Suffolk success at Royal Norfolk Show

A HAT TRICK-winning veteran came out of retirement to become a “super sub” yesterday by winning a fourth breed championship at the Royal Norfolk Show.Chiddingstone Clarissa 32, owned by Nigel and Anne Kennard from Weybread, in the Waveney Valley, was only taken to the show as a replacement because the couple's leading show cow, Instead Beauty 25 - which was champion at the Suffolk Show last month - went lame last Friday.

A HAT TRICK-winning veteran came out of retirement to become a “super sub” yesterday by winning a fourth breed championship at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Chiddingstone Clarissa 32, owned by Nigel and Anne Kennard from Weybread, in the Waveney Valley, was only taken to the show as a replacement because the couple's leading show cow, Instead Beauty 25 - which was champion at the Suffolk Show last month - went lame last Friday.

Mr Kennard said: “The reason she was not due to be here was that, after she won the championship three years running, I did not want to make the mistake which some exhibitors make and bring a multiple winner back again only for her to stand at the bottom of the line, so we retired her.

“I do not think there can be many animals which have won breed championships here in four different years, certainly not as a sixth calfer.”


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Clarissa, who will be nine years old next month, was purchased by the Kennards as a calf. Her last victory at the Royal Norfolk came in 2005.

The Waveney Valley made it a Channel Island double, with the Jersey title going to the four year old cow Depwade Happy Whisper 6, owned by N W Moore & Sons from Starston, just the other side of Harleston - and the river - from Weybread.

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And there was yet more success for the area when E S Burroughs & Son, from Wheatacre, near Beccles, won the Any Other Dairy Breeds championship with one of their Friesians.

The championship for the dominant Holstein breed was won by the three calfer Lyngate Ford Babs, owned by Worstead Farms Ltd from Smallburgh, near Norwich. The reserve rosette went to the runner-up from the same class, Airfield Rox Ring, owned by Robert Paterson from Shipdham, near Thetford.

Elsewhere along the cattle lines the champion Red Poll - East Anglia's native breed, having been formed through the amalgamation of the Suffolk Dun and Norfolk Red breeds - was Beasthorpe Major, a four year old bull owned by Heath Farm, Little Plumstead, near Norwich. The same firm also claimed reserve with its champion female, the senior heifer Andrew Frederick Rose.

Among the sheep, Gordon Beddie from Swaffham, Norfolk, completed an East Anglian double by claiming the Suffolk breed championship with the same ram lamb which took the equivalent title at the Suffolk Show last month. He also secured reserve spot yesterday with a trimmed ewe lamb.

A double of a different kind was achieved by Terry and Jenny Prentice from Creeting St Mary, near Ipswich, with a Texel ewe which won its breed championship for the second year running.

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