Monday 13 December 2021
Spartan 1 Polly T122 from SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire stepped into the supreme position at the HCBA Christmas calf show at Shrewsbury Auction Centre. With stockman Luke Murphy on the steering end, this September 2020-born heifer also took the grand female title, adding to the reserve junior female champion accolade it won at the National Poll Show this summer. Out of Ruckmans 1 Polly 1306, it is by Solpoll 1 Perfection which the breeders purchased at the 2019 spring show and sale for 8,000gns and won the breed championships at Devon County and the Royal Bath and West in the same year.
In his role as judge, Jim Barber described the heifer as ‘feminine and balanced’ while being ‘long and full of meat’ with ‘great commerciality’.
Following Polly through its class and the female championship into the reserve supreme spot was Normanton 1 Fistulina 34th V631 from TD and WT Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. Three days younger than the supreme, it is by Panmure 1 Pudding which was purchased for 4,000gns at the 2018 society autumn show and sale.
Jim said his reserve supreme was of a similar stamp to the champion and moved with great mobility.
Leading the male section and taking the grand male title was Pulham Victory from PRJ and LR Vincent, Pulham Market, Norfolk. September 2020-born, it is by the Irish-bred Shiloh-Farm Elite and out of Pulham Blossom 16th which is a Haven Hotspur daughter.
Nearly 12 months old, Rempstone 1 Venom N597 from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire stood reserve grand male, led by Joe Clark. It is by Solpoll 1 Nobility and out of Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 911 which is by Remitall Super Duty 42S.
Elsewhere in the classes, Speirs Farms took the red ticket in the November/December 2020 born bull calf class with Pepperstock 1 Vesuvius. A son of SMH Kingsize 87K, it is out of Pepperstock 1 Tamerisk which is a daughter of stock bull Kinglee 1 Gangster.
Displayed on the Royal Welsh Winter Fair stand, Dendor 1 Virginian from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys headed up the March to April 2021 born bull calf class. By the 2018 National Poll Show supreme champion Dendor 1 Nairobi, it is out of Dendor 1 Jano 18th.
Another from Hartwrights’ stable, Spartan 1 True Love V127, owned and exhibited by LD and LL Powell, Penpedaorheol, Mid Glamorgan, won the November to December 2020-born heifer class. Again a Solpoll 1 Perfection daughter and out of Cathedral 1 Stephanie, and carries Dorepoll breeding on both sides of its pedigree.
Rempstone 1 Curly N604 from M Ludgate took the top spot in the January to February 2020 born heifer class. By Solpoll 1 Nobility, it is out of Rempstone 1 Curly C453.
With a packed ring of baby heifers, Dendor 1 Lilac Wine 37th from DE, ED and AL Jones won the 2 March to 22 March 2021-born class. Another by Nairobi, it is out of a home-bred Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 daughter.
The final class of the day, the younger half of the split baby heifer class, was won by Midford 1 Ruby 2nd from Will Awan, Bath. With two Dendor parents, it is by Naiorbi and out of the SMH Euro 30E daughter, Dendor 1 Ruby 17th.
The pairs classes saw DP Jones Agricultural Contracting, Maxstoke, Warwickshire lead the bull calf section while it was another red ticket for the Hartwrights in the heifer pairs class.
The young handlers’ classes were very well supported and judged by HCBA vice chair Andrew Whitlow of HighHouse Herefords. The junior class was won by 15 year old Beth Vincent of Beckhall Herefords, Pulham Market, Norfolk who went on to take the overall championship. First time exhibitor, 24 year old Alex Newton of Thellow Herefords, Antrobus, Cheshire won the senior section and stood reserve overall.