TOP hunter Fusilier retained the supreme championship at St Boswells at the weekend.
Newtown St Boswells and District Farmers’ Show took place at St Boswells Auction Mart on Saturday when a good crowd enjoyed a high standard of entrants.
The supreme of the show, judged by Mr and Mrs Douglas Tweedie, went to the champion hunter, Andrew and Gillian McCowan’s prolific winner, Fusilier, last year’s title winner.
Reserve supreme was Charlotte Dun’s Connemara cross gelding, Barralands Boy, who was judges, Tom Best and David Blair’s champion in the Working Hunter pony classes.
Hunter judges, Beanie Sturgis and Joanna MacInnes, had a busy day as they also judged the ex-racehorses section which was won by Katie Stephen’s striking grey Hurricane Basil in a class of 15.
Show secretary Julia Furness said: “Yetholm racehorse trainer Clive Storey had a great day on his Irish bred four-year-old, Masquerade, taking the overall in the Coloured section and winning the dressage with jumping. Having hung up his racing boots in May, Clive is clearly just as able in the dressage arena.”
There was also a well supported dog show with Gillian Aynsley’s Weimaraner, Inci, taking the championship and Janet Pitchford’s Jack Russell, Decoy, the reserve .
Huntsman Trevor Adams and Tim Coulson paraded the Duke of Buccleuch and Lauderdale foxhounds. The vintage tractors rounded off the entertainment.
Show organisers Newtown St Boswells and District Farmers Club held a successful stock and crop competition before the show. The sheep section, contested by 10 farmers was won by Andrew Grant, Riddell Farm, Lilliesleaf.
Graham Dagg, Woodhead, Ancrum was judged best from the nine entries in the cows and calves category while Rob Tinto, Colmsliehill, Galashiels took the grazing cattle class in which there were five entries.
The winter barley class, with 15 entries, was won by Peter Wilson, New Belses, Ancrum while Ron Shaw, Smailholm Mains, Kelso won the spring barley section contested by 20.
Robert Bruce, Pinnacle, Ancrum was judged the best from 18 entries in the wheat section. Nine farmers entered the oats class with Douglas Tweedie, Middlethird, Gordon winning.
The oilseed rape category was won by Donald Maxwell, Faughhill, Melrose and there were 16 entries. Roy Marshall, Camieston, St Boswells was judged from the six entries to have the best grass.
Show results: Supreme champion (judges: Mr and Mrs Douglas Tweedie, Middlethird, Gordon) Fusilier, Mr & Mrs A McCowan; reserve supreme, Barralands Boy, Miss C Dun
In-hand hunters (judge: Mrs J MacInnes, Ivy House, Penrith): champion, Elvingston Tabasco Mr D Owen; reserve, Broadstone Love Affair
Ridden hunters (judge: Mrs B Sturgis, Brook Farm, Chippenham): champion, Fusilier; reserve, Player Delia Job
Dressage with show jumping P4 (2002) (judge: Mrs A Buchanan, Hawick) 1 Masquerade; P12 (2005) (judge: Mrs C Botterell) 1, Willie Light, Daniella Page.
Ridden pony classes (judge: Mrs K Elliot, Barton Lodge, Steeple Aston): champion, Masquerade, Mr C Storey; reserve, Phantoms Quest, Miss A Brown.
In-hand, mountain and moorland and ridden coloureds (judge: Mrs M C Nimmo, Duntarvie, Broxburn): champion M&M, Towford Nik Nak, Mr A Anderson; reserve M&M, Burnside Pollyanna, Mrs C Allison; Champion coloured, Masquerade; Reserve, Phantoms Quest.
Working hunter ponies (judges: Mr T Best and Mr D Blair, Waxwing, Dunfermline): champion, Barralands Boy, Miss C Dun; reserve, The Full Monty, Mrs E Soeder.
Show jumping: 12.2 and under, Beauty, Louise Hebdon; 13.2 and under, Cara, Leia Mackinnon; 14.2 and under, Murphy, Libby Todd; over 14.2, Pebbly Limited Edition, Alex Mundell; novice, Rustic Echo, Christina Chesser.
Pony Club pony champion, Midge, Milly Coltherd; reserve, Bemersyde Earl, Grace Forster; 12.2 and under, Midge, Milly Coltherd; 13.2 and under, Misty, Nicola Beattie; 14.2 and under, Murphy, Hollie Hamilton.
Fancy dress , Pip, Alice and Rosie Brickell and Daisy and Isa McCallum.
Gymkhana games: leading rein, bending, John Tweedie; mug, William Tweedie; flag, William Tweedie; 10 and under, bending, mug, flag, Lucinda Crawford; 11 to 14, bending, Poppy Shepherd; mug, Heather Graham; flag, Martha Todd
Belem ranger: Mrs J Warwick.