Doncombe Blondes took full honours at the Royal Welsh show, lifting both the champion and reserve champion titles by Judge Ian Appleton from Hartlepool, Cleveland who runs the Applejack herd.
Doncombe Indika was awarded the supreme championship, she was born in January '13 and is sired by Rodleigh Voageur, bred and exhibited by David and Sue Knight from Bristol. Indika also won the junior cow class before lifting the Romer Gabriella trophy for the champion female and then the perpetual trophy for the Supreme Blonde champion.
Reserve champion Doncombe Mulungu, came from the same herd and was also sired by Rodleigh Voyageur, again bred by David and Sue Knight from Bristol. Born April ’16, Mulungu started the day by winning the junior bull class before going on to win the junior championship, male championship and reserve breed championship.
Fronfedw Jazz bred and exhibited by Rhydian Davies from Lampeter, born May ’14 sired by Eileen Fergus, lifting the accolades for senior bull and reserve male champion, Jazz was also awarded the Welsh Blonde club award for best Welsh member’s exhibit.
Fronfedw Cilmeri sired by Whistley Dollar, born May ‘07, again from Rhydian Davies’ Fronfedw herd lifted the Bostock herd perpetual trophy for the senior cow class
Fronfedw Jini born March ’14, again sired by Eileen Fergus from Rhydian Davies, lifted the MC Davies perpetual trophy for senior heifer.
Doncombe Lucretia born January ’15 sired by French bull Anis, another fine exhibit from David and Sue Knight won the intermediate award.
Nantygelli Madonna won the South Wales Blonde trophy for the maiden heifer class. Bred and exhibited by Stephen Pegington from Usk, Monmouthshire. Madonna later went on to take the reserve junior and female championship.
The best group of three award was lifted by the Fronfedw herd with the Doncombe team taking reserve place.
The Blonde society would like to take the opportunity to thank Agri Advisor Solicitors for their sponsorship towards the Blonde classes and to all those who exhibited or helped at the show.
Judge Ian Appleton said, ‘I thoroughly enjoyed judging the Blondes at the Royal Welsh, an excellent show of cattle; a credit to all competitors, with good weather and excellent hospitality from the South Wales Blonde Club.