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Royal Highland Show – 20th to 23rd June 2019
Judges Report, Stewart Stronach
Firstly I would like to thank RHASS for their kind invitation to judge the 2019 Simmental classes at the Royal Highland Show. It was a great honour and privilege and definitely one off the bucket list. It was a cool, dry and blustery day, so good conditions for showing cattle. As I waited in the ring for the first class I can honestly say I had butterflies in my stomach, excited with anticipation for what the morning ahead had in store for me!
There were 12 heifers in the first class which all looked stunning entering the ring. I placed the youngest heifer 1st from Michael Barlow, Ashland Lucy Jezebel, a long heifer with great style. 2nd was Pitmudie Jamaica who was of a similar type to the 1st place heifer. 3rd went to Sacombe Hawaii Jessica, a different style of heifer carrying more flesh. Cairnveiw Rea took 4th, another good heifer with a great top.
The second class kept up the standard and my first pick was Frank Gwynne’s Brandane J-Lo, a very correct heifer with length, power and great locomotion. Standing next to her in 2nd was Corskie Joanna, another good female however was carrying more condition and not the same power as my 1st place. 3rd was Garmouth Glory’s Jessica from Laura Beattie, 4th came from Richard McCulloch with Overhill House Joon and Perrywood Jasmine was 5th.
The next class of females, born between July and the end of December 2017 presented me with an easy first, Corskie Illusion, who I thought at this stage would probably go further on the day. In 2nd was a really fleshy heifer from Heather Duff, Pitmudie Irish Mist, followed closely in 3rd place by Overhill House Ice Maiden. 4th went to a very well presented Newbiemains Isla.
The fourth class of heifers was very well supported with 9 animals forward. There was an obvious first in this class, Sterling’s FUCK Implus, from Reece and Andrew Simmers. A very eye catching animal, with an abundance of breed character, very fleshy but moving well round the ring. 2nd was Garmouth Dumandy Isabella, 3rd Pitmudie Florin 2nd, 4th Corskie Inita and Jim and Patricia Goldie collected the 5th and 6th rosettes.
I found the next class extremely hard to judge, comparing in calf heifers and heifers with a calf at foot is always a difficult task I find. After some serious deliberation I placed 1st a very sweet and milky heifer from Michael Durno in the form of Auchorachan Letta H1 . She was working very hard and making a grand job of her little heifer calf. 2nd and 3rd went to the Green family from Corskie with Corskie Herb and Corskie Harp . Harry Houldey took 4th with Clonagh Honey Cream.
There was only one entry in the next class, Cairnview Tilly 4th, she walked round the ring, moving very well and with a great calf at foot.
The oldest cow class, born before 2013 only had one animal forward also, Corskie Disco. She immediately owned the ring with her twin calves. At 7 years old her locomotion was excellent moving gracefully with impressive style and breed character. I was looking forward to how she would stand up later in the day and thinking she was going to be hard to beat.
The junior female championship was next on the list to judge and I was very pleased with my 1st prize junior heifers as the returned to the ring. The Junior Female Championship went to Corskie Illusion, she had tremendous length, width and locomotion, a great cow in the making. Reserve went to Newbiemains I’m a Gem.
The Overall Female Championship was next and the powerful, elegant Corskie Disco was an easy winner with Sterling’s FUCK Implus from the Simmers boys an obvious reserve.
Moving onto the first of the male classes, where I feel more at home judging, there were 7 bulls forward. The red ticket in this class went to Lynfield Joseph, a long well grown bull who moved well. 2nd went to the Smith family from Drumsleed in the form of Drumsleed Jura and 3rd to Nick and Nadia Gwynne with Chestermann Jimmy.
The bull class aged between January and March 2018 had a large entry on 9. Greencap Jaeger was my pick, a long dark red bull showing great style and potential. 2nd went to a real muscle machine, Cargill JJ from D C McLaren & Partners followed by Chestermann Jupiter in 3rd and a close 4th for Drumsleed Jaeger.
The senior bull class had two entries, both Denizes Hamish and Drumsleed Hivy showed great breed character however it was Hivy that took the red rosette on the day as he carried himself well, moved effortlessly around the ring with an outstanding presence.
My Junior Male Champion went to Greencap Jaeger from Colin Inglis. A very eye catching bull in the ring and I remember thinking he should go on to become a future pedigree stock bull. Jaeger also went onto become the Overall Junior Champion, with the reserve going to Corskie Illusion. Both great examples of the Simmental breed, Illusion a modern and well-rounded heifer however Jaeger just had more style and show character on the day.
Drumsleed Hivy returned to the ring to compete against Greencap jaeger for the Overall Male Championship. I really liked Colin’s young bull but the sheer power of Hivy made him my worthy Champion.
I was very happy as my male and female champions entered the ring for the final time. Two tremendous animals which had left me with a very hard decision to make. But the gracefulness of Corskie Disco had won me over, she was a stunning cow and a true matriarch of the breed and I was delighted to award her and the Green family the RHS 2019 Championship. Sterling’s FCUK Impuls took the reserve Champion, a heifer who I’m sure will have plenty of success at shows in the future!
As I reflect on my judging, I’d like to take the opportunity to say how very proud I am to be part of the Simmental breed. I was very impressed by the presentation and quality of the animals paraded in front of me and I would like to congratulate every exhibitor for taking part and showcasing the breed for all to see.
|DATE: 20th June to 23rd June 2019||JUDGE: Mr S Stronach|
|CLASS & POSITION||NAME OF ANIMAL||SIRE||DAM||EXHIBITOR|
|Best Female, Best Animal Bred by Exhibitor, Best Cow with Calf at Foot (judged as a pair) & Overall Champion||CORSKIE DISCO||ISLAVALE SABRE||CORSKIE SWIRL||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|Reserve Best Female & Reserve Overall Champion||STERLING FCUK IMPULS||STERLING GINO 15||STERLING CANDY’S F.C.U.K||REECE & ANDREW SIMMERS|
|Best Bull & Breeder of Best Bull||DRUMSLEED HIVY 16||HAYSTAR CRACKER 11||DRUMSLEED VALONIA||MR G W SMITH|
|Best Junior Female, Reserve Junior Champion & Best Animal of Opposite sex to the Junior Champion||CORSKIE ILLUSION||AUCHORACHAN FARMER 14||CORSKIE CHAMPAGNE||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|Junior Champion & Best Junior Bull||GREENCAP JAEGER 18||DENIZES FABIO 14||GREENCAP FEE||COLIN INGLIS|
|Reserve Junior Female||NEWBIEMAINS I’M A GEM||NEWBIEMAINS GOLDEN EYE 15||NEWBIEMAINS GEM||JIM & PATRICIA GOLDIE|
|Reserve Junior Bull||DARGILL J J 18||KILBRIDE FARM DOUBLEACTION 12||DARGILL CASSIE||J C MCLAREN & PARTNERS|
|Reserve Bull||DENIZES HAMISH 16||DINTON NAUTICAL||AUROCH EVE||MR M A BARLOW|
|Female Born on or after 1st April 2018||1. ASHLAND LUCY JEZEBEL||TEAM CELTIC 11||ASHLAND LUCY 5TH||MR M A BARLOW|
|2. PITMUDIE JAMAICA||OVERHILL HOUSE ERAGON 13||DELFUR MARGARET C32||HEATHER DUFF|
|3. SACOMBE HAWAII’S JESSICA||STERLING HAYMAKER 16||STERLING BACARDI’S HAWAII||MR & MRS P B & J A BORLASE|
|4. CAIRNVIEW REA 7TH||WOODHALL FERRARI 14||CAIRNVIEW REA 1ST||MR A J WILSON|
|5. CHESTERMANN EMPIRE MABLI 3||STERLING EMPIRE 13||CHESTERMANN RINGLEADER MABLI 4||MESSRS N & N GWYNNE|
|6. CORSKIE JASMINE||BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11||CORSKIE WILLOW||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|Female born between 1st January & 31st March 2018||1. BRANDANE J-LO||TEAM CELTIC 11||STERLING BACARDI’S FUNKY||FRANK GWYNNE|
|2. CORSKIE JOANNA||STERLING VIKING 2ND||STERLING NAOMI’S DANA||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|3. GARMOUTH GLORY’S JESSICA||BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11||STERLING DUMANDY GLORY||LAURA GREEN|
|4. OVERHILL HOUSE JOON||OVERHILL HOUSE FADDEN 14||WOODHALL DANIELLE||RICHARD MCCULLOCH|
|5. PERRYWOOD JASMINE||DERRYCALLAGHAN GAMBLER 15||PERRYWOOD WISPA||MISS B A BORLASE|
|Female born on or between 1st July & 31st December 2017||1. CORSKIE ILLUSION||AUCHORACHAN FARMER 14||CORSKIE CHAMPAGNE||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|2. PITMUDIE IRISH MIST||HILTONSTOWN FERRARI 14||DELFUR BOBETTE C27||HEATHER DUFF|
|3. OVERHILL HOUSE ICE MAIDEN||CURAHEEN DRIFTER||RACEVIEW EUREKA VELVET 630||RICHARD MCCULLOCH|
|4. NEWBIEMAINS ISLA||WOODHALL FANTASTIC 14||NEWBIEMAINS GRACIOUS||JIM & PATRICIA GOLDIE|
|5. JENNALYN JELLYBEAN NORA||CLONAGH WORLD CLASS||JENNALYN FLORA NORA||MR D C HOULDEY|
|6. SPRINGFIELD ICONIC||SHILOH FREEDOM||HAZELDEN JINGLE 40TH||GAVIN BROWN|
|Female born on or between 1st January & 30th June 2017||1. STERLING FCUK IMPULS||STERLING GINO 15||STERLING CANDY’S F.C.U.K||REECE & ANDREW SIMMERS|
|2. GARMOUTH DUMANDY’S ISABELLA||BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11||STERLING VERITY’S DUMANDY||LAURA GREEN|
|3. PITMUDIE FLORIN 2ND||CAIRNORRIE FERRARI 14||PITMUDIE FLORIN||HEATHER DUFF|
|4. CORSKIE INITA||AULTMORE FRANCO 14||CORSKIE ANITA||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|5. NEWBIEMAINS I’M A GEM||NEWBIEMAINS GOLDEN EYE 15||NEWBIEMAINS GEM||JIM & PATRICIA GOLDIE|
|6. NEWBIEMAINS ICANDY||WOODHALL FANTASTIC 14||NEWBIEMAINS FLORA||JIM & PATRICIA GOLDIE|
|Female, having calved before 3 years of age or due to calve before 3 years of age, in Milk or in Calf, born in 2016||1. AUCHORACHAN LETTA H1||TEAM FERGUS 14||AUCHORACHAN DYNASTY||D & R DURNO & SONS|
|2. CORSKIE HERB||BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11||CORSKIE DILL||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|3. CORSKIE HARP||CELTIC ROCK||CORSKIE ELECTRA||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|4. CLONAGH HONEY CREAM||KILBRIDE FARM DRAGOON 12||CLONAGH EXPENSIVE CREAM||MR D C HOULDEY|
|Female, born in 2014 or 2015 in Milk or Certified in Calf at time of Show||1. CAIRNVIEW TILLY 4TH||WESTVIEW ELMO 13||CAIRNVIEW TILLY||MR A J WILSON|
|Female, born on or before 31st December 2013, in Milk or Certfiedin Calf at time of Show||1. CORSKIE DISCO||ISLAVALE SABRE||CORSKIE SWIRL||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|Bull born on or after 1st April 2018||1. LYNFIELD JOSEPH 18||DENIZES EXCLUSIVE 13||LYNFIELD PRECIOUS 5||M/S A E & C BISHOP|
|2. DRUMSLEED JURA 18||KILBRIDE FARM BENONE 10||DRUMSLEED VALTINA||MR G W SMITH|
|3. CHESTERMANN JIMMY 18||OVERHILL HOUSE DATA 12||CHESTERMANN BASTION HILARY||MESSRS N & N GWYNNE|
|4. SACOMBE JUGGERNAUT 18||DERRYCALLAGHAN GAMBLER 15||SACOMBE DANDELION-OMA||MR & MRS P B & J A BORLASE|
|5. PITMUDIE JOSKIN 18||DELLFIELD GOLDENEYE 15||MANOR PARK BABE||HEATHER DUFF|
|6. DRUMSLEED JIGSAW 18||WOLFSTAR GORDY 15||DRUMSLEED FIESTA 14||MR G W SMITH|
|Bull born on or between 1st January & 31st March 2018||1. GREENCAP JAEGER 18||DENIZES FABIO 14||GREENCAP FEE||COLIN INGLIS|
|2. DARGILL J J 18||KILBRIDE FARM DOUBLEACTION 12||DARGILL CASSIE||J C MCLAREN & PARTNERS|
|3. CHESTERMANN JUPITER 18||ATLOW DIXON 12||DEERHURST GI-GI 15||MESSRS N & N GWYNNE|
|4. DRUMSLEED JAGGER 18||WOLFSTAR GORDY 15||DRUMSLEED CARRIE||MR G W SMITH|
|5. DARGILL JABA 18||KILBRIDE FARM DOUBLEACTION 12||KINNINMONTH ABBY||J C MCLAREN & PARTNERS|
|6. PITMUDIE JEFFERY 18||ISLAVALE GOLDEN BOY 15||PITMUDIE FLORIN||HEATHER DUFF|
|Bull born on or before 31st December 2016||1. DRUMSLEED HIVY 16||HAYSTAR CRACKER 11||DRUMSLEED VALONIA||MR G W SMITH|
|2. DENIZES HAMISH 16||DINTON NAUTICAL||AUROCH EVE||MR M A BARLOW|
|Best Group consisting of one bull and two females, al the property of one Exhibitor||1. GARMOUTH GLORY’S JESSICA||BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11||STERLING DUMANDY GLORY||LAURA GREEN|
|1. GARMOUTH DUMANDY’S ISABELLA||BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11||STERLING VERITY’S DUMANDY||LAURA GREEN|
|1. CORSKIE HERB||BEL DHU CAPERCAILLIE 11||CORSKIE DILL||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|Interbreed – Beef Interbreed Team Competition||5. CORSKIE DISCO||ISLAVALE SABRE||CORSKIE SWIRL||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|5. CORSKIE HARP||CELTIC ROCK||CORSKIE ELECTRA||MR WJ & J GREEN|
|5. AUCHORACHAN LETTA H1||TEAM FERGUS 14||AUCHORACHAN DYNASTY||D & R DURNO & SONS|
|5. DRUMSLEED HIVY 16||HAYSTAR CRACKER 11||DRUMSLEED VALONIA||MR G W SMITH|
|Interbreed – Beef Recorded Bull (Continental) breeds – Class A||6. PITMUDIE JEFFERY 18||ISLAVALE GOLDEN BOY 15||PITMUDIE FLORIN||HEATHER DUFF|
|Interbreed – Beef Recorded Bull (Continental) Breeds – Class B||3. PITMUDIE JOSKIN 18||DELLFIELD GOLDENEYE 15||MANOR PARK BABE||HEATHER DUFF|
|5. DRUMSLEED JURA 18||KILBRIDE FARM BENONE 10||DRUMSLEED VALTINA||MR G W SMITH|
|6. LYNFIELD JOSEPH 18||DENIZES EXCLUSIVE 13||LYNFIELD PRECIOUS 5||M/S A E & C BISHOP|