Blelack bows out in style at the Aberdeen-Angus February Stirling Sale 2022

Blelack bows out in style at the Aberdeen-Angus February Stirling Sale 2022


The 2022 show and sale season kicked off at United Auctions in Stirling on Sunday the 6th of February with the Aberdeen-Angus show, followed by the sale on Monday the 7th. With a 74% clearance, 95 bulls sold to a top of 38,000gns, giving an average of £6,533, up £34 on the year.

Sale day saw the Logan family’s 2010 centre record of 28000 guineas for Galawater Bentley H495 smashed twice.

Topping the day at 38,000gns was Lot 102, Blelack Dean Martin W063 from the Massie family at Blelack. One of the last Blelack animals to sell after the herd dispersed in October 2021, May 2020 born Dean Martin is a rising star out of Kilmaluag Eriskay T203 and by a home bred cow, Blelack Diamond Mist U908 a sister of Blelack Dual Mine U913. Eriskay also sired several of the top lots in the October sale. Dean Martin stood 1st in his class in the show on Sunday before going on to take Intermediate Champion. He heads to his new home in the Scottish Borders with the Tilson family at Wedderlie.

Blelack Dean Martin

Second top price also broke the previous centre record with a call of 30000 guineas for Lot 57, Duncanziemere Jacobite W374 from the Clark family at Cumnock. Jacobite sold in a two-way split to the Ballindalloch and Idvies herds. Jacobite had already had a good day in the show ring on Sunday coming both 1st in his class and Reserve Senior Champion. Jacobite is an April 2020 son out of the 13000 guinea Auchincrieve Exodus U285 and by Duncanziemere Jody P108. Jody P108 herself comes from show winners, with her sire being the 2014 Highland Show champion, Rawburn Jester Eric J034 and her dam being Duncanziemere Jody D147, the 2006 Highland Show Champion.

Duncanziemere Jacobite

Third top at 16 000 guineas stood Lot 114, Alistair and Graeme Fraser’s Idvies Pink Prodigy W979. A May 2020 born son of Thrunton Panther S922 and by Idvies Pink Poppy P648, Pink Prodigy comes from the same line as the 8000 guinea Idvies Pink Parson who sold to Germany and Idvies Pinky Petal who sold to 9000 guineas at the Angus Fever sale in Carlisle last year. He stays locally after being bought by Robbie Galloway for his Cardona herd.

Idvies Pink Prodigy

Realising another 5-figure sum was the Wattie family’s Lot 126, Tonley Potter W759 a July 2020 born son of Tonley Jester Eric S318 who has bred the family several show winners and from Tonley Princess M866. On Sunday, Potter stood 2nd in his class. Potter sold for 13 000 guineas to Daniel Whiteford for his Borewell herd at Scremerston in the Scottish Borders.

Tonley Potter

Following this was Lot 84 from Owen Tunney’s Morpheus herd with Morpheus Kodiak W068 realising 12 000 guineas to Norbreck Genetics. Kodiak is an AI sired April 2022 born bull by the $200 000 HF Alcatraz 60F and out of The Moss Krispy Girl N221.

Morpheus Kodiak

Going for 11 500 guineas was Lot 148, Sunday’s overall Reserve and Junior Champion, the Wattie’s Tonley Alba W781. Alba is an August 2020 born bull by Tonley Royal Legend T474 a Rawburn Elysium son and out of Tonley Annie P025. Alba heads to Devon to join the Luxtons herd on the edge of Dartmoor.


Tonley Alba

Adding to their already good day, the Clark’s saw a second bull make a five-figure call with Lot 91, Duncanziemere Mr Bond W388 going for 11,000gns. Mr Bond is a son of Duncaziemere Miss Belinda S213 and is also by Auchincrieve Exodus U285. Mr Bond heads north to Sutherland to join the Henderson’s Culrain herd. Mr Bond also stood 3rd in his class in the show ring on Sunday.

Duncanziemere Mr Bond

Sunday’s Senior and Overall champion was Lot 22, the March 2020 born Gretnahouse Blacksoap W189 was next up at 10,000gns. As their first Stirling Aberdeen-Angus champion, it was a poignant victory for the Houston family after the sad loss of Alasdair last year. As a flush sibling to the 10500 guinea Gretnahouse Blackpot P685, Blacksoap is a son of Blelack Blackbird and by Gretnahouse Blacksmith. Blacksoap heads to Midlothian after being bought by Mark Ross for the Roscoe herd.

Gretnahouse Blacksoap

A further two lots reached 10 000 guineas with the first being Lot 109, Eastfield Black Banjo W508 from Ewan Brewis and family at Lempitlaw. Black Banjo is a May 2020 son of the family’s 2019 25,000 guinea top price purchase Linton Gilbertines Elgin T149 and out of Eastfield Blackbird K157.

Eastfield Black Banjo

The final five-figure bull came from the Currie family’s Kingholm herd in Dumfries. July 2020 born Kingholm Risotto W296 and embryo son of Quaker Hill Dead Center and Weeton Rosebud M349 also went for 10,000 guineas. Rosebud has already produced six well selling sons who have sold to average 6 000 guineas.

Kingholm Risotto


Alan Rennie from the Mosston Muir herd takes champion and reserve female champion 2022.

Mosston Muir Ivy X419 a March 2021 born heifer by Balmachie Ranald T223 not only stood Female champion Ivy also received the best heifer born on or after the 1st January of the previous year sash which is presented by William McLaren, Netherton. Ivy’s success didn’t end there she sold on Monday to R D Shackleton from the Duxbury herd for 2,250gns.

Mosston Muir Ivy

Reserve Champion was Mosston Muir Eva X418 a February 2021 born heifer by the same sire Balmachie Ranald T223. Eva toped the female sale going to Richard Gratton from North Yorkshire for 3,500gns.

Female Champions


Sunday’s judge was experienced breeder and judge John Elliot of the Rawburn herd from Kelso. John is seen below receiving the customary judge’s rose bowl to mark the occasion from the Society’s Acting Chief Executive Robert Gilchrist.

Class 1

1st          8              DEVERON ETYPE W699   HAMISH W SCLATER ESQ

2nd        6              INKSTACK FRONTIER W917           MESSRS D & M TAIT

3rd         16           GRETNAHOUSE EDICT W184        GRETNA HOUSE FARMS

4th         5              LOGIE FIRE STAR W025   AJR FARMS

5th         15           FIDDLEHALL ECHO W038               KEITH RENNIE ESQ

Class 2

1st          22           GRETNAHOUSE BLACKSOAP W189 (ET)   GRETNA HOUSE FARMS

2nd        24           DEVERON KUGA W713   HAMISH W SCLATER ESQ


4th         20           IDVIES MASTER BOY W950            MESSRS F J FRASER & SON

5th         21           TONLEY ESSLEMONT W702           NEIL A WATTIE ESQ

Class 3

1st          37           MOSSHALL RED BRUTUS W189   MESSRS G & N TAYLOR

2nd        32           BLELACK PHOENIX W027               MESSRS N F MASSIE & SONS

3rd         41           KINGHOLM BLUE BUOY W279     MESSRS M & H D CURRIE

4th         38           RODMEAD PROPER W078 (ET)    ANGUS NEISH ESQ

5th         42           IDVIES PASSIVE W965     MESSRS F J FRASER & SON

Class 4

1st          57           DUNCANZIEMERE JACOBITE W374            A CLARK & SONS

2nd        44           DEVERON JYPSY W735    HAMISH W SCLATER ESQ

3rd         53           STOUPHILL MARQUIS PRINCE W324         MESSRS WILLIAM D ALLEN

4th         48           EASTFIELD FIDDLE W479                MESSRS T H BREWIS

5th         49           GALCANTRAY EDWIN W370         DAVID WALKER ESQ


Senior  Champion            22           GRETNAHOUSE BLACKSOAP W189 (ET) GRETNA HOUSE FARMS

Senior  Reserve                57           DUNCANZIEMERE JACOBITE W374           A CLARK & SONS


Class 5

1st          58           THREEBURNFORD LUTHER W806               MR ANGUS & MRS PATRICIA GLENNIE

2nd        60           MORVEN DR SPOCK W040            NEIL F MASSIE JNR ESQ

3rd         62           GALCANTRAY DUKE ERIC W390   DAVID WALKER ESQ

4th         66           TYNET ROYAL LAD W077                MR & MRS H THOMSON

5th         65           THREEBURNFORD LEO W809       MR ANGUS & MRS PATRICIA GLENNIE

Class 6

1st          78           TYNET DYNAMO W079   MR & MRS H THOMSON

2nd        82           MCCORNICK DOMINATOR W690               MARTIN R McCORNICK ESQ

3rd         79           CARDONA FERGUS W190              J ROBERT GALLOWAY ESQ

4th         71           STOUPHILL PROMETHEUS W335                MESSRS WILLIAM D ALLEN

5th         72           TONLEY JONTY W734      NEIL A WATTIE ESQ

Class 7

1st          90           CAIRNTON BLACK BALVENIE W453            K & M HOWIE

2nd        95           MCCORNICK EXPLORER W710     MARTIN R McCORNICK ESQ

3rd         91           DUNCANZIEMERE MR BOND W388           A CLARK & SONS

4th         85           CARDONA JEWEL ERIC W198       J ROBERT GALLOWAY ESQ

5th         93           STOUPHILL BUSTER W339             MESSRS WILLIAM D ALLEN

Class 8

1st          102         BLELACK DEAN MARTIN W063    MESSRS N F MASSIE & SONS

2nd        109         EASTFIELD BLACK BANJO W508  MESSRS T H BREWIS

3rd         100         TONLEY PLAYBOY W744 NEIL A WATTIE ESQ

4th         97           GRETNAHOUSE KASH POT W232                GRETNA HOUSE FARMS

5th         98           RULESMAINS KARTER W448         ANDREW S HODGE ESQ


Intermediate Champion   102     BLELACK DEAN MARTIN W063   MESSRS N F MASSIE & SONS

Intermediate Reserve      109      EASTFIELD BLACK BANJO W508 MESSRS T H BREWIS


Class 9

1st          125         IDVIES PINKY PRIME W982            MESSRS F J FRASER & SON

2nd        115         THRUNTON POLDARK W376        MESSRS J H C CAMPBELL & SONS

3rd         123         BLELACK PRINCE CLARET W072   MESSRS N F MASSIE & SONS

4th         121         DUNCANZIEMERE MR BELLMAN W397    A CLARK & SONS

5th         114         IDVIES PINK PRODIGY W979         MESSRS F J FRASER & SON

Class 10

1st          132         RETTIES LIVE WIRE W133               MESSRS R & C RETTIE

2nd        126         TONLEY POTTER W759   NEIL A WATTIE ESQ

3rd         133         BLELACK EBONY W082   MESSRS N F MASSIE & SONS

4th         135         NETHERTON MEXICAN W948      MESSRS W & D McLAREN

5th         134         MCCORNICK EDDIE W765              MARTIN R McCORNICK ESQ

Class 11

1st          148         TONLEY ALBA W781        NEIL A WATTIE ESQ


3rd         144         AUCHENGRAY ESCOBAR W718   MESSRS W & R DUNLOP

4th         151         ETTRICK BLUETACK W264              FIRM OF G GRAY

5th         149         CARRUTHERS EARL W088              MESSRS D & K GRAHAM

Class 12

1st          159         STOUPHILL MASTER PRINCE W346            MESSRS WILLIAM D ALLEN

2nd        156         RETTIES LORD EDWIN W150 (ET)               MESSRS R & C RETTIE

3rd         153         ETTRICK BOMBER W268                FIRM OF G GRAY

4th         155         GALCANTRAY PANTHER W438    DAVID WALKER ESQ

5th         157         ROSCOE BIG MAN W722                ROSS FARM CO LTD


Junior Champion             148         TONLEY ALBA W781       NEIL A WATTIE ESQ

Junior Reserve  146         STEPHICK EXCALIBUR W956 (ET)               MISS STEPHANIE DICK


Class 13

1st          179         MOSSTON MUIR IVY X419             MOSSTON MUIR FARM LTD

2nd        177         MOSSTON MUIR EVA X418           MOSSTON MUIR FARM LTD

3rd         176         DUNCANZIEMERE ELLEN ERICA X411        A CLARK & SONS

4th         171         EASTLANDS POOH POOH V749   MESSRS M K & G SPROWL

5th         172         EASTLANDS GLORY V769               MESSRS M K & G SPROWL


Female Champion           179         MOSSTON MUIR IVY X419            MOSSTON MUIR FARM LTD

Female Reserve                177         MOSSTON MUIR EVA X418          MOSSTON MUIR FARM LTD


Overall Champion           22           GRETNAHOUSE BLACKSOAP W189 (ET) GRETNA HOUSE FARMS

Overall Reserve Champion          148         TONLEY ALBA W781       NEIL A WATTIE ESQ


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