The Benty Show enjoyed another successful year at the weekend, with show secretary Allison Little telling us: “The weather was outstanding, we could not have wished for a better day.
“Entries for the industrial tent were up considerably and the tent this year looked amazing, packed full of entries, all up to the normal high standard. The sheep entries were roughly the same as last year, most of the classes fairly big in size and very strong, which would not have given the judges an easy job.
“In the afternoon the spectators were treated to the children’s sports, dog classes, terrier racing, hound trails, the fell race and sheaf tossing, all on the showfield. We finished the day off with a barbecue at night. The atmosphere again this year at the show was superb, everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves.”
The overall champion sheep was a Cheviot shearling ram shown by Neil Cavers from Hoghill Farm. The reserve champion was a Blackfaced shearling ram shown by Ron Weir from Westerhall.
Full results of the fell race were: 1st – Stewart Pool, 2nd – Alistair Hogg, 3rd – Matthew Pool and 4th – Sandy Porter.
There were another couple of presentations after the cups were given out. The first one was to Wull Little who stepped down as chairman of the show after 13 years.
Prior to this he was vice-chairman for 17 years and a long-serving committee member. Mrs Anne Wood (the treasurer of the show) presented Wull with a weather station and gardening vouchers to thank him for all his hard work over the years. Wull is now a lifetime member of the Benty Show.
The second presentation was to new chairman, Walter Bell, who was presented with a long service award and medal from Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland for being employed for 30 years on the same farm, Hopsrigg.
Wull Little and Walter’s employer, Gillian Patterson, presented the award and medal to him. Walter’s wife, Jean Bell, was also presented with a bunch of flowers.
The cup winners, right, were presented with their prize by Wull Little.
Winner of the fell race and The Scott Challenge Trophy - Stewart Pool
The Heather Buckley Memorial Challenge Trophy for winner of two pot plants - David Campbell
The John Scott Memorial Trophy for best Begonia in Show - Wilma Turner
Silver Challenge Trophy for most points in Plants and Flowers Sections - Wilma Turner
May Martin Trophy for best exhibit in Chrysanthemums - John Sanderson
Andy Dalgliesh Memorial Challenge Trophy for best exhibit in flowers - Aileen Cavers
Nancy Park Perpetual Trophy for best bunch of wild heather - Kate Elliot
Silver Challenge Trophy for most points in Vegetable section - Wull Little
Megdale Challenge Trophy for best exhibit in Vegetable section - Jock Grant
Tommy Moffat Challenge Cup for best Flower Garden or Border - John Sanderson
Wullie MacKay Challenge Trophy for best Kitchen Garden - Jock Grant
The Buckley Challenge Trophy for most points in Industrial and Craft Work Section - Lilian Coupland
The Bonese Challenge Trophy for the best exhibit in Industrial and Craft Work Section - Denise Charlton
The E and L Silver Challenge Trophy for most points in Baking Section - Catherine Tod
The Ella Jackson Trophy for best exhibit in Baking section - Hazel Johnstone
The Dalgliesh Cup for most points in classes for Preserves - Kate Elliot
The Potholm Perpetual Challenge Trophy - Denise Charlton
Waulkmill Cider Shield for best bottle of home made Wine/Liqueur or Soft Drink - Hazel Johnstone
Elliot Borthwick Challenge Cup for most points in Photograph Section - Kate Elliot
Jean Pringle Memorial Trophy for book mark - any craft (for Westerkirk Rural members only) - Carole Dorrian
Garwald Cup for best stick in Show - Philip Roskell
Georgefield Cup for best stick in novice classes - Raymond Kerr
Robbie Little Cup for best Wood Head stick - Philip Roskell
Jack Armitage Trophy for winner of most points in Children’s Section - Greig Cartner
Trophy for most outstanding exhibit in Children’s Section - Greig Cartner
Arresgill Silver Challenge Cup for the best Cheviot sheep - Neil Cavers
Lyneholm Challenge Cup for the best Cheviot Sheep of opposite sex to champion - Neil Cavers
Effgill Challenge Cup for best Cheviot Sheep Gimmer - Mark Little
Stennieswater Challenge Trophy for best Cheviot Sheep Group - Neil Cavers
Coopers Shield for best Cheviot Ewe Lamb - Neil Cavers
John A Reid Memorial Trophy for best Cheviot Tup Lamb - Mark Little
Neil Manning Silver Challenge Cup for best Blackfaced Sheep - Ron Weir
Megdale Challenge Cup for best Blackfaced Sheep of opposite sex to champion - Liam Stewart
Dunning-White Silver Challenge Trophy for the best Blackfaced Sheep Group - Ron Weir
Winner of sheep shears for best Blackfaced Ewe Lamb - Liam Stewart
P and J Metcalfe Challenge Trophy for most points in Sheep Section - Neil Cavers & Liam Stewart
The Scott of Glendearg Challenge Trophy for Overall Sheep Champion - Neil Cavers
The E & L Challenge Trophy for Reserve Sheep Champion - Ron Weir
The Dunning-White Challenge Cup for best Collie in Show - Brian McKay
Hopsrigg Challenge Cup for best dog in show (excluding Collies) - Islay Leslie & Bart
Terrier Racing Shield - Liz Ewart & Riley