WEARDALE husband and wife Hereford cattle aficionados Harry and Janet Elliott, who run the award-winning Cornriggs pedigree herd at Lowcornriggs Farm, Cowshill, scooped championship honours at Skipton Auction Mart’s fourth annual Craven Native Day show and sale.

The couple clinched the title with their first time shown Cornriggs 1 Red Knight, a home-bred 14-month-old son of Cornriggs 1 Super Guy (by Baldinnie 1 Carlton).

The sire was only recently sold as a six-year-old, having been used successfully on the herd.

The champion’s dam is the Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider daughter, Cornriggs 1 Julia 3rd, from the Elliotts’ best and easy calving cow line, which has produced many show champions, including successes at the Great Yorkshire, Kelso and Scottish National.

The original Julia, who remains with the herd aged ten and from whom the Elliotts are still taking embryos, is herself out of a dam by Bainbridge Atlas, with Glenlea Storm breeding in the background. Red Knight was dubbed champion by local show judge Stuart Currie, who runs the Beautry Beef Shorthorn herd in Rathmell, and went on to sell for 1,900gns to Geoff Ryder, of Haverah Park, Harrogate. Mr and Mrs Elliott are long-standing members of the Hereford Cattle Society. They started their original herd 30 years ago and now run a dozen Hereford cows.

The leading performer on price at 3,400gns was a non-shown Aberdeen-Angus bull with a solid pedigree back to a 20,000gns dam line from Peter Turnbull’s Fox Foot herd at Fox Foot Hay Farm, Coxwold, York.

Their two-year-old easy calving Fox Foot Master, a January-born son of Logie Result, himself by Blelack Evril, and out of the Foulness Gray Boy daughter, Panthers Mistique, found a new home in Kirklees with SH Holgate, of Briesfield, Dewsbury.

Standing reserve champion was the second prize bull from the North Craven Shorthorn herd of husband and wife, Stuart and Debbie Robinson, of Foredale Farm, Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Their June, 2014. Shorthorn bull, Wells Horatio, acquired some three years ago from Scottish breeder John Wood, of St Andrews, had been successfully shown by the Robinsons both as a calf and yearling.

He is by the Chapelton Promoter son, Dacre Rock Star, out of Wells Sensation 1st.

The Robinsons, well-known for their award-winning Swaledale sheep, started their commercial Shorthorn herd in 2000.