Borders beef and sheep producers brought home a haul of trophies from last week’s Highland Show but the region’s horsemen and women and others did the Borders proud too.
For Andrew Tennant from Gilmanscleuch Farm, Ettrick is the country’s Apprentice Champion, a title he won a the Scottish Open Farriery Championships at the four-day event at Ingliston.
Among the horse lovers, the Jed Hart Stud, The Cottage, Hartrigge, Jedburgh won the reserve male championship with their young stallion Kerloch Rupert.
In the mountain and moorland classes, Mr and Mrs I Graham, Cleughside, Bailey, Newcastleton won the Best Fell, Dales or New Forest pony in hand with their Dales mare, Rookby Laura
In a repeat of last year, Dianna Staveley of the Eastlands Stud, Davington, Eskdalemuir, Langholm won the Connemara in hand championship with her six-year-old grey mare, Eastlands Rashiebrae and the reserve went to Iain Somervail, Oxnam Neuk, Oxnam, Jedburgh with his dun yearling Bellindene Hugo.
The female donkey reserve champion’s rosette went to Jools, a four-year-old grey mare, from Claire Armet, The Old Coach House, Borthwick Hall, Heriot.
In the poultry tent, Rory Innes from Duns took the Best Large Fowl Soft Feather Light Breed with a Scots Grey
And Standhill Cheesery, near Denholm, scooped several prizes in the Scotland small cheese producers classes, winning the soft and blue cheese classes and taking bronze in the hard cheese section.