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Woodview Belgian Blue genetics shine through at Highland Show

Judge, Anthony Smith, from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, selected Woodview Sue, bred & exhibited by Andrew Craig, Coleraine, as his Supreme Champion. Woodview Sue was shown with her bull calf at foot. This was the second year that ‘Sue’ has claimed the Overall Champion at the Royal Highland.

Woodview Sue
Woodview Sue - Overall Champion

The Woodview herd also took first place in the junior bull class with Woodview Azu (a BQI Elite bull) born January 2005 out of Woodview Upgirl. In the Junior Heifer section Woodview Anne claimed second place and again in the Senior Bull class Woodview Vantage also received a blue rosette.

The Overall Reserve Champion Ballygrange Vinney, was also bred in Northern Ireland by Jim Sloan, Kilkeel now owned by A Wainright & sons and exhibited at the Highland by J E Bellas & son. He too carried Woodview genetics the sire being Woodview Solo.

And the Woodview herd did not stop there going on to win for the second time this show season the highly coveted Belgian Blue Breeder and Exhibitor awards which are only presented at the four Royal shows.


Supreme Champion
Woodview Sue ET – Sire: Seduisant de Fooz – Dam: Woodview Oprah
Bred & exhibited by Andrew Craig

Reserve Supreme & Champion Male
Ballygrange Vinney – Sire: Woodview Solo – Dam: Ballygrange Roxy
Bred by Jim Sloan, exhibited by RA & NJ Wheelright and shown by J E Bellas & Son

Best Junior Female & best junior animal
Clougher Wilma – Sire: Visconti De St Fontaine – Dam: Reinbeck Opticia

Best Junior Bull
Woodview Azu – Sire: Affute Du Ry Ossogne – Dam: Woodview Upgirl
Bred & exhibited by Andrew Craig

New breeders’ David & Kevin Watret, from Annan, of the “Solway View” herd, had their inaugural presence at the Highland Show rewarded, with a first prize ticket for their female, Ridge Dean Aneka – Sire: Tamhorn Sumo – Dam: Ridge Dean Veronique. Bred by Michele Wilde.

David & Kevin also had a third prize ticket with Court Ursula, two fourth prizes with Woodview Velvet and an animal of their own breeding, Solway View Antonio ET, an August ’05 bull.

Belgian Blue Team Take Reserve Champion in the United Auctions Interbreed Competition

There was tremendous excitement on the showfield, when the Belgian Blue team, consisting of one bull, one cow aged 3 years and over and two females under 3 years of age, were pulled out as reserve interbreed team. This very well balanced group was a true credit to the breed and deserved the success they had. The team was made up of Ridge Dean Wicker, exhibited by Dermot Small, a March ’04 female, Reinbeck Opticia, an April ’97 cow, exhibited by Zara Chestnutt, Annanwater Valerie, a December ’03 heifer, exhibited by D & K Watret and, finally, the show reserve champion, Ballygrange Vinney, exhibited by RA & NJ Wheelright.

link Belgian Blues Fly at Carlisle
link Belgian Blue Cattle Sale Warms Up Chelford
link Lots of Bull Promised at 10th Annual Belgian Blue Sale
link Best Belgian Blues attract breeders to Chelford

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