Horse judged Champion of Champions at Glendale Show

New classes and big crowds ensure Northumberland agricultural show is judged a big success


The overall horse champion took the main prize at the 122nd Glendale Show.

Rachel Robson’s Willow Park beat off the champions from the sheep, cattle, donkey and llama sections to take the coveted Champion of Champions title, awarded to the best animal in the show at Wooler on Monday.

Willow Park added the John Swan & Son-sponsored title to the Light Weight Hunter, overall Hunter and overall Horse Section trophies that it won earlier in the day.

Champion of Champions judge, John Dykes of West Linton, had a difficult job choosing the best animal from the Grand Parade after the show attracted an outstanding entry of more than 400 quality livestock.

New classes this year included pedigree cattle, non-MV Suffolk sheep and a new flock competition, attracting entries from across the North East and Scottish Borders.

Mr Dykes said: “It was an honour to be chosen to judge the Champion of Champions class, but it was a difficult job. There were some fantastic animals on display, and the job is made that much harder when you are comparing different kinds of animals.”

The show, which was attended by around 15,000 visitors, featured 79 sheep classes and 15 classes in the extended cattle section. The sheep section included classes for pedigree, commercial and specialist breeders.

The new classes for non-MV Suffolk shearling rams, ram lambs, ewe or gimmer, and ewe lambs were dominated by Mr J Herdman, who won three of the four classes and took the Perpetual Challenge Trophy.

In the increasingly popular Zwartble classes, Mrs Anderson won the Three Farms Cup for the best animal, and Ian Murray took the Jack Turnbull Memorial Trophy for the best animal from the Texel section. The sheep section also featured classes for Cheviots, Blackfaces, Bluefaced Leicesters, Mules, Black Wool and Jacob Sheep.

The overall Sheep Interbreed Championship was won by Alan Cowens, of Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk, with a Cheviot Hill type Gimmer. Mr Murray took the Reserve Championship.

The expanded cattle section featured 15 classes for native and Continental pedigree cattle plus commercial baby beef, steers, heifers, homebred cattle classes. The Lilburn Estates Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Overall Cattle Champion went to J. L. Marks of Gilly Flatts Farm near Darlington. Shown by Chris Strom, the winner was a 15 month pedigree Limousin Heifer - Oddacres Ivy. Reserve Champion was G & J A Sedgwick.

The Young Handler of the Year, sponsored by Mole Country Stores, was won by Isobel Forsythe, of Lowsteads Farm, Longhoughton.

The overall winner of the livestock points competition, sponsored by Carrs Billington, was WD Allen of Humbleheugh, Alnwick. The competition, which has a top prize of £200, awarded points for every first to third place in all the sheep and cattle classes, and the title went to the exhibitor who collected the most during the show.

Nick Hargreaves, chairman of show organiser, the Glendale Agricultural Society, said: “Yet again, we had an outstanding entry of sheep and cattle this year. Glendale is a renowned livestock producing area and we also attracted exhibitors from across the North East and Scotland.

“Glendale Show is a fantastic family day out but agriculture remains at our heart. The strong support we received from exhibitors and the quality animals on display demonstrates what an important showcase we provide for commercial and pedigree livestock farmers.

“It also gives people from non-farming backgrounds a great opportunity to see the animals and understand more about where their food comes from.

“I would like to congratulate all of our winners and thank all our exhibitors for supporting this year’s show. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015.”


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