Romany 1 Primetime is King of a very Royal Norfolk Show
Miss Heather Whittaker, West Yorkshire, won the breed championship with Romany 1 Primetime (pictured right) and took reserve with Coley 1 Clara 418. This win was straight off the back of the Royal Highland Show and a credit to stockman Andrew Hughes, where they were Male and Female Champion respectively but with Clara taking top honours and Primetime in reserve, what a show season this pair are having! The Hereford classes were judged by James Graham, Richmount Herefords, who had travelled across from Northern Ireland.
James Graham’s female champion and reserve came from the largest class of the day with 15 senior heifers forward. The on-form Coley 1 Clara 418, (pictured left) sired by Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid and out of Coley 1 Clara 286, was tapped out first. There was then a local battle for the next 3 places which resulted in Miss Beth Vincent’s, Beckhall Princess Grace in second, her parents, PRJ & LR Vincent’s heifer, Pulham 1 Hazel 14th in third and Norman Farming Partnership’s Hickling Blossom 5th in fourth. The judge described his female champion, Coley 1 Clara 418, as “a standout heifer, with exceptional muscle and no waste, who carries herself well, has great locomotion and is full of meat”.
Beckhall Princess Grace (pictured right), sired by Pulham Northern Lights, followed “Clara” through and was made reserve female champion, following in the footsteps of her dam, Pulham Princess Pansy 4th, who was reserve female champion at Royal Norfolk Show in 2017. In James Graham’s opinion “Grace is an exceptionally well-balanced heifer, with great locomotion, spring of rib and loin – she oozes longevity”.
The junior heifer class was won by Jonathan Wells & Partner’s Wellhart 1 Coco Chanel, with J Doyle & J Matthews in second with Fiery Cassandra.
It was another red rosette for Jonathan Wells & Partner in the intermediate heifer class, this time with Reydon 1 Ariella R16 bred by John Little Farms. In second place Fowell Brothers with Bure Valley 1 Bertha, with Mrs Lesley Jackson’s Sparkwood Blossom 20th placed third.
The cow class was won by another Royal Highland prize winner, MJ Ludgate’s Remptone 1 Bertha H311, sired by Solpoll 1 Hollywood and out of Lancillo Hall Bertha 3rd. Second place was awarded to Norman Farming Partnership with the Irish bred Grianan Orange P774, with Mrs M Wyand’s Kinglee 1 Ebony 420 placed third. There was the excitement of a Royal visit during this class with the arrival of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Society’s President HRH The Countess of Wessex. The Countess discussed Herefords with the Breed President Jonathan Moorhouse, Secretary David Deakin and Judge James Graham. The Countess was then presented to Norfolk Stockman Stephen Gray who has worked for the Wyand family based in Reepham, Norwich for the last 29 years.
Moving to the bulls, it was the senior bull class where Mr Graham found his male champion and reserve. Romany 1 Primetime BL P62, owned by Miss Heather Whittaker and bred by JRB Wilson & Sons took the top honours and was James Graham’s “standout bull of the Show”. Commenting James said “Primetime is a fine example of a breeder’s bull and looks tremendous at just 2 years. I like his locomotion, fantastic front shoulder, spring of rib and hindquarter. He is completely full of meat and muscle”. “Primetime” is sired by Barwise 1 Lancer and is out of Romany 1 Ishbel A84 G53.
MJ Ludgate’s Rempstone 1 Hotline H471, (pictured right) sired by Dorepoll 1 Heritage and out of Rempstone 1 Bertha F260 was tapped out as reserve male champion. The judge felt “Hotline” was “eye catching and another prime example of a breeder’s bull”, he was delighted to have two such quality bulls standing champion and reserve.
Speirs Farms won the Intermediate bull class with Pepperstock 1 Rebellious, a son of 2016 Hereford Bull of the Year, Normanton 1 Laertes. Bittern 1 Fabulous owned and bred by DJ & JM Blaxell, took the blue rosette, with Owen Smith Farming third with Butley Alcapone.
More Solpoll 1 Hollywood progeny had success in the junior bull class, this time owned and bred by Newtoncroft Farms. Newtoncroft 1 Renzo was first with Newtoncroft 1 Rattle ‘N’ Rum in third. Splitting the two Newtoncroft bulls, which later in the day won the pairs class, was Hickling Rockstar, owned and bred by Norman Farming Partnership.
The Norfolk Special was won by Miss Beth Vincent with Beckhall Princess Grace. Norman Farming Partnership picked up reserve with Hickling Blossom 5th.
To the delight of the competitors the Herefords came third in the Heygates Country Feeds interbreed team of five and were presented with rosettes by HRH Countess of Wessex in the Grand Parade. The team consisted of Romany 1 Primetime BL P62, Rempstone 1 Bertha H311, Newtoncroft 1 Renzo, Coley 1 Clara 418 and Beckhall Princess Grace.
The Midlands and East Anglia Hereford Breeders’ Association trade stand was a popular destination with Fowell Brothers, Bure Valley cow and calf attracting much attention.