Flock star moves: My Name’5 Doddie Foundation star of the show

Doddie’s Sheep by Megan ReillyDoddie’s Sheep by Megan Reilly
Doddie’s Sheep by Megan Reilly
This year, the Royal Highland Show is celebrating the return of Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing & Woolhandling Championships with a massive cross-country public art trail called Flock to the Show – join us as we round them up individually. Today: Doddie’s Sheep by Megan Reilly

The Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing & Woolhandling Championships is returning to the Royal Highland Show in June after 20 years.

Held in the MacRobert Theatre, more than 35 countries from across the world will battle it out to see who is the fastest sheep shearer and who has the best woolhandling technique.

The highly-anticipated event will feature 39 decorated sheep sculptures that are currently on tour across Scotland in the Flock to the Show public art trail.

The Scotsman is the media partner for both events and the Royal Highland Show is held from 22 to 25 June.

Visit the website at royalhighlandshow.org

Meet the artist

Megan Reilly is a mural artist based in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.

She started her creative business back in 2012 and since then has painted over 1,000 murals in residential and commercial properties.

The artist expresses a love for taking boring plain walls and transforming them into something really special with the use of bright colours and eclectic designs.

She says that the thing she enjoys most about her job painting murals is witnessing her client’s reaction to the finished artwork, and seeing how happy it makes them, having watched their vision become reality.

Megan says: “Being part of this art trail means a lot to me. Seeing my artwork touring around Scotland and then being auctioned off to raise money for charity is any artist’s dream come true.”

Doddie’s Sheep

Doddie’s Sheep by Megan Reilly highlights Scottish agriculture’s position as a key player in achieving food security for Scotland.

The sector works hard to improve consumers’ access to healthy, locally grown food, especially in rural areas. By promoting local food systems, the country’s agriculture industry can help to create jobs and support rural economies, while also reducing carbon emissions associated with long-distance transportation of food.

Scottish agriculture can improve efficiency through the use of new technologies, improved farming practices, and reduced waste, which can all help to increase crop yields and reduce the amount of land needed for food production.

Farmers in Scotland can contribute to efforts to address climate change by adopting practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase carbon sequestration in the soil, such as agroforestry, reduced tillage, and cover cropping.

Meet the sponsor

The Royal Highland Show is delighted to support the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, which is committed to a world free of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and leaving no stone unturned in its relentless pursuit of this goal.

The charity was launched in 2017 by former Scottish international rugby union legend Doddie Weir, who earned 61 caps for Scotland and represented the British and Irish Lions, following his own diagnosis.

Ever since, the foundation has been dedicated to funding research to find effective treatments for MND.

The charity says: “We are incredibly grateful to the organisers for choosing My Name’5 Doddie Foundation as one of their charities to support in the Flock to the Show campaign. It is a great way to engage with their audience.”

Find your fleece

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