Ewe beauties! Show celebrates 150th birthday

One young show-goer enjoys the good weather
One young show-goer enjoys the good weather
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Yetholm Border Shepherds’ Show celebrated its 150th birthday with bumper crowds and an 11-year-old taking the best sheep in the show award.

For young James Smith of The Burrows, Bonchester Bridge won the overall sheep interbreed with a Cheviot ewe, given the nod by overall judge Willie Sandilands from Ancrum at The Haugh last Saturday.

Vintage tractors were one of the show's attractions

Vintage tractors were one of the show's attractions

Show secretary Sarah Little said: “It was a fabulous day, the weather was kind to us and there were so many people there. Many people have rung thanking us for the show and saying how brilliant it was.”

Show chairman Alan Hutcheon, his wife Penny, Lizzie Grindell and Sheila Fleming organised the special marquee housing history and memorabilia of the traditional shepherds’ show where there was a ‘guess the weight’ of a lamb and stock judging competitions. Stock judging competitor Craig Weir, Mainside, Hownam, won the adult class, judged by Mr Sandilands.

Sarah said: “The tent was a great success. People thought it was fantastic.”

Other show attractions included a display by the College Valley and North Northumberland Foxhounds, music from Duns Pipe Band, dog agility demonstrations, children’s sports and a display and parade of vintage vehicles.

Judge Willie Sandilands at work

Judge Willie Sandilands at work

The Scottish Crookmakers Association’s Champion of Champions also took place when winners from the country’s shows competed for the top prize. Organiser Charlie Grant said there were nearly 300 quality crafted crooks at the event, adding: “You wouldn’t get a better standard anywhere.”

Meanwhile the show secretary’s son, Matthew, seven, joined his dad, Stephen in winning a trophy, for he scooped the young competitors prize for his stock handling skills

“He showed a ewe lamb; he’s cock-a-hoop!” said Sarah. Dad Stephen, Upper Chatto, Morebattle won the Blackface championship.

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The ever popular dog agility display

The ever popular dog agility display

College Valley and North Northumberland Foxhounds

College Valley and North Northumberland Foxhounds

The busy sheep pens at Yetholm last Saturday

The busy sheep pens at Yetholm last Saturday