Royal Welsh Show 22nd-25th July
This year marked the 100th show of the Royal Welsh Show, a show that for many in Wales is the pinnacle of the Year. Over the years Highland classes have been very well attended and this year was no exception. The cattle lines were full to the brim with over 47 beasts being put forward- an impressive number you will all agree. The dedication of HCS and HCCW members from across the country, with some travelling from the North of England to compete was staggering and made this years show all the more special (and competitive!). Jimmy Laing from Invergordon had the difficult job of judging, with all the classes very well presented.
Champion bull was awarded to James Dubh of Chadwich, bred and owned by John and Liz Monk of Chadwich Fold. Highland Cow in calf or with calf at foot Class was awarded to Princess Easter Bunny of Walton Mr & Mrs Steven & Louisa Jordan. The 3 year old heifer class was taken by Marina of Borland- Miss Rhian Thomas and Mr Eilwyn Davies. The 2 year old Heifer class was taken by Alice of Seam, owned and bred by Mr & Mrs Simon & Emma Haley of Seam Fold. Seam Fold also took first place with Jess Dubh of West Edmondsley in the yearling heifer class. Best Highland Female was taken by Marina of Borland- Miss Rhian Thomas & Mr Eilwyn Davies, with reserve place going to Alice of Seam- Mr & Mrs Simon & Emma Haley. The group of 3 class was won by Guy Mumford, Yarchester Fold and last but not least, best of breed was won by James Dubh of Chadwich- John and Liz Monk, Chadwich Fold.
In the groups competitions the highland were pulled forward each time.
The highland cattle society were represented by Llinos Ford and Jenny Francis in the breed society young handler pairs competition and they came a very close third which considering neither of them had handled those particular animals before the competition was a very good result.
There was the usual club supper at the society stand on the Monday evening to celebrate the days' successes. This year it was attended by nearly 60 people. HCCW Chairman Julian Ford gave a speech thanking this years judge Jimmy Laing and his wife for travelling down from Scotland to be with us and proceeded to award trophies to those who had been placed during the day. Highland cattle society president, Gordon McConachie thanked the welsh club for such a warm reception.