The champion’s dam is the Cornriggs 1 Knight Rider daughter, Cornriggs 1 Julia 3rd, from the Elliotts’ best and easy calving cow line, which has produced many show champions, including successes at the Great Yorkshire, Kelso and Scottish National.
The original Julia, who remains with the herd aged ten and from whom the Elliotts are still taking embryos, is herself out of a dam by Bainbridge Atlas, with Glenlea Storm breeding in the background.
Red Knight was dubbed champion by local show judge Stuart Currie, who runs the Beautry Beef Shorthorn herd in Rathmell. and went on to sell to Geoff Ryder, of Haverah Park, Harrogate.
Mr and Mrs Elliott are long-standing members of the Hereford Cattle Society. They started their original herd 30 years ago and now run a dozen Hereford cows. Their farm holds triple SSSI – Site of Special Scientific Interest – status and is renowned for its flora and fauna, with natural wildflower meadows. The couple also run bed and breakfast and holiday cottage accommodation on the farm.