A week of rain hampered preparations for Alyth Show at Bogle’s Field, Blairgowrie, on Saturday, especially on the evening before the show, but the great the efforts of the committee and volunteers meant the ground was in good condition when the sun shone on Saturday.
Mrs Ruth King, president, said she was delighted with the way the show went.
She thanked the sponsors, competitors, and committee members for their efforts, and especially the spectators who supported the livestock judging in the morning and the entertainment and games in the afternoon.
The girls of Riders of the Storm, Britain’s youngest stunt team, and based in Highland Perthshire, were again highlights of the afternoon entertainment with their daredevil gymnastics on horseback catching the attention and admiration of the crowd. The girls showed tremendous skill, courage and bravery with a series of jumps and displays.
After the morning judging of livestock classes, the afternoon entertainment got underway with Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major Jim Lochrie, playing selections.
The Riders of the Storm were followed by a parade around the arena by vintage tractors and dog agility and flyball demonstrations.
The parade of livestock drew crowds from the surrounding marquees and other attractions to the main area for the impressive sight of the biggest and best of the animals in the show.
There was also Highland dancing, and dog show, as well as practical demonstrations of the work of the farrier by Jim Balfour, of J and K Balfour Farriers, Tealing, crook making, arts and crafts, and sheep shearing.
The heavyweight classes were enhanced with the inclusion of Daniel Troy, a heavyweight champion, from Tipperary, Ireland. At the inexperienced side of the competition another member of the Colthart family, Harry who is only 13, did not trouble the scorers but was given guidance and encouragement by his dad and brother, as well as the commentator Steve Anderson, who said Harry was clearly a competitor for the future.
There was also a programme of children’s races.
Heavyweights. Judge – Steve Anderson, Laurencekirk. Heavyweights. 22lb stone – 1 David Colthart jun., Blair Atholl (40ft 10in.); Daniel Troy, Tipperary (36ft 5in.); 3 Pete Hart, Glenisla (32ft 8in.); 4 John Neill, Perth (32ft 6in.); 5 David Colthart sen., Blair Atholl (30ft).
28 lb weight for distance – 1 Pete Hart (63ft 9in.); 2 Daniel Troy (61ft 1in.); 3 David Colthart jun. (60ft 11in.); 4 David Colthart sen. (51ft 11 in.); 5 John Neill (51ft 3in.).
56lb weight for distance – 1 Pete Hart (40ft 2in.); 2 David Colthart jun. (37ft 6in.); 3 Daniel Troy (35ft 5in.); 4 John Neil (29ft 8in.); 5 David Colthart sen. (28ft 3in.).
Caber – 1 equal Pete Hart, David Colthart sen., David Colthart jun.; 4 Daniel Troy; 5 John Neill. Heavyweight winners – 1 Pete Hart 21 pts; 2 David Colthart jun. 20 pts; 3 Daniel Troy 15 pts; 4 David Colthart sen. 12 pts; 5 John Neill 11 pts.
Dog show. Judge – Lianna Phillips, Dundee. Best in show (Balgay Challenge Cup) – Angela Warden, Laurencekirk with Hizzy, a 5-year-old Golden Retriever. Best condition – Megan Wright, Blairgowrie, with Lulu, an 11-month Visla.
Highland dancing winners. Premier: 14 years – 1 Carrie Mitchelson, Kellas; 2 Annya Black, Monikie. Intermediate – 1 Leilanni Tracey, Blairgowrie; 2 Casey Meager, Blairgowrie. Premier 13 years – 1 Carla McCafferty, Monifieth; 2 Lauren Dingwall, Perth. Premier 11 years – 1 Erin Slane, Stanley; 2 Ellie Closs, Perth. Premier 10 years – 1 Emily Rafferty, Leven; 2 Lauryn Russell, Forfar. Novice: 10 years – 1 Stella Reid, Dunkeld; 2 Lexie Tolmie, Blairgowrie. Nine years – 1 Heather McLeod, Auchinleck; 2 Robyn Tracey, Blairgowrie. Beginners: Nine years – 1 Isla Reid, Alyth; 2 Emma McCafferty, Carluke. Eight years – 1 Poppy Watson, Blairgowrie; 2 Megan Mitchell, Crieff.
Industrial section – In the home industries section at Alyth Show the Tasker Cup for most points in the show was won by Marjorie Twivey, Alyth.
She also won the Isla Cup for most points in baking and produce, and the Balloch Shield for most points in produce.
Other trophy winners were: Most points in baking section (Meg’s Mini-Market Shield) – Jean Fotheringham, Newtyle. Floral art (Muir Shield) – Gail Robertson, Blairgowrie. Handicraft and hobbies (Hobbies Shield) – Emma Brown. Photography (Tullymurdoch Shield) – Kathleen Coupar, Blairgowrie.
Awards for most outstanding exhibits: Baking – Jean Fotheringham, macaroons.
Produce – Joy Reid, lemonade. Floral art – Gail Robertson, arrangement incorporating a watering can. Handicrafts and hobbies – Emma Brown, sketch of a waterfall. Photography – Kathleen Coupar, New Life. Children’s section – Jess Barron, 3D bridge.
Baking – Vanilla all-in-one sponge – 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Alison Hall; 3 Joy Reid.
Marmalade fruit loaf – 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Jo Barron; 3 Joy Reid.
Treacle scones – 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Rona Nicolson; 3 Fern Smith.
Plain flapjacks – 1 Claire McIldowie; 2 Jo Barron; 3 Bec Barron.
lndividual bread and butter pudding – 1 Avril Bowman; 2 Marjorie Twivey; 3 Mark Worrall.
Savoury muffins – 1 Jo Barron; 2 Avril Bowman; 3 Jean Fotheringham.
Poppy seed rolls, white – 1 Rona Nicolson; 2 Joanne Coupar; 3 Kathleen Coupar.
Gipsy creams – 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Joy Reid; 3 Jo Barron.
Sticky ginger and orange cake, recipe supplied – 1 Elaine McDonald; 2 Jo Barron; 3 Claire McIldowie and Rona Nicolson.
Macaroons, any flavour – 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Kathleen Coupar; 3 Lorna Mitchell.
Millionaire shortbread – 1 Joy Reid; 2 Jean Fotheringham; 3 Jo Barron.
Battenberg cake – 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Avril Bowman; 3 Joy Reid.
Produce – Mixed fruit jam – 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Avril Bowman; 3 Rona Nicolson.
Three-fruit marmalade – 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Rona Nicolson; 3 Jean Fotheringham.
Mincemeat – 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Jo Worrall; 3 Hilary Lawrence.
Pea and ham soup – 1 Hilary Lawrence; 2 Joy Reid; 3 Marjorie Twivey.
Egg custard tarts – 1 Jo Worrall; 2 Marjorie Twivey; 3 Joy Reid.
Marshmallow – 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Bec Barron.
Lemonade, ready to drink – 1 Joy Reid; 2 Hilary Lawrence; 3 Marjorie Twivey.
Home-bred hen’s eggs – 1 Helen Steel; 2 Jo Barron; 3 Avril Bowman.
Floral art – Bowl of floating flowers – 1 Gail Robertson; 2 Marjorie Twivey; 3 Elaine McDonald.
Jug of garden flowers – Elizabeth Boyne; 2 Helen Simpson; 3 Jenny Scott.
Arrangement in tea pot – 1 Gail Robertson; 2 Avril Bowman; 3 Jenny Scott.
Arrangement incorporating a watering can – 1 Gail Robertson; 2 Marjorie Twivey; 3 Elizabeth Boyne and Fiona Mitchell.
Fresh flower buttonhole – 1 Elizabeth Boyne; 2 Gail Robertson; 3 Fiona Mitchell.
Fresh flower hair band – 1 Marjorie Twivey; 2 Fiona Mitchell; 3 Jean Fotheringham.
Handicraft and hobbies – Knitted or crocheted baby’s toy – 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Elizabeth Boyne; 3 Gail Robertson.
Cushion, water theme, any medium – 1 No award; 2 Jo Worrall.
Decorated shopping bag, decoration only to be judged – 1 Jo Worrall.
Decorated coaster – 1 Emma Brown; 2 Jo Worrall.
Wrapped present for the Queen’s 90th birthday, shoebox – 1 Jean Fotheringham; 2 Claire Lindsay; 3 Emma Brown.
A3 sheet of decorated gift wrap and matching tag – 1 Fern Smith; 2 Kirsty Smith.
Unframed sketch of waterfall – 1 Emma Brown; 2 Kathleen Coupar.
Unframed painting of a bridge – 1 Ruth Anderson; 2 Kathleen Coupar; 3 Emma Brown.
Photography – Calm Before the Storm – 1 Ruth Anderson; 2 Jenny Scott; 3 Kathleen Coupar.
High Water – 1 Kathleen Coupar; 2 Ruth Anderson; 3 Lorna Mitchell.
Rescue – 1 Fiona Mitchell; 2 Matt Ralston; 3 Peter Mitchell.
Working Together – 1 Kathleen Coupar; 2 Emma Dickie; 3 Claire Lindsay.
Transport – 1 Ruth Anderson; 2 Kathleen Coupar; 3 Lorna Mitchell. New Life – 1 Kathleen Coupar; 2 Ruth Anderson; 3 Lorna Mitchell.
Children – Pre-School, four years and under. Colouring-in picture, supplied – 1 John Robertson; 2 Stevie Don; 3 Jamie Douglas.
Paper mosaic picture A4 – 1 Lissie Barron; 2 John Robertson; 3 Saoirse Sangerman and Logan Daly.
Pasta snake – 1 Tom Richardson; 2 Lissie Barron; 3 Maisie Cameron.
Overall points winner in pre-school classes – John Robertson and Lissie Barron.
5-7 years. 3D Bridge, any medium – 1 Jess Barron; 2 Katy Appleton; 3 Christopher King.
Paper mosaic picture A4 – 1 Niamh Barron; 2 Katy Appleton; 3 Zak Muir and Emily Wallace.
Rainbow cup cakes – 1 Niamh Barron; 2 equal Murray Knox and Moray Skea. Photograph, Feathered Friends – 1 Katy Appleton; 2 Jess Barron.
Hand written short story or verse, with illustrations – 1 Katy Appleton; 2 Henry Steel; 3 Niamh Barron.
Overall points winner in 5-7 years classes – Katy Appleton.
8-11 years. 3D Bridge, any medium – 1 Ava Barton; 2 Catriona Skea; 3 Zara King.
Paper mosaic picture – 1 Ava Barton; 2 Beth Appleton; 3 Isla Barron.
Rainbow cup cakes – 1 Isla Barron; 2 Ava Barton; 3 Callum Skea.
Photograph, Feathered Friends – 1 Ava Barton; 2 Angus McGowan.
Hand written short story or verse, with illustrations – 1 Ava Barton; 2 Isla Barron; 3 Helen Steel.
Overall points winner in 8-11 years classes – Ava Barton.