pennymuir Show at Towford, in the Cheviot Hills near Jedburgh, had its first sheep interbreed championship on Saturday.
But winner Craig Weir of Mainside, Hownam was away judging as his South Country Cheviot ewe took the new top prize, given by St Boswells timber merchant Colin Robertson.
He was at the Benty show near Langholm and unable to get phone reception to hear how his friend, former Shepherd of the Year John Scott, who was showing the ewe, was getting on.
The former shepherd, who has been farming for only two years, said he was delighted when he finally heard the news: “I was pleased as punch.”
By Crossdykes Bandit, the three-crop ewe, Mainside Hannah, was on her third prize-hauling outing of the season. Before her success at Pennymuir, she was the Cheviot champion and sheep interbreed champion at Newcastleton the previous week and reserve Cheviot champion at the Border Union Show in Kelso in July. As a gimmer she was the champion Cheviot at the Royal Highland Show.
Mr Weir said: “Judges are looking for a tighter skin and she has a great skin that stands up to weather – she’s got great hair and many of the traits that they look for in a ewe.”
Saturday was the ewe’s last outing this season
Commenting on the show overall, secretary Lillias Elliot said: “It went well, the weather was not too bad and we had a fair turnout of people. This was the first year we have had a sheep interbreed competition and I think it was a success.”
Sheep: Interbreed champion - Craig Weir
Cheviots: champion - Craig Weir; best hirsel sheep - Craig Weir; best pack - James Smith; most points in section - Alan Crozier; most points in the Blackface and Cheviot sections - Alan Crozier
Blackface: champion - Ken Hedley; best pen - Steven MacKay; most points in section - Ken Hedley
North Country Cheviot Lairg type: best North Country Lairg Type sheep - William Thomson
Any other breed: champion - Finlay Bell
Shepherds Crooks: best crook or stick - Robin Butler
Dogs: best collie - Stephen Little; best Border Terrier - Susan Portsmouth, reserve best Border Terrier - Margaret Armstrong; best any other breed terrier - Jennifer Park; best Foxhound - College Valley Hunt
Vegetables: most points in section - John Cessford; best exhibit - Craig Weir; best four potatoes - John Cessford; best onions - Selby Wilson
Flowers: best rose - Diana Tweedie; best floral art - Helen Cessford
Industrial: best exhibit in baking section - Jane Bell; best gingerbread - Linda Nairn; best exhibit in eggs, jam and needlework section - Lizzie Thomson; most points in industrial section - Wilma Purves
Photography: best photograph - Mark Murdie; most points in section - Mark Murdie
Children: best exhibit - Sam Leggate