WITH the sun making fleeting appearances through the broken cloud and a gentle breeze to keep the stock cool, almost perfect conditions prevailed for judging in the sheep rings at the Royal Highland yesterday.
And with a healthy number of entries forward in every class, both judges and spectators felt that the stock forward did the weather justice.
In the hotly-contested Jacob section the Connor and Dalrymple double-act from Dun Mor, Auldhill Road, Linlithgow, lifted the top ticket with their Fife and Angus show winner, Dun Mor Eureka. The ewe-hogg which is by Dun Mor True Blue and out of a Holgarth ewe improved on last year's performance when it lifted second prize as a ewe lamb.
The reserve ticket was lifted by Lake District enthusiast Clive Richardson of Glenhurst, Swarthmoor, Cumbria, with his big tup, Border Lancer. The two-shear is by Knowlton Kynaston.
Leading the charge for North-east breeders was Barclay Mair, Kinnermit, Turriff, with his two-crop ewe, which returned the flock to the top of the Suffolk podium once again.
Reserve in this section went to I and J Barbour, Rosefield Farm, Old Carlisle Road, Annan, for their Ayr show winner, a one-crop ewe by Radar Rossie.
A crowded Blackface ringside saw the championship award eventually go to a worthy winner from the Gosland flock.
BLACKFACE: DC and JJ Marshall of Glendewing Farm, Gosland, Broughton, Biggar, with a two-shear Clennell-bred tup by a Blackhouse sire and out of a Midlock ewe on its first outing. Reserve – Wm Ramsay and Sons of Milnmark, Dalry, Castle Douglas, with a three crop ewe by The Emperor and out of an Elmscleugh-sired ewe, which had lifted the same ticket last year.
COMMERCIAL SHEEP: Andrew Baillie of Callacrag, Carnwath, Lanark, with a four-crop Texel cross Beltex ewe with two Beltex cross lambs by Longley Hero. Reserve – Scott Dempster of Castlehill, Tundergarth, Lockerbie, with a Beltex cross lamb out of a three-quarter Texel ewe by a Valum tup.
LLEYN: Derek Steen of Whitecastle Farm, Corrie, Lockerbie, with a two-shear tup by a Derek Steen tup and out of a Hugh Lloyd-bred ewe, on its first outing. Reserve – Debbie and Neil McGowan of Incheoch, Blairgowrie, with a homebred shearling tup by and Emrys Jones sire and out of a homebred ewe.
NORTH COUNTRY CHEVIOT: Roderick Runciman of Allanshaws, Galashiels, with Allanshaws Colleen, a homebred gimmer by Kingside Kingside Hubbanna and out of an Allanshaws Rooney ewe. Reserve – Roderick Runciman with Philiphaugh Tevis, a two-shear tup by Allanshaws Rooney and out of a Philliphaugh-bred ewe.
RYELAND: Andrew Hunter Blair of Nether Cleugh, Dalry, Castle Douglas, with a gimmer by Catherton Dundee and bred by Mr and Mrs Humphries. Reserve – Andrew Huntr Blair with Broomwell Jethro, a two-shear tup by Broomwell Fiscella from a dam going back to NZ bloodlines.
SUFFOLK: Barclay Mair of Kinnermit, Turriff, with a two-crop ewe by Cairness Kingdom and out of a dam by Stockton Storm. Reserve – I and J Barbour of Rosefield Farm, Old Carlisle Road, Annan, with a one-crop ewe by Radar Rossie and out of a Glenho ewe which had been champion at Ayr show.
BORDER LEICESTER: James Brown and Others of Eildon Cottage, Mindrum Mill, Northumberland, with a gimmer by Knowsie Boomerang and out of a homebred ewe which had itself been Highland champion. Reserve – James Brown with a homebred shearling ram by Kininmonth Kentucky and out of a homebred gimmer by Knowsie Boomerang.
CHEVIOT: W N Douglas of Catslackburn, Yarrow, Selkirk, with a three-crop ewe by a Townfoot Spec tup and out of a Blackdouglas ewe. Reserve – J F Irving and Son of Mountbenger, Yarrow Selkirk with a shearling tup by Kale Warrior and out of a dam by Hindhope Harrier on its first outing.
NORTH COUNTRY CHEVIOT HILL: C and M Symons of Attonburn, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, with a three-crop ewe by the homebred Attonburn Almighty and out of a homebred ewe which had won here as a gimmer. Reserve – Willie Thomson of Hownam Grange, Morebattle, Kelso with a three shear tup by a Hethpool sire and out of a Northhouse ewe.
JACOB: G Connor and S Dalrymple of Dun Mor, Auldhill Road, Linlithgow, with Dun Mor Eureka, a ewe hogg by Dun Mor True Blue and out of a Holgarth ewe, which had been champion at Fife and Angus. Reserve – Clive Richardson of Glenhurst, Swarthmoor, Ulverston, Cumbria, with Border Lancer, a two-shear homebred tup by Knowlton Kynaston and out of a homebred ewe.
Dream comes true with supreme win
AYRSHIRE Highland Pony breeder James Hendrie achieved a lifelong ambition when his home-bred three-year-old filly, recorded the first supreme title win of the vast horse and pony section at this year's Royal Highland Show.
Mrs Alvean Kerr, the owner's daughter, who put the filly through her paces said: "This is father's dream come true".
It was another father and daughter team – Robin Stewart, Mollinhillhead Farm, Mollinsburn, Cumbernauld, and l7-year-old Amanda – last year's winner of the Young Clydesdale Handler of the Year title – who took the top honours in the Clydedale horse breed section winning the female championship and then the overall supreme with their three year old home-bred filly Mollinhillhead Lady Jennifer.
HIGHLAND PONIES: James Hendrie, Glengarry, Carrick Hills, Maybole, Ayrshire with mare, Tower Gypsy Meg. Reserve: Mr and Mrs John Dykes, Mendick Lea, West Linton, Peebleshire with stallion, Dougal of Mendick.
SHETLAND PONIES: Mrs Rowena Provan, Summerfield, Glenfarg, Perth with mare, Waulkmill Good Gracious. Reserve: Transy Stud, Devonshaw, Dollar, Clackmannanshire with mare, Exhibit of Transy.
CLYDESDALE HORSES: Robert Stewart, Mollinhillhead Farm, Mollinsburn, Cumbernauld, with filly, Mollinhillhead Lady Jennifer.