Suncrest’s White Galloway cattle received top awards at the Galloway Cattle Society of New Zealand’s (GCSNZ) Annual Virtual Show at a prize-giving ceremony held in conjunction with the Society’s AGM at Alexandra, Central Otago in April 2014.

Senior Cow – ‘Suncrest Arctic Dale’ took out the Champion Senior Award for the entire show comprising all Galloway colour patterns – Galloway (black), White Galloway & Belted Galloway (see Figure 1), whilst Suncrest’s only other Senior Cow entry – ‘Suncrest Arctic Femme’ took out Reserve Champion Senior all colours.

Dale was also awarded the honour of Champion White Galloway with the trophy shown in Figure 2.

Figure 3 – Champion White Galloway – ‘Suncrest Arctic Dale’ (Herd Book Number – 13179)
Figure 4 – Suncrest’s certificates for various awards and first placings from the 2014 Show

Meanwhile Suncrest’s Senior Bull – ‘Whisperings Jasper’ was placed second in the Senior Male class for all breeds, and was runner up in that class to the Show’s overall Grand Champion, ‘Castle Innes’, a magnificent red Belted bull owned by Caroline Dawson of Foxton.

The show was held in conjunction with the 2014 AGM and Otago/Southland farm tour hosted by the Society’s ‘Southern Group’. The tour commenced in Queenstown with nights (first & last) in Queenstown, and a night each in Alexandra and in Gore. The organisers did an amazing job hosting the whole event which was made even more impressive by the number and magnitude of sponsors, making the entire event a very enjoyable, incredibly affordable event. In traditional southern style, everyone was made to feel very welcome, the very innovative, interesting and informative programme making this tour a truly memorable affair.

Fig 5 (above) – Past President Rob hall conducts a conformation Workshop at Sylvia Anderson’s Belted Galloway Stud at Otapiri

Fig 6 (left) – Good friend and fellow breeder Richard Dyson stuck in a head bale awaiting ear tagging and/or ….???

Highlights of the tour were too numerous to mention, much inter-breeder networking took place, and a great time and lots of fun was had by all. Congratulations must go out to the organisers for pulling off such a successful event.