Monday 19 July 2021

In a glimpse of normality as the sun shone on exhibitors at the Great Yorkshire Show, Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland impressed again and was tapped out as reserve interbreed champion by George Young, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.

Having already stood interbreed champion at Devon County and native interbreed at the Royal Highland Showcase this year, as well as interbreed junior bull at the 2019 Royal Welsh, Rebel Kicks is no stranger to the ring.

Led by Steven O’Kane, this impressive bull is by Danish-bred SMH King Size 87K, the 2019 sire of the year and out of Romany 1 Dawn D1 M6. Born in April 2018, it also stood poll bull of the year and joint bull of the year in 2019, as announced at the 2019 society annual dinner.

Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from T and D Harrison

This senior bull also made up one half of the interbreed native champion pair alongside class winner Coley 1 Nova 351 from Heather Whittaker, Halifax, West Yorkshire.

Following Rebel Kicks through the male championship and into the reserve supreme spot was junior bull Coley 1 Vincent from Heather Whittaker, as judged by Des Kelly, Co Tyrone. September 2020-born, this Fabb 1 Northern Star son is out of Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 591, which is a daughter of the Canadian-bred Remitall Super Duty 42S. It was also selected as junior champion.

Coley 1 Vincent from H Whittaker

Heading up the female championship was Moralee 1 Pippa KS S11 which is another animal already successfully shown this summer from Tom and Di Harrison. April 2019-born, Pippa is again by the prolific SMH King Size 87K which has bred many champions for the Harrisons. Out of Coley 1 Pippa 356, its dam stood breed champion at the Royal Highland in 2017.

Moralee 1 Pippa KS S11

Hollyvale 1 Leyla 7th from Allen and Phil Massey, Bury, Lancashire was selected as reserve female champion and also won the youngest heifer class. October 2020-born, it is by stock bull Netherhall 1 Jack P517 and out of a home-bred female, sired by Dendor 1 Leroy.

Hollyvale 1 Leyla 7th from A and P Massey

The September 2019 to March 2020-born bull class was led by Oxfordshire-based SC and GL Hartwright’s Spartan 1 Typhoon. This February-born bull is a son of Solpoll 1 Perfection, bred by Northern Irish breeders John and William McMordie, and purchased at the 2019 society spring show and sale for 8,000gns, before winning multiple show prizes.

Spartan 1 Typhoon from SC and GL Hartwright

Coley 1 Nova 351 which went on to stand champion in the Blythewood native pair champions was given the red ticket in the senior cow class. Six years old, it is by Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe, the 2012 UK bull of the year and one of the breeder’s first purchases within the breed.

Coley 1 Nova from H Whittaker

The journey from Bath paid dividends for young breeder Will Awan who won the January to March 2020-born heifer class with Kinglee 1 Miss 639, bred by Peter Cobley, Stoney Stanton, Leicestershire. Out of a Kinglee female, this March 2020-born female is by Cleland 1 Nelson which carries Danish breeding on its paternal side.

Kinglee 1 Miss 639 from W Awan

In the group of three, SC and GL Hartwright came up trumps again with trio of Solpoll 1 Perfection sired animals. The pairs competition was won by Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 and Moralee 1 Pippa KS S11.

Champion pair from Tom and Di Harrison

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