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Dendor Herefords turn Moonshine into Champagne!

DE, ED & AL Jones, Dendor Herefords, Caersws, Powys took the Royal Welsh Show by storm both in the Hereford section and in a number of Inter-breed Competitions.

They took the Supreme Championship with Gouldingpoll 1 Moonshine (pictured right) - this stylish young bull caught the eye of Scottish Judge Audrey Anderson, Panmure Herefords from the moment he walked into the ring. Although bred in Ireland, 17 month old ‘Moonshine’ has a lot of Scottish blood running through his veins with his dam, Romany 1 Lucy A84 F26 and his grand-sire, Romany 1 Captain R22 on his father’s side both bred by JRB Wilson & Sons, Kelso, Scottish Borders. He’s also not just about style and substance, this well put together young bull, sired by Gouldingpoll 1 Captain, has a good set of Performance Recorded figures too. With his 200, 400 & 600 Day Weights and his Eye Muscle Area all in the Top 10% for the Breed.

Earlier in the day ‘Moonshine’ took the Junior Male Championship, and appropriately, with it the Dendor Trophy presented by Sian Jones and later the Grand Male Championship.

Standing Reserve to ‘Moonshine’ in the Junior, Grand Male and Breed Championships was Rempstone 1 Eric V463 (pictured left) from M Ludgate, Thame, Oxfordshire. Also 17 months old, Eric V463, is out of Rempstone Model and by former National Poll Show Champion Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.

In the first class of the day it was Bromley 1 Tendulkar bred and exhibited by M & M Roberts, Hoarwithy, Herefordshire who took the red ticket. Twenty six month old ‘Tendulkar’ is out of Bromley 1 Tamarisk 602 and by Greenyards 1 Legend. Other successes in the bull classes went to another Herefordshire breeder EL Lewis & Son, Dilwyn with Haven Possum, out of Haven Splendour 25th and by Australian bred bull Mawarra After Shock. In the youngest bull class, the first prize rosette went to Newtoncroft Farms Ltd, Newton Harcourt, Leicestershire with Newtoncroft 1 Pondlife, out of Newtoncroft 1 Mary 25th and by Solpoll 1 Hollywood.

In the female category, Shraden 1 Alice P809 (pictured right) bred and exhibited by MJ & HM Timmis, Baschurch, Shropshire came out on top, taking the Grand Female Championship. Things boded well for the Timmis family when 16 month old ‘Alice P809’ first won arguably the strongest class of the day, heifers born on or between 1st January and 31st March 2017. Out of Shraden 1 Alice C198 and by Dendor 1 Knuckleduster, she’s another animal with a good set of EBVs with her 200 Day Wt in the Top 10% and Eye Muscle Area and Retail Beef Yield in the Top 5% for the Breed. There was more success for the Timmis family when they collected the red rosette in the youngest heifer class of the day with 13 month old Shraden 1 Alice P828, who’s out of Shraden 1 Alice E283 and by Baldinnie 1 Victory.

Standing Reserve to ‘Alice P809’ was 21 month old heifer Dendor 1 Ruby 29th from DE, ED & AL Jones. ‘Ruby 29th’ (pictured left), who is another top female out of the Ruby bloodline this time out of Dendor 1 Ruby 17th and is by current Hereford Sire of the Year, Solpoll 1 Gilbert.
In the other female classes M Ludgate was awarded first place in the Heifer in-Calf or with Calf at Foot class with 30 month old Rempstone 1 Dowager V424. Out of Studmorepoll 1 Dowager 3rd, she’s by Hawkesbury 1 Vespa.

There was a further accolade for the much admired Coley 1 Pippa 356 owned and exhibited by first time exhibitors at the Royal Welsh Show, T & D Harrison, Stocksfield, Northumberland. ‘Pippa 356’ is out of former Female of the Year Frenchstone P. 1 Boo and by Days Calibre G74.

There was more success for Tom & Diane Harrison, justifying the long trip down from Northumberland when they were awarded the Best Group of Three, pipping Dendor Herefords into Reserve.