The 2015 Perth Show enjoyed a typical 2015 summer’s day it rained in the morning and then it rained again in the afternoon.
Fortunately the morning affair was a light one and even the heavier shower late in the day didn’t disrupt proceedings too much.
It turned out to be great day for the Aberdeen Angus heifer Retties Lady Ruth which conquered all to be crowned champion of champions against the native horse, the sheep and the goat champions.
Judge Jim Farquharson said: “She was well grown, well presented and behaved very well in the ring.”
Owned by Donald Rankin from Skye, she was shown on Saturday by her breeders, Richard and Carol Rettie from Alloa.
Bob Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, had already placed the interbreed cattle and his reserve to Retties Lady Ruth was the Limousin heifer Ronick Jingo from the Dick family at Mains of Throsk, Stirling.
His choice out of a strong field in the interbreed pairs landed squarely with the Limousin breed with the winners being from the Dicks just ahead of a duo from their near neighbours, the Callions at Bolfornought, Stirling.
The junior bull interbreed, also judged by Mr Adam, saw continental breeds to the fore with the trophy going to the young Charolais bull Balthayock Justice from Major David Walter, Balthayock, Glencarse.
The sheep interbreeds, judged by Jimmy Sinclair, Crookston, Heriot, saw the Texel champion from Malcolm Reid and family, Grassmainston, Alloa, take the supreme title.
Their gimmer Kelso Venus is by Kelso Prostar and has already stood champion at Central and West Fife this season.
In the sheep pairs contest, it was a triumph for Robert and Maimie Paterson, Dunblane, with a Beltex gimmer and shearling tup partnership.
BEEF SHORTHORNS Douglas McMillan, Moneydie Roger, Luncarty, with the 16-month-old bull Coldrochie Hector by Chapelton Windsome and out of Coln Valley Augusta Blossom. First showing. Reserve: Cathryn Williamson, Alvie Farms, Kincraig, with the twoyear- old in-calf heifer Alvie Lovely Girl by Glenisla Zinzan and out of Croxtonpark Lovely Origano.
ABERDEEN ANGUS Donald Rankin, Kilamaloag, Skye, with the 18-month-old heifer Retties Lady Ruth by Rawburn Elysium and out of Wall Lady Ruth. Junior champion at Great Yorks, junior female at National Show at Kelso, junior champion and res female at RHS, champion and reserve interbreed at West Fife and Doune and Dunblane. Reserve: W and D McLaren and HW Angus, Netherton, Blackford, with the 30-month-old heifer Netherton Evita by Netherton Big Edition and out of Dunira Eudora. Female and reserve supreme at RHS and National Show.
HIGHLAND CATTLE Ranch Livestock, The Ranch, Letham, Angus, with the two-yearold heifer Fraoch 19th of Ashmore by Gille Dubh 3 of Craigowmill and out of Fraoch 9th of Ashmore. Champion at Kirriemuir. Reserve: Alun and Angela Garton, Kildinny Cottages, Forteviot, with the 18-month-old bull Jura 2nd of Thaggnam by Fear Cinnidh of Ardura and out of Julie 13th of Craigowmill. Champion at Fife, reserve at Kirriemuir.
HEREFORD Ronald and Robert Wilson, Cowbog, Kelso, with the eight-year-old cow Romany 1 Plum by Baybridge Atlas and out of a previous Romany Plum. Female champion at RHS and reserve breed champion. . Reserve: JM Cant and Partners, Easter Knox, Arbirlot, with the 18-month-old heifer Panmure 1 Plum by Hawkesbury 1 Volcano and out of Panmure I Plum E2.
CHAROLAIS Peter and Allen Drysdale, Middle Drimmie, Blairgowrie, with the three-year-old cow Glenericht Hester by Moyness Saltire and out of Balmullo Tina. Champion at Kirriemuir, champion of champions at West Fife and reserve female at RHS. Reserve: Major David Walter, Balthayock, Glencarse, with the 14-month-old bull Bathayock Justice by Balthayock Ferdinand and out of Balthayock Emerald. Reserve at Kirriemuir.
SIMMENTAL Richard McCulloch, Overhill House, Armadale, West Lothian, with the 26-month-old heifer Woodhall Erica by Raceview All-Star KK and out of Woodhall Apricot. Champion and reserve interbreed at Stirling, second at RHS, second at Kelso. Reserve: Richard McCulloch with the three-year-old cow Overhill House Dot Com by Overhill House Volvo and out of Balmaid Ruby. First at RHS.
LIMOUSIN Ronald Dick, Mains of Throsk, Stirling, with the 16-month-old heifer Ronick Jingo by Rathconville Eugene and out of Ronick Bingo. Interbreed at Doune and Dunblane and Stirling and first at RHS. Reserve: D McBeath and Sarah Jane Jessop, Greenyards, Stirling, with the 22-month-old heifer Poolehall Iris by Haltcliffe Ben and out of Wilodge Flawless. First at Great Yorks, second at Royal Welsh and reserve at Braco.
ANY OTHER NATIVE BREED Andrew Mylius, St Fort, Newport, with the 24-month-old Lincoln Red bull St Fort Saxon by Beverley Noble and out of St Fort Hundelby Thora 739. Champion at Fife, interbreed pairs at Doune and Dunblane, pairs at Great Yorks. Reserve: Andrew Mylius with the 24-month-old Lincoln Red heifer St Fort Hundelby Thora by Beverley Noble and out of a previous Thora. Res champion at West Fife and pairs at Great Yorks.
ANY OTHER CONTINENTALBREED Richard and Linzi Nelson, Cuttlehill, Crossgates, with the British Blue heifer Welton Hunny by Bringlee Backstar and out of Welton Fun. First at Fife and fourth at RHS. No reserve.
COMMERCIAL CATTLE Graham Cameron, Wester Bonhard, Scone, with a a late March-born bull calf by the Limousin sire Cristal and out of a black Limousin home-bred cow bought from Mackie’s of The Ross at UA Stirling. Reserve at Kirriemuir and Braco. Reserve: John Robertson, Newton of Logierait, Ballinluig, with a February-born Limousin cross-bull calf by Powerhouse Harlequin and out of a British Blue cross cow. First outing.
BORDER LEICESTER Sandy and Alex Watson, Culticheldoch, Muthill, with a home-bred two shear ram by 2013 RHS champion Didcot Drambuie and out of a ewe by Eidlon Eager. First at Braco. Reserve: Sandy Haggart, Muirmouth, Madderty, with a three crop ewe by Lammermuir King and out of a home-bred ewe. Reserve at Braco.
SUFFOLK Robert Bryce, Chalmerston, Stirling, with a home-bred gimmer by Cairnnorrie Olympic Bolt and out of a home-bred ewe by Cairnnorrie Campbell. Champion at Stirling, Gargunnock and Doune and Dunblane. Reserve: Christine Croall, Hollycroft, Rattray, with a home-bred ewe lamb by Birness Black Jack and out of a ewe by Lakeview Leroy. Third at Alyth and Kirriemuir.
BLACKFACE NORTH TYPE Tom and Mairi Paterson, Dunruchan, Muthill, with a four crop ewe by an Achnacloich tup and out of a ewe by a £13,000 Chamberwells. First here as a gimmer. Reserve: Matthew Hamilton, Woolfords, West Calder, with a shearling ram by the £2,000 Achdregniw sire Curly Wurly and out of home-bred ewe. Previously unshown.
BLACKFACE SOUTH TYPE Tay and Torridon Estate, North Amulree, Dunkeld, with a one crop ewe by an £11,000 Midlock and out of a ewe by a £2,800 Dalchirla. Interbreed at Braco and champion at Kirriemuir. Reserve: Tay and Torridon Estate with a gimmer by a £4,500 Nunnerie and out of a ewe by a £5,500 Connachan.
ANY OTHER BREED Allan Grant and Tina Wright, Innergellie House, Anstruther, with a home-bred North Country Cheviot by 2013 Great Yorks interbreed hill ram Achnaclone Aristocrat and out of a Hownam Grange ewe. Champion here in 2014. Reserve: Robert Morris, Over Buttergask, Coupar Angus, with a four shear Kerry Hill ram by a Peneveran sire. Bought as a shearling at Carlisle for £950.
BLUEFACED LEICESTER Hazel Hood, Glenarm, Glen Clova, with a one crop ewe by E11 Rossiebank and out of a ewe by Rossiebank A1. Bought privately from Robert Neill. First outing. Reserve: M and C Drummond, Cassington, Maybole, with the three crop ewe Cassington Katie by Cassington Cocky lad and out of a ewe by a Teviot tup.
JACOB Barbara Webster, Higham, Newburgh, with the four horn ewe lamb Carrochy Penny by Carrochy Nairn and out of a home-bred ewe. Third at Highland. Reserve: Linda McKendrick, Bankhead, Peat Inn, with the one crop ewe Arnydie Juno by Grove Farm Hercule and out of a home-bred ewe. Reserve champion here as a ewe lamb.
CHAROLLAIS Peter and Linda Wood, Knockhill, Strathkinness, with a two shear ram by Logie Durno Laird and out of a Riverdale ewe. Champion at Fife and first at Royal Welsh. Reserve: Robert and Maimie Paterson, Upper Auchenlay, Dunblane, with a homebred one crop ewe by a Southfield sire and out of a home-bred ewe. Reserve interbreed at Doune and Dunblane and reserve at Braco.
TEXEL Reids Livestock, Grassmainston, Alloa, with the gimmer Kelso Venus by Kelso Prostar and out of a ewe by a Kingsland sire. Champion at West Fife. Reserve: Robert Cockburn, No 2 Hill Cottage, Errol, with a four crop ewe by Baltier Rascal and out of a great grand dam of Vicious Sid. First at Lesmahagow.
BELTEX Andrew Morton, Lochend, Denny, with a gimmer by Whitehill Too Hot To Handle and out of Dooley Rosalee, full sister to the 18,000 gns Dooley Nepal. Champion at Stirling and Braco. Reserve: Andrew Morton with the two shear ram Curwinhill Stiffler bought three years ago for 3,200gns. Champion at Doune and Dunblane in 2014.
LLEYN Messrs Finlay McGowan, Incheoch, Alyth, with the two shear tup Thistley Hawk by an Emmis Jones sire. Bought at Carlisle for 3,800gns. Champion here in 2014 and third at Royal Highland. Reserve: C,C and C Crawford, Crooklands, Haywood Forth, Lanark, with a home-bred gimmer going back to a Lluest tup.
ZWARTBLES Nicola Henderson, Touch, Stirling, with the shearling ram Acquila Blueprint by Acquila Top GunZ and out of a ewe by East Middle Shadow. First at Gargunnock and Doune and Dunblane. Reserve: Nicola Henderson with the one crop ewe Joyfield Anna by Millburn Sam. Reserve at Doune and Dunblane.
CROSS SHEEP David Black, Minard, Kirriemuir, with a pen of three Texel sired gimmers out of Cheviot Mule ewes. Bought at Forfar in September from Pitnacree. Champions at Angus and Banchory and reserve at Fettercairn and Alyth. Reserve: Michael Rattray, West Park, Auchterarder, with a pen of three lambs by an Easter Ochtermuthill Beltex sire and out of Texel cross Beltex ewes. Second at Braco.
GOATS Fiona Fairley and Rebecca Fleming, Avonvale, Falkirk, with the two-yearold British first kidder Ladeside Ladyria by Guilden Glaenavon and out of Ladeside Ladyrima. First at RHS and champion at Ayr Goat Show.
HORSES Taking home the overall heavy horse supreme title and the Perth Quaich was the Shetland champion Charlotte of Transy, shown by Sarah Ross. Horse interbreed judge Robin Stewart, from Banchory, was thorough in his inspection of the three champions forward from the Clydesdale, Highland pony and Shetland pony sections. He said he was looking for a horse with good hair, good bone and also needed to move well. Ticking all the boxes was Charlotte of Transy, the Transy Stud’s eightyear- old home-bred yeld mare by Earnbrig Ragnor and out of Centenary of Transy. This year she has stood champion at Braco, and although she was unshown in 2014 due to having a foal at foot she is also a past champion at Ayr. Reserve was the Clydesdale leader, Bencannon Emerald, from John Adamson. This five-year-old yeld mare led the female championship but it needed the umpire James Tennant to sort out the overall as both judges refused to back down over their respective champions. Sandie Kydd won the in-hand Highland pony section with her eight-year-old gelding Burnside Vorlich, while she also stood reserve champion of the ridden Highland ponies behind Elinor Steven’s multitalented Glenbanchor Somerled.
OVERALL Transy Stud, Devonshaw Estate, Powmill, Dollar, with Charlotte of Transy, the Shetland champion. Reserve: John Adamson, Easter Glentore Farm, Upperton, Airdrie, with Bencannon Emerald, the Clydesdale champion.
CLYDESDALES John Adamson, with Bencannon Emerald, a five-year-old yeld mare, purchased as a foal from her breeder Jennifer Reid in Ireland. Champion at Stirling, has previously stood champion at the Great Yorkshire as a yearling, and winning at Lanark and Cupar foal shows. Reserve: Robert Sibbald and Mrs Rimmer, Thorn Farm, Dollar, with Shielhill Diamond Jubilee, the reserve female champion. Females: John Adamson with Bencannon Emerald. Reserve: Robert Sibbald and Mrs Rimmer, with Shielhill Diamond Jubilee, a three-year-old filly by Mollinshead Celebrity and Shielhill Sheer Delight. This year stood reserve at Doune and Dunblane and the Royal Highland and previously overall champion at Kittochside Heavy Horse Show, reserve at Perth, first at Braco and second at the Royal Highland Show. Males: Paterson and Sibbald, Thorn Farm, Dollar, with Macfin Starlight, a yearling colt by Glebeview Sir Charles and out of Macfin Rose Lily. Male champion at Stirling and reserve at both Braco and Doune and Dunblane this season. Reserve: Thomas Clark & Son, Muirton Stud, Abbey Farm, Madderty, Perth, with Muirton Sportsman, a home-bred yearling colt making its show debut. He is by Muirton Sabre and out of Muirton Myra.
OVERALL HIGHLAND PONY IN-HAND Sandie Kydd, Alyth, with Burnside Vorlich, an eight-year-old gelding by Moss-side Iain Mor and out of Burnside Quintessa. Also the ridden reserve champion at the show. Stood ridden champion at Angus and reserve at Strathmore & District Riding Club Show. Previously in-hand and ridden champion at Kirriemuir and placed third in-hand at the Royal Highland. Reserve: Charles McQuattie, Strathmore, Kingsmuir, Forfar, with the female champion Rosie of Strathmore. Female champion: Charles McQuattie, with Rosie of Strathmore, a seven-year-old home-bred mare by Strathmore Cameron and out of Maggie Rose of Strathmore. Second at the Royal Highland Show on her only other outing of the season but has been a prolific prizewinner. She was shown with her first foal at foot, a filly by last year’s Perth Show male champion Pipe Major of Whitefield. Reserve: Messrs GM Baird, West Whitefield, Burrelton, Balirgowrie, with Ulrika of Whitefield, a threeyear- old home-bred filly, by Oliver of Foreglen and out of Queencake of Whitefield. This marked a third successive win at Perth Show and this season stood reserve at Angus and first at the breed show, she is also a previous champion at Drymen. Male champion: Sandie Kydd with Burnside Vorlich. Reserve: Rebecca Chalmers, Millhorn Farm, Rosemount, Blairgowrie, with Daurknin Hector of Millhorn, a home-bred yearling gelding. Sired by Trowan Miracle and out of Xantia of Craignetherty, was best opposite sex to the champion at Braco and first at the breed show.
HIGHLAND PONY UNDER SADDLE Elinor Steven, Hillhead Farm, Kingsbarns, St Andrews, with Glenbanchor Somerled, a 10-year-old gelding by Moss-side Iain Mor and out of Glenbanchor Lady Fiona. Previously champion at Fife, Kinross and Blair. Reserve: Sandie Kydd with Burnside Vorlich.
SHETLAND PONIES Transy Stud with Charlotte of Transy, an eight-year-old home-bred yeld mare by Earnbrig Ragnor and out of Centenary of Transy. This year was champion at Braco, she was unshown in 2014 due to having a foal at foot and is a past champion at Ayr. Reserve: Mrs Louise Wilson, Cassindilly Farm, Ceres, with Thordale Kiki, the reserve standard champion. Standard: Transy Stud with Charlotte at Transy. Reserve: Mrs Louise Wilson, with Thordale Kiki, a five-year-old yeld mare. Bred in Shetland by Taylor Millhouse, the pony is sired by Millhouse Independent and out of Millhouse Raw Deal. This year stood reserve female champion at the Royal Highland, champion at Fife and overall supreme at the Festival of Champions. Miniature: Alichbrae Shetland Ponies, West Craigvannie Cottage, Crieff, with Kerswell Montgomery, nine-year-old stallion by New Park Chieftain and out of Kerewell Mitzie. First outing for 2015, but previously overall reserve supreme at Shetland Pony Group spring show, champion at Barco and reserve at Fife. The sire of two foals at the stud this year. Reserve: Mrs Adele Stewart, Narinia Lottie, a four-year-old yeld mare by Firth Jason and out of Cilla of Tullich. Champion at Braco and second at the Royal Highland Show this season, has previously stood reserve at Perth and youngstock champion at the Central Group breed show.
DONKEYS Mrs Elma Cunningham, Hillhead Farm, Yieldshields, Carluke, with Gamlingay Love In A Mist, a sevenyear- old yeld mare by Gamlingay Prophecy and out of Camalan Tamerisk. Previously champion at Perth and Alyth, and this was the third successive year winning the Scottish donkey championship. Twice champion at the Royal Highland and British national champion in 2011. Reserve: Mrs Elizabeth Kempsell, Moss-side of Kirkbuddo, Arbroath, with Eddieston Lady Naomi, a three-year-old filly by Bunn’s Mr Teddy Bear and out of Eddieston Florentina. Champion at Alyth and previously reserve at Perth.