Success for Andrew at Simmental Judging Finals

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Northern Ireland competitor Andrew Clarke from Tynan, County Armagh, swept the boards at the British Simmental Cattle Society’s national stockjudging finals.  First prize in the stockjudging sweep stake was Jane Pick from England. She was congratulated by YMA co-ordinator Bridget Borlase.

The young Simmental breeder who founded his six-cow Breaghey herd in 2008, claimed the Univet/Tulivin Laboratories Shield for the best individual international judge; as well as the New Trend Trophy for the best overall UK judge, and the Bert Borlase Trophy for the best judge under 21-years-old. Andrew and judging partner Zara Stubbs from Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, also won the under 21yrs team award.

 Andrew Clarke from Northern Ireland was the overall winner of the British Simmental Cattle Society's national stockjudging finals, held at Fermanagh County Show. He was congratulated by society president Iain Green, and Phylis Glasgow, wife of the NI Club chairman

Andrew Clarke from Northern Ireland was the overall winner of the British Simmental Cattle Society's national stockjudging finals, held at Fermanagh County Show. He was congratulated by society president Iain Green, and Phylis Glasgow, wife of the NI Club chairman

This year’s competition, which was hosted for the first time in its history by the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club, was staged at Fermanagh County Show in Enniskillen. Master judges were Billy Robson OBE, and son Norman, from the noted Kilbride Farm Herd based at Doagh in County Antrim.

Northern Ireland's Rebecca Hamilton received the McDonald Fraser Shield for the best under 30yrs competitor from society presiden Iain Green.

Young members travelled from throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to compete at the final. This year’s final also included an international element, with competitors from southern Ireland competing with their UK counterparts for the newly presented Univet/Tulivin Laboratories Shield.

Under 21yrs team winners were Andrew Clarke and Zara Stubbs from Northern Ireland. Presenting the award is society president Iain Green.

Young Members Association co-ordinator Bridget Borlase thanked Brendan Crowe of Univet/Tulivin for the company’s generous sponsorship of the competition’s new international section. “My Irish counterpart Jenny Aherne has been instrumental in helping me get this new section of the competition off the ground. “We are delighted with this new shield which will be presented on an annual basis.”

Scotland's Laura Green and Varie Logie were the winners of the under 30yrs team award. They received their prize from society president Iain Green.

British Simmental Cattle Society secretary Neil Shand congratulated the winners and thanked the Northern Ireland club for hosting the event. “The society is very proud of its Young Members’ Association, and we have recently spent almost £15,000 trying to promote the organisation and support our young breeders of the future. We recently introduced a one pound levy on all pedigree registrations to raise funds for the YMA kitty.”

The award for the best reasons in the under 21yrs category went to Richard Cummings from Wales. He was congratulated by society president Iain Green.

He added: “There will be numerous benefits and opportunities open to our young members in the future, and I would urge everyone to join their regional club.”

Angharad Francis from Wales won the award for the best reasons in the under 30yrs category. She was congratulated by society president Iain Green.

NI Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club chairman Nigel Glasgow congratulated the winners and said it was a pleasure for the club to have had the opportunity to host the competition. During the three-day trip to Northern Ireland the young members visited several herds including, Kilbride Farm, Omorga, Ranfurly, Ballinlare Farm and Lisglass.

The Walkinshaw Trophy for the best points in the under 16yrs category went to Lizzie Harding from England. She received her award from Nigel Glasgow, chairman, NI Simmental Cattle Breeders' Club.

The awards were presented by British Simmental Cattle Society president Iain Green, at a dinner held at the Cohannon Inn near Dungannon.

Best overall winner and recipient of the new International Trophy presented by Univet was Andrew Clarke from Northern Ireland. He was congratulated by society president Iain Green.

Reserve overall winner and winner of the best reasons in the international under 21yrs category was Richard Cummings from Wales. He received his prize from society president Iain Green.

Noamh Oliver from southern Ireland was the winner of the best reasons in the under 21yrs category, and the best under 30yrs individual judge, in the international competition. Jenny Aherne collected Niamh's prizes from society president Iain Green.

Winners of the 2013 National Stockjudging Competition include:

Trophies

Bert Borlase Trophy, for the best individual under 21yrs: Andrew Clarke, Northern Ireland.

McDonald Fraser Shield, for the best individual under 30yrs: Rebecca Hamilton, Northern Ireland.

New Trend Trophy, for the best overall winner: Andrew Clarke, Northern Ireland.

Walkinshaw Trophy, for the best individual under 16yrs: Lizzie Harding, England.

International Shield for the best overall individual: Andrew Clarke, Northern Ireland.

Indivduals

Sweep stakes – 1, Jane Pick, England; 2, Ian Steel, England; 3, Margaret Steele, England.

Under 21 individual – 1, Andrew Clarke, Northern Ireland; 2, Richard Cummings, Wales; 3, Ellen Jones, Wales.

Under 30 individual – 1, Rebecca Hamilton, Northern Ireland; 2, Jonny Hazelton, Northern Ireland; 3, Varrie Loggie, Scotland.

Best reasons, under 21 – Richard Cummings, Wales.

Best reasons, under 30 – Angharad Francis, Wales.

Overall Winner – Andrew Clarke, Northern Ireland. Reserve: Richard Cummings, Wales.

Team Awards

Under 21 team – 1, Zara Stubbs and Andrew Clarke, Northern Ireland; 2, Ffion Rhys and Ellen Jones, Wales; 3, Carys Davis and Richard Cummings, Wales.

Under 30 team – 1,Varrie Loggie and Laura Green, Scotland; 2, Rebecca Hamilton and Thomas Hamilton, Northern Ireland; 3, Emma Bloomfield and Richard Saunders, England.

International

International, under 21– 1, Andrew Clarke, Northern Ireland; 2, Richard Cummings, Wales; 3, Ellen Jones, Wales.

International, under 30 – 1, Niamh Oliver, Southern Ireland; 2, Rebecca Hamilton, Northern Ireland; 3, Jonny Hazelton, Northern Ireland.

International, best reasons under 21 – Richard Cummings.

International, best reasons under 30 – Niamh Oliver.

International winner – 1, Andrew Clarke, Northern Ireland.

Jamie Boyd receives a bouquet of flowers on behalf of his mother Darla, in recognitiion of all her hard work within the NI club, from YMA co-ordinator Bridget Borlase.

YMA co-ordinator Bridget Borlase makes a presentation to NI Club secretary Robin Boyd

NI Club member David Hazelton receives a presentation from YMA co-ordinator Bridget Borlase

NI Club chairman Nigel Glasgow receives a token of appreciation from YMA co-ordinator Bridget Borlase.

Michael Robson receives a token of the society's appreciation on behalf of his father Billy, and brother Norman, who were master judges at the national finals in Northern Ireland. The gift was handed over by YMA co-ordinator Bridget Borlase.