors putting on a great display of cattle for a good crowd of spectators. UK Society Breed President David Smyth from Magheraknock Herefords, Ballynahinch was the judge tasked with placing the 48 entries with Fane Valley kindly sponsoring the classes.


Taking the Supreme championship was the March 2021 born Griananpoll 1 Vegas owned by Robin Irvine. Bought in Southern Ireland from Anslem Fitzgerald he is sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine with Dendor 1 Greta as a dam. Vegas started his day winning the senior bull class before taking the Male Championship.

Griananpoll 1 Vegas was tapped out Supreme Champion for Robin Irvine, Whitecross

Following all the way through from the same class to the Reserve Supreme was Nathanial Shaw’s Sessiagh 1 Vin Disel . A homebred Normanton 1 Laertes son his dam is the homebred Sessiagh 1 Olga, he had picked up several rosettes since first showed as a calf in 2021.

Reserve Supreme Champion from Nathaniel Shaw Benburb was Sessiagh 1 Vin Diesel

Taking the Female Championship was the Porton House 1 Poppy 2nd, owned by new breeder Ciara Fitzpatrick. Born in March 2021 this Dendor 1 Sherlock and Porton House 1 Poppy daughter was bred and by Paul & Vicky Moyle in Wales and had already stood Reserve Female Championship at Balmoral Show.

Overall Female Champion for Ciara Fitzpatrick was Porton House 1 Poppy 2nd

David Wilson’s Lisrace Landlady stood Reserve Female Championship after winning the Junior Heifer Class. A daughter of Glaslough Unique and the homebred Lisrace Landlady, born in January 2022 she also collected the Exhibitor Bred Female & Junior Female Championships.

Reserve Female and Overall Junior Champion on the day was Lisrace Landlady from David Wilson Magheraveely

The calf championship was won by local exhibitor Harry Browne with his Solpoll 1 Pounder daughter, Clogher Valley 1 Clover. Born in March 2023 her dam was the purchased Clonliff 1 Keelan.

Calf Champion Clogher Valley 1 Clover from Harry Browne Fivemiletown

Alan Shaw brought a strong team of calves, leading his team was the November 2022 bull calf Benburb 1 Alan. Sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star he won his class and was Reserve Calf Champion. Alan Shaw also took the progeny pair and the best exhibitor bred group of 3, all sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star.

Winner of group of 3 was Alan Shaw Benburb, Winner of the progeny pair class was Mr Alan Shaw Benburb (left and far right calf)

Raymond & Stuart Pogue were the winners of the 2 remaining bull classes, first was 2-year-old Tullymore 1 Shrek, sired by the homebred Tullymore 1 Nixen. Following in the next class was Glenside Trillick, a February 2022 born Corlismore Commander son, after winning his class he was placed Junior Male Champion, the same award he had lifted at Balmoral Show.

Junior Male Champion was Glenside Trillick from Raymond and Stuart Pogue Benbur

John & William McMordie also lifted 2 class wins, first in the Intermediate heifer Class with Solpoll 1 Starlet W1, a 22-month-old daughter of Grousehallpoll 1 Premier. Solpoll 1 Starlet A4 a September 2022 born Solpoll 1 Perfection daughter won the Senior Heifer Calf class and was Reserve Exhibitor bred heifer and Reserve Junior Female Champion.

Solpoll 1 Starlet A4 was Sept 22 Class winner from John and William McMordie

First class of the day was the cow class, won by Cornriggs 1 Vanity from Marcus Murdock. Born in 2016 and sired by Cornriggs 1 Superguy she was shown with a smart heifer calf at foot.

Senior cow class winner was Cornriggs 1 Vanity from Marcus Murdock

The young handlers class was won by Bobby Morton, Nancy Herefords.

UK Hereford Cattle Society President Mr David Smyth with Champion Young Handler Bobby Morton from Armagh