A “once-in-a-lifetime” colt has earned his place in Cawdor history and brought joy spanning the Irish Sea.
As overall male champion, Doura Master Eddie also gained the majority vote of the five Clydesdale breed judges at the National Stallion Show to surpass the female entries and stand as breed supreme and holder of the Prince of Wales Trophy for the show at Stirling.On what was his debut outing for new owner Charlotte Young, of the Hall Stud, in Ayrshire, the two-year-old colt was initially given his male victory by Tom Tennant, of Gilmanscleugh, Ettrick, and Iain Johnston, of Kirkton Farm, Bothkennar.“He was undoubtedly the best horse on his legs today,” the judges agreed.“He moves well, has some strength of bone and offers a really nice hind leg. He was a clear winner,” they added.The colt, which hails from Limavady, in Northern Ireland, was bred by heavy horse turnout and driving enthusiast Victor Scott, of the Glebeview Stud, and he was at the ringside to witness the win and collect the Medcalf Cup as breeder.But, as Victor revealed, it was a win that very nearly wouldn’t have been. “We sent Eddie down to the Coolmore Stud as a foal at foot with his mother so that she could be used as a substitute mare.“It’s a long way to travel, so I said to the team that if they could sell the foal to save me another journey they should go ahead.“Luckily for us, they never found a buyer for Eddie so we brought him home to Glebeview and he developed into the horse we now have here.“I could kick myself for not having seen his potential back then.“It’s only once in a lifetime you get to breed a horse like that and see it do so well,” he added.Standing by his side throughout the judging was his grandson Ben McLaughlan, who had been gifted Eddie for Christmas in 2012 and with whom the horse achieved so much during his yearling year.Beaten on only one occasion, when he stood second at Balmoral, Eddie rose to the top of numerous championships for Ben, including at Ballymena, Ballymoney and Castlerock.He was then sold in December to Charlotte, who renamed him under her family’s Doura prefix as Master Eddie after a Belgian stallion that her father Jim had seen in Toronto.“We were faced with a decision to either sell him, or sell his father,” said Victor, who conceded their choice had been more than vindicated by getting to see Eddie take the Cawdor supreme.The colt was bred from the Singlie Sir Charles daughter Bannview Dawn, and was sired by Victor’s home-bred stallion Glebeview Sir Charles a son of Oswald Lady Molly and Bogton Flying Scott which himself stood champion at Balmoral as a yearling, and has since consistently thrown successful progeny.Meanwhile, taking the nod for Cawdor reserve for the second year in succession was Laura Henry, of Kinshaldy, Leuchars, and her three-year-old stallion Collessie Pride.“He’s a good overall horse,” agreedMr Tennant and Mr Johnston.“There really isn’t much that you can fault about him.”Pride, a son of Mollinhillhead Celebrity and Sandhill Maggie Anne, last year topped his class at the Royal Highland, and has also previously stood male champion at the Aberdeen Clydesdale Show, champion at Cupar Foal Show, and reserve at Forfar.As a yearling, he won his classes at both the Winter Fair and Stallion Show.Reflecting on their day, Mr Tennant and Mr Johnston conceded they were “very disappointed” to see such a low number of older stallions forward for judging.“But, we were rewarded with a cracking good class of yearlings at the end,” they added.In the female ring judges Neil Christie, of Dalfoil, Balfron, and Allan Campbell, of Netherwood, Kilmacolm, were in “total agreement” for their top selection.Fresh from a championship win only days previously at the Royal Northern Spring Show in Aberdeen, their winner was the home-bred yearling filly Redcastle Mhorita Millie, from Arbroath-based property developer John Anderson.No stranger to the limelight, Millie previously stood supreme champion of the Winter Fair, foal champion and overall at both Lanark and Lothian and Borders foal shows, and was reserve female and reserve overall at Aberdeen Clydesdale Show.The April-born filly brings Canadian breeding to the fore in Scotland on both sides of her bloodlines.She is sired by John’s own Cawdor Cup winner and National Stallion Show Prince of Wales supreme, Redcastle Brelee Majestic, which was bred in Ontario by Lee Smith, and she is also the first foal John has on the ground from Canadian mare Stonecroft Mhorita Jewel.“She’s just a beautifully feminine horse,” agreed Mr Christie and Mr Campbell. “She offers nice hair, great bone and ultimately she completely shone through on her motion.”Whilst they said numbers were certainly down on previous years, shortening their stint in the ring, the quality of fillies and mares remained “very good”.Bringing “another very nice female” and a “very breedy type of mare” forwards, they stood Paul Bedford’s Bratwell Lady of the Brae as their reserve.This two-year-old filly was bred in Northern Ireland by Wendy Holmes, and was purchased by the Bedfords, of Whixley, in Yorkshire, during the summer of last year.Shown only lightly in Scotland, the daughter of Whinhill Lord of the Isles and Carnaff Sabrina was placed senior champion at Lanark Foal Show and also took second in her class at Stirling for the Winter Fair.Taking yet more silverware home to Hall Farm, Charlotte Young also scooped the trophy for the best gelding.This was her four-year-old Hotspur, which also took the gelding tricolour from the 2013 Royal Highland. His breeder and breeding is unknown.
For a full report, pictures and results please read our digital editionfor Monday, March 3, 2014.
ResultsClydesdale geldings: Miss C Young, Hall Farm, by Ayr, with the four-year-old gelding Hotspur, of unknown breeding, which stood gelding champion at the Royal Highland Show last year.Reserve: David Walker and Beverley Brown, Galcantray Farm, Cawdor, Nairn, with the three-year-old gelding Galcantray Rob Roy, sired by Doura Dancer and home-bred out of a former Black Isle Show reserve champion Kenbar Roxy. This gelding was on his first show outing but has been broken to drive.Clydesdale entire males: Miss C Young, Hall Farm, by Ayr, with the two-year-old colt Doura Master Eddie, sired by Glebeview Sir Charles and bred in Ireland by Victor Scott out of Bannview Dawn, which was on its first show outing in Scotland.Reserve: Laura Henry, Kinshaldy Farm, Leuchars, with the three-year-old colt Collessie Pride, sired by Mollinhillhead Celebrity and bred by Ronnie Black out of Sandhill Maggie May, which similarly stood reserve for the Cawdor Cup at the Stallion Show last year.Aged stallion: Paul Bedford, Schumann’s Nightfever. Four-year-old: Robert Hamilton, Dillars in the Lead. Three-year-old: Laura Henry, Collessie Pride. Two-year-old: Charlotte Young, Doura Master Eddie. Yearling: Jackie Marshall and Christine Halliday, Howgillside President.Clydesdale females: John Anderson, Drummygar, Carmyllie, by Arbroath, with the yearling filly Redcastle Mhorita Millie, sired by Redcastle Brelee Majestic and home-bred out of Stonecroft Mhorita Jewel, which earlier in the week stood breed champion at the Royal Northern Spring Show.Reserve: Paul Bedford, Thorpe Hill Farm, Whixley, York, with the two-year-old filly Bratwell Lady of the Brae, sired by Whinhill Lord of the Isles and bred by Wendy Holmes out of Carnaff Sabrina, which previously stood senior champion at Lanark and second at the Winter Fair.Mare: Charlotte Young, Forneth Lucky Daisy. Three-year-old: Jim and Linzi Kennedy, Hillhouse Zara. Two-year-old: Paul Bedford, Bratwell Lady of the Brae. Yearling: John Anderson, Redcastle Mhorita Millie.