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Northumberland County Show Results Round Up

Geoff Hubbuck awards the Northumberland Show Champion of Champions to a Clydesdale Horse.

The 2014 event will be especially memorable for Geoff Hubbuck of JS Hubbucks Ltd, agricultural merchants of Hexham, who not only sponsored the competition but he also took the role as judge. From the outstanding line up, Geoff selected a beautifully decorated heavy horse as his winner, the first time an equine competitor has been awarded this honour in over six years.

Champion of Champions, 16 year old Clydesdale from John Fairbairn

Champion of Champions, 16 year old Clydesdale from John Fairbairn

Mick, a sixteen year old Clydesdale, was led into the ring by John Fairbairn from Berwick upon Tweed and his seven year old son, also called John. John (Snr) told us;
“We hadn’t shown horses in harness for eight years, but my little boy said to me last year, “come on Dad, let’s do a show!”. We were going to compete in the driving classes, but we lost a horse during a foaling this week so we dusted off the decorations, and little John has done all the work. This is a wonderful end to a difficult week.”

Asked what influenced his decision, Geoff Hubbuck explained, “I chose the Decorated Clydesdale as the Champion of Champions because the family have brought this animal up from a foal, worked hard on him and I respect the time, effort and love that goes into that. This is a family team who deserve to have their dedication rewarded.” 

Sheep and Cattle

Limousin heifer, Ronick Honey, took the Continental and then Overall Pedigree titles under judge, Scott Donaldson, Carlisle, before being awarded by Supreme Beef Championship by Kevin Henderson, Hexham.

Owned by The Gordon Brooke Trust, whose farm is managed by John Elliot of Kelso. February 2012-born Honey, by Rathconville Eugene, and a former Royal Highland Show winner, was bought for 20,000gns by the late Mr Brookes after taking the championship on Red Ladies Day at Carlisle last December. In-calf to Sympa for September, it now heads to the Royal Highland and Great Yorkshire shows.

Standing Reserve Supreme was the Commercial Champion, Vodka Bleu, a 12-month-old steer by the British Blue, Pengelly Elite, owned by Julie and Gordon Sedgewick, Aycliffe, and prepared by Neil Slack. Weighing in at 499kg, it was bought from breeders, W. Richardson and Son, Dufton, for £3,200 after being champion at Penrith mart in March.

Croftends Georgia, a three-year-old British Blue heifer, by Empire D’Ochain, and in-calf to Hazelwood Freshman, took the Reserve Champion Continental rosette for J.E. Bellas and Son, Appleby.

The Native Championship went to Kate and David Dickinson, Newcastle upon Tyne, with their October 2010-born Hereford bull, Richmount 1 Hermes, by Graceland 1 Colin, which was bought from breeder, James Graham, Portadown, Northern Ireland, where he was awarded ‘Bull of the Year’ last season.

Interbreed Dairy Champion Hailstone Goldmedal Joy Maid, a third calver, giving 45kg, by Denmire Gold Medal, took the Dairy Inter-breed Championship for Mark and Diane Wilson, Appleby, 

Judge, Robert Lawrence, Grange over Sands, said his champion had everything he was looking for in a dairy cow – size, power, a well attached udder and good legs and feet.

In the sheep lines Inter-breed judge, Michael Ainsley, Longhorsley, awarded the supreme title to Goldies Supreme, a three-shear Texel ram by Livery Predator. Shown by T. Nesbitt and Son, Darlington, it is owned in partnership with Arnold Park’s Drinkstone flock and J. and S. Wilkinson’s Langlands flock and took the Breed Championship at the show as a shearling on his only other outing.

Mr Ainsley said his champion had a tremendous carcase, length and character and was full of solid meat.

Reserve Interbreed went to Glynnis and Jane Soulsby, with a home-bred three-crop Suffolk ewe by Strathbeg Stan The Man, from their Williamsgill flock, Penrith.

Words from the Chairman

Chris Chomse, Chairman, explained how the show continues to grow and evolve, “This year we increased parking to over ninety acres, fine tuned the traffic management and increased the showfield to accommodate more attractions, bigger livestock classes and facilities. We have no power over the weather; but we do our very hardest to minimise the effect it has on the event. Considering the ground conditions in the previous days, we have had an exceptionally good show and a superb turn out in all classes.”

Northumberland Show

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