Taking the overall championship today at Balmoral Show under judge Dennis Rogers was the French bred Gladiateur from John Elliot. This 2011-born Vermieill son is out of Victoire, he was purchased privately last year from breeder Patrick Malacan. John who runs 65 pure cows has only been beaten in the Salers championship once since classes started for the breed at Balmoral. The first calves are due in August to Gladiateur who will be turned out with cows after the show and possibly shown again next year.

Gladiateur - overall champion

Gladiateur – overall champion

Standing reserve to him and also winning the best home bred animal was George McCall’s 2012-born heifer Carrick View Heloise. Sired by Rio, she is out of the imported dam Clarine who was reserve champion at Armagh Show. Heloise was junior female champion at Balmoral 2013 and is due to calve in October to Trafalgar.

Carrick View Heloise - reserve overall champion

Carrick View Heloise – reserve overall champion

In the junior championship Robert Millar’s imported January 2013-born heifer Iwa took the honours. Sired by Don Juan and out of Belle, she was purchased last October and is on her first outing.

Iwa - overall junior champion

Iwa – overall junior champion

John Elliot carried on further success scooping the reserve junior championship with the French bred Iris. Born February 2013 he is by Dunrandal and out of Danse. This bull was destined for an AI test station before John purchased him privately from breeder Eaec Des Bruyers, previously females have been purchased from the same herd.

Drumlegagh Faith - junior male champion

Drumlegagh Faith – junior male champion

Cow, in calf or with calf at foot

1st George McCall’s Babette, by Unkaei

2nd John Elliot’s Unity, by Romuald

3rd John Elliot’s Fiere, by Caramel

4th George McCall’s Drumlegagh Carina, by Blason

Heifer, born on or before 31st December 2012

1st George McCall’s Carrick View Heloise, by Rio

2nd John Elliott’s Drumlegagh Fiona, by Cesar

3rd Seamus Connell’s Hongrie, by Delgado

4th Seamus Connell’s Ballykeel Indigo, by Ublo

Heifer, born on or after 1st January 2013

1st Robert Millar’s Iwa, by Don Juan

2nd Robert Millar’s Inka, by Don Juan

3rd John Elliot’s Drumlegagh Galaxy, by Fanfan

4th George McCall’s Carrick View Infinity, by Vaillant

Bull, up to two years old on day of show

1st John Elliot’s Iris, by Dunrandal

2nd Ernest Gregg’s Ballybollen Igo, by Lisnamaul Eric

3rd Robert Millar’s Boris, by Turbulent

4th Ernest Gregg’s Ballybollen Inferno, by Lisnamaul Eric

Bull, over two years old on day of show

1st John Elliots Gladiateur, by Vermiell

2nd Kenneth Carrothers’ Forthill King, by Tibet

Pair of animals

1st Seamus Connell, Ballykeel

2nd John Elliott, Drumlegagh

3rd Lisnamaul Salers, Lisnamaul