Royal Three Counties 2015
By Valerie Orr
It was an honour and a pleasure to be asked to judge at this years National Rare and Minority Breeds Show at the Royal Three Counties. Even though I am no stranger to the show ring, this was a new task as it was my judging debut and have to say one that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The first class in the ring was the senior bull with the sole entry being North Rew Jacks Son from Lucy Blackwell, Wantage. This well grown young bull was a good example of the breed and hopefully he will have some competition in future years.
Next up was the young bulls with two entries from Derek Steen. The winner for me was Leasow Minotaur, he was well marked, walked well and showed potential for the future.
On to the females and it was the cow class that gave me the most difficulties. Presented where two superb working cows with young calves at foot and after much deliberation it was North Rew Tourmaline from Lucy Blackwell who just pipped ahead of Martin Haines’s Neadon Tasmin. Tourmaline showed herself well and exhibits good size and frame along with a very correct udder. In close 2nd Neadon Tasmin really caught my eye also showing great flesh and a good chest width however just lacked the size of my 1st place cow.
In the senior heifers true quality was on show. My winner was Ballylinney Harriett 3rd from Derek Steen, this heifer to me had it all, growth, flesh, frame, locomotion and style. I also really liked my 2nd place heifer Leasow Wendy from Martin Haines she was very sweet and showed herself off well and I believe she will be a great cow maker.
In the baby heifer class Lucy Blackwell was once again on her own but she exhibited Challow Hill Clodagh, who showed herself off well and shows promising development for the future.
In the championship my overall champion was a very clear choice in Ballylinney Harriet 3rd. The quality of Irish Moiled Cattle has come on leaps and bounds in a relatively short period of time and this heifer for me is just what the breed should be and I must thank Derek and his helper Tommy Jackson for putting the effort in to make the long journey down to the show, one I hope you will continue to make for many more years!
In Reserve I tapped out Lucy Blackwell’s North Rew Tourmaline, this cow has continued to prove herself and I considered a worthy winner.
The Royal Three Counties is a great show for cattle and exhibitors. It is a wonderful sight to see so many native, traditional and rare breeds in one place and standing watching the interbreed the quality was as high you would forget that many of these breeds like the Irish Moiled once faced uncertain futures. The show also has excellent facilities and a relaxed atmosphere and for anyone new wishing to start showing it would be a great place to start.
Thank you so much to all the Irish Moiled exhibitors and the Royal Three Counties for making my first judging experience such an enjoyable one, I loved every minute of it and the effort put it by the exhibitors was a credit to them, I hope this will only encourage more Irish Moiled breeders to get their animals out to what is a fantastic show!
1st North Rew Jack's Son -
1st Leasow Minotaur -
2nd Leasow Dreadnought -
1st North Rew Tourmaline -
2nd Neadon Tamsin -
1st Ballylinney Harriett 3rd -
2nd Leasow Wendy -
3rd Ballylinney Gaselle -
1st Challow Hill Clodagh -
Ballylinney Harriett 3rd -
North Rew Tourmaline -