Here’s a recap of all the breed champions and reserves from yesterday’s Black Isle Show:
Aberdeen-Angus: Donald Rankin of Kilmaluag House, Duntulm, Isle of Skye, with with two-year-old in-calf heifer Retties Lady Ruth. Bred by the Retties, who also showed her for Mr Rankin, this one is by Rawburn Elysium and out of Wall Lady Ruth. She was junior champion and reserve female at the Highland Show last year. Reserve – Donald Rankin, of Kilmaluag House, Duntulm, Isle of Skye, with May-2014 born heifer Hillfoots Tidy Bee. Bred by Jamie Rettie, this is the first calf of Retties JFK, out of Hillfoot Tidy Bee. She was reserve champion at Central and West Fife.
Beef Shorthorn: John Scott and Partners, of Fearn Farm, Fearn, Tain, with five-year-old Shorthorn bull Dakota of Upsall, which was bought at Stirling for 10,000gn. This Broughton Park Thunder son it out of an Upsall cow. He stood supreme champion of champions at Nairn, reserve interbreed champion at Caithness and native breed champion at Sutherland. Reserve – Alvie Farm, Alvie House Estate, Kincraig, with home-bred two-year-old heifer Alvie Lovely Gael, which is by Glenisla Zin Zan and out of Croxtonpark Lovely Oregano. She stood champion at the Highland, female champion at Perth and overall champion at Turriff.
British Blonde: Alison Watt, Birkenburn, Keith, with Strathisla Jodie, which is by Hadley Esquire and out of Strathisla Venus. She was champion at Banchory and reserve at Turriff. Reserve – Alison Watt with two-year-old home-bred heifer Strathisla Imogen, by Freefield Gopal and out of Strathisla Becky. She stood champion at Turriff on Monday.
Charolais: John Irvine and Sons, Inverlochy, Tomintoul, with December-2013 born bull Kilbline Instigator. Bought from Ireland four months ago, he is by Oscar. He stood champion at Nairn. Reserve – John Irvine and Sons, with two-year-old heifer Inverlochy Ingris, which is by Maerdy Eryr and out of Inverlochy Babe. She was champion at Turriff and reserve at Nairn.
Limousin: John P Clark Ltd of Kinnahaird Farm, Contin, Strathpeffer, with seven-year-old cow Grahams Chantilly, which was bought as a calf for 3,000gn from the Grahams herd. She is fully French and is by Jersey and out of Roquette. She was previously in retirement but out again this year for the Black Isle. Reserve – Alasdair Macnab, of Kildun Cottage, Kildun Farm, Dingwall, with 17-month-old home-bred bull Alagils Janesco. He is by Ionesco and out of Alagils Ainsi, which stood interbreed champion at the Black Isle in 2010 and has sold sons to 12,000gn. He will be sold in Carlisle in October.
Simmental: Jimmy and Iain Green, of Corskie, Garmouth, Fochabers, with the 45,000gn bull Bel Dhu Capercaillie. Bred by Billy and Anne Macpherson, of Blackford, Croy, Inverness, this one is by Hockenhull Waterloo and out of Blackford Wagtail. He was bought by the Greens in Stirling in February 2013 and holds the UK record for the highest priced Simmental. He stood beef interbreed champion at Echt, and breed champion at New Deer, Nairn and Turriff. Reserve – Jimmy and Iain Green, with heifer Corskie Emerald, by Dirnanean Bradley and out of Corskie Jools 2. She stood reserve at Echt, New Deer, Nairn and Turriff, and champion continental at Sutherland.
Commercial: Ian Sinclair, of Clyth Mains, Lybster, Caithness, with 17-month-old black Limousin cross heifer Pentland Lady. Bred in Orkney by Balfour Baillie and bought at the Thainstone Spectacular last year for £3,800, she is by Procters Cavalier and out of a Limousin cross Belgian Blue cow. She stood overall champion of champions at Sutherland, and reserve overall show champion at Caithness. Reserve – Smallburn Farms, Plewland Farm, Duffus, Elgin, with January-born Limousin cross heifer Abhoot There, which is by Bryan and out of a Limousin cross Blue cow. She will be sold at the Thainstone Spectacular.
Highland: HM The Queen, Balmoral Estate, Balmoral, Ballater, with four-year-old bull Prionnsa Dubh of Craigowmill, which is by Panther 2nd Vom Aignerhof and out of Lady Alma Dubh of Craigowmill. He stood champion at Banchory last year. Reserve – Donald MacNaughton, of 72 Centre Street, Fife, with two-year-old heifer Skye of Rannoch, by Fergus of Isle of Bute and out of Skye 2nd of Rannoch.
British Blue: Ian Sinclair with 33-month-old heifer Solwayview Haribo, which was bought in January 2014 for 10,000gn. She is by Solwayview Dynamite and out of Solwayview Elegance. She was champion at Latheron and reserve at Caithness. Reserve – James Manson, Upper Northfield, Hempriggs, Wick, with 35-month-old heifer Graymar Halle, which is by Empire O’Shane and out of Graymar Electra. She was first at the Highland and champion continental at Caithness.
Any other breed: Alister Mackenzie, of Whitebog, Fortrose, with two-year-old Saler bull Seawell Idris. He was bought in May for 8,000gn and is by Casper. Reserve – not awarded.
Rare and minority breeds: Nat Jackson, of Log Cabin, Agnes Hill, North Balblair, Dingwall, with home-bred Kerry heifer Aonach Fionla, which is by Ossian and out of the reserve in this section. Reserve – Nat Jackson with Kerry cow Cwm Fidelma which was bred and bought in Wales.
Crofters’ Cattle: Donald Morrison, of Cairn Nulla, Burnside, Kinlochbervie, with yearling British Blue cross heifer La La which was champion at Turriff and crofters’ champion at Sutherland. Reserve – John Smith, of The Rowans, Victoria Road, Brora, with October-2014 born Limousin cross heifer Splash. She stood reserve at Sutherland.
Young Farmers: Anna Wilson, of Wester Cairnglass, Gollanfield, Inverness. Reserve – James Maciver of Wester Coltfield, Kinloss, Forres.
Highland in-hand: Alan and Carolyn Munro, of The Firs, Loandhu, Fearn, with Whitefield Princess, a six-year-old yeld mare, sired by Belivat Muldoanich and purchased as a foal at foot alongside her dam Burnside Heather. Currently in foal to the Munro’s own stallion Strathmore Clover, this mare has stood champion at Sutherland for the last two years in succession. Reserve – The Hon Mrs AD Leslie-Melville, of South Cantray, Croy, Inverness, with Glenbanchor Lady Ferelith, a seven-year-old in-hand mare, sired by Donald of Shielhill and home-bred out of Glenbanchor Lady Fiona, which was on only her second in-hand show outing of 2015 having stood breed champion and reserve supreme in-hand horse at Turriff Show. This mare is also in her novice season under saddle – winning at Strathbogie and qualifying for Blair at Mundole. This former Nairn Show champion, also previously been reserve at the Black Isle, is a half sister to the Royal Highland Show champion Glenbanchor Gillebrighde.
Highland ridden: The Hon Mrs AD Leslie-Melville with the reserve in-hand Highland pony champion, Glenbanchor Lady Ferelith. Ridden by Lydia Morrison. Reserve – Alan and Carolyn Munro with Strathmore McNair, a seven-year-old gelding, sired by Strathmore Cameron and out of Erin of Strathmore, which was open ridden champion at the Highland Pony Breed Show, at Brechin, champion at Drymen and fourth in the open ridden class at the Royal Highland. Ridden by Carolyn.
Shetland overall: Donna Lochtie, of St Serfs Road, Tillicoultry, with Hawkdale Dixie, a nine-year-old Standard yeld mare, sired by Rosermus of Transy and out of Hawkdale Destiny, which was bought as a foal as a birthday present. This mare was female champion and reserve overall at the Royal Highland this year and reserve at the Central Scotland Shetland Pony Group Show. She stood reserve at the Black Isle last year. Reserve – Linda Steward, of Tofthills Cottage, Clatt, Insch, with Lynemore Inca, a coloured miniature yearling colt, sired by Strathlene Harvey and bred by Christine Forbes out of Lynemore Misty, which stood reserve miniature at Turriff Show, junior champion at Echt and New Deer shows, and junior champion and reserve miniature at the North of Scotland Shetland Pony Group Show.
Shetland miniature: Linda Steward with the reserve overall Shetland Lynemore Inca. Reserve – Derrick Finlayson, of Duncanston, Dingwall, with Millicent of Martinmere, an eight-year-old broodmare, sired by Sparky of Martinmere and out of Rhapsody Too, which was bought at Carlisle as a two-year-old. Shown with her May-born filly foal Ferintosh Morag at foot, she stood second at Sutherland Show this year.
Shetland standard: Donna Lochtie, of St Serfs Road, Tillicoultry, with the overall Shetland Hawkdale Dixie. Reserve – James Swan, of Teanahaun Croft, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, with Stow Velveteena, a seven-year-old broodmare, sired by Kenrick of Coldenwater and home-bred out of Stow Velveteen, which was the highest placed two-year-old in the two and three-year-old class at the Royal Highland Show this year. In 2014, she stood junior champion at the Black Isle and reserve junior champion at the Royal Highland.
Clydesdale: David Walker and Beverley Brown, of Galcantray, Cawdor, Nairn, with Galcantray Angel, a seven-year-old yeld mare, sired by Heatherwick Perfection and home-bred out of Ord Jubilee Girl, which was placed at the Royal Highland and was first in her class at Nairn. Last year, she stood third at the Highland and was champion of champions at Nairn. Reserve – Eric and Miranda Johnstone, of Highfield Circle, Muir of Ord, with Ord Envy, a four-year-old broodmare, sired by Dillars Scotti Boy and home-bred out of Ord Touch of Class, which was shown with her April-born filly foal Ord Destiny at foot. This year, Envy stood supreme horse at Nairn Show. Last year, she lifted the champion of champions title at Aberdeen, and was champion at Sutherland show, reserve at Nairn, and supreme heavy horse at the Black Isle and Grantown Shows.
Blackface: Stuart Barclay, of South Road, Insch, with a two-shear tup which was bought two years ago for £14,000 from Elmscleugh. He is by a £14,000 Loughash and stood first at Turriff. Reserve – Stuart Barclay with a home-bred gimmer by the champion. She stood reserve interbreed champion at Turriff and breed champion at Banchory.
Bluefaced Leicester: Matthew Seed and Son, Home Farm, Auchry, Cuminestown, Turriff, with home-bred shearling tup Auchry G3, which is by a Welsh-bred tup and out of a home-bred ewe. Reserve – Matthew Seed and Son with a home-bred one-crop ewe by Cassington D1 and out of a home-bred ewe by Llywgy X1. She stood champion at Turriff on Monday.
Beltex: Donald Douglas, of Braes of Coulmore, North Kessock, Inverness, with a tup lamb by Airyolland Sovereign and out of a Kinchyle ewe which was bough as a ewe lamb from Gordon Morris. He was first at Nairn. Reserve – W Milton and S Coull, of Keith, with three-shear ram Woodies Teejay which is by The Godfather and out of a Doolley ewe. He was bought as a lamb from Stuart Wood.
Charollais: W & C Ingram, of Logie Durno Farm, Pitcaple, Inverurie, with home-bred two-crop ewe Loanhead My Fair Lady. She is by Loanhead Midas Touch and out of Dalby Hyacinth. She was interbreed champion at Turriff and champion at last year’s Highland as well as being part of the interbreed pairs at the Highland and Royal Welsh that year. Reserve – Eilidh and Erin Duncan, of Braemuir, Auchnagait, Ellon, with a December-2014 born ewe lamb which is by Riverdale Noble and out of a Cannahaars ewe that was bought at Thainstone. She stood reserve at Echt.
Texel: Lee Sutherland, Crosskirk Texels, Carran, Crosskirk, with the February-born ewe lamb, Crosskirk Wacky Wenders, christened after Wendy Cunninham. She is by Garngour Ultimatum and out of a home-bred ewe by Ettrick Rainbow Warrior. She was champion at Caithness. Reserve – Jemma Green, of Corskie Farm, Garmouth, Fochabers, with a tup lamb by Glenside Valhalla and out of a Milnebank-bred ewe. He was second at Nairn and first at Echt.
Cross: R & C M Mack, of Muirton Mains, Urray, Muir of Ord, with a pen of home-bred Suffolk cross ewe lambs. Reserve – Sandy Douglas, of Achnamoine, Watten, with a Charollais cross Mule ewe with February-born Texel lambs at foot. She was reserve at Caithness.
Jacob (Scottish National Show): Barbara Webster, of No 2 Cottage, Higham Farm, Newburgh, Fife, with two-shear tup Blackbrood Fireball which was bred by Tori Stanley and bought from Kevin Gaskill last November. He is by Overdale Ben The Bully and stood champion at the Highland in June. Reserve – G Connor & S Dalrymple, of Dun-Mor, Auldhill Road, Bridgend, Linlithgow, West Lothian, with a home-bred gimmer by Dunmore Xerox, which sold to Switzerland for 3,000 euros.
North Country Cheviot: George Cormack & Sons, of Wester Dunnet, Thurso, Caithness, with a home-bred three-crop ewe which is by Sebay Legacy and out of a home-bred ewe by Shoestanes Fury. She was fourth at the Highland. Reserve – GRG McCallum & Son of Belmaduthy, Munlochy, with a home-bred gimmer on her first outing. This one is by Broomhill The Boy and out of a home-bred ewe by Stobshiel Heartbreaker.
North Country Cheviot Hill: Badanloch Estate, Badanloch, Kinbrace, Sutherland, with a home-bred gimmer by North Loch Naver Nomad and out of a home-bred show ewe by Clebrig Jackanory. Reserve – W M Sutherland, of Brackside Reay, Thurso, Caithness, with a four-shear Auchentoul ram that was bought in 2013. He was second at Caithness and third at Sutherland. He will be sold at Lairg again this year.
Shetland: Ian and Lesley Carnegie, of Broomhill Rickarton, Stonehaven, with a home-bred white shearling tup on its first outing. He is by a St Baldreds sire and out of a St Baldreds ewe. Reserve – Kate Sharp, of Cedar Lodge, Ewingston Farm, Humbie, East Lothian, with a white two-crop ewe that was bought in Shetland from George Morrison as a ewe lamb.
Suffolk: M and I Bissett, of Culnaskeath, Evanton, with a home-bred two crop ewe that stood champion at Black Isle last year. She is by Galcantray Jukebox and out of a home-bred ewe by Stockton Maeastro. Reserve – Irene Fowlie, of Adziel, Strichen, Fraserburgh, with a gimmer on her first outing. This one is by Ortum Pegasus and out of a home-bred ewe.
Zwartbles: Brenda Scott, of Burnside Farm, Marypark, Ballindalloch, with a shearling ram by Culriach Sebastiaan and out of a Brotherton ewe. She was champion at Sutherland and third at the Highland. Reserve – Jim Mair, of The Hollies, Seaview, Dumore, Beauly, with a ewe that stood as champion last year. She is by a Braes tup that was bought at Carlisle and out of a home-bred ewe that was champion at Grantown last year.
Any other pure breed (non-accredited): Sandy Douglas with a five-crop Bluefaced Leicester ewe that was bought at Carlisle as an in-lamb gimmer. She is by an Ashes tup and stood champion at Caithness this year. Reserve – John Forbes, of Boultach, Latheron, Caithness, with a two-shear Texel rame which was bred by Victor Chestnut and is shared with Todholes. He was first at Latheron and Sutherland.
Crofters’ Sheep: John Forbes with a home-bred Texel gimmer by a Callerton tup, which was bough at Lanark, and out of a home-bred ewe. Reserve – Gemma McIntosh with a two-shear Blackface tup that was bought at Stirling last year for £1,000. He was bred by Bert Grant and placed at Nairn and Sutherland.