• Mixbury Hall stock bull Tillbrook Frank Overall Reserve • 754 pedigree Simmentals entered the online competition • Cow class sees 197 entries
The 2021 Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show Overall Supreme Champion is the outstanding five-year-old cow Corskie Heaven from the well known Corskie Simmental herd of WJ & J Green, Garmouth, Fochabers. Taking the Overall Reserve Supreme Champion position was the Male Champion, Tilbrook Frank from VC Bailey, Mixbury Hall Farm, Mixbury, Brackley, Northamptonshire.
An entirely online show first organised by the British Simmental Cattle Society last year, the second staging of the competition saw a remarkable 754 Simmentals entered over the respective twelve classes.
2016 born, Corskie Heaven, a Dirnanean Bradley daughter out of Corskie Eve, did it the ‘hard way’ by coming through an incredible class of 197 cows, the largest entry in the classes, before lifting the Female Championship and moving on to take the blue riband top title.
Judging the final Championship was Anne MacPherson of the highly noted Blackford herd at Blackford, Croy, Inverness. Commenting Anne said: “The Champion Corskie Heaven is a great example of a Simmental cow; she is very feminine with nice smooth flesh and plenty of length. She’s my type of female and very much shows the maternal traits which are important for the Simmental breed. Congratulations also to Mixbury Hall. Tillbrook Frank looks a really modern, powerful bull with tremendous muscle and length.”
On behalf of the Green family, Laura Beattie said: “It’s fantastic to win this competition and from such an entry both in numbers and quality. Corskie Heaven is just a really nice, feminine cow and we’re delighted that she’s gone all the way. We had eight entries in the cow class and six of them placed in the top twenty, so we are very proud of all the cows! Corskie Heaven is a Dirnanean Bradley daughter and Bradley has bred exceptionally well in the herd. Heaven’s dam, Corskie Eve is by Corskie Valiant, a homebred bull who himself had a strong show career for the herd, including being Overall Champion at the 2009 Scottish National Show. The Society’s ‘Virtual’ Show has been great again this year and it’s been so good to ‘show off’ cattle that have not been able to go out into the show ring over this last couple of years.”
It was a strong showing for the Northamptonshire based Mixbury Hall herd who also lifted the Reserve Female Championship with the Spring born heifer calf Mixbury Hall Milly. Taking the Reserve Male Championship was Rockytop Luca, from Gary and Angela Christie’s Rockytop herd, Glass, Huntly. The May 2020 born Rockytop Luca, had initially won the young bull class in the competition.
The Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show was established in 2020 to bring ‘some fun and competition’ for members with there being no summer show season during the Covid pandemic. Such was the popularity of the competition that the ‘Virtual’ Show was rolled out for a second staging this year and was supported with a massive entry.
Each of the respective classes had a young profile judge who announced their results on a weekly basis and with a supporting video talking about their results. Come Championship time and Craig Hollingsworth of the Midhope herd, Sheffield, judged the Females, whilst Alan Burleigh of the Derrycallaghan herd, Lisnaskea judged the Males. It was then over to Anne MacPherson to judge this year’s Overall Supreme Champion. Tom Hill of the Scotland Hill herd, Doncaster, had the difficult but enviable task of judging the 197 strong cow class from which the Overall Champion emerged.
Commenting generally, the British Simmental Cattle Society’s President Stewart Stronach said: “Congratulations to the Corskie and Mixbury Hall herds for their Championship wins. I’d also like to extend a massive well done to the Simmental breeders around the UK who have readily supported this competition and in such great numbers. Who would ever have thought we would have seen an entry of 197 cows in any show class, even an online class! Throughout the nine weeks of judging the quality of entries has been superb and the competition has been a lot of fun and a terrific showcase for the Simmental breed. We have been amazed week on week by the reach of the posts and the comments and discussion both domestically and in countries across the world. This year’s show really has had a ‘wow’ factor on so many levels. Whilst we hope to return to summer show rings next year, I’m sure there will be a popular demand for a third staging of the Simmental ‘Virtual’ Show.”
Congratulations to VC Bailey, Mixbury Hall, Mixbury, Brackley, who has placed First in the Group picture class of the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show. Thanks to all who have entered, and the results are as follows 1st Mixbury Hall 2nd Bosahan 3rd Corskie 4th Springfield 5th Bosahan
Congratulations also go to Emma Stronach, Berryleys Farm, Grange, Keith who has won the young members class. Again a big thank you to those who entered, and well done to all who have placed, the results are below 1st Islavale 2nd Rendham 3rd Corskie 4th Rendham
Thanks must also go to our Special Classes judges, Matthew Robson, Kilbride Farm, Doagh, Ballyclare, and Barrie Wynter, Bolankin, St Buryan, Penzance who both judged two classes each, with Matthew judging the Group picture and Video classes and Barrie judging the Young members and Commercial classes.
Congratulations to Jonathan Sinclair Gunn, from the Mavsey herd, Lybster, Caithness who has topped Class 8 of the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show with Corskie Jackpot 18. A September 2018 born bull, Corskie Jackpot 18 is a Dirnanean Bradley son and out of Corskie Frolic, a Bel Dhu Capercaillie daughter. He was purchased from the Corskie herd at the February 2020 Stirling sale.
A big thank you to our judge Hannah Wood, from the Popes herd, Dutton, Preston, Lancashire, who has expertly cast her eye over another strong bull class and this time of twenty-two animals. Comments from Hannah will be posted in a video shortly. Thank you once again for your entries and support for the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show, and well done to all those who have placed and to everyone who participated in this class.
The results are as follows:
1st- Corskie Jackpot entered by Jonathan Sinclair Gunn
2nd- Omorga Jaguar entered by J L & C J Weatherup
3rd- Islavale Jabba entered by Gavin Brown
4th- Backmuir King entered by Reece and Andrew Simmers
A mighty well done goes to Gary and Angela Christie of the Rockytop herd, Glass, Huntly who have scooped the honours in Class 7 of the 2021 Virtual Simmental Show with Rockytop Luca. May 2020 born, Rockytop Luca is entirely homebred being sired by Rockytop I’m Yer Man and out of Rockytop Champagne’s Irma. For good measure three Rockytop bulls featured in the top eight placings!
A big thank you goes to our judge, Graham Allan of the noted Glenturk herd, Wigtown, Newton Stewart who has picked his top placings from another strong class, and this time featuring 65 young bulls. Look out for further comments from Graham in the judges video which will be posted shortly. Thanks to all breeders for your entries and support, it is hugely appreciated. The reach of this online competition is truly remarkable and worldwide. The 2021 Virtual Show is proving to once again be a big social media hit and a fantastic showcase and promotion of British Simmental. It is only possible with your continued support and pictures of your quality cattle. Thank you!
The eagerly anticipated results for Class 7 are as follows:
Congratulations to VC Bailey, Mixbury Hall Farm, Mixbury, Brackley, Northants who has taken 1st Place in Class 6 of the Virtual Simmental Show, Spring born heifer calf, in a Class of 100 entries. The January 2021 born Mixbury Hall Milly, is by Tilbrook Frank, who also topped the Senior bull class in this year’s Virtual Show. Well done to Mixbury Hall, who also placed 9th in the class, and also to Backmuir and Corskie who both also had two entries place in the top 10.
A big thank you must go to our judge, Gayle Campbell from the Saltire herd, North Berwick, East Lothian, who had the huge but enjoyable task of judging 100 Spring born heifer calves. Look out for Gayle’s comments in a video on Facebook shortly.
Thanks again for all your entries which are helping make the 2021 Virtual Show a real Simmental showcase, with Breeders all over the UK getting involved. Congratulations to all who have placed in the class, the results are as follows:
Congratulations to Tom Hill, from Scotland Hill Simmentals, Wadworth, Doncaster, whose young bull Scotland Hill Merlin, has taken the top spot in another strong Class in the ongoing 2021 ‘Virtual’ Simmental Show. Scotland Hill Merlin came out top in Class 5, Spring born bull calf, born in 2021 and from an entry of 87 calves in all from herds around the UK. May 2021 born, Scotland Hill Merlin is by Clonagh King Eyes, and is out of Scotland Hill Francesca Georgeanna. Well done also to the Northamptonshire based Mixbury Hall herd who placed second, third, and fourth! A big thank you is extended to Dafydd Jones, of the Banwy herd, Welshpool, Powys for so ably and kindly judging this class. Look out for Dafydd’s video comments which will be posted soon on Facebook.
Thank you again for all your entries so far which continue to create an outstanding Simmental showcase, and congratulations to all who have placed, the results are below.