In a welcome change to last year, the sun shone on the 104th Newtown St Boswells Farmers Show, held at the village’s auction mart, on Saturday.
Competitors enjoyed a wide variety of classes while spectators enjoyed a day of under-saddle and in-hand competition, as well as a stock and crop contest, vintage tractor display, fancy dress and a visit from the Duke of Buccleuch’s foxhounds.
Former Scotland international and Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir and his wife Kathy picked 20-year-old evergreen Fusilier, owned and ridden by Gillian McCowan from Berwick, to take the top spot, giving the hunter champion the supreme champion rosette.
Reserve supreme was ridden hunter Masquerade, owned and ridden by Clive Storey, of Halterburn Head, Yetholm, who won overall in the coloured section but missed out on repeating last year’s supreme result.
Di and Joanna Walton judged the ridden hunters, and their reserve was the runner-up in the hunter class, Silver Dream Spirit, ridden by John Wilson, of Selkirk.
Morean Hamilton judged the in-hand hunters and chose the winner of the two-year-old class as her champion, West Country Lady Guinevere, a home-bred filly owned by Sally Burns, of Hawick.
She placed Craig Hogarth’s foal Roxstar in reserve.
Overall in the mountain and moorland section section was the Dales yearling filly Kilmannan Duchess, owned by Bill Ireland and shown by Richard Telford.
The tricolour in the working hunter pony classes went to the Mactaggarts of Bedrule’s Lockinge Bertie shown by Isabelle Mactaggart, with Laura Runciman’s Soviet Star in reserve.
Joan Lauder, with 17-year-old Udolin, won both the ridden and in-hand classes in the veteran section.
The retrained racehorse challenge prize went to Sandra Smith-Maxwell’s Stormion, and Poppi Shepherd, on Dreamy George, headed the section’s show class, a qualifier for the Royal Highland Show.
Winners in the showjumping contest were Emma Lawson, Tom Mactaggart, Amy Ralston, Vicky Edgar and Becky Forster.
Champions in the sheep section, judged by Robert Weir, from Dumfries, were a pair of north country Cheviot ewe lambs from North Synton. The winner of the young handlers’ class was Mack Young.
Champion in the dog show was three-year-old whippet bitch Talla Jo, shown by Shelagh Hogg, and the terrier racing was won by Tipsy, a whippet-cross terrier from Dorset.
Show secretary Jules Furness said: “This year’s show was a great success.
“We changed the layout, and that has worked well.
“The ridden hunter and mountain and moorland sections were good.
“Some other entries were not as well filled but still showed good quality.
“Spectators were also treated to a vintage tractor display, very exciting terrier racing and a visit from the Duke of Buccleuch’s hounds.”
Full results are as follows:
Supreme Champion (Judge: Mr & Mrs G Weir, Galashiels ) Fusilier, Mrs A McCowan, Reserve Supreme, Masquerade, Mr C Storey.
In Hand Hunters (Judge: Mrs M Hamilton, Kilmarnock) Champion - West Country Lady Guinevere, Mrs S Burns Reserve - Roxstar, Mr C Hogarth
Brood Mare - 1 Windy II Mr C Hogarth
Foal - 1 Roxstar Mr C Hogarth
Yearling - 1 West Country Lady of the Lake Mrs S Burns 2 Joey’s Missile Mr D K Tweedie
Two year old - 1 West Country Lady Guinevere, Mrs S Burns
Three year old - 1 Kariba Miss D Taylor 2 Pepsi Mr & Mrs E Gillie 3 Bennemir Mrs K Bewley
Ridden Hunters (Judge: Mrs D & Miss J Walton, Bonchester Bridge) Champion - Fusilier - Reserve – Silver Dream Spirit Mr J Wilson
Four or Five Year Old - 1 Grantstown Vision Mr S Runciman 2 Irango Miss T Mactaggart 3 Mr Darcy Mr C Storey
Novice Working Hunter - 1 Little Scoundrel Mr C Storey 2 Grantstown Vision Mr S Runciman 3 Stormion Mrs S Smith-Maxwell
BHS Scotland Working Hunter Qualifier - 1 Grantstown Vision Mr S Runciman 2 The Full Monty Miss L Soeder 3 Middlethird Cassanova Mrs D Edgar
Ridden Hunter - 1 Fusilier Mrs A McCowan 2 Silver Dream Spirit Mr J Wilson 3 Dreamy George Miss P Shepherd
Overall Hunter - Fusilier Reserve Overall Hunter - Silver Dream Spirit
Dressage P14 (2006) (Judge: Miss A McKenzie, Innerleithen) 1 Penny Mrs K Stark 2 Lockinge Bertie Mrs K Mactaggart 3 Bumble Miss L Clark
N28 (2008) (Judge: Mrs F Busby, Langholm) 1 Soviet Star Miss L Runciman 2 Ballyseedy Hero Miss M Grant 3 Coco Miss L Clark
Ridden Pony Classes (Judge: Mrs G McMurray, Lockerbie) Champion – Corma’s Dawn, Miss E Brown Reserve – Rosedale Just Josie, Miss J McCowan
Not exceeding 128 cms 1 Temple Odyssey Miss E Cregan 2 Waitwith Walwyn Miss A Cregan
Not exceeding 138 cms 1 Robin Miss I Gillie
Not exceeding 148 cms 1 Corma’s Dawn, Miss E Brown 2 Katie Miss B Forster 3 Curravordy Builders Blue Miss A Ralston
Leading Rein 1 Rosedale Just Josie Miss J McCowan 2 Almondell Vulcan Mr R Stacy-Marks 3 Llan Bill Mr A Cregan
Show Hunter Pony Any Age In Hand 1 Fair Sunrise Miss F Hutcheson 2 Lindisfarne Shamrock Miss A Henderson 3 Cayberry Mickey Mouse Mrs N Neill
Mountain & Moorland (Judge: Mrs G McMurray, Lockerbie)
Champion – Kilmannan Duchess Mr W Ireland Reserve – Walstead Page Boy Miss R McGee
Large M & M Four Year Old & Over In Hand 1 Walstead Page Boy Miss R McGee 2 Kalewater Cup Cake Mrs S Dickson 3 Grahamsley Maddison Miss N Stewart
Small M & M Four Year Old & Over In Hand 1 Owston Hob Nob Mrs J Lindsay 2 Lindisfarne Shamrock Miss A Henderson 3 Liddesdale Blue Planet Mrs F Blackie
Yearling, Two Year Old & Three Year Old In Hand 1 Kilmannan Duchess Mr W Irleand 2 Mindrum Maxcaroon Mrs S Dickson 3 Kalewater Snowball Mrs S Dickson
Large Ridden M & M 1 Walstead Page Boy Miss R McGee 2 Waverhead Romance Mrs S Hay 3 Ballyseedy Hero Miss M Grant
Small Ridden M & M 1 Cayberry Mickey Mouse Miss E Neill Special Waitwith Make-Me-A-Star Mrs K Bewley
Overall Pony Champion - Kilmannan Duchess Mr W Ireland Reserve Overall Champion – Walstead Page Boy Miss R McGee
Coloured Classes (Judge: Mrs M Hamilton, Kilmarnock ) Champion - Masquerade Mr C Storey Reserve – Penny Mrs K Stark
Coloured Horse or Pony In Hand Four year old and over 1 My Crystal Chandelier Mrs C Redpath 2 Shanbally Markel Miss J Price 3 Dakota Mrs C Allison
Coloured Horse or Pony In Hand Yearling, Two Year Old & Three Year Old 1 Stuart Little Mrs R Walker
Coloured Pony Under Saddle - 1 Robin Miss I Gillie 2 Dakota Mrs C Allison
Coloured Horse Under Saddle - 1 Masquerade Mr C Storey 2 Penny Mrs K Stark 3 Brrokdale Las Vega Mrs M Hutcheson
Veteran Classes(Judge: Mrs M Hamilton, Kilmarnock)
Veteran Horse or Pony 16 Years & Over In Hand 1 Udolin Ms J Lauder 2 Fair Sunrise Miss F Hutcheson 3 Isgoed Little Eva Mrs F Blackie
Veteran Horse or Pony 16 Years & Over Under Saddle 1 Udolin Ms J Lauder 2 Temple Odyssey Miss E Cregan 3 Boomerang Mrs C Reid
Working Hunter Ponies (Judges: Mrs J & Miss C Dun, Gilson, Heriot ) Champion – Lockinge Bertie Mrs K Mactaggart Reserve – Soviet Star Miss L Runciman
Exceeding 153 cms - 1 Soviet Star Miss L Runciman 2 Ballingowan Flash Miss V Edgar 3 Ardagh Airborne Miss K Edgar
Not exceeding 153 cms - 1 Lockinge Bertie Mrs K Mactaggart 2 Ardagh Bobby Miss V Edgar 3 Bobby Eoin Miss A Edgar
Not exceeding 143 cms - 1 Sean’s Delight Mrs G McFadyen 2 Corbally Beauty Miss S Farnsworth 3 Curravordy Builders Blue Miss A Ralston
Not exceeding 133 cms - 1 Bally Mr C Lawson 2 Robin Miss I Gillie 3 Chico Miss E Lawson
Not exceeding 123 cms - 1 Cayberry Mickey Mouse Miss E Neill 2 Bluebird is the Word Miss E Lawson
Show Jumping 12.2 & under 1 Bluebird is the Word Emma Lawson 2 Chico Emma Lawson Bally Christopher Lawson
13.2 & under 1 Noodles Tom Mactaggart
14.2 & under 1 Curravordy Builders Blue Amy Ralston 2 Sean’s Delight Katy McFadyen 3 Alex Edgar Bobby Eoin
Over 14.2 1 2 Ballingowan Flash Vicky Edgar 2 Ardagh Airborne Katie Edgar 3 Lockinge Bertie Mrs K Mactaggart
Novice 1 Katie Becky Forster 2 Turpane Mick Helen Ker 3 Ardagh Msilio Alex Edgar
Fancy Dress Laird Ross-Williams
Retrained Racehorse Challenge
(Judges: Ms J Williamson, Wigton & Miss K Redfearn, Wooler)
1 Stormion Mrs S Smith-Maxwell 2 Named After Nina Miss C Pennycook 3 Kutiout Mrs L Fletcher
Retraining of Racehorses Ridden Show Class
(Judges: Ms J Williamson, Wigton & Miss K Redfearn, Wooler)
1 Dreamy George Miss P Shepherd 2 Named After Nina Miss C Pennycook 3 Moonlight Fantasy Mrs S Muir
Sheep (Judge: Mr R Weir, Thornhill, Dumfries)
Champion – North Synton Reserve – Poppets Cottage
Best Pair of Ewe Lambs - Pure Breeds - 1 North Synton 2 Faughhill 3 Smailholm Mains
Best Pair of Ewe Lambs - Cross Breeds - 1 Poppets Cottage 2 Philiphaugh 3 Muircleugh
Best Pair of Gimmers - Pure Breeds - 1 Poppets Cottage 2 Faughhill 3 2 Dovecote Park
Best Pair of Gimmers - Cross Breeds – 1 Greenend 2 Philiphaugh
Young Handlers - 1 Mack Young 2 Orla Murray 3 Kirsty Turnbull
Stock and crop:
Best field of sheep: 3 Malcolm Stewart, 2 Andrew Wood, 1 W T Sandilands Cup - Alan Cowans.
Best field of cows: 3 Eric Marshall, 2 Ron Shaw, 1 Crailinghall Cup- James McCorquodale.
Best field of grazing cattle: 3 Alan Cowans, 2 Graham Dagg, 1 Charles Scott Salver - James Allen.
Best field of winter barley: 3 Mertoun Estate, 2 Eric Marshall, 1 Nelson Cup - Robert Bruce.
Best field of spring barley: 3 Guy Lee, 2, James McCorquodale, 1 Sked Cup - Ron Shaw.
Best field of wheat: 3 Richard Campbell, 2 Donald Maxwell, 1 Baywood Cup - Jamie Tweedie.
Best field of oats: 3 Andrew Grant, 2 Alistair Stewart, 1 Wm Laidlaw Cup - Alastair Forster.
Best field of OSR: 3 Graham Dagg, 2 James McCorquodale, 1 Bibby Cup - Eric Marshall.
Best field of Grass: 3 Grant Todd, 2 Eric Marshall, 1 John Dun Cup - Ron Shaw.
Best crop est without plough: 3 Robert Claydon (S Beans), 2 Eric Marshall (W Wheat), 1 Graham Dagg (OSR).
Best field of winter ploughing: 4 George Riddell, 3 Paul Gilchrist, 2 Jock Telford, 1 W M Doods Cup - Bob Howieson.
Agricultural exhibit: 6 Jack Hunter, 5 Bob Wardhaugh, 4 Ian Scorr, 3 Sandra Hamilton, 2 Gerry McLaughlan, 1 Morridgehall Cup - Bob Wardhaugh.
LONGNEWTON CUP - OVERALL WINNER - Eric Marshall.