Monday 30 May 2022
At Shropshire County Show, SC and GL Hartwright, Abingdon, Oxfordshire led the judging with Spartan 1 Typhoon tapped out by judge Andrew Owen as supreme and male champion. This two year old bull also had a successful lap around the show circuit last summer, winning its class at the Great Yorkshire and Shropshire County, while placing reserve male champion at Royal Lancs and reserve champion at Stafford.
It is sired by Solpoll 1 Perfection, purchased at the 2019 society spring show and sale for 8,000gns which went on to win the 2019 Devon County and Royal Bath and West breed championships that year with stockman Luke Murphy on the halter.
Taking the reserve spot and leading the female section was Hallwood 1 Lady Jewel from R and RI Shaw, Ledsham, Cheshire. January 2021-born and sired by Fabb 1 Northern Star, it is out of a home-bred dam.
Standing reserve in the female championship was Spartan 1 Duchess T95 from SC and GL Hartwright, a daughter of Solpoll 1 Perfection which has bred so many of the breeders’ show ring successes. Out of Ruckmans 1 Orange 1332, it was born in February 2020 and also won the senior female class.
Free Town Versatile from RA Bradstock and partners was chosen as Andrew Owen’s reserve male champion. By stock bull Moyclare Quinlan, it is out of Free Town Penchant, which is a daughter of Hustyn Scotty, bred by Cornwall’s Fred Hawke.
The January to March 2021-born bull class was led by another Bradstock-bred bull; this time Free Town Vaughan. Also by Quinlan, it is bred from their long established Plum family.
Dendor 1 Vivian from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys won the red ticket in the junior bull class at just shy of 14 months of age. By AI sire Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine, it is out of Dendor 1 Holly 10th, a daughter of Bakgard 1 Keno 1178.
It was back to Hartwrights’ stable to find the winner of the July to December 2020-born heifer class in the form of Spartan 1 Victoria’s Secret. Another Perfection sired member of the Spartan show team, it is out of Cleland 1 Glissade 26th.
In the junior heifer class, Moorside 1 Violet from G and MC Shepherd, Preston, Lancashire stood at the top-end of the line out. By the 13,000gns Coley 1 Pilot, the female line goes back to Bernard and Barbara Rimmer’s Jackie family.
In the pairs, Emma Jackson’s home-bred duo came to the fore with Eveter 1 Gin 3rd V27 and Eveter 1 Gin 4th V28 while the group of three came from A and P Massey’s Hollyvale herd.
Katherine Shaw of Hallwood Herefords took the top honours in the young handlers’ class.