New Venue Delivers Fantastic All Breeds All Britain Calf Show

Moving location to the East of England Showground for last weekend’s All Breeds All Britain Calf Show (ABAB) delivered a fantastic centre stage showcasing 332 calves and attracting 196 competitors.

ABAB, held on 19th, 20th and 21st October, draw young breeders including 21 HYB clubs from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland representing Holstein, British Friesian, Jersey, Guernsey, Brown Swiss, Ayrshire and Dairy Shorthorn breeds.

The Showmanship classes were held on Saturday with the Holstein classes judged by Anna Stable, of Bolton Manor Holstein supported by Sam Wake and the coloured classes judged by Ben Yates of Manor Farm Dairy, Somerset.

The Holstein Showmanship Champion was awarded to Larissa Jones of the Western Holstein Club.  The Reserve Champion went to Robert Morley of Border and Lakeland Holstein Club and Honourable Mention to Natasha Kirby of Lancashire Holstein Club.

The coloured breed Showmanship Champion results were:

Ayrshire Showman Championship

  • Champion: Hollie Keenan
  • Reserve Champion: Jamie Keenan
  • Honourable Mention: Cameron Carson

British Friesian Showman Championship

  • Champion: David Oultram
  • Reserve Champion: Sally Howarth
  • Honourable Mention: Daniel Edwards

Brown Swiss Showman Championship

  • Champion: Elan Thomas
  • Reserve Champion: Hatty Tucker
  • Honourable Mention: Jessica Hall

Dairy Shorthorn Showman Championship

  • Champion: Edward Whittaker
  • Reserve Champion: David Madeley
  • Honourable Mention: Eleanor Fisher

Guernsey Showman Championship

  • Champion: Charlotte Limond
  • Reserve Champion: Shannon Dawes
  • Honourable Mention: Georgina Sweet

Jersey Showman Championship

  • Champion: Emily Davis
  • Reserve Champion: Zoe Clear
  • Honourable Mention: Claire Daw

The calf show on Sunday saw a fantastic presentation in both rings.  The Holstein classes were judged by Hefyn Wilson of the Tregibby herd who awarded the Holstein Champion to Evening Beemer Sunrise owned by Evening Holsteins, Border and Lakeland HYB Club.  Reserve was awarded to Wormanby Expander Lucy owned by H, M & D Hodgson, Border & Lakeland HYB Club and Honourable Mention was awarded to Shoreline Diamondback Katherine owned by C & AJ Woodhouse of Lancashire HYB Club.

The other breed awards were as follows:

Red & White Championship

  • Champion: Auchensala Avalanche Liquer Red (Molly Westwood) Devon
  • Reserve Champion: Parkend LA Striptease Red (Andrew Struthers & S Esquirdo) Scotland
  • Honourable Mention: Knowlesmere Toitoi Defiant Dream Red (A & J Whittaker & Toi Toi Genetics) Shropshire


  • Champion: Sandyford Triclo Fable (E Tomlinson & Son, A Timbrell, Toi Toi)
  • Reserve Champion: Millford Maple Lark (E Tomlinson & Son & A Timbrell)
  • Honourable Mention: Sandyford Supreme Clover (E Tomlinson & Son)

British Friesian                                  

  • Champion: Oakalby Fernely Kitty 68
  • Reserve Champion: Gemini Ignitor Primrose 3 (T Barrell & A Malt)
  • Honourable Mention: Lismulligan Anemone (B Lawson & Son)

Brown Swiss                                      

  • Champion: Kedar Rhapsolutely (T Lochhead & Son)
  • Reserve Champion: Kedar Norwin Smartie Pants ( Georgina Sweet)
  • Honourable Mention: Kedar Aurora (Toi Toi Genetics)

Dairy Shorthorn                                               

  • Champion: Cotonhall Three Creeks Nellie (R Kite)
  • Reserve Champion: Churchroyd Goldendrop 40 (IRG Collins & Partners)
  • Honourable Mention: Amber Princess Anne 118 (J Hole & Son)


  • Champion: Trewey Legend Rosie (R Norman)
  • Reserve Champion: Je-Taime Double L Bijou 2 (R Norman
  • Honourable Mention: Kimcoe Sam Cowslip 3 (AD & RM Thomas)                              


  • Champion: Rivermead Impression Alexis (G C B Davis)
  • Reserve Champion: Futuredreams Excitations September (Futuredreams Partnership)
  • Honourable Mention: Rivermead SG Bess (G C B Davis)

Throughout the weekend a number of other awards were presented.

The Mallaber Trophy was awarded to Lancashire for the Overall Team Calf Classes award and they also won the Overall Team Showmanship Classes taking home the Showmanship Trophy.

The Overall Champion Team, awarded the Philip Gilbert Trophy, was awarded to Lancashire and the Reserve Champion Team was Border & Lakeland.

This led Lancashire to claim victory as Overall Champion Team, with Scotland taking the title of Overall Reserve Champion Team.

The theme for the stands was ‘In the Jungle’ and awards were presented as follows:

Tidy Lines Competition presented the Shropshire & Powys Shield
Champion: South East
Reserve Champion: Staffordshire

Best Presented Small Stand
Champion: East Midlands
Reserve Champion: Midlands

Best Presented Large Stand
Champion: Staffordshire

Reserve Champion: Derbyshire

Overall Best Presented Stand awarded the Showtime Shield was Staffordshire

The Overall Stand Competition, presented the Dunrod Trophy, was awarded to Staffordshire and Reserve was awarded to South East.

The weekend included the presentation of three special awards. The Dick Stapleton Award, presented to an individual member who had been particularly helpful throughout the weekend, was awarded to James Danforth of Moathouse Ayrshires in Yorkshire.  The Littlestar Award was presented to Sophie Powell from the West Midlands Club for her outstanding contribution to the breed and HYB. 

The final award presented was the Louise Hartley Award in memory of Lancashire HYB member, Louise Hartley, a Farmers Guardian reporter who sadly lost her battle to cancer in 2016. It was awarded to Jess Tap of Devon HYB Club in recognition of her being an ambitious individual who has continuously gone the extra mile for her club.  In celebration of Louise Hartley's life, the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund was set up to give a youngster with an interest in agriculture the chance to further their career. As a winner of the award, kindly sponsored by Alta Genetics, Jess will receive a place on either a tour of America or Europe or the opportunity to attend a Dairy Manager School in the UK to develop their skills and learning.

Commenting on the weekend, Hannah Williams Head of Events and Marketing, “We are thrilled with how positive everyone has been about the new venue for the annual event.  The atmosphere throughout the weekend was fantastic and I am always amazed at the effort each and everyone makes when attending and competing.  Seeing the future generation on a centre stage showcasing their hard work, enthusiasm, passion and knowledge makes Holstein UK and the other breed societies very proud.  Well done to everyone who competed and thank you to all the support teams which include friends, neighbours, parents and grandparents.”

Agricultural Business Development Manager at the East of England Agricultural Society, William Haire added, "On behalf of both the East of England Agricultural Society I would like to congratulate all the competitors and everyone behind the All Breeds All Britain calf show.  It was a fantastic event with a great atmosphere that their organising team delivered effortlessly. It’s always great to welcome livestock to the showground and having purpose-built buildings and facilities for this type of event is not only a benefit for the ABAB show but the industry as a whole. We all enjoyed working with the ABAB show team and seeing the pleasure that everyone gets from this prestigious event. We hope everyone enjoyed coming to the new venue at Peterborough and that the facilities gave their show the edge and space they were looking for. Well done again and we look forward to working with everyone for many more years ahead."    


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