“ABSOLUTELY brilliant” – that was the verdict of Langholm Show secretary Alison Brodie on how Saturday’s event had gone.
“The day itself was amazing and we were highly delighted with the attendance. It was down on previous years because we had to cancel the horses this year, but in my time that was the most people I have seen around the main ring watching the entertainment,” she said.
Eskdale Agricultural Society decided a month ago to forego the horse classes because of ground conditions at Castleholm. Bad weather again last Thursday caused them to pause for thought.
“We were quite concerned about ground conditions, but Saturday was a beautiful day and we thank everybody for being so patient and working with us to get everybody on and off the showfield,” said Miss Brodie.
Tractors towed those who needed it on and off the showfield and the grand parade was cancelled to save the ground.
The committee decided not to book expensive main ring entertainment this year, relying instead on home-grown fun.
The show secretary went on: “We had the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling (All Weights World Championship) which was tremendous and was a big pull for everybody as was the terrier racing and children’s sports. The vintage vehicle owners had had a very good show and the Young Farmers’ team games were just hilarious – it was great fun. The laughter was incredible and that to me was quite a highlight of the day, along with the judges commenting on the high standard of the stock forward. Everybody was in such good spirits on the day and the number of people who came and commented and thanked us for actually having the show was very pleasing.”
Taking the Marshall Trophy for best overall in the cattle section were D. & R. Cornthwaite of Balgray, Lockerbie, with a continental heifer calf while Sharon Graham, Becks Farm, Langholm, won the Garwald Trophy for best sheep in show with a non-accredited Texel ewe.
Accomplished stockman Harry Gass from Brampton judged the sheep interbreed competition and also chose the cattle champion, while Rita Thomson (Annan) judged the dogs and Newcastleton’s Jimmy Nixon was the man making the decisions among the collies.
Local MP David Mundell presented the prizes and president of the Cheviot Sheep Society – Norman Douglas of Catslackburn, Yarrow – presented Ian Aitchison, Winterhope, Lockerbie, with a Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland long-service award for 31 years as a shepherd on the farm.
Cattle: overall – D. & R. Cornthwaite, Balgray, Lockerbie; Galloway – J. & S. Ross, Romesbeoch, Dumfries; commercial pen (4) – S. MacDonald, Ladyhouseteads, Canonbie; commercial cow and calf – M. L. & L. B. Bell, Winterhope, Lockerbie; beef calf – D. & R. Cornthwaite; continental calf – D. & R. Cornthwaite; homebred calf – D. & R. Cornthwaite; most points in cattle classes – D. & R. Cornthwaite.
Sheep: overall – Sharon Graham, Becks Farm, Langholm; Cheviot – Sandy Fleming, Hislop, Teviothead; Cheviot ram – Sandy Fleming; Cheviot female – Sandy Fleming; Cheviot (shepherds) – Sandy Fleming; Blackface – Alan McLymont, Kirkstead, Yarrow; opposite sex to champion – Gordon Jackson, Blackburn, Newcastleton; Blackface (shepherds) – David Faulds, Kirkstead, Yarrow; Suffolk – P. & D. Reid, Mouswald, Lockerbie; opposite sex to champion – P. & D. Reid; group – P. & D. Reid; pen (two fat lambs) – Ann Little, Penton; Greyface – H. McEleavey, Romesbeoch, Dumfries; any other breed – Ryan Rodden, Longtown; Texel – Carol Mair, Courance, Lockerbie; North Country Cheviot – Jock and Scott Davies, North Synton, Ashkirk; Jacob – Fiona Thorburn, Beattock; most points in sheep section – Sandy Fleming; most points in shepherds’ section – David Faulds, Kirkstead, Yarrow; young handler – Georgina Smith, Balmaclellan, Castle Douglas.
Best dressed stick – G. Flintoft, Whitby, Yorkshire; novice stick – R. Phillips.
Dogs: Best collie – Brian Mackay, Hopsrigg, Bentpath; best dog/bitch excluding collies – Margaret Thomas, Abbeytown, Wigton; veteran dog – Finlay Eagleson, Langholm; best Jack Russell – K. Duncan, Skelfhill, Hawick; terrier race – Liz Ewart, Langholm.
Poultry – John Crowther, Dalton, Lockerbie.
Industrial: vegetables – E. J. Glendinning, Todhills, Carlisle; flowers – D. L. Irving, Canonbie; floral art – Olive Robison, Waterbeck, Lockerbie; baking – Jane Martindale, Annan; preserves – Alistair Bloxham, Dumfries; most points in WRI – Lib McNeill, Westerkirk; WRI team – Canonbie; handicraft – Olive Robison; photographs – Stan Wilson, Langholm; poster – Sam Cook, Langholm; children’s section – Joe Bell, Waterbeck, Lockerbie; best opposite sex children’s section – Caitlyn Carruthers, Eaglesfield.
Pet show – Katie Griggs, Bailey Mill, Newcastleton; sheaf tossing – Gordon Reid, Waterbeck; Young Farmers’ games – Kirklinton, Longtown.