Burren Princess Pandora wins the 2023 Balmoral Irish Moiled championship
The RUAS Balmoral Show provided the platform stage for a quality line up of Irish Moiled cattle with over thirty entries from eleven different exhibitors from all corners of N. Ireland.
The homebred December 2020 born cow, Burren Princess Pandora from N&M Moiles (Nigel Edwards and Michelle McCauley) based at Dungannon, Co. Tyrone scooped the overall supreme Irish Moiled breed champion title, along with the overall female Irish Moiled champion award and the Pennielea Perpetual Cup for Irish Moiled breed champion. Burren Princess Pandora, a 3-year-old, 2nd calver cow, with her impressive seven-month-old heifer calf at foot, has an award-winning back pedigree behind her, sired by Castledale Maurice 2 EX94 her dam Curraghnakeely Pandora 7th EX94 was the prestigious Royal Three Counties rare and traditional breed interbreed supreme champion in 2018. Burren Princess Pandora had previously been to Balmoral show in 2021 and won the senior heifer class and was part of the champion Irish Moiled pair the same year. Other show achievements from Princess Pandora were virtually, in 2022, she was crowned overall champion of champions in the International online Irish Moiled competition and won calf champion in the same competition in 2020.
Judge, Trevor Chadwick from Co. Galway commented that his overall champion on the day, he had admired her as soon as she set foot into the ring, she is a cow that has everything he would look for in a good cow – feminine, great depth of body, good locomotion, naturally fleshed and full of breed character and more importantly rearing a superb calf at foot.
The judge, Trevor Chadwick went on to comment that the cow class, the first class of the day, was just phenomenal, a great way to start the day, with 9 cow entries, most with calves at foot made for a spectacular sight of a very high standard, and it was a close second place, behind first place for the 2017 born cow, Beechmount Daisy owned by Ryan and Caroline Maxwell of Keady, Co. Armagh, bred by Robert Boyle of Millisle Co. Down. The 6-year-old Beechmount Daisy cow with a 6-week-old heifer calf at foot, sired by Tyrone Firecracker EX96, also displayed all the attributes you would want in a female, great breed character, great conformation and rearing a good calf. Beechmount Daisy is no stranger to Balmoral show, she was junior champion as a junior heifer back in 2018 and has won numerous championships at local N. Ireland agricultural shows. Beechmount Daisy tailed on the heels of Burren Princess Pandora all day winning reserve overall female champion and reserve overall supreme Irish Moiled breed champion. Ryan and Caroline Maxwell’s success did not stop here, they also won reserve overall male champion with their second prize senior bull, Ballyvesey Charlie bred by Robert Davis of Templepatrick and indeed Ryan and Caroline Maxwell paired up their reserve female campion cow, Beechmount Daisy with their reserve male champion senior bull, Ballyvesey Charlie to clinch the Tully cup and the champion Irish Moiled pair.
Both the junior champion and reserve junior champion spots went to Robert Boyle of Millisle, Co. Down for his junior heifers, Beechmount Buttercup and Beechmount Anna, both sired by the powerful bull Ballylinney Harry 1628 EX93 bred by Derek Steen of Scotland this bull was the overall champion of the Irish Moiled International Virtual Show in 2021. Beechmount Buttercup, the junior champion winner and the Massey Cup winner received an honourable mention from the judge, Trevor Chadwick on how stylish and classy she displayed herself in the showring. In third place in the junior heifer class was a lovely balanced heifer Curraghnakeely Bluebell exhibited by N & M Moilies (Nigel Edwards & Michelle McCauley) bred by Nigel Edwards, of Tempo, Co. Fermanagh.
In the senior heifer class, first place went to Albert Baxter of Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone for their strong bodied homebred heifer, Beauty Hill Katie sired by the well-known bull, Beauty Hill Brigadier, a previous Balmoral champion in 2016. Second place went to Brian O’Kane of Martinstown, Co.Antrim for the beautiful homebred heifer Ravelglen Diamond 105, sired by the A.I bull, Ravelglen Rocky, a close third place went also to Albert Baxter for his very stylish heifer Beauty Hill Kia, out of the sire Atlantic High Tide.
The senior bull class was won by Robert Davis from Templepatrick with his 7-year-old stock bull Curraghnakeely Crackerjack EX92 bred by Nigel Edwards. It was Curraghnakeely Crackerjack that was eventually crowned the overall male champion.
The junior bull class was won by the homebred junior bull Beechmount Harry from the Beechmount herd of Robert Boyle’s. Beechmount Harry is sired by Ballylinney Harry 1628 EX93. Second place went to another homebred bull owned by Brian O’Kane Ravelglen Earl, sired by Woodbine Casper EX97, a Balmoral champion in 2021. Third place went to N & M Moilies (Nigel Edwards and Michelle McCauley with Glassdrummond Bluebird 2561 bred by Sam Smiley of Ballynahinch, Co. Down. Glassdrummond Bluebird 2561 is sired by Curraghnakeely Masterpiece EX93.
It was Brian O’Kane’s pair that was tapped out for the reserve champion Irish Moiled pair, consisting of his 2nd prize senior heifer, Ravelglen Diamond 105 and his 3rd prize cow, Ravelglen Emerald. ` Two superb individual animals that competed in tightly contested classes but complemented each other perfectly to collect the reserve champion Irish Moiled pair.
The Irish Moiled Cattle Society are indebted to the team at Balmoral Show for hosting such a fantastic agricultural event. Gratitude was also expressed to Judge Trevor Chadwick for a job well done the stewards for their excellent communication in keeping the classes and day running smoothly. Thank you also to sponsors Norbrook and Pedigree Sales for their generous support. It was unanimously agreed that the 2023 Balmoral Show was one of the most enjoyable shows since before the pandemic, overall, there was a tremendous show of cattle with the Irish Moiled’s having an eye-catching display which is credit to the Irish Moiled exhibitors who had the cattle looking top notch.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Irish Moiled’s, the Society has a stand at the Scotland’s beef event being held on Tues 6th June at Dalswinton Estate, Dumfries. On 26th June the launch of the Irish Moilie Beef Group and their new website will take place at Shantys, Portrush with TV chef Paula McIntyre in attendance. The Society will be hosting a breeder’s day at Rutland Island, Co. Donegal on Sat 19th August and also the H & H Magnificent Moilie online auction will take place from Tues 26th September to Thurs 28th September. There will also be numerous agricultural shows throughout the three constituencies (NI)(ROI)(GB) where Irish Moiled breeders will be showcasing their Irish Moiled cattle. For any more details please contact breed secretary Gillian at
3rd Brian O’Kane – Ravelglen Emerald
1st Albert Baxter – Beauty Hill Katie
2nd Brian O’Kane – Ravelglen Diamond 105
1st Albert Baxter – Beauty Hill kia
1st Robert Boyle – Beechmount Buttercup
2nd Robert Boyle – Beechmount Anna
3rd N&M Moilies – Curraghnakeely Bluebell 0618
1st R&L Davis – Curraghnakeely Crackerjack
2nd R&C Maxwell – Ballyvesey Charlie
1st Robert Boyle – Beechmount Harry
2nd Brian O’Kane – Ravelglen Earl
3rd N&M Moilies – Glassdrummond Bluebird 2561
Champion pairs – R&C Maxwell
Reserve champion – Brian O’Kane
Irish Moiled junior championship and winner of the Massey Cup
Junior champion; Robert Boyle – Beechmount Buttercup
Reserve junior champion; Robert Boyle – Beechmount Anna
Irish Moiled overall female championship
Overall female champion; N&M Moilies – Burren Princess Pandora
Reserve overall female champion; R&C Maxwell – Beechmount Daisy 6
Irish Moiled overall male championship
Overall male champion; R&L Davis – Curraghnakeely Crackerjack
Reserve overall male champion; R&C Maxwell – Ballyvesey Charlie
Overall supreme Irish Moiled championship and winner of the Pennielea Trophy
Overall supreme champion; N&M Moilies – Burren Princess Pandora
Reserve overall supreme champion; R&C Maxwell – Beechmount Daisy 6