No horses – but the show will go on at Langholm

HORSE classes have been cancelled, but otherwise Langholm Show is going ahead on Saturday, writes Sally Gillespie.

The event at Castleholm will also host the prestigious Cumberland and Westmoreland All Weights Wrestling World Championship.

Show secretary Alison Brodie said: “We have had to forego the horse classes this year because of the ground conditions. We made that decision three weeks ago which was disappointing, but the ground just wouldn’t have coped with it.

“Otherwise entries are very much on a par with the last time we had the show in 2010. We had to cancel last year because of the horrendous weather conditions.”

Entries are strong for the Galloway and commercial beef classes in the cattle section, while the busy sheep show has classes for South Country Cheviots, blackface, North Country Cheviots, Suffolks, Texels, Zwartbles, Jacobs, bluefaced Leicesters, greyfaces and prime lambs.

Miss Brodie said: “We have big sheep classes and we are encouraged and thankful everyone is supporting us: it’s late on and the weather has not been with us, but people are turning out which is good.”

The showfield preparations were going ahead yesterday (Wednesday).

Other competitions on Saturday are the dog show, terrier racing, the children’s pet show and a strong industrial section.

“I don’t deal with the industrial entries but I believe they are very good – it’s always well supported,” said Miss Brodie.

What started as a Young Farmers Club event has been opened out to include anyone wanting to put a team into the games, which will run throughout the afternoon.

The activities will include bale pushing, wheelbarrow races, stock judging and ‘One Man And His Dog With A Difference’

Organisers are also expecting a “very good” display of vintage vehicles, with more than 100 entered. They will be piped onto the showfield by Lauder Pipe Band.

Miss Brodie continued: “It’s a huge show of vehicles this time, larger than normal, and I think again it is because they missed out on the last couple of years.

“The committee want to thank everyone for putting the effort in so far.

“It has been a struggle because of the weather, but everybody has really worked hard.

“We are encouraged by the forecast for the weekend, which is looking good. We are having a late bar on the showfield with food and music, and we just want people to come along and have a fun day out.”