BORDERS farmers were undeterred by Saturday’s downpour at the Berwickshire Show in Duns.
Gordon and David Gray of Sunnycroft, Lindean, Selkirk took the overall sheep championship with their homebred Texel gimmer by Paparazzi, a class winner at the Royal Highland Show earlier this year.
Attractions in the main ring were disrupted by the persistent downpour but entries and standards were high.
Show secretary Natalie Cormack was disappointed with the weather but said: “It was a great day’s competition in all rings with particular accolades to the cattle and sheep sections for their overall quality on show.
“Thanks to all exhibitors and public alike for showing true British spirit and just getting on with it during the afternoon’s downpour. There was a brief lull in the rain to let us get the parade and overall show champion awarded, by Jack Clark, who gave each of the exhibits a thorough examination.
“The main ring programme in the afternoon was only slightly curtailed at the end due to safety concerns of the horses and riders.”
David Lucas of Cheeklaw, Duns, who last week took the champion of champions at Kelso with his seven-year-old Aberdeen Angus cow, had to settle for the reserve cattle championship, ceding the top ticket to John Campbell of Thrunton, near Alnwick with an 18-month-old Charolais.
Kelso’s Keith Redpath of Redpath Farms topped the Limousins with the bull Easington Brontemoor which won his class at the Royal Highland Show..
In the sheep rings, the Suffolk championship was awarded to a shearling ram owned by A.W. and B.T. Taylor of Belmont Farm, Kelso. Second in his class at the Border Union Show last week, his mother was bought at the Carlisle lamb sale. The Belmont partnership also topped the unregistered Suffolks.
With the Sunnycroft gimmer taking the Texel championship and the overall championship, the reserve in the Texels went to a ewe owned by Rory Bell of Roxburgh Mill, Kelso.
The champion Bluefaced Leicester was a ewe owned by Suzie Claydon of Clarilaw Farm, Melrose shown by stockman Grant Maxwell. A gimmer from the same team took the reserve championship. It was the first time the animals had been shown.
There was Borders success, too, in the horse rings when Yetholm’s Clive Storey of Halterburn won the overall championship of the show with his hunter Masquerade and on their way to the show’s top accolade, the pair took three trophies in the hunting section.
Clive said he was very proud that Masquerade, whom he has owned since November last year, had done so well in his first season of competition. He described the hunter as a “sane and sensible” horse and hoped there would be more success to come.
Another owner and rider full of praise for her horse was Jenny Browne of West Mains, Gordon. On Saturday she was on board Castella who was awarded the Silver Perpetual Challenge Cup for best exhibit in young hunting stock and the Young Trophy for winning the riding club horse class