We had an unforgettable day at the National Livestock Show in the field of dreams, Butterfield Estate, a day that will be hard matched by ourselves again with our team taking the DOUBLE, DOUBLE of championships in both the male and female sections!
Our queen of the day and Overall Simmental of the Year for 2019 was our Junior heifer, CLONAGH JUBILANT FABULOUS. Jubilant won the National Junior Heifer Class, Overall Female Championship and the Supreme Championship. This eye catching heifer is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon heifer is out of a Banwy T-Rex cow, Clonagh Delightful Fabulous. She will now reluctantly be offered FOR SALE at our 30th Anniversary Elite Female Draft at Roscommon on 26th October.
Reserve overall champion on the day went to the “Darling” of the farm, T-Rex’s favourite daughter, CLONAGH DARLING EYES. She had earlier won the National Senior Cow Championship and followed that with the Reserve Female Championship and Reserve Overall Simmental of the Year. Darling Eyes in obviously no stranger to success, being the reigning “Simmental Miss World” champion and having already won the National Show for the previous two years, unfortunately her hat trick wasn’t to be.
We had one of those “pinch me” moments in the line up for the Senior Female Championship with our five queens lined up for the title. Darling Eyes, Hazel Eyes, Jenny Fabulous, Java and Jubilant all battled it out with the youngest and the oldest getting the al important tap out. An unforgettable sight and one that we are so proud to have been a part of.
Every queen needs a king, so the man of the moment and the Overall Male Championship went to our junior herd sire, MANOR PARK HANSOME. Hansome came through winning the National Senior Bull Championship and followed it on with the Overall Male. Hansome is by Slievenagh Extra Special and out of a Blackford Worzel daughter, Manor Park Daydream. We are absolutely delighted with his progeny to day. Four of his calves were shown on the day placing at the top of some extremely strong calf classes.
Taking the Reserve Male Championship and National Junior Bull Championship was our May 2018 born bull, CLONAGH KABOOM KID. He is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of a full sister to Darling Eyes, Clonagh Delightful Eyes. He will be offered FOR SALE at the Simmental Premier Sale in Roscommon on 26th October.
Taking the last of our main championships for the day was our Yearling Bull Champion CLONAGH KUNG FU FAB taking the Reserve Overall Junior Male title. It was a new championship added to the Simmental classes and one we are very please to be part of. Kung Fu is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon and out of one of our all time favourites, Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous, making him a genetic full brother to the Overall Champion, Jubilant Fabulous. He will be offered FOR SALE at the Simmental Premier Sale in Roscommon on 26th October.
The most emotional moment of the day when we were once again presented with the Jenna Stone Memorial Trophy with CLONAGH JENNY FABOULOUS. It is a trophy we have be second in more times than we can count but we are honoured to bring her home for another year! Jenny Fabulous is a new addition to our team having made her first appearance at Athlone Show in May. She is by former Irish and UK National Champion, Clonagh World Class and out of a Banwy T-Rex daughter, Clonagh Enchanted Fabulous. Jenny will also be offered FOR SALE at out Elite Female Draft in October.
CLONAGH JAVA KLASSIK GIRL also won an incredibly strong National Intermediate Championship. She is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of a Starline Klassik daughter, Clonagh Wanda Star. She is incalf to our Junior herd sire, Manor Park Hansome and will also be offered FOR SALE in our Elite Female Draft.
Taking the National Junior Cow/In Calf Heifer Championship was our already twice National Champion, CLONAGH HAZEL EYES. She is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of Clonagh Darling Eyes. She is also in calf to Manor Park Hansome and we honestly cannot wait to see what the future holds for this red lady!
In the normal classes on the day, a very well deserved red rosette went to our baby bull calf, CLONAGH LUCKY EXPLORER winning the February onwards bull calf class. Lucky is by Manor Park Hansome out of twice Overall Simmental of the Year, Clonagh Dora the Explorer. This May born bull was giving away two months to the next oldest calves and we really are exciting to see what the future will bring for this little man!
Other class results include:
February onwards heifer calf class, CLONAGH LOVE BIRD 2nd and CLONAGH LOVEABLE LADY 4th. Both of these heifers are by Manor Park Hansome and out of two full flush sisters by Dovefields Gallant out of Clonagh Edel. They will both the offered FOR SALE in our Elite Female Draft.
December/January heifer calf class 2nd place went to CLONAGH KIANA MISS JOAN. She is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of Clonagh Gorgeous Joan. She will be offered FOR SALE in our Elite Female Draft.
National Weanling Heifer class, 6th place to CLONAGH KIM WILLOW. She is by Bruchag Glenfiddich out of Clonagh Flare ET. She will be offered FOR SALE in our Elite Female Draft.
National Yearling Heifer Class, 3rd place to CLONAGH KRYSTAL RUBYSTAR. She is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon out of a former national champion, Clonagh Flashy Rubystar. She will be offered FOR SALE in our Elite Female Draft.
National Senior Cow Class, 2nd place to CLONAGH DORA THE EXPLORER. She is no stranger to Tullamore Show having won the Overall title in 2014 and 2016. She was originally going only to babysit her calf, Lucky Explorer but we felt it unfair not to let her in to the action and both herself and Darling Eyes were certainly a sight to be seen in the ring next to each other.
December/January bull calf class, 3rd place to CLONAGH KINGS SPECIAL EYES. He is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon our of twice national champion Clonagh Gucci Eyes. 6th place to CLONAGH KRACKER FAB, He is by Manor Park Hansome out of Clonagh Absolutely Fabulous.
National Yearling Bull Class, 2nd place to JENNALYN KNICK KNACK. He is by Kilbride Farm Dragoon and out of a T-Rex daughter, Jennalyn Flora Nora. He will be offered FOR SALE at the Simmental Premier Sale in Roscommon on 26th October.
National Weanling Bull Class, 2nd pace to CLONAGH KLASS ACT. He is by Bruchag Glenfiddich out of a T-Rex dam, Clonagh Bee Bee. He will be offered FOR SALE at the Simmental Premier Sale in Roscommon on 26th October.
Last but not least our little Limmy, CLONAGH NUTMEG place 4th in her National class. She is by Goldies Jackpot out of Clonagh Kiss and Tell.
On the day we had 22 cattle with 21 entries shown in 15 classes taking home nine 1st place with eight bring National titles, five 2nd with three being National titles, 2 3rd and 2 4th.
As usual this day doesn’t just happen. He are so grateful to everyone who helped us on the day, Padraig Gowing for transporting cattle, Dafyyd Jones “team leader”, Alan Burleigh, Colin Dunne, Sean and Peter Lowry, Cian Martin, Harry Houldey, James Kelly, Nicole, James and Paul McPadden, Martin Ryan for loan of “extra” gazebos. Our thanks to the amazing team at Tullamore Show, Trevor Chadwick and all the gang.