Petite Shetland is star at Kirriemuir

Myreton Galaxy was champion of the show

The Shetland pony champion may have been one of the smallest animals in Kirriemuir’s East Muirhead of Logie showground but she walked away with the day’s most prestigious centenary trophy.

Strong commercial cattle classes and a well supported sheep section were among the livestock highlights of the day, but it was the turn of the horse section to win the champion of champions award, and the glory went to pony handler Lisa Wilson from Leys Farm, Muckhart .

Her champion, the filly, Myreton Galaxy has won junior championships in the past but this was her first open win.

In reserve place was the Highland champion from Kim Stretch of Methven, the two-year-old filly, Silver Rose of Roisbheinn who had a reserve championship win at Doune and Dunblane already this season.

Over in the busy sheep sections the interbreed winner was the North Blackface champion, a three-crop ewe from Glenquaich’s Cadogan Estates. She was on her first outing.

Reserve interbreed sheep was the Suffolk champion from Gordon Mackie, Drimmie Farm, Forfar, a ram lamb by Drimmie Glenho and out of a home-bred ewe. He was also on his first show outing.

The cattle interbreed winner had more show experience, having won the junior interbreed championship at last month’s Royal Highland Show. He was the Aberdeen Angus champion, Balmachie Rodger from Carnoustie breeder John Lascelles.

Interbreed judge, Robert Aitkin from Methven described his champion has having “great movement, easy fleshing, length and standing up well on four good legs”.

Taking reserve interbreed place was the Simmental heifer from the Smiths at Drumsleed, Fordoun, Laurencekirk. Their two-year-old heifer, Drumsleed Farina 14 was breed champion at Fettercairn and first in her class at Angus.

The best young handler in the cattle section, and the winner of the McLaren Family cup was Rachel Leslie and in sheep section the winner was Robbie Burke.

Show chairman, Robin Dandie was delighted that the show had attracted good entries in all sections.

“The commercial cattle and sheep sections were particularly well supported, and they’re always a highlight at Kirriemuir. We pride ourselves on that here,” he said.

“We’re also happy to see a good selection of trade stands. The local companies are all very supportive – the main dealers are all here – and that helps make us a real agricultural show.”

The champions

Aberdeen Angus
Champion – John Lascelles, Balmachie, Carnoustie with bull, Balmachie Rodger by Balmachie Ben Vorlich and out of Balmachie Rachel. Junior champion at RHS.
Reserve – David Raeburn, Burnside of Tulloes, Letham with heifer, Tulloes Perfection by Kitewood Elevator and out of Chathill Pride. First in class at Angus.

Commercial
Champion – John Lumgair, East Idvies Farm, Letham with 15-month-old Limousin bullock by Spittalton Barty. Bred by Craig Hendry, Heads of Auchinderran, Keith and bought at the YFC show at Thainstone.
Reserve – Wilson Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, Monzie with 14-month-old Charolais cross, Honey Dime by Carwood Elgin. Third in class at RHS.

Limousin
Champion – A and J Gammie, Drumforber, Laurencekirk with 14-month-old bull, Westpit Luis by Plumtree Deus and out of Westpit Gabby. First in class at Angus.
Reserve – A and J Gammie with 10-month-old heifer, Westpit Lowry by Ardglasson Highlander and out of Brockhurst Holy.

Charolais
Champion – J Nicoll Farms, Todpark Farm, Alyth with 13-month-old calf, Mornity Lennox by Westcose Houdini and out of Mornity Hope. On first outing.
Reserve – J Nicoll Farms with bull, Mornity Lucas by Maerdy Hare and out of Mornity Edith. Reserve at Alyth, second at RHS.

Simmental
Champion – G and M Smith, Drumsleed, Fordoun, Laurencekirk with two-year-old heifer, Drumsleed Farina 14 by Clonach Buckarooney Truly and out of Boarshead Karina 2nd. Champion at Fettercairn, first at Angus. Going to Banchory and Scottish Simmental show at the Black Isle.
Reserve – G and M Smith with bull, Drumsleed Goliath 15 by Haystar Cracker 11 and out of Drumsleed Caitlin. Champion at Angus, reserve champion at Fettercairn, going to Banchory and the Black Isle.

Highland
Champion – B and S Wilson, Dams Farm, Kingskettle, Cupar with heifer, Peallachag Beag 4th of Dams by Roderick of Lyntoun and out of Peallachag Beag 2nd of Fourmerk.
Reserve – HA and A Garton, 4 Kildinny Cottage, Forteviot with cow, Monica 7th of Thaggnam by Stuart of Lyntoun and out of Monica of Thaggnam. First at Alyth and Angus.

Suffolk
Champion – Gordon Mackie, Drimmie Farm, Rescobie, Forfar with a ram lamb by Drimmie Glenho and out of a home-bred ewe. First outing. Going to Stirling Suffolk show.
Reserve – Clare Anderson, Frieves House, Kinclune, Kingoldrum with one-crop ewe by Lakeview Dancer. First outing.

North Blackface
Champion – Cadogan Estates, Auchnacloich, Glenquaich, Amulree with a three-crop ewe by a £6000 Harkinn sire and out of a ewe by a £5500 Harkin. First outing. Going to Perth.
Reserve – Duncan Beaton, Newmill of Inshewan, Memus, by Forfar with three-shear ram by a Sandtcarson tup bought in Ballemena. Going to Perth.

South Blackface
Champion – Tay and Torridon Estate, Glebe, Amulree, Dunkeld with two-crop ewe in milk by a £11,000 Midlock and out of a £2800 Dalhirla tup.
Reserve – Tay and Torridon Estate with a shearling tup by a £38,000 Auchloy tup and out of a dam by a £16,000 Connachan sire. First in class at Doune and Dunblane.

Texel
Champion – Steel and Close, Craignathro Farm, Forfar with a two-crop ewe by Strathbogie Supreme and out of a Knock ewe.
Reserve – A and T Greenhill, Westhall Farm, Kellas, Dundee with a shearling tup bought as a lamb at Lanark. By Proctors Venture and out of a Hilltop ewe. Champion at Alyth.

Beltex
Champion – G and F Burke, Cairndrum Cottage, by Edzell, Brechin with a gimmer by Broxy Wishful Thinking and out of a granddaughter of Rascal. Second in class at Angus.
Reserve – G and F Burke with a ewe by Rascal and out of a granddaughter of Rustler.

Any other sheep breed
Champion – Kirsty Neil, 6 Isla Gardens, Carnoustie with Cheviot, Jumboet by Durran Nemisis and out of Achlone Rose. Reserve champion at Fife.
Reserve – A and J Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, Glamis with three-crop Blue Faced Leicester ewe by a Middledukesfield tup and out of a hime-bred ewe. Champion at Alyth.

Commercial sheep
David Black, Minard, Cortachy Road, Northmuir, Kirriemuir with three Texel gimmers. Reserve at Angus, Alyth and Fettercairn.
Reserve – W Mather and Sons, Shandford Farm, Fern, Brechin with three Beltex cross gimmers by a Todhall sire.

Clydesdale
Champion – A Greenhill, Upper Tulloes, Forfar with yearling filly, Tulloes Lucia by Collessie Stepping Stone and out of Rosehall Victoria.
Reserve – Sandy Aitken, Newton Cottage, Memus with eight-year-old mare, Redcastle Pretty Amazing Grace by Millhole Belway Bay and out of Redcastle Miranda. Champion at Fettercairn.

Shetland
J and G Wilson, Leys Farm, Muckhart with filly, Myreton Galaxy by Glenwhappie Sunrise and out of Warrackston Guylian.
Reserve – K and A Scott, Braes of Kerryston, Kellas with mare, O’Hara of Auckhorn by Wells Prince Harry and out of O’Shara of Auckhorn

Highland
Champion – Kim Stretch, 10a Main Street, Methven with two-year-old filly, Silver Rose of Roisbheinn by Chapelhill Earl and out of Beauty of Sma Glen. Reserve at Doune and Dunblane and first at Alyth and Angus.

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