Simmentals ruled supreme amongst a cracking line up of beef cattle at this week’s Great Yorkshire Show at Harrogate, winning not only the individual champion of champions title but also the supreme group of four, pairs and inter-breed junior.

It was a dream come true for David and Lesley Sapsed from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, when their home-bred bull, Heathbrow Important, produced their first breed championship and then supreme overall.

Add to that a reserve female title and junior title with Heathbrow Jasmine, which also won the inter-breed junior, and the two animals then making up part of the winning inter-breed group of four and there were two days of celebrations for the couple who have been exhibiting here for three years.

“The Simmental bull is a terrific bull with great power and locomotion. He’s a fantastic animal for just being two years old and one which is very difficult to fault,” said Peter Donger, the individual inter-breed judge who farms at Towcester. He found his reserve individual in the Lincoln Red champion which was also another big bull backed by show winning genetics on both sides.

The supreme, a 27-month-old son of the Hillcrest Champion son, Heathbrow Grand Slam, brought out by Paul Walker and Brenda Hide, already boasts a glittering show career, to include winning the National show at Norfolk, judged by Anne Macpherson, who has since purchased the bull privately for the family’s Blackford herd from Daviot.

Making up part of the winning inter-breed group of four – judged by John Elliot, senior from Kelso – was the champion, Heathbrow Important and Heathbrow Jasmine, along with the female champion, David Donnelly’s Kennox Diva’s Gena, bred by David Craigs, Stewarton and Jimmy and Vikki Wood’s heifer, Popes Nelly’s Ilea.

The inter-breed pairs, also judged by Mr Elliot comprised the male and female champion winners and thereby the bull, Heathbrow Important and Kennox Diva’s Gena.

Reserve overall individual was Robert Mawer and Emma Benge’s four-year-old Lincoln Red bull, Foulness Ultra, another well known show bull with championship and inter-breed wins from Norfolk and Rutland, to his name. He is by the Scottish-bred bull, St Fort Rolex, a former twice reserve inter-breed champion winner here and was bought privately as a nine-month-old bull calf from Chris Page.

Junior inter-breed group of four was the Charolais which comprised of the heifers Formakin Opal from Robert McNeil and Jas Rettie and Lesliepark Nora, from George Russell and Avril Aitken’s Lourie Novelty all from north of the Border and the young bull, Wissington Olaf from Jennifer Rix.

Herefords won the reserve junior team of four, while Limousins took the same award amongst the seniors.

Beef Shorthorn

First time exhibitor, Tom McMillan, had a field day amongst a bumper quality show of Shorthorns, to win the supreme overall with his Highland Show champion, Trowbridge Tessa Linsay, a two-year-old heifer.

Mr McMillan who has only just started breeding Shorthorns a few years ago and runs just 14 pedigree females from his base on the isle of Bute, led the breed with a Tamhorn Glen-sired heifer bought at Stirling as a calf at foot. Champion at the Highland, she is out of Knockenjig Tessa and was paraded by free-lance stocksperson, Carol Rettie.

The breed, which was staging its national show at the Harrogate event, saw Scottish judge, James Playfair-Hannay give the reserve honours to the male champion. This was Mark Stoneham’s Kassam of Longfield, a three-year-old bull brought out by Simon Farmer and Tina Russell who also bred the bull. A son of Gilven Fairfax, which goes back to Australian genetics, he is out of the couple’s foundation cow, Vale Meadows that was bought from Martin Reynolds as a heifer. A popular ringside winner, this big lad was also champion at the Three Counties Show.

Lincoln Red

A good show of Lincoln Reds saw the supreme winner, a four-year-old bull go on to win the reserve inter-breed beef cattle championship.

Taking centre stage was Robert Mawer and Emma Benge’s Foulness Ultra, a son of St Fort Rolex ¬– a former twice reserve inter-breed cattle champion winner here bred by Scottish breeder Andrew Mylius, Newport on Tay. Unbeaten in his class, this big fella which was inter-breed champion at Rutland ,breed leader at Norfolk and male champion at Lincoln, was bought from Chris Page as a nine-month-old bull calf privately and is out of Garnons Nora.

The couple who own the Premier and Sudbrooke herds in Lincolns, also won the reserve overall with the Scottish-bred Auchmacoy Bianco, a two-year-old in-calf heifer bred by Sharon Buchan. Champion at Woodhall Show, she is by Auchmacoy Langworth and was bought privately as a calf.

Aberdeen-Angus

Shadwell Estate, Norfolk, topped a bumper entry of Angus, winning it’s first supreme overall here with a home-bred stock-bull.

Shadwell Evolution, an August 2017-born son of Retties JFK, shown by stockman Robert Clarke, is equally well bred on the female side, being a son of Shadwell Evora M618, the national champion winner in 2014. Champion at Lincs, Norfolk and inter-breed at South Suffolk Show, Evolution is to be retained as a stock-bull for the 80-cow Shadwell herd.

Reserve overall and best bred was a three-year-old heifer from Donald Rankin, from Skye, brought out by Richard and Carol Rettie and sons Jamie and Chas. Kilmalaug Lady Isabelle, by Retties JFK, is bred from Mosston Muir Lady Isobelle and scooped the same award at the Highland and at West Fife.

Hereford

Hereford championships were very much a mirror image of those from the Royal Highland, with the champion and reserve winners and male champion being the exact same as the Ingliston event.

Supreme overall was Miss Heather Whittaker’s Coley 1 Clara, a two-year-old heifer by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid from the 60-cow herd from Halifax.

The same home scooped the male championship with the Scottish-bred bull, Romany 1 Prime Time, a two-year-old son of Barwise 1 Lancer.

There were more celebrations for George Harvey and his daughter Sophie too when their Harvey Bros 1 Crocus Rose, from Balfron, scooped the junior championship and the reserve overall. Champion at Drymen, Gargunnock and Stirling, this March-2018-born entry is by Normanton 1 Leartes and bred from a previous home-bred Crocus gifted to Sophie for her 21st birthday.

Galloway

A small but select entry of Gallways was led by Jason and Sarah Wareham’s three-year-old bull, Welling of Kilnstown, a Coldplay of Fingland-sired bull bought from Andrew Waugh at Carlisle in 2017.

The bull from couple’s 15 cow pedigree herd which runs alongside 80 commerical cows and 10 Beltex to produce meat for their farm shop and café in Heathfield, East Sussex, was reserve male at the Highland and inter-breed at Heathfield. A son of Coldplay of Fingland, he is out of Marina of Coldsplay.

Dumfriesshire breeders, Jim and Douglas Ross, Romesbeoch, followed to lift the blue and white sash with the champion female, Moira 1926 of Romesbeoch, which scooped the reserve female honours at Ingliston. A daughter of the German sire, Holsten Oder, out of a previous home-bred show cow, she was also reserve at Dumfries as a heifer calf.

Reserve female came from new breeder, Sarah Priestley’s Brontmoor herd from Brampton, Cumbria. Brontemoor Olive, a January 2018-born heifer is by Ben Lomond Mhordhu.

Belted Galloway

Howemill Mustang Sally, continued on her winning ways to lift an amazing 10th consecutive championship amongst the Belties for Sir M Arbib’s herd from Wiltshire, brought out by Scottish stockman, Jim Frame.

Their seven-year-old cow which was shown with end of March-born bull calf, is by Howemill See The Sky. Breed leader here last year, this big cow also boasts championship titles from Bath and West, Three Counties and Newbury Shows.

A breeder too, she was the dam of the reserve male champion, Howemill Oreo, a rising two-year-old by Lomond Auchentoshan that was male champion at the Three Counties.

Mrs Anne Bell’s Clifton herd of 15 cows from Dumfries again came up with the goods, winning the blue and white sash amongst the females and the reserve overall with Clifton Lily, a two-year-old heifer by Clifton Hercules out of the veteran show cow, Clifton Lolita. She was junior champion and reserve female at the Highland.

The same sire was behind new breeder and first time exhibitor, George Milroy’s junior champion from Newton Stewart. Machermore Demi, a December 2017-born heifer is out of Mochrum Demi which was bought from the late Miss Flora Stuart’s herd as a stirk.

Highland

Dexter Logan’s Blairlogan herd from Stirling, scored a hat-trick amongst the Highlanders when he produced a third champion winner at the Harrogate event.

Taking him to the top was Ban-i-Arla Morag 9 of Blairlogan, a daughter of Mr Logan’s 2011 champion winner here, Ban-i-Arla 4 of Blairlogan sired by the 2700gns Logan of Muingairigh. She was brought out by partner Carolyn Ross and son Logan and boasts a kist full of silverware to include champion wins at Drymen, Stirling and Dalry.

Judge Jim Ogston, Crianlarich, found his reserve in Dave Nicolson’s sole female, Fern 2 of Mottistone, an Eoin Mhor 8 of Mottistone-sired four-year-old shown with March-born bull calf at foot. She was bought at Oban in February for 4200gns for Mr Nicolson’s open farm at Cannon Hall, Barnsley.

Male champion was Simon Haley’s Morgan Ruadh of Seam, a January 2018-born entry from Eggleston. He is Callum 15 of Goldenberry, a bull bought at Oban.

Longhorn

A cracking entry of Longhorn’s for the breed’s national show at Harrogate saw the champion and reserve honours presented to entries from David and Angela Blockley and their grand-son Harry’s Southfield herd from Bradford.

Supreme was Southfield Lace, an eight-year-old cow by the Blackbrook Lionheart son, Southfield Hawk, which was providing a 12th championship win here for the80-cow herd. A regular bridesmaid at major shows up and down the country, this was nevertheless the Southfield Flight daughter’s first championship win.

Southfield Qnard (correct) a four-year-old bull by Blackbrook Sabre retained for breeding, bagged the reserve honours. Champion at Lincoln and at the National Show, last year, he is bred from Southfield Nymph which goes back to the dam of the champion winner.

Charolais

A good entry of Charolais for the breed’s national show, saw a two-year-old heifer crowned supreme overall for Oxfordshire-based Brailes Livestock team of Richard Hassell and Rachel Wyllie.

Their Bassett Nadia, a daughter of the 10,000gns Harestone Domino, was paraded by the Retties freelance stock team and stood champion at West Morland in 2018, and champion at Stirling, last month. She also collected a blue ticket at last month’s Royal Highland.

Following her all the way to take the reserve female and overall was the second prize winner, Teme Nude, a similarly aged heifer from Vince and Melita Corbett and family of Eva, Ruth, Thomas and Grace, from Knighton, Powys. First at the Royal Welsh last year, she is out of Teme Magnolia, which also bred the champion at the 2018 Royal Welsh Show.

Male champion was Jennifer Rix and stockman Darren Knox’ Wissington Olaf from Colchester, Essex. This 18-month-old bull which landed the same award at the Highland is by Edenhurst Leader and out of Wissington Imogen.

The breed also triumphed to win the junior inter-breed team of four which included the heifers Formakin Opal from Robert McNeil and Jas Rettie and Lesliepark Nora, from George Russell and Avril Aitken’s Lourie Novelty all from north of the Border and the young bull, Wissington Olaf from Jennifer Rix.

Simmental

It was certainly a day to remember down the Simmental lines for David and Lesley Sapsed from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, when they won their first breed championship and supreme overall cattle title at the Yorkshire.

The couple who run 40 pedigree polled cows and have been exhibiting here for three years, topped a cracking line up of cattle with the home-bred April 2017-born bull, Heathbrow Important, brought out by Paul Walker and Brenda Hid. Sired by the Hillcrest Champion son, Heathbrow Grand Slam, he is out of the show cow, Heathbrow Caramel, a Dirnanean Welcome daughter.

No stranger to the limelight, this big boy which was inter-breed champion at Hertford, Suffolk and Norfolk Shows, is also heading up to Scotland having been purchased by Anne Macpherson for the Blackford herd after she placed him champion at the National Show at Norfolk.

Adding to the Heathbrow camp celebrations, the herd also picked up the reserve female honours with Jasmine, a January 2018-born home-bred heifer by Scotland Hill Cairo that was reserve female at Suffolk and reserve junior at the National at Norfolk. She also went on to win the inter-breed junior championship.

Female leader was another well known female and a Scottish-bred entry shown by David Donnelly, of the Atlow herd from Ashbourne, Derbyshire. This was Kennox Diva’s Gem, a four-year-old cow by Auchorachan Wizard bought privately as a yearling at the Highland from David Craig, Stewarton. Reserve and female champion at Stafford in 2018 and 2019, she was also first in her class at the National.

These three entries along with a heifer from Jimmy and Vikki Wood’s Popes herd from Preston, made up the winning inter-breed group of four judged by John Elliott.

Limousin

It was another roll over title in the Limousin lines when Mike and Melanie Alford’s Foxhillfarm Naomi, from Foxhill, Devon, repeated her championship win from the Royal Highland.

This two-year-old heifer which scooped the reserve supreme cattle honours at Ingliston, also boasts inter-breed beef championship wins at both Devon and Cornwall. A daughter of the 140,000gns Trueman Jagger, she is out of Foxhillfarm Isla.

Giving her a run for her money, the reserve female champion, Mystyle Nandini, a December 2017-born heifer from John and Dorne Richardson shown by son Ben and Hannah Brown, followed her to take the reserve supreme. Home-bred from the 17-cow herd based at Ghyll House, this beauty is by Carnew Lionheart a bull that has since been sold privately to Robert Hutchinson, Valley Farm. Champion at the North Yorkshire Show earlier in the year, she boasts Scottish genetics on her mother’s side with the dam being Aultside Lambrini, a heifer bought at the National Show and sale at Carlisle for 9800gns from Garry Patterson.

Despite a brief accident in Limousin lines, Willie Barron was back in fine form to show his male champion, Barrons Oslo, in the parade. The 16-month-old bull from Durham, which was overall champion at the North Extravaganza at Skipton, male champion at Northumberland and reserve supreme at Cumberland, is by the 6000gns Homebyres Jamie and bred from a home-bred cow by Wilodge Cerberus. He is destined for the breed sale at Carlisle in October.

Following close behind to lift the runner up sash amongst the boys was Ian Nimmo’s Maraiscote Ocean, from Wishaw. A February 2018-born son of Goldies Comet, he is out of Maraiscote Jolene and was reserve at Lesmahagow and second at the Highland. Ocean is also destined for Carlisle in October.

British Blue

Top Side Isla, a six-year-old black show cow from Ross and Elaine Pattinson, scooped another title for the couple from Brampton, Cumbria.

Champion at Westmorland and Cockermouth, this Strathearn Carvalho-sired cow was shown with bull calf at foot, Top Side Ourboy.

The junior heifer, Skiddaw View Natural Beauty, followed her to take the reserve overall. This 14-month-old heifer from Jimmy Little and Hannah Donaldson from Wigton in Cumbria, is by Toscan Vd Ijzer.

Male champion was Kev Watret’s Solway View Nova, an Attribut de Fond de Bois-sired 13-month-old from Mauscastle, Annan, brought out by Ali Jackson. Bred from Solway View Kesha, a former female champion at the Royal Welsh, he was second at the Highland and is destined for the breed sale at Carlisle next May.

Salers

The young ones led a bumper line-up of Salers, with brothers Greg (15) and Lewis (11) Ralston, producing the female champion and supreme overall in their 15-month-old heifer, Jedforest Nightshade.

The boys who were gifted two Salers females from their parents, Neil and Fiona Ralston of the Kaimburn herd from Jedburgh, took all the plaudits with a daughter of the French sire, Magnificent, out of Bacardi Kerry. She was reserve junior female at the Highland.

The breeders of the dam, Roy and Adam Crockett from Denholme, Hawick, followed to win the reserve female with their breed leader from the Highland, Bacardi Keisha. This four-year-old cow is a full sister to their champion winner at the Highland last year being a daughter the French sire, Fulliver out of Cleuchhead Delilah 3. Keisha was also reserve female at Northumberland.

Male champion and reserve overall was Malcolm and Gill Pye’s Rednock Mauriac, a home-bred 26-month-old bull by Rigel Rourke Poll that stood first at Stirling Show and second at the Highland.

Commercial

Jennifer Hyslop’s Queen of Hearts lived up to her name to win the overall championship amongst a bumper entry of more than 100 commercial cattle, to win the supreme.

Her 14-month-old home-bred Limousin cross heifer from Barrhill, Ayrshire, is by Waindale UFO and out of an Auchinrivoch-bred Charolais cow that has already bred several championship wins and is now set for a flushing programme. Reserve at the Beef Expo at Junction 36, in May, this heifer was providing a second championship at Harrogate for the family.

Following her all the way, the runner-up heifer from Jason and Sarah Wareham, Heathfield, East Sussex, was reserve overall. Their February 2018-born black Limousin cross was bred by Philip and Tracey Jones and bought at the Welsh Winter Fair. Lightly shown, she was placed at the Welsh and came second at Heathfield Show.

Alister and Liz Vance, Whithorn, Wigtownshire, also had a good day winning the steer championship with Keltic Storm, a 13-month-old bought at Barnard Castle in March from Messrs Dent. Second at the Beef Expo and the Highland Show, this black Limousin cross is by Naby Jager and out of a Limousin cross cow.