HM The Queen: High breeding loss of Highland cattle and ponies

Following the sudden death of HM The Queen, who died on Thursday 9 September 2022 at her beloved Balmoral Mountain estate, the nation is mourning and her death is being felt across Scotland’s farming communities.

At the first Royal Highland Show in 1960 at the new permanent base of Ingliston House, HM the Queen took a keen interest in the winning stock.

Finally, Balmoral in Royal Deeside housed two of his favorite breeds, Highland cattle and Highland ponies, and was integral to the management of the 50,000 acres there. He was considered an expert on both breeds, but given his keen interest in all things equine, he must have made a mistake in his knowledge of pony breeding – in fact, in a photograph released for his Platinum Anniversary this year, two white Fallen ponies, another favorite gender.

The Queen took a keen interest in all her livestock and this beautiful pair of mountain ponies would have caught her trained eye.

The Queen took a keen interest in all her livestock and this beautiful pair of mountain ponies would have caught her trained eye.

But these animals weren’t just backdrops for postcards – although they were certainly photographed many times throughout the year, including by Scottish Farmer photographers. Animals of his famous breed and pedigree were expected to be at the top of their game, and in fact HM The Queen’s stock were regular winners at the Royal Highland Show, which she visited several times after first attending the opening. In 1960 he exhibited at his new home in Ingliston.

Picture postcards, but Highland cattle had to pay their way on the Balmoral Estate and were a favorite of HM The Queens.

Picture postcards, but Highland cattle had to pay their way on the Balmoral Estate and were a favorite of HM The Queen’s.

He also took part in the show in 1984 (for the 25th time in England) and in 2009. More recently, he presented a red letter day to the Turriff Show organizers by coming to the event in 2014. daughter, Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

Early in his reign, he and Prince Philip tended the Highland cattle ranch, seen here.

Early in his reign, he and Prince Philip tended the Highland cattle ranch, seen here.

HM was also a patron of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, which regards the presentation of the Queen’s Cup, which rotates annually between the champions of the livestock division at the Royal Highland Show, as the most prestigious trophy now presented. United Kingdom.

HM the Queens Ruaridh 1 of Ubhaidh was a former Royal Highland Show champion in 2014 and is pictured here after winning male and reserve at the 2013 Glasgow International Show at Pollock Park.

HM The Queen’s Ruaridh 1 Ubhaidh was a former Royal Highland Show champion in 2014 and is pictured here after winning male and reserve at the 2013 Glasgow International Show at Pollock Park.

The Balmoral fold of Highland cattle is well known on the show circuit and regularly leads the senior classes at Royal Highland. One of the most talked about successes was with her herd Ruaridh 1 out of Ubhaidh – the first time HM The Queen’s 55-cow Balmoral arm won the Highland Championship in 2014. He was nicknamed Ooby Dooby at home. It bought under 1400gns at the Oban Highland cattle sale and was also reserve interbreed at the Tarland Show, plus champion male at the 2013 Glasgow International Show.

Highland cattle were an integral part of hill management for Balmoral Estate managers

Highland cattle were an integral part of hill management for Balmoral Estate managers

Most recently, Gusgurlach, from Balmoral, was the overall breed champion at the Royal Highland Show last June – which represented a huge vote of confidence in the fold given that it was a championship win with a home-bred animal.

Queens' local bull, Gurgurlach of Balmoral, was crowned champion at the 2022 Royal Highland Show.

The Queen’s local bull, Gusgurlach of Balmoral, was crowned champion at the 2022 Royal Highland Show.

Three-year-old Gusgurlach, who also excelled at last year’s Royal Highland Showcase event, was named overall champion by judge Donald MacNaughton. This Tomintoul, a Glamis Castle son and out of Balmoral’s Bhadair Ruadh 44, was shown throughout his show career by the Queen’s cattleman, Dochy Ormiston.

And one of his duties was to keep HM’s team informed of their successes or otherwise, when stock was shown or new stock bulls purchased for the fold. Likewise, Dochi’s wife Sylvia would do the same for the Highland ponies under her care at Balmoral, especially when the last season’s foals were born.

Another pleasant sight to see from HM in 2012

Another pleasant sight to see from HM in 2012

Highland ponies at Balmoral, photographed by The SF in 2012

Highland ponies at Balmoral, photographed by The SF in 2012

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year also saw her homebred Highland mare, Balmoral Leah, win the Royal Windsor Horse Show Highland pony title before winning the overall mount and highland championship.

Leia is a five-year-old gelding by Balmoral Lord out of Balmoral Melody. The horse was lost to hay fever, a mystery illness that only this year has added importance to finding a cure – a move known to be heavily supported by the Queen and her horse-loving daughter, Princess Anne.

One of her first Scottish public engagements after her coronation in 1953 was to attend the Stranraer Show in 1955, attended by Prince Philip, and that year the show had an apparently record attendance.

Organizers of the Stranraer Show were lucky enough to visit in 1955 at the start of HM The Queen's reign.

Organizers of the Stranraer Show were lucky enough to visit in 1955 at the start of HM The Queen’s reign.

He was known to have a keen interest in his stock, both in Scotland and on his royal farms in England, where he once kept an incredible herd of Jersey cows.

The Queen, a breeder herself, often intended to meet the winners of the Jersey division.

The Queen, a breeder herself, often intended to meet the winners of the Jersey division.

But his vast knowledge of animal husbandry and village life in general came as a shining light to all who met him. Livestock has never had a greater champion and supporter than Her Majesty – and the industry will mourn its loss for some time to come.

She was truly our most merciful Queen.

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