2012 SHOW SEASON ROUND UP BY KIM SALES.
The 2012 showing season was dogged once again by TB restrictions on some of our members, notably The Warren family from Penzance who missed the entire year. Thankfully the Tredinney herd is now clear and we hope this will continue for them. The same cannot be said for the Durbin Family’s Bickfield Herd, who were into their third year of absence on their local show circuit.
The inclement weather also contributed to lack of entries at the shows. Indeed, some of the summer one day shows were cancelled and rearranged for later in the year.
Here is a roundup of most of the Shows in 2012.
North Somerset Show.
This first show of the season, was a casualty of the rain, as the only exhibitors present were the Parfitt family from nearby Dundry. Judge David Christophers found his Champion in Graylands Elissa 7th.
Devon County Show.
The Devon County Show fared much better in its entries with 17 animals forward from 5 exhibitors. Judge for the day was Robin Jamouneau from Guernsey Island. His Champion was Greensfield Icy Phyliss from the Greenslade family. Reserve came from Crouch and Norman with Blacknor Cracker Banger Margaret. The ARC Addington Fund’s calf, Hamps Valley Annabelle 7th, made her debut winning the Junior heifer class.
Royal Bath & West Show.
Four exhibitors had 14 cattle forward and although the milk classes were low in numbers, the young stock were numerically strong. Rosemary Charman made Graylands Elissa 7th Champion, which was a repeat of the Parfitt family’s success from the earlier North Somerset Show. Reserve Champion was ARC Addington’s, Hamps Valley Annabelle 7tH , the maiden heifer who is shown and cared for by Brian and Sheila Adams.
Royal Cornwall Show.
The weather at the Royal Cornwall Show, was some of the worst ever seen there with heavy downpours and driving winds. However, this did not put off the six exhibitors with 18 cattle forward and Judge Chris Watson, awarded his Champion to Lower Keigwin Starskey 22nd from first time exhibitors, Melville and Nicola Jelbert. Reserve Champion went to Blacknor Cracker Banger Margaret owned by Crouch and Norman. The young stock classes were once again very strong with The Addington Fund’s calf winning her class.
This was probably the only of the mid summer shows to go ahead on its date, but that didn’t stop the rain from making an appearance! Five exhibitors had 17 animals in attendance. It was my pleasure to judge at this show and I found my Champion in Trewarnevas Red Oak Ivy from Nicola Bottom with Tredinney Andante’s Lily from the same herd in reserve. Once again the Addington calf, Annabelle, won her class but was later upstaged by her mate, Wiltown Claudia, who won a very strong interbreed homebred heifer championship.
National Livestock Show.
There were eleven animals for American David Trotter to judge at this year’s National Show. His Champion was Wellingham Lillywhite 35 owned by Jason and Katherine Salisbury and reserve went to Blacknor Cracker Banger Margaret from Crouch and Norman. The Junior Championship was won by Blanches Nash Polyanthus owned by Page and Newham with reserve going to the Adams’ Wiltown Mayflower.
Unusually for this year’s shows, the sunny weather complimented the cows and waterproof clothing was nowhere to be seen. It was my pleasure to judge here and five exhibitors brought 14 animals for me to peruse. Champion was from the Greenslade family with Greensfield Lamar Phyliss with Greensfield River Phyliss in reserve.
S. W. Dairy Show.
This year’s show was judged by Colin Gleed who hung up his stewards coat for the day and got to be the man in the middle for a change. Six exhibitors brought 16 adult cattle for judging and Colin found his Champion in Greensfield Icy Phyliss from the Greenslade family. Reserve Champion went to Blacknor Cracker Banger Duchess from Chettle Farm. Long serving Breed Steward Tony Mallett retired at this show and was presented with a momento. We wish him all the best for the future and thank him for his many years of service.
Welsh Dairy Show.
Once again TB prevented one of our members from attending with Colin Evans having to pull out at the last minute. This meant there were only four Guernseys present for Judge David Mann to inspect. His Champion was Blacknor Cracker Banger Duchess from Chettle Farm.
All Breeds All Britain Calf Show.
There were thirteen calves from six exhibitors forward and although disappointing in numbers, the quality of calves were exceptional. Champion Handler was Emma Greenslade with Chris Kilford in reserve and Maxine Gray Hon. Mention. Emma also exhibited the Champion calf in Greensfield Lucks Mr Luck. Judge Martyn Smith also awarded reserve champion calf to Greensfield Stinky Hope. Hon. Mention went to Latifa Saturn from Caroline Moody.
On behalf of the EGCS Council, I would like to thank all Exhibitors at the 2012 Shows for their attendance during what was a very difficult year. Let’s hope 2013 turns out to be much better for our Shows and that those under restrictions can get clear and “out and about” again.