Young Charolais enthusiasts from all parts of the UK travelled to the Royal Highland Show where the breed society held its young stock judging finals on Friday 22 June.
Overall winner Scott Smith
Topping the senior section and winning the overall award was 20 year old Scott Smith from the South West region. Scott, from the Liskeard-based Colfrey herd, scored 145 out of 150 and won an accompanying trip to Moulins Show in France. Second placed Philip Johnston, from Northern Ireland, also scored 145 points and was only placed second after both leading competitors gave reasons on the yearling bull class to the master judge Alasdair Houston and steward Iain Millar, both of whom commented that is was a close called choice. In third place was Gary Wright from Scotland.
The intermediate section was won by Border region’s Stuart Hird, aged 17 from the Cumbrian Bluegate herd with 143 points. Second place was awarded to Adam Johnston from Northern Ireland and third went to Wales’ Cennydd Owen Jones. Stuart also made up half of the Fairway Trophy winning team alongside Border region’s Anita Jackson with a combined score of 283. Northern Ireland’s Philip Johnston and Nicky Hughes came in second and the South West’s team of Michelle Hanson and overall winner Scott Smith were a close third.
Thirteen year old Donald Maclean from the Eastleigh based Mortimers Charolais herd achieved the top spot in the junior section with 134 points, beating off Rachel Bell from the Borders region and Toby Ranson from the South East.
Master judge, Alasdair Houston of the Gretnahouse herd, Gretna Green commented: “It was a real pleasure to see our young enthusiasts and some of our keenest breeders of the future from all over the UK taking part in the national finals. There were three challenging classes to judge and all entrants approached them very professionally and demonstrated such a very high standard and level of genuine enthusiasm which bodes well for the future of the Charolais breed.”
Weatherby’s John Flynn added: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to sponsor this event for the second year running. It’s a fantastic event to be involved with and support as it’s so important for the industry to engage the breeders of the future.”
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