The partnership of Julie Sedgewick and Neil Slack has received another seal of approval as the duo picked up the Champion of Champions trophy at the Glendale Show on Bank Holiday Monday.
Their 15-month-old British Blue Cross Steer, Maximum, earned them both The Lilburn Estates Perpetual Challenge Trophy for overall cattle champion and the Homebred Best Beast Championship before going on to the take the ultimate title.
This year, the Champion of Champions competition, sponsored by John Swan & Son and judged by Alan Murray of Kelson, paraded the cattle, sheep, and hunter champions, as well as prize-winning representatives from the llamas, donkeys and Clydesdales.
The win comes on the back of a number of other successes for Sedgewick and Slack, who also won the Champion of Champions title at the Northumberland County Show in May with their Limousin cross heifer Watabootie.
After receiving the most recent accolade, Sedgewick, of Newton Aycliffe, said: “There was an absolutely fantastic line up in the Champion of Champions, and we are honoured to have won it.”
The Glendale Show, seen many as a true rural showcase, this year attracted more than 15,000 attendees, making it the largest show in the event’s 121 year history.
Entries were up in the livestock, with around 500 cattle and sheep on show, having come from all over the North East and the Scottish borders.
The younger generation were also at the forefront of proceedings, with the young handlers section producing many young entrants.
Chief Livestock Steward, Andrew Walton, said:“This year we have had an exceptionally good show of sheep and cattle across all classes.
“The quality of livestock was tremendous. ”
In the Sheep Interbreed Championship, the overall winner was Alan Cowens, of Philiphaugh Estate, Selkirk, with a Cheviot Hill type Ewe, while Robert Mackay of Westhills, Rothbury, was named reserve champion with a Blackface Ewe.
The competition for Young Handler of the Year was also fierce, but for the second year running, was won by 11-year-old Robbie Herdman, of Edlingham New Town, whose father James won The Carrs Billington Points competition.
Following the Grand Parade of Livestock this year was a special presentation in the main ring to retiring committee member April Potts, who has run the Glendale Agricultural Society’s Annual Sheepdog Trial for the last 16 years.
And as always, the show also featured a flourishing horticultural and industrial marquee, equine events, goats, donkeys, Clydesdales and llamas, a wide range of entertainment, presentations, specialty foods and crafts, live music, trade stands, a fair, retail stalls, and a variety of refreshments.
Show Secretary Rachael Tait said: “We have been well supported by volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors, and on behalf of the committee I would like to thank them for their support.
“Our show is at heart based on the agricultural community and the livestock events we hold are amongst the most popular.
“We are also indebted for the support of all the farming enterprises and individuals who take the trouble to enter and present their stock.”