Making his first foray into the exhibition arena, newcomer Gareth Hogg achieved immediate success when awarded the supreme championship on “Blue Wednesday” at Skipton Auction Mart - the fourth annual show and sale of pedigree British Blue breeding cattle. (April 23).
Gareth Hogg with his Skipton pedigree British Blue champion, joined by judge George Stapleton, right.
Gareth, who farms with his father Keith at Well House Farm, Copgrove, Harrogate, secured the title with Copgrove Ace, an April, 2005, British Blue bull by the widely used Belgian-based sire Danseur D’Embise. The dam is Twyning Ash Utah, acquired by the Hoggs at the Chelford Spring sale four years ago.
Gareth’s wife Vicky was also closely involved with the champion’s preparation for the show, which had a local judge in George Stapleton, of High Skibeden Farm, Skipton.
Runner-up in the pedigree bulls class was the Springfield Tudor son, Edmonds Apollo, shown by Gavin Boocock, of Edmonds Farm, Fridaythorpe, Driffield, with third place going to local exhibitor Ken Gamble, of Blackburn House Farm, Thorpe, with Springhill Wicked. The son of Cornian Ryan sold for 1,800 guineas to George Emmott, of Steeton.
Blue Wednesday was the opening fixture in Skipton’s annual Pedigree Beef Season, a series of high profile midweek shows running until June that has grown to become one of the highlights of the northern agricultural show calendar.
Next up on May 7 is Craven Limousin Day, the annual show and sale of pedigree breeding bulls and cattle, to be followed on May 21 by the Ling Fields Beef Cattle Fair, featuring the annual multi-breed show and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle and Spring breeding bulls. British Blues return to the arena on June 4 for Blue Ladies Day, a special annual show and sale of pedigree BB females.
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