Exciting new wins in the Champion of Champions

Ekka 2017: Santa Gertrudis, Limousins and Charolais take the honours


Fiona and Andrew Bassingthwaighte with Champion of Champion bull Yarrawonga Fixer   plus handler Bridey Jonas and Elders' Blake Munro and Andrew Meara.

Fiona and Andrew Bassingthwaighte with Champion of Champion bull Yarrawonga Fixer plus handler Bridey Jonas and Elders' Blake Munro and Andrew Meara.

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You couldn't wipe the smiles off the winning faces in the main arena.

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Champion of Champions Bull

It’s been a long time between drinks for the Bassingthwaighte family and the Santa breed, but they placed top of the bulls during the 2017 Champion of Champions competition at the Royal Queensland Show.

The impressive Santa Gertrudis sire, Yarrawonga Fixer, took the eye of judge Brett Nobbs who placed the bull in first over a show ring full of top sires.

It’s been at least 20 years since a Santa won the Champion of Champions bulls with the Bassingthwaighte family also exhibiting that champion bull. 

The powerful looking Yarrawonga Fixer recorded a weight of 1092kg with 13mm fat scan on the rump and 10mm on the rib with a big Eye Muscle scan of 145cm sq. 

Flemington Cupcake was sashed the champion of champions female and is pictured with Rod Duke and Jon Warby, both from Santos, Rachel Relf holds the calf and Donna Robson holds Flemington Cupcake, judge Brett Nobbs, and Andrew Meara, Elders

Flemington Cupcake was sashed the champion of champions female and is pictured with Rod Duke and Jon Warby, both from Santos, Rachel Relf holds the calf and Donna Robson holds Flemington Cupcake, judge Brett Nobbs, and Andrew Meara, Elders

Champion of Champions female

New South Wales Limousin breeder Donna Robson, Flemington Limousins, Batlow, has watched the Champions of Champions being judged for many years and often hoped and dreamed that one day she would win. 

And today in the RNA centre ring her dream became a reality when her exhibit Flemington Cupcake L3, claimed the Champion of Champions interbreed female award.

Mrs Robson and her husband Ian, have been breeding Limousins since 1994, and this was their first time exhibiting at the Ekka.  

Judge Brett Nobbs praised Cupcake for her functional traits throughout his judging commmentary and she was on the short list with four other breeds in the final judging. 

After deliberating, between the Simmental, Limousin, Charolais, Brahman and Angus breeds, Mr Nobbs finally made his decision and declared her his winner.

Flemington Cupcake is by the home-bred sire Flemington Exception E19 from Summit Magic H1. 

Champion of Champion pair, TCW Livestock Kristal and her calf Magic Mike and bull Colinta Levi, with Rod Duke, Santos, paraders Karly Crisp, Tyson Will and Stephen Hayward, Alan Warby, Elders representatives Andrew Meara and Blake Munro, Jon Warby, Santos, and judge Brett Nobbs.

Champion of Champion pair, TCW Livestock Kristal and her calf Magic Mike and bull Colinta Levi, with Rod Duke, Santos, paraders Karly Crisp, Tyson Will and Stephen Hayward, Alan Warby, Elders representatives Andrew Meara and Blake Munro, Jon Warby, Santos, and judge Brett Nobbs.

Champion of champions pair

The Charolais continued to stake their claim as one of the best breed duos at the Royal Queensland Show today and were rewarded for their "sheer power and performance" by judge Brett Nobbs when they were named the Champion of Champions breed pair.

It was the combination of champion female, TCW Livestock Kristal and her calf Magic Mike, owned by TCW Livestock, Delungra, and champion bull, Colinta Levi, owned by Stephen Hayward and Brendan Scheiwe, Allora and Marburg, who took out the title. 

This is the eleventh time the Charolais team has taken out the pair title since 2004.

People’s Choice

Success continued for the Bassingthwaighte family when their bull and female were voted the the People’s Choice pair of champions.  

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