Simmentals en route to Peebles

SIMMENTAL enthusiasts are sure to have Peebles Show at Hay Lodge Park in their diaries this Saturday.

The event will include the Scottish National Simmental Show, which featuring top examples of the breed from throughout Scotland and the north of England.

The Simmental event has attracted about 85 entries, including the Ayr and Royal Highland show champions. Welsh breeder Gethin Lloyd will judge.

Former NFU president, John Cameron of Balbuthie, Leven, the largest sheep farmer in Europe, will judge the show’s champion of champions.

Local resident Ron Rozeewill be the wool judge, Archie Hamilton of Longtown Market judges the prime lamb section and there will be another Welshman judging the Texels.

Local MP David Mundell will judge the fancy dress.

The education tent has taken the theme of pig production with guest local puppeteer Poppy Browne premiering her version of the Three Little Pigs.

The dog show starts at 11am, with the children’s pet competition getting under way at 3pm – and entries will be taken on the day.

The craft tent continues to attract a wide variety of exhibits with the SWRI ladies demonstrating baking and craftwork. Other highlights include music from St Ronan’s Silver Band and a prize draw. After the main ring judging, the award-winning Battling Cumberland Giants and 7Stanes Mountain Bike Display Team will stage demonstrations.

There will be free car parking at South Park, with a short walk over Fotheringham Bridge to the show.