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Crocus Rose goes all the way at National Poll Show

It was clear to all spectators and exhibitors how much it meant to father and daughter double act George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow as their heifer Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose was selected as supreme champion of the National Poll Show, before going on to win Moreton-in-Marsh Show’s interbreed championship.

Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose

After a long show season which commenced in May, Crocus Rose has been round the circuit this summer and in the past few weeks has peaked, taking the supreme championship at Moreton-in-Marsh, top honours at the Scottish National and the title of Scottish Beef Champion of Champions at Keith Show, Moray.

Born in March 2018, this 17 month old heifer is the first calf of Harveybros 1 Crocus N1, which was transferred into Sophie’s ownership as a 21st birthday present from George and was successfully shown in its own right, picking up junior champion and reserve female champion at the Great Yorkshire in 2016 and reserve junior female champion at the Highland in the same year. Crocus Rose stood reserve at both the Great Yorkshire and the Royal Highland shows and is sired by Normanton 1 Laertes, which was shown so successfully by TD and WT Livesey, Normanton le Heath, Leicestershire. Sophie will be retaining this heifer in the herd for breeding.

Richard Rettie, Perthshire was tasked with the marathon judging stint and said the standard of cattle in front of him throughout the day was ‘unbelievably good’, with the ‘quality extending throughout each class, from top to bottom, without any tail end’.

He described his supreme champion as the ‘stand-out winner of its class, oozing style and breed character’, having such ‘tremendous width for such a well-grown heifer’ adding despite its size, it still remains so feminine.

He commented the intermediate female classes were the pick of the show, adding there were several heifers in these classes which would have made worthy winners and this is where he also found this reserve supreme, Coley 1 Clara 418 jointly owned by Heather Whittaker, Halifax, Yorkshire and AG Whittle, Heywood, Lancashire which stood next to Harvey’s heifer in every class and championship on the day.

Coley 1 Clara 418

Another heifer which has become such a familiar name this summer show season, it was supreme champion at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Highland and reserve supreme at the Scottish National. Born in October 2017, it is by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and out of Coley 1 Clara 286 and will next be shown at Kington before it is retained in the herd, being in-calf to Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62.
Richard Rettie described this animal as ‘full of beef with a lovely top’, having tremendous width, ‘carrying a lot of flesh but carrying it well’.

In the bulls, the grand and intermediate male championship was handed to Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, Northumberland which was also intermediate champion. Born in April 2018, it is an SMH Kingsize 87K son, and out of Romany 1 Dawn D1 M6, which also contains SMH breeding. This bull has done well elsewhere this year with professional showman Steven O’Kane often on the halter, including winning grand male at the Royal Welsh Show, as well as reserve champion interbreed junior bull and native junior bull champion at the same show.

Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12

Reserve grand male was another well-known animal, Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62 from Heather Whittaker. This is a son of Barwise 1 Lancer which is the current sire of the year, and at 28 months old has a wealth of successes to its name from being shown as a junior bull, on top of this show season where it has been grand male champion at the Great Yorkshire and Royal Highland and supreme at Royal Norfolk. At Moreton, the bull stood its ground in a tight senior bull class of some of the most well-known males seen this year.
Overall junior and junior female champion was Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3 from Tom and Di Harrison, an October 2018 born heifer. By the Danish-bred sire SMH Kingsize 87K which is so prevalent in the Harrisons’ recent breeding, it is out of Moralee 1 Kylie. The Harrisons will be entering four embryos into this year's Designer Genes sale with the same mating as this heifer - Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3 cross SMH Kingsize 87K. 

Romany 1 Prime Time BL P62

Reserve and junior male champion went to Heather Whittaker for the 11 month old bull Coley 1 Sebastian which is sired by Rosenkaer Messi 410M and out of home-bred dam Coley 1 Pippa 355.

Coley 1 Sebastian

Reserve junior female champion was tapped out as Dendor 1 Ruby 32nd from DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys. Another animal on show with Danish breeding, this heifer is by Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 and out of Dendor 1 Ruby 15th, a female now owned by L and L Bowen, Nelson, Glamorgan.

Dendor 1 Ruby 32nd

Boomer Birch and Graham Brindley were responsible for the reserve junior male champion in the form of Sky High 1 Shawshank Redemption. Sired by Remitall 1 Super Duty 42S, it is out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 15th which has twice been female of the year.
Kinglee 1 Polly 554 from Peter Cobley took the senior female championship. Sired by Panmure 1 Karl, it is out of home-bred dam Kinglee 1 Polly 285, and calved in late July.

Owned by young breeder William Awan, Midford, Somerset and from Whittaker’s stud, Coley 1 Clara 409 stood reserve senior female champion. By Romany 1 Distiller A84 D53, it is out of Barbern 1 Claret 2nd and was served in late January.

Coley 1 Clara 409

Harvey Cloke, Brecon, Powys came reserve intermediate champion with Lord Harvey’s 1 Winston, a 14 month bull which also stood reserve grand male at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. Another Bakgard 1 Keno 1178 son, it is out of Dendor 1 Echo 19th.

Lord Harvey's 1 Winston

With all eyes watching, Coley 1 Pilot from Graham Shepherd, Preston, which has not been at a major show since its record price purchase in December 2018 at Shrewsbury’s Designer Genes sale, was tapped out as reserve senior male champion.

Coley 1 Pilot

In Friday night’s young handlers’ competition, which was judged by Caroline Davies, Catherine Shaw, aged 11, won first place in the youngest class. Eva Jackson of Eveter Herefords, 13, won the 13 to 17 years class as well as the Dendor show stick and Isla Soutter, 18, once again one the most senior of classes and the overall championship.

A further young handlers’ competition was held during Saturday’s showing, judged by Bernard and Barbara Rimmer. Catherine Shaw once again came out on top of her age group while Finlay Soutter won the middle age group of 13 to 17 years and Iona Smith was victorious in the 18 to 21 category.