Huge equine entry as weather clears for show

SELKIRK, UNITED KINGDOM - 10 Sept 2011: 'Yarrow Show'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance)
SELKIRK, UNITED KINGDOM - 10 Sept 2011: 'Yarrow Show'''(Photo by Rob Gray / Freelance)

The morning of the 91st annual show of Yarrow and Ettrick Pastoral Society dawned inauspiciously with thunder and lightning and torrential rain driving across both valleys.

Secretary Anne Turnbull said: “We were all very worried, but amazingly, by mid-morning the clouds had cleared and we enjoyed a beautiful afternoon, with the odd, isolated, very short shower

“Obviously the early morning weather deterred some of the visitors, but we had a very good attendance and there were strong competitions within both sheep and horse sections.”

Unfortunately, the horses had to be moved to an adjoining field as the main arena at Philphaugh near Selkirk was too soft for the 400-plus entries.

The supreme champion in the sheep section was a blackfaced shown by Billy Renwick from Blackhouse in the Yarrow Valley, while the overall horse champion was presented by Lucinda Crawford, with Paula Whitson taking a very close second place as reserve.

There was a strong entry in the Cheviot and the Blackfaced Sheep sections with entries up on previous years..

Children enjoyed three performances from now resident magician, Billy the Balloon Clown, who has been at the show since 1988, as well as other entertainment and the usual junior races in the afternoon.

The award for the best presented trade stand – the Gordon Arms Cup – went to the congenial staff from Rutherfords of Earlston, with their display of Isuzu vehicles and Ifor Williams horseboxes.

Mrs Turnbull commented: “We want to thank all our competitors – if you did not win this year then we look forward to welcoming you all back again next year.

“It was, as ever, a very happy show and our president for this year, Alan Grieve from Helmburn Farm in Ettrickbridge, did an excellent job and our congratulations go to him.”