Suffolk Show 2013: Young Charolais’ big debut

Day one of the Suffolk Show - Champion of the 'Any other pure beef breed best exhibit'. Champion of

Day one of the Suffolk Show - Champion of the 'Any other pure beef breed best exhibit'. Champion of the 'Any other pure beef breed best exhibit' Roger Harper and Lee Mcinnes - Credit: Archant

Top Suffolk-raised breeds were also in evidence in the Any Other Pure Beef Breed category at the Suffolk Show today.

Day one of the Suffolk Show - Champion of the 'Any other pure beef breed best exhibit'. Champion of

Day one of the Suffolk Show - Champion of the 'Any other pure beef breed best exhibit'. Champion of the 'Any other pure beef breed best exhibit' Roger Harper and Lee Mcinnes - Credit: Archant

As quality cattle fought it out in the breed competitions, Weybread-based farmer Roger Harper’s bull took the top exhibit title with his young pedigree Charolais bull Weybread Frere.

“He grew extraordinarily well,” he said. “He went round here the year before last as a calf at foot. He’s from the breed line.

“He’s a nephew of Weybread Tiffany who won the national championship three years ago. This is the first show he’s been in on his own.”

Roger keeps around 40 head of pedigree Charolais on his Suffolk farm, which lies near Diss.


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“We think they have got the size, the power and the muscle and when we sell them to dairy herds they produce a good calf,” he said.

“This was bred on farm and his great grandmother was as well. We have not bought an animal since 1996.”

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Judge Ben Harman said: “I thought it was an absolutely outstanding show of Charolais and I felt it was an absolute privilege to be here today.”

It was a bull which “moved like a bull should move”, he said, and he was impressed by the extra length of its body and the shape of its head.

Across the border in Essex, there were celebrations in the Limousin contest.

William Ketley, of Toppesfield, Halstead, near Colchester, claimed top spot with Dolcorsllwyn Ginny.

Father Gerald Ketley said they were feeling “very good” about the result. “It’s her first time out,” he said.

There was a wide spread of wins from across the region.

Richard Barker, consultant at Barker Gotelee, who was announcement steward for the day, praised the strength and depth of the competition on display in the cattle rings.

“I have heard a number of judges who travelled great distances to be with us who were saying firstly what a pleasure it was to be at Suffolk and secondly, the pleasure they had from judging the high quality of animals.”

Many had travelled long distances to compete, he said, which “said much for the drawing power of a true agricultural show”.

n A bolting British Simmental cow caused a moment of drama during the mid-morning judging in the cattle rings as it knocked over fences and charged for the exit after becoming spooked.

But the errant animal was eventually brought under control after it was directed through the gate and into an animal area away from the public.

A Suffolk Agricultural Association spokesman said no one was harmed in the incident.

“It never went into any of the public area at any time. It was isolated in a veterinary isolation box,” he said.

“Nobody was in any danger. Everybody followed the correct procedure. We were pleased that the stewards brought the animal under control and managed to isolate it quickly.

“The gates to the road were shut immediately so there was no chance of the animal going onto the road.”

He added that it was a “very unusual” incident.

HORSES

SUFFOLK

13: Filly, colt or gelding, yearling: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

14: Gelding, 2 or 3 years old.: Mr J Latham

15: Gelding, 4 years old and over, foaled 2009 or before: G Cass

16: Special - best gelding: G Cass

17: Filly, 2 or 3 years old: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

18: Special - best 2 year old filly: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

19: Mare, 4 years old and over, foaled 2009 or before: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

20: Foal: FA and CA Kinge and daughter Amy Kinge

21: Mare, 4 years old and over, with her foal at foot: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

22: Special - best mare and foal: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

23: Special - best foal: FA and CA kinger and daughter Amy Kinge

24: Champion best mare or filly: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

27: Stallion, 4 years old and over, foaled in or before 2009: Mr WR Ireland

28: Champion best stallion: Mr WR Ireland

29: Special - gelding or stallion with the best feet: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

32: Supreme champion: Mr and Mrs JW Fleming

IN-HAND HARNESSED HORSE

52: Stallion, mare or gelding in harness: Mr Andrew Wager

TURNOUTS - ANY HEAVY BREED

54: Heavy horse pairs trade turnout: The Co-Operative Funeralcare

55: Heavy horse pairs agricultural turnout: AL and C Thompson

56: Special - best Suffolk pair: AL and C Thompson

RIDDEN HUNTERS

86: Lightweight hunter: Mr and Mrs MJ Jerram

87: Middleweight hunter: J Armstrong-Small

88: Heavyweight hunter: Holt family

89: Champion best ridden hunter: Mr and Mrs MJ Jerram

90: Ladies’ hunter: Mr and Mrs MJ Jerram

91: Small hunter: Mrs PA Underwood

92: Best shod horse: Mrs Jane Kennedy

CLASSICAL LADIES SIDE-SADDLE AND SIDE-SADDLE EQUITATION

93: Classical lades side-saddle class: Miss L Gooderham

94: Side saddle open equitation on stallions, mares or geldings, 4 years old or over: Miss L Gooderham

RIDDEN CLEVELAND BAY

106: Pure bred or part bred stallion, mare or gelding, born in or before 2009: Miss J Davie

PRIVATE DRIVING

171: Novice horse or pony: G Hart

172: Single, pair or tandem (non-Hackney type): Mr and Mrs E Elliott

173: Special - best pair or tandem of fully registered Mountain and Moorland Ponies:

174: Single, pair or tandem (non-Hackney type): Nigel Fuller

175: Special - best pair or tandem of fully registered Mountain and Moorland ponies: Mr and Mrs JL Snowdon

176: Single, pair or tandem (Hackney type):

177: Special - best junior whip, 10-18 years: G Hart

178: Champion best exhibit: Nigel Fuller

COACHING CLASS AND MARATHON

179: Four in hand in a private, road or regimental coach: Paul Rackham and Mark Broadbent

180: Special - best turned out grooms: CoH Danny Kendle

TRADE AND VINTAGE VEHICLE TURNOUTS

184: Light trade turnout: Smith Bros

185: Old vehicle with two wheels: Boyd Roberts

186: Old vehicle with four wheels: Bob Alexander

RIDDEN PONIES/SHOW PONIES

191: Pony, not exceeding 148cms: Mrs J Price

192: RIHA pony on leading rein, not exceeding 122cms: Mr and Mrs TS Georgakis

193: RIHS open first ridden pony, not exceeding 122cms: Mrs V Clark and Mrs J Lucas

194: Special - best exhibit: Mr and Mrs TS Georgakis

195: RIHS pony, not exceeding 128cms: Samantha Skeet

196: RIHS pony, between 128-138cms: Mr S Jackson

197: RIHS pony, between 138-148cms: Mrs C Hawkins

198: Champion - best ridden pony: Mrs C Hawkins

SHOW HUNTER PONIES

199: Lead rein pony, not exceeding 122cms: Yorkie Jobling-Purser

200: RIHS pony, not exceeding 122cms: Mrs J Williams

201: RIHS pony, between 122-133cms: Mrs Victoria Sedgwick

202: RIHS pony, between 133-143cms: Mr T Harvey

203: RIHS pony, between 143-153cms: Miss L Hillyard

204: Champion - best exhibit: Miss L Hillyard

BREEDING PONIES

211: Colt, filly or gelding yearling, not exceeding 143cms: Mrs AM and Mis CJ Smalley

212: Colt, filly or gelding yearling, 2 or 3 years old: Mr and Mrs BP Rennocks

213: Special - best youngstock: Mr and Mrs BP Rennocks

214: Brood mare in foal or with own foal at foot: Mrs C Highnam

215: Special - best foal in previous class: Mrs C Highnam

216: Champion best exhibit: Mr and Mrs BP Rennocks

IN-HAND SHOW HUNTER PONIES

217: Colt, filly or gelding yearling, 2 or 3 years old: Karen Sarling

218: Brood mare, 4 years old or over, in foal or with foal at foot:

219: Special - best foal from previous class

220: Barren mare or gelding, 4 years old or over: Mrs K Pitts and Miss M Firth

221: Champion best exhibit: Mrs K Pitts and Miss M Firth

MOUNTAIN AND MOORLAND NOVICE WORKING HUNTER PONY CHAMPIONSHIP

222: Stallion, not exceeding 122cms: Maria Vaughan

223: Stallion, between 122-138cms: Mrs J Turnbull

224: Stallion, between 138-148cms: D Smith and A Jones

225: Champion best exhibit: Maria Vaughan

PRP RESCUE SERVICES MOUNTAIN AND MOORLAND WORKING HUNTER PONY QUALIFIER

226: Stallion, mare or gelding, 5 years and over, not exceeding 122cms: Jane Armson

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