Texel gimmer tops Peebles

Champion of champions David Gray with his fine looking sheep. Peebles show.
Champion of champions David Gray with his fine looking sheep. Peebles show.

There was a rise in visitors to Peebles Show, Nether 
Horsburgh, last Saturday, despite a daunting weather forecast.

Father and son team, Gordon and David Gray of Sunnycroft, Lindean, Selkirk, took the champion of champions with a Texel gimmer on her first outing.

Champion of all beef cattle/bulls with young Gilbert Green form Lilliesleaf. Peebles show.

Champion of all beef cattle/bulls with young Gilbert Green form Lilliesleaf. Peebles show.

David, who scooped the Border Union’s top accolade with another gimmer last month, said: “It was great to win such a strong interbreed contest. The champion of champions is down to the judge’s preference: thankfully we were in favour again.”

Horse entries were up by more than 100 as organisers introduced new classes, including working hunter (WH).

Show secretary Jacqui Campbell said: “The show went really well. While it was blustery, the rain mostly held off. There was a really positive feeling round the showfield all day.

“Attendance was up on the year, as was the number of trade stands. The new WH classes were huge and it was nice to see them so well supported.”

Champion highland cattle mum with her calf. Peebles show.

Champion highland cattle mum with her calf. Peebles show.

The show’s inaugural south east Scotland’s young handlers competition saw the top two young handlers from nearby shows vie for the new title. The winner was Blainslie’s Hamish Weir.

Breeder John Green of The Craggs, Lilliesleaf, took reserve champion of champions with his Charolais bull, the cattle interbreed champion. The show’s 2012 champion of champions, Masquerade owned and ridden by Clive Storey of Halterburn, Yetholm, took the light horse championship.

Other results – sheep: Blackface – W Renwick, Blackhouse, Yarrow, reserve – Burncastle Farming Co, Burncastle, Lauder; Border Leicester –Jennifer Brown, Millmoor, Lanark, reserve – Duncan Whyte, Whitelee Gate, Newton Mearns; South Country Cheviot – WJ Douglas and Son,Upper Hindhope, Jedburgh, reserve – B & M Cockburn Stirkfield, Broughton; Suffolk – S. & G. Brown Woodhead Farm, Gorebridge, reserve – Elaine Wilkie, Shaw Cottage South, Berryscaur, Lockerbie; Blue Face Leicester – J Wight and Sons, Midlock, Crawford, Biggar, reserve – J Bell Whelphill, Crawford; Scotch Mule – J Wight and Sons, Midlock, Crawford, Biggar, reserve – J Warnock, Dreva, Broughton; Texel (Registered) – Gordon Gray, reserve: Robert Laird, Cambwell, Skirling; Texel (Unregistered) – J&P Anderson Headshaw, Oxton, reserve: Philip White, Shepherds Cottage, Boreland, Eddleston; Beltex – M. Dunlop Corstane, Broughton, reserve: Richard Wood, Kingledores, Broughton; Zwartbles – Gill Smith, reserve – Gill Smith; Shetland, White – P., D.&A. Playfair, Stichill Eastfield, Kelso, reserve – Mr and Mrs A. Bain, Boggs Holdings, Pencaitland; Shetland, Coloured – Messrs Arbuckle and Meikle Fordun Place, Winchburgh, reserve – Lorna Carruthers Cronklea, Eaglesfield, Lockerbie

Any other breed – Lewis Runciman, Allanshaws, Galashiels, reserve – Gavin Brown; commercial sheep – J. P. Campbell and Sons, Blythbank Blyth Bridge, reserve – David A. Anderson Nether Falla, Eddleston.

Champion whippit dog. Peebles show.

Champion whippit dog. Peebles show.

More results online at www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk

Fluffy hen. Peebles show.

Fluffy hen. Peebles show.

Fantastic set of horns. Peebles show.

Fantastic set of horns. Peebles show.

Joan white recieving a bunch of flowers from Lucy melville. Peebles show.

Joan white recieving a bunch of flowers from Lucy melville. Peebles show.

All sizes of ponies were on show. Peebles show.

All sizes of ponies were on show. Peebles show.

Sheep talk. Peebles show.

Sheep talk. Peebles show.