IT was a day to remember for John Richardson at Northumberland County Show when his Limousin heifer claimed multiple tri-colour tickets, culminating in the champion of champions title.

From one of the largest sections on the day, Mystyle Maitoi, a three-year-old Ampertaine Elgin daughter, secured the continental and supreme beef inter-breed titles when paraded by Hannah Brown and John’s son, Ben.

“She’s an outstanding heifer and true to the Limousin breed with character and carcase as well as great strength and power,” said the judge of the supreme championship, Robert Neill, from Jedburgh, Kelso.

Taking the reserve supreme honours was Darren Willey’s eight-year-old Clydesdale mare, Bencannon Duchess, a Great American Ben Franklin daughter and former Northumberland champion.

Maitoi had previously stood ahead of the Salers heifer, Bacardi Miss Moneypenny from Roy and Adam Crockett, in both the continental and overall beef inter-breed championships.

In the native cattle section is was Buccleuch Adonis, a seven-year-old Galloway bull from the team at Kilnstown Farms, that stood ahead of Heather Whittaker’s Coley 1 Clara 418, a Hereford heifer.

Herefords then ruled supreme over the Salers team in the group of three championship.

Over in the sheep lines it was a Texel gimmer from Keith Jamieson that landed the red, white and blue rosette. Brought out by Hamish Currie, she is by Knock Yardsman.

Reserve to the Texel was another gimmer in the shape of a Charollais by Wernfawr Prospect from Jonny Aiken.

Texels also ruled in the group of three as three lambs from Gordon and David Gray stood ahead of three Zwartbles lambs from Colin Rae.

Also forward for the champion of champions judging was the dairy winner, Morwick Classic Princess from Michael and Peter Howie, as well as the commercial cattle champion, a Limousin-sired heifer named Rizzo from the Wilkinson and Marwood team.

LEADING awards:

Any other dairy breed (Judge: M Fisher, Penrith, Cumbria). Champion and reserve – M and P Howie, Morwick Farm, Morpeth. Champion for father and son team, Michael and Peter, was Morwick Classic Princess, a third calver from the Queen/Royal family whose dam is a previous reserve champion here and sister to a former Royal Show and Royal Highland Show winner. Having secured the championship here as a heifer, this Ayrshire Holstein cross calved in August and is giving 28 litres per day with a projected yield of 10,000 litres. In reserve for the 200-cow herd was Morwick Rowan Princess Red, a heifer on her debut outing that is recording 29 litres since calving in December and is projected to yield 8500 litres. Maiden heifer, heifer in calf – P and CA Harrison, Breckney Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne. Heifer in milk, cow in milk, pair – M and P Howie.

Dairy calf showmanship (Judge: M Wilson, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria). Champion – Victoria Harrison. Reserve – Danielle Dixon. Under 12 years – 1, Danielle Dixon; 2, Aaron Younger; 3, Sarah Willey. Aged 12-17 years – 1, Joe Conley; 2, Harry Willey. Aged 18-26 years – Victoria Harrison.

Dairy calf (Judge: M Wilson). Champion – P and CA Harrison with Brecknev Goldies 28. Reserve – G Dixon, Rushylea, Bichop Auckland, with Shaunlea Geri 19. Junior calf – G Dixon. Intermediate – P and CA Harrison. Senior – D Craig, New Park, Westgate in Weardale.

Limousin (Judge: C Phillips, Weobley, Herefordshire). Champion, continental inter-breed champion, overall beef inter-breed champion and champion of champions – W Richardson and Son, Ghyll House, Appleby, with Mystyle Maitoi, a home-bred three-year-old heifer by Ampertaine Elgin and out of Roxburgh Ideal, a Wilodge Vantastic daughter in the 50-cow herd. Brought out by Hannah Brown with help from John’s son, Ben, this previous winner of the heifer derby at Westmorland Show was paraded in calf to Guards Boomer having been part of the herd’s flushing programme. Reserve and maiden heifer champion – AW Jenkinson Farms, Clifton Moor, Penrith, with Whinfellpark Nerissa, a January, 2017-born daughter of Trueman Jagger that was always in the tickets last year. Her mother is Whinfellpark Gazer, a Grahams Dublin daughter. Junior heifer, senior heifer, cow, maiden heifer champion, reserve female, reserve male – AW Jenkinson Farms. Intermediate heifer, heifer in calf or with calf, pair, female champion – W Richardson and Son. Junior bull, male champion – W Barron, Morrow Edge Farm, Burnhope. Senior bull – JM and SM Priestley, Cracrop Farm, Brampton.

British Blue (Judge: H Pritchard, Norton Canon, Herefordshire). Champion and reserve – D Saunders, Maidenlands Farm, Ulverston. Dean’s champion when brought out by Emma McAloone was Maidenlands Marvel, an October, 2017-born son of Corrandulla Finton which was reserve male at the Borderway Agri-Expo and senior champion at Stars of the Future. He is bred from the multi-champion cow, Maidenlands Kloe, from the herd of 15 cows. In reserve was the similarly aged Maidenlands Marbella which stood reserve to Marvel at the Stars of the Future and was reserve female at the Agri-Expo. Her breeding features Bedgebury Flat Out on to an imported female. Junior heifer, senior bull – D Saunders. Senior heifer – SA and GC Brown, Pond Farm, Pickering. Junior bull, pair – R Pattinson, Temon Farm, Brampton.

Any other continental beef breed (Judge: A Smith, Newark, Notts). Champion, reserve continental inter-breed and reserve overall beef inter-breed – R and A Crockett, Conker Cottage, Hawick, with their two-year-old Salers heifer, Bacardi Miss Moneypenny, which is by Gulliver, an imported stock bull that has bred many champions for the father and son team, Roy and Adam. On her debut outing, she is out of a home-bred cow. Reserve – J Watson and Co, Bowsden Moor, Berwick, with Tweeddale Nannymcphee, a two-year-old Charolais heifer also on her debut outing. She is by Goldies Jagger and out of Tillside Ingrid. Maiden heifer, reserve female – J Watson and Co. Heifer in calf or with calf at foot, cow, pair, female champion – R and A Crockett. Junior bull, male champion – Edgerston Trading, Overton Bush Cottages, Jedburgh. Senior bull, reserve male – P Burgess, High Keenley Fell Farm, Hexham.

Longhorn (Judge: C Davies, Ledbury, Herefordshire). Champion – J Close and Son, Fishwick Mains, Berwick upon Tweed, with the three-year-old Fishwick Queen of the Ring which was second here as a yearling. Sired by Fishwick Lord of the Rings, she is out of a home-bred show cow from the 50-cow herd and was shown with a calf at foot. Reserve – D Walker, Newton Farm Cottage, Huby, with Newton Crème de la Crème, a 15-month-old heifer by Newton Storm. Junior heifer (A), senior heifer, reserve female – D Walker. Junior heifer (B), reserve male – JV Hodgson, Piercebridge Farm, Darlington. Cow, pair, female champion – J Close and Son. Junior bull, male champion – SD Horrocks and Son, Spruce Avenue, Lancaster.

Highland (Judge: D Logan, Clackmannanshire). Champion – Braines Family, Mill House, Sunderland, with Una 4 of Corntown, a three-year-old heifer bough at Oban as a yearling for 2700gns when she stood reserve champion. Sired by Josh of Earn and out of a previous Una, this second prize winner from last year’s Great Yorkshire is one of 30 cows in the Braines family’s West Edmondsley fold. Reserve – S and E Haley, Marland Lodge, Barnard Castle, with Margaret 3 of Seam, a two-year-old heifer by Ruadh Nero of Seam, the same sire as last year’s champion which went on to sell to France. This was Margaret’s first outing from the 14-cow fold. Heifer born in 2018, heifer born in 2017, cow, bull – S and E Haley. Heifer born in 2016, pair – Braines Family.

Any other pedigree native breed (Judge: C Phillips). Champion and native inter-breed champion – Kilnstown Farms, Carlisle, with the seven-year-old Galloway stock bull, Buccleuch Adonis. Bought privately as a yearling, this Kirkstead Nancy Boy son was on his show debut but has proven his worth on the 30 pedigree Galloways run by the Waugh family, siring bulls to 4500gns. Reserve – Gordon Brooke Estate, Upper Huntlywood, Earlston, with Gordon Magnum, a rising two-year-old Beef Shorthorn bull by Star P Matrix 4NX. Maiden heifer, junior bull, pair, female champion – N and A Hunter. Senior bull, male champion – Kilnstown Farms. Reserve female – JM and SM Priestley. Reserve male – Gordon Brooke Estate.

Hereford (Judge: R Clark, Ipswich, Suffolk). Champion and reserve native inter-breed – Miss H Whitaker, Coley Walks Farm, Halifax, with the rising two-year-old heifer, Coley 1 Clara 418, which is among the first crop of calves by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid. She won the Baby Beef class at Halifax on her only other outing. Reserve – T and D Harrison, The Old Potato House, Stocksfield, with Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12, a 13-month-old son of the Danish import, SMH King Size 87K. Bred from Romany 1 Dawn, he won his class at Shropshire County. Junior heifer – D Fabb and H Parr, Wilsons Orchard, Warboys. Intermediate heifer, reserve female – A and P Massey, Castle Road, Bury. Senior heifer, cow, senior bull, female champion, reserve male – Miss H Whittaker. Super senior heifer – J Hodge, Fellowhills Far, Berwick upon Tweed. Junior bull, male champion – T and D Harrison. Pair – E Jackson, Lostock Bridge Farm, Leyland.

Aberdeen-Angus (Judge: R Clark). Champion – Turnbill Family, Foxfoot Farm, Coxwold, with Buckhurst Lord Hurricane, two-year-old bull bought at Stirling, in February, for 3500gns which is running with heifers in the 64-cow Foxfoot herd. He is by Netherton Mr Rader and on his first outing since his purchase. Reserve – W and S Chrystal, Wingate Grange Cottages, Wingate, with Wingate Grange Patience, a 15-month-old home-bred heifer from the recently crowned Northern Farmer Beef Farmer of the Year, Will and Sophie. Sired by Tree Bridge Exeter, she was on her show debut. Junior heifer, female champion – W and S Chrystal. Senior heifer, senior bull, male champion – Turnbull Family. Junior bull, reserve male – Gordon Brooke Estate. Pair, reserve female – I Wilson, Abbeyview, Kelso.

Commercial beef (Judge: C Phillips). Champion – Messrs Wilkinson and Marwood, Ivy Farm Cottages, Leyburn, with Rizzo, the reserve champion at the March show and sale of store cattle which they bought from P and A Jarman, Brow Top, for £6000. This 11-month-old red heifer is by Netherhall Jackpot and secured a red ticket at the Beef Expo. Reserve – Messrs Renton and Redden, Stuartslaw Cottage, Duns, with Havana, a November, 2017-born daughter or Mereside Godolphin. Continental bullock, champion continental bullock – RD Anderson, The Springs, Leybrun. Continental heifer (A), reserve continental heifer – Messrs Renton and Redden. Continental heifer (B) – M Morley and N Chappelhow, Green Croft, Penrith. Continental heifer (C), champion continental heifer – Messrs Wilkinson and Marwood. Native, native champion – JRB Wilson and Sons, Cowbog Farm, Kelso. Reserve continental bullock – P and EB Robson, Middle Horsleyhope Farm, Consett. Reserve native – JM and SM Priestley.

Beef young handlers (Judge: R Sanders, Capheaton, Newcastle upon Tyne). Champion – Any Wilson. Reserve – Sarah Willey. Junior aged 8-14 years – 1, Sarah Willey; 2, Lexi Pattinson; 3, Charlotte Anderson. Senior aged 15 years and over – 1, Amy Wilson; 2, Peter Jackson; 3, Katie Boyes.

Blackface (Judge: G Robson, Bellingham, Hexham). Champion – Messrs Weatherson, Haltwhistle, with an April-born tup lamb by an £800 Shepherds Croft bred from a ewe by a £3000 Townfoot. Reserve – Messrs Murray and Sons, Hexham, with a ewe hogg by a Wanwood Hill tup. Aged tup, ewe hogg – Messrs Murray and Sons. Tup lamb, ewe, ewe lamb, group of three – Messrs Weatherson.

Swaledale (Judge: D Hall, Elsdon, Newcastle upon Tyne). Champion – K Johnson, Haltwhistle, with a three-shear tup bought at Middleton in Teesdale for £1100 from High Birk Hatt. Sired by a Frith Holme ram, he won his class here last year and will have sons for sale later in the year. Reserve – G Dalton, Bishop Auckland, with a home-bred suckled gimmer by a £5000 David Harker ram and out of a ewe by a Naby sire. First outing. Aged tup, shearling tup – K Johnson. Tup hogg, gimmer, ewe hogg, group of three – G Dalton.

Native sheep (Judge: M Pink, Poppleton, York). Champion – Mrs JE Fisher, Carlisle, with Greenlea Woody, a home-bred coloured Ryeland ram. This three-shear is by Ashley Moor Hall Vanadium. Reserve – Miss A Pennell, Darlington, with a Clun Forest gimmer named Barbara. Out of a Wrotham ewe and by a Trewyrlod sire, she is a half sister to Anna’s Royal Welsh supreme and Great Yorkshire reserve, Sharon. Tup, group of three – Mrs JE Fisher. Tup lamb – D Mitchell, Cumnock, East Ayrshire. Ewe or gimmer, ewe lamb – Miss A Pennell.

British rare breeds (Judge: P Murray, Frizington, Cumbria). Champion – Mrs J Pennell, Darlington, with Nipna Prudence, a Wensleydale gimmer by Endrigs Norman and out of a home-bred Nipna ewe. She was champion at Newark and Notts as well as wool on the hoof winner. Reserve – D Coupland, Durham, with an Oxford Down ewe lamb. Tup – H Rogerson, Cumbria. Tup lamb, ewe lamb, group of three – D Coupland. Ewe or gimmer – Mrs J Pennell.

Texel (Judge: J Aiken, Wennington, Lancaster). Champion and inter-breed champion – K Jamieson, Woodhead, Annan, with a home-bred gimmer on her show debut brought out by Hamish Currie. She is sired by Knock Yardsman and out of a Procters Vagabond daughter from the 25 ewes in Keith’s Annan flock. Reserve – Firm of G Gray, Selkirk, with a February-born ET ewe lamb by the privately bought £30,000 Midcombe Brigadier out of the Clinterty Yuga Khan daughter that sold for 11,000gns to Dalwyne at the Select Seven sale at Lanark last year. ***MALE CLASSES*** Ewe, ewe lamb, group of three – Firm of G Gray. Gimmer – K Jamieson.

Continental sheep (Judge: N Howie, Alnwick, Northumberland). Champion and reserve – J Aiken, Wigton, with home-bred Charollais sheep. Jonny’s champion was a gimmer by Wernfawr Prospect out of a home-bred ewe by Oakchurch Ozil. She was first at Penrith and Skelton shows last year. Reserve for the 12-ewe Carnew flock was a tup lamb out of a ewe by the Prospect tup but this time but the 25,000gns Knockin Shockin. Shearling tup – C Rae, Dumfries. Tup lamb, gimmer, ewe lamb, group of three – J Aiken. Ewe – JW Stables, Esh Village.

Zwartbles (Judge: B Gibson, Gartocharn, Dunbartonshire). Champion – C Anderson, Ingoe, Northumberland, with Pen Llyn Chickpea, a three-crop ewe bought as a lamb at Welshpool to join Caroline’s 20-ewe Wallridge Moor flock. Full of Pen Llyn breeding, she has picked up a few red tickets but this was her first championship. Reserve – T and G Blamire, Carlisle, with a home-bred gimmer named Whinnow Foxy Lady, which was champion at Penrith last year for Tom and his mother, Gillian. She is by Stainmore Earl Grey and out of Whinnow Dot. Tup – P and S Addison, Barnard Castle. Tup lamb, group of three – C Rae. Ewe – C Anderson. Gimmer – T and G Blamire. Ewe lamb – O Breeze, Darlington.

Suffolk (Judge: Mrs P Lupton, Ripon, North Yorkshire). Champion – R Denby, Carlisle, with Monkton Mentalist, a shearling tup bought at the Shrewsbury National sale as a lamb. Sired by Rookery Grand Slam and out of a ewe by Shannagh McGinty, he was on his first outing from the 50-ewe Carnforth flock. Reserve – Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership, Wooler, with a one-crop ewe by Rookery Union Jack, a tup that has bred well in the flock managed by Mickey Walton. Part of the show team last year, she has a tup lamb at foot by Burness Edition which will be for sale later in the year. Shearling tup, group of three – R Denby. Tup lamb – P and K Brannen, Penrith. Gimmer, ewe lamb – Hiddleston family, Irongray, Dumfries. Ewe – Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership.

Sheep young handler (judge: N McCleary, Dumfriesshire). Aged 11 years and under – 1, Lachlan Rae; 2, Michael Brannen; 3, Martha Breeze. Aged 18 years and under – 1, Oliver Breeze; 2, Hollie Wilkinson.

Heavy horses (Judge: J Steel, East Kilbride). Champion – D Willey, Newcastle upon Tyne, with Bencannon Duchess, an eight-year-old Great American Ben Franklin daughter that is a previous champion here and at the Great Yorkshire. She is out of Collessie Venus. Reserve – H Ramsay, Newton Stewart, with his gelding named Yorkie that is part of the driving team. Mare, yearling or two-year-old filly – JA Wilson, Kiln Pit Hill, Northumberland. Foal – M and A Bell, Gretna, Dumfries. Yearling or two-year-old colt or gelding – P Watson, Crook, County Durham. Gelding – H Ramsay. Mare – D Willey. Ridden – G Houghton. Turnout – Team or three or more, single trade – G Holmes, Stanley, County Durham. Pairs, ladies two-wheeled cart – H Ramsay.