Young handlers final at Langholm

Last year's tug o' war at Langholm Show
Last year's tug o' war at Langholm Show

The young handlers’ regional final will be held at Langholm Show on the town’s Castleholm on Saturday, writes Sally Gillespie..

Young winners from the summer season of agricultural shows around the Borders will compete for the area title, with the event judged by Herbie Kennedy.

Show secretary Hannah Laidlaw said the show had attracted good entries in the dog and poultry sections

She continued: “But they are not so good in the young in-hand hunters. It’s a sign of the times: people are not breeding but instead buying horses of a more experienced age.”

And this year she revealed there are no entries for the Bluefaced Leicester or Jacob sheep classes.

New this year is the unhaltered Galloway cattle classes, with Mr P Lang from Hawick judging the native breed classes. Other judges include Billy Renwick, Craig Douglas, Yarrow, calling the Blackface and Mr R McTurk, Thornhill, awarding rosettes among the South Country Cheviots.

Mrs M Balfour from Annan is judging the overall horse, while the hunters will be judged by Mrs D Mackay, Blackford.

As well as the industrial section and shepherd’s crooks, there will also be a vintage rally and horse driving for the disabled. The young handlers’ final will be in the main ring.

Hannah added: “We’re hoping for good weather and that everyone comes along to support the show and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.”

•Meanwhile the closing date for nominations for AgriScot and Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Scotch Beef Farm of the Year is Monday.

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