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SHOW SCENE
CAUSEWAY CLASSIC
SURPASSES ALL EXPECTATIONS
The Causeway Classic lived up to all its pre-billing with well over 800 people
taking in the sights and sounds of the two-day event, held at the RUAS in Belfast
I
van and Louise Robinson, from Ballygowan in County Down, were
daughter, Aghyaran September Rae Red.
the toast of Balmoral following their supreme championship
Judge David Tomlinson described the 15 cows that
victory at the Causeway Classic – an event organised as part of
had made it through to the Supreme Championship
the celebrations of the 100
th
anniversary of Black and White cattle
class at the Causeway Classic as the best line up of
breeding in the UK and Ireland.
Holstein animals he had seen this year.
The overall winner was Glaslough Charles Fancy, a fourth calver sired
“They all have tremendous balance, strength and
by Boulet Charles. She was bred originally by County Monaghan herd
dairy character,” he told the hundreds of spectators
owners David and Kenny Boyd, and purchased by the Robinsons at
gathered around the show ring awaiting the final
Rory McCullough’s dispersal sale for a top price of €17,000. She was
outcome of what had been an excellent two days of
also awarded Best Udder in Show. Fancy’s victory did not come as
competition. “Excellent feet and legs, good udders
a complete surprise as she has had a tremendous year on the show
and tremendous udder attachments were other
circuit. She won the Irish Holstein Friesian Association Spring Fair,
attributes of all the cattle taking part. But I have to
held earlier this year in Co Kilkenny. This was followed by her second
go on what I think is the best cow on the day and
successive victory in the highly prestigious NISA/McLarnon’s Feeds
Glaslough Charles Fancy just had that little edge on
Dairy Cow of the Year Championship. Glaslough Charles Fancy is a
the others presented to me.” He added: “I was very
previous winner of the Royal Ulster Winter Fair, taking home this
taken with a number of the younger cows taking
supreme accolade in 2007. The same year also saw her receive the
part in the competition. I am sure that many of them
reserve All-Britain award (third calver). Father and daughter Ivan and
will go on to become champion animals in their own
Louise were presented with the Causeway Classic Trophy, a specifically
right during the years ahead.”
designed piece of Tyrone Crystal.
Holstein NI has confirmed that the Causeway Classic
The Reserve Supreme Champion and exhibitor bred champion was
was the largest pedigree dairy event ever held in
the renowned cow Clandeboye Champion Willow EX93, owned by
Northern Ireland, boasting a prize fund in excess of
Clandeboye Estates, Bangor, and exhibited by herd manager, Mark
£5,000. “The level of interest shown by breeders,
Logan. Her show career includes champion at the Irish National
North and South, was tremendous,” confirmed
Holstein Show in 2007 and 2008; breed and interbreed champion at
Holstein NI Chairman Philip Haffey. “We received
Balmoral Show in 2008; and All-Britain third calver in 2008.
well over 350 entries with sixty plus breeders
The Honourable Mention in the championship line-up was awarded
represented. This included Ayrshire and Jersey
to Sam McCormick, and son, John, also from Bangor, with their
herdowners taking part in the calf competitions and
excellent young cow Hilltara Jordan Maude. The father and son team
young handlers’ classes.
had a memorable day at the Causeway Classic, also scooping the “But the Holstein Championship, which was the
reserve and honourable mention awards in the junior championship centrepiece of the two day event, attracted a record
line-up; and the intermediate championship award, all with home- breaking entry in its own right with 110 calves and
bred animals from the Hilltara herd. The McCormick’s also took home 120 cows taking part.”
the premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards.
Report by Richard Halleron and Julie Hazelton
The junior championship went to
southern Irish exhibitors, M and P
Jones, who had made the journey
RESULTS FROM THE JUDGING RING
from Gorey and County Wexford.
Supreme Champion: Ivan and Louise Robinson’s Glaslough Charles Fancy
Their winning entry was the much
Reserve Champion: Clandeboye Estates’ Clandeboye Champion Willow
admired home-bred heifer, Hallow
Honourable Mention: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Jordan Maude 3
Lheros Indianink by Comestar Lheros.
Junior Champion: M and P Jones’ Hallow Lheros Indianink
The reserve intermediate
Reserve Junior Champion: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Shottle Maude 2
championship went to the father
Honourable Mention: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Roy Tippy
and son team of Phillip and Simon
Haffey, Portadown, with the Braedale
Intermediate Champion: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Zenith Echo
Goldwyn daughter, Copywood
Reserve Intermediate Champion: Phillip and Simon Haffey’s Copywood Goldwyn Sara 2
Honourable Mention: Trevor Keatley’s Aghyaran September Rae Red
Goldwyn Sara 2. She also lifted the
award for the highest PLI in the
Exhibitor Bred Champion: Clandeboye Estates’ Clandeboye Champion Willow
show. Honourable mention in the
Reserve Champion: Sam and John McCormick’s Hilltara Jordan Maude
intermediate championship line-
Best udder in show: Ivan and Louise Robinson’s Glaslough Charles Fancy
up went to Trevor Keatley from
PLI award: Phillip and Simon Haffey’s Weeton Freeman El Balise - PLI£240
Castlederg, for his second prize
Reserve PLI Award, D McGimpsey and Son’s Ards Shottle Marq I - PLI£208
winning Pursuit September Storm Premier Breeder Award & Premier Exhibitor Award: Sam and John McCormick, Hilltara
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