Sheep entries are up

Last week's picture of Hamish Weir, South East Scotland young handler champion at Peebles Show, wasn't him ... apologies from the photographer and thanks for the correct photograph, left, from Hamish's dad, Doddie
Last week's picture of Hamish Weir, South East Scotland young handler champion at Peebles Show, wasn't him ... apologies from the photographer and thanks for the correct photograph, left, from Hamish's dad, Doddie

Peeblesshire farmer Andrew Warnock of Dreva Farm, Broughton, will be judging the best sheep in show at Westruther on Saturday.

Sheep entries are up this year, with around 190 expected on the showground at Whiteknowes, behind the village hall. The show will hold its second pet show, following last year’s inaugural success.

Otherwise, organisers expect overseas competitors – in Scotland for the Tain-based international trials early next month – to compete at the show’s open sheepdog trials starting at 9am at Westruther Mains. The judge is last year’s winner, Ross Henderson of Windydoors, Galashiels.

Three new cups are being awarded this year: one from the McDougal family, dating back to 1910 when it was awarded for the best home breed ewe lamb, which this year will go to the multibreed section; Morag Cunningham has donated a cup for the best young handler and the Watson Trophy, in memory of Greenlaw trialer Tam Watson, has been gifted to the trials for the best pen.

There will be a bar, refreshments and Langshaws ice cream in the village hall, and judging starts at 10.30am.

Meanwhile. the Upper Teviotdale Pastoral Society’s annual trial takes place on Sunday (August 31) at Whitchesters Farm, just south of Hawick.

A spokesperson said: “Last year there were 50 competitors and it looks like being another strong entry again with enquiries coming in from as far afield as Germany and Switzerland.”

The judge is Chris Smart, spectators are welcome and the first run is at 8am.