Highland Cattle Show 2013
City of Glasgow International Highland Cattle Show 2013
Sunshine and blue skies brought out a huge crowd to Pollok Country Park to see Michael Poland's Mottistone Fold retain the Championship Quaich at this year's City of Glasgow International Highland Cattle Show. A packed ringside saw Flora 4th of Mottistone, a home bred 30 month old heifer, lift the Supreme Champion award beating the Queen's senior stock bull, Ruaridh 1st of Ubhaidh, into reserve spot.
It was the second year in succession that the Mottistone Fold had stood supreme at Glasgow and worthy of note that it was this year's champion heifer's dam (Flora 2nd of Mottistone) who took the female and reserve overall championship at last year's City of Glasgow show in Pollok. Mr Poland who farms his highlanders on conservation land on the Isle of Wight and at Benderloch near Oban, was delighted to have won the overall championship for a second time.
The Male and Reserve Champion from the Queen's Balmoral Fold, Ruaridh 1st of Ubhaidh, was a favourite with the crowd and continued the Queen's excellent prizewinning record at the Pollok. This powerful bull, rising five years old, had the spectators in awe of his scale and length, a magnificent example of the highland breed. This bull was bred by Roy Tylden-Wright at Lagganbridge, Inverness-shire.
Judge Robert Phillip from Hellifield, Skipton, West Yorkshire said the quality of the animals and the way they were presented was second to none and the exhibitors had to be congratulated on the superb show they put on which was a credit to the breed.
Taking the Reserve Female Championship was Donald MacNaughton, Kelty, Fife with his three year old heifer Hayley 5th of Earn bred by Mrs Heather Corrigall, Nigg, Easter Ross. The Reserve Male Champion was awarded to Alexander of Glengorm a rising seven year old bull from Alan Prentice's Hyndford Fold at Lanark, bred by Glengorm Estates on the Isle of Mull.
The Junior Champion, awarded to the best animal under two years of age on the day of the show, was won by Susan 17th of Ormsary from Sir Wm Lithgow & Son, Ormsary, Lochgilphead. Reserve went to Heidi 1st of West Edmondsley from Gary Braines, Millfield, Sunderland, a loyal supporter of the Glasgow Show.
This year's Cameron Trophy, awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in five classes, was won convincingly by Donald MacNaughton's Rannoch Fold taking three first prize places and two third prizes.
In the Junior Handler class, judged by novice judge Lynne MacLean, Laura Hunter from Hunters Fold, Allanton, Shotts took first prize from Ruby Bosomworth, Ormsary Fold and Aaron McKay, Cnoc Fold.
Pollok Country Park, home of Glasgow City Council's Pollok Fold, is a magnificent setting for the City's much acclaimed and highly regarded highland cattle show, now in its tenth year of staging. In glorious autumn sunshine visitors witnessed a tremendous display of cattle from breeders the length and breadth of the country and the packed ringside enjoyed a continuous commentary throughout the judging from Highland cattle authority Angus Mackay.
The large number of visitors enjoyed a host of other family attractions on the show field including regular performers and fearless troopers the Drakes of Hazard Dog and Duck Display Team from Luss; flying displays from the Cumberland Bird of Prey Centre; the ever popular farrier at work shoeing the Clydesdale horse; Royal Highland Education Trust and the Wee Herders' arts & crafts tent; pigeon display to take everyone's fancy; music from the Williamwood Pipe Band and the Johnstone Silver Band; children's entertainment from Uncle Billy; Countryside Rangers celebrating The Year of Natural Scotland; sawmilling and chainsaw sculpturing; food and craft stalls - plenty to keep everyone entertained.
- Donwload the list of 2013 prizewinners here [39kb]
- Donwload the list of 2012 prizewinners here [40kb]
- Donwload the list of 2011 prizewinners here [19kb]
- Donwload the list of 2010 prizewinners here [21kb]
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