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Hereford takes Royal Highland title

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Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 from Tom and Di Harrison, Mickley, North-umberland, impressed at

the Royal Highland Show-case, an exhibitors-only show in place of the usual Ingliston fixture.

Dubbed the ‘ringside favourite’, it was tapped out as native interbreed champion, the highest accolade it could achieve due to the event’s format.

Born in April 2018, Rebel Kicks is no stranger to the limelight having won the interbreed junior bull championship at the Royal Welsh Show in 2019.

By Danish-bred SMH King Size 87K, the 2019 sire of the year, it is out of Romany 1 Dawn D1 M6 and was awarded poll bull of the year and joint bull of the year in 2019. Semen from the bull is available for private purchase.

Tasked with judging, Abbie Anderson of Panmure Herefords, Arbirlot, Tayside, commended the bull for its locomotion and balance, having also named it her senior male and male champion.

Moralee 1 Pippa KS S11 also performed for owners and breeders Tom and Di Harrison and was named reserve breed champion, having already taken female and senior female champion earlier that day and made up one half of the reserve champion native pair alongside Rebel Kicks.

April 2019-born, it is yet another by the prolific SMH King Size 87K, which does so well for the Northumberland-based breeders.

It is out of Coley 1 Pippa 356, which stood breed champion at the Royal Highland in 2017, a daughter of Australian sire Days Calibre G74 daughter.

Reserve female and leading the junior female class was 13 month Harveybros 1 Crocus Tiara from father and daughter team George and Sophie Harvey, Balfron, Glasgow.

From the family’s renowned Crocus family, it is by Normanton 1 Laertes, which stood interbreed champion at the Highland in 2016.

This heifer is a three-quarter sister to Harveybros 1 Crocus Rose, which was champion at the National Poll Show in 2019 before being named reserve poll female of the year.

Second place in the junior female class was Moralee 1 Kylie KS T29, another from Tom and Di Harrison.

A King Size daughter, it is out of Moralee 1 Kylie, which is out of

the Harrisons’ original Kylie female, bred from the Ishbel family,

known so well at the Wilsons’ Romany herd.

Kylie KS T29 is a full sister to Kylie KS S11, which was overall champion at the Christmas calf show at Shrewsbury in 2019, and junior champion at the National Poll Show in the same year.

Competing solely against stable-mate Moralee 1 Pippa KS S11 in the senior female class, Moralee 1 Mink KR S4 took second place.

October 2018-born, it is by Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider, a son of the Canadian influenced bull Spurstow 1 Victor, and carries New Zealand blood on its maternal side.

Its dam is Moralee 1 Mink 2nd, by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23 and out of Romany 1 Mink D1 H48.

From H Whittaker, who has taken three breed championships out of the past five at Royal Highland shows, Coley 1 Teddy was reserve male, and lead a very strong class of junior bulls.

March 2020-born, this young sire carries Danish blood on both sides of its pedigree, being by Moeskaer Vegas 1451 and out of Solbakkens Marrigold.

Standing in second place to Whittaker’s bull was Dendor 1 Tecwyn, another from Tom and Di Harrison, but bred by DE, ED and AL Jones, Caersws, Powys.

March 2020-born, it is by Dendor 1 Nairobi, which stood champion at the 2018 National Poll Show and out of Dendor 1 Anna Mary 16th.

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