This Thursday we have to give a big shout out to the Calgary Stampede and their generous donation of these fantastic Calgary Bull Sale trophies! With recipients dating back as far as 1952, these trophies are a unique and engaging way to take a peek back in time at the breeders that have defined Angus as we know it today.
The Sir William Rootes Cup for the Grand Champion Aberdeen Angus Bull was donated by Sir William Rootes of Stype Farms in Glenalmond, Perthsire, Scotland. The silver cup has been used to commemorate the top Angus bull since 1957, when Flint & Flint of New Norway, Alberta, took it home for the first time.
|Sir William Rootes Cup|
To the Reserve Grand Champion Bull goes the Bank of Nova Scotia Trophy, which has been awarded since 1978 when it first went to the Mackenzie Brothers of Mountain View, Alberta. Since then Gavin and Mabel Hamilton of Belvin Angus have won it four times.
|Bank of Nova Scotia Trophy|
The Alberta Aberdeen Angus Association trophy for Best Pair of Aberdeen Angus Bulls is presented to the exhibitor who has both bred and presented two of their cattle at the annual Calgary Bull Sale. The trophy features numerous breeders and farms, dating back to 1952 with Roy Ballhorn and followed by Old Hermitage Farm who won it two years in a row in 1953 and 1954.
|Alberta Angus Best Pair Trophy|
The Alberta Aberdeen Angus Association has been presenting this trophy for Best Group of Three Bulls at the Calgary Bull Sale since 1952, when, like the trophy for Best Angus Pair, Roy Ballhorn took the win. The following year saw the award go to Flint & Flint, with Old Hermitage Farm winning the year after. The last time it was awarded in 2013, Lorenz Angus Farms of Markerville, Alberta took home the honour.
In tribute to Jack and Lillian McBride, the Best Group of Five Bulls from One Breeding Unit trophy is a large-scale wall plaque that was first awarded in 1998 to Cudlobe Angus of Stavely, Alberta. The previous year, Jack and Lillian were fortunate enough to celebrate their 70th anniversary, Lillian having married Jack at the age of 17 before moving to Alberta where they started a purebred Black Angus herd. Jack passed away in 2001, while Lillian lived until 2013 before passing at the age of 102.
In honour of the permanent home and new building of the 1984 Atlantic Winter Fair, this silver platter was created in honour of Don and Betty Oland of Hosmer Farms in Kings County, Woodville, Ontario. Don Oland has been an important part of the agricultural landscape in Canada, having founded the Atlantic Winter Fair in 1963 and owning his own herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, which he bought with his wife Betty in 1969. The platter has been presented to the winner of the Best Angus Breeder’s Herd since 1984, when the Pyne Brothers of Truro were the first to receive it. It was last presented in 2014 to Wheatley River Farm.
|Don and Betty Oland|