Langholm show basked in a warm late summer’s day on Saturday when horse lovers relished the popular agricultural event.
For equines were making a return after missing out for the last couple of years and riders returned in force.
Show secretary Hannah Laidlaw said: “The day went very well and the weather was outstanding, like a summer’s day and the Castleholm is the most beautiful setting for an agricultural show. It was the first year since 2010 we’ve had the horses back and entries were great, with lots of hunters and ponies.”
Sheep and cattle entries were down slightly on previous years, but the judges were still kept on their toes as they made their decisions, which saw David and Rosemary Cornthwaite, Balgray, Lockerbie, taking the overall cattle championship and Sharon Graham of Becks Farm, Langholm, winning the best sheep in show accolade with a Texel. Among the horses, Hilary Mactaggart, Greendale, Hawick, won the horse of the show trophy on her gelding Windsor Wood, the ridden and overall hunter, which, in May, won another supreme championship at the inaugural City of Edinburgh show.
Ms Laidlaw continued: “The vintage rally was a great spectacle with about 130 exhibits.”
The show this year was also hosting the young handlers’ regional final when winners from the region’s shows this season competed against each other, with G Hiddleston, Shawhead, Dumfries triumphing.
Hannah said: “It was absolutely great to see the wee ones working so well with their sheep. Entertainment was provided by local young farmers groups, terrier racing, sheaf tossing and tug of war, and the Cumberland and Westmorland wresting competitions held later on in the afternoon in the main ring.”
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