Rain fails to dampen spirits at Border Shepherds’ Show

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This year the weather tried to test Yetholm Border Shepherds’ Show first thing, but as the afternoon arrived so did the sunshine and with it the crowds.

A great day was had with the entries on par with last year and there was plenty for everyone to see.

The sheep classes had strong entries and most turned up to endure the despicable morning rain. The walking stick section had a great display from exhibitors coming from north, south, east and west.

The industrial tent was a hive of activity with a fine display of entries from the fantastic flower arrangements to an outstanding display of vegetables and flowers.

The baking section this year had a new class of Lemon Drizzle cake made to a supplied recipe which proved to be a popular class with 20 entries. Needlework and handicraft classes were also very well supported and the photography was of a particularly high standard.

Afternoon main ring attractions were as always enjoyed by the crowds starting with the Brae House Race which this year included a fell-run to the top of Stearough and back. Nine runners took to the hill with the winner completing in 32 minutes.

The Eildon Dog agility group gave a lively performance with their canine partners and then followed the local College Valley and North Northumberland pack of hounds, allowing visitors to come up close to the hounds and horses.

The Cornhill Carriage Company provided a display which was followed by a stunning parade of vintage tractors and vehicles.

Duns Pipe Band provided music throughout the afternoon, giving the field a great atmosphere.

With the number and standard of entries being so high, judges faced a difficult task and thanks must be given to both them and all of the exhibitors. Organisers are grateful for the significant support received from its many sponsors and for the Stewards who keep everything ticking over on the day. Special thanks is also given to everyone who braved the weather on Saturday and helped to make the 151st Yetholm Border Shepherd’s Show another success.

Sheep

Overall Champion - C.R. Graham and Sons; Reserve - W. and J. Thomson; Best Female Sheep - C.R. Graham and Sons; Cheviot Best Exhibit – Mr T. Elliot; Reserve – C. and S. Weir; North Country Hill Cheviot (Lairg Type) – W. and J. Thomson; Blackfaced Best Exhibit – Mr E. Kinghorn; Reserve – Mr E. Kinghorn; Best Sheep – Mr E. Kinghorn; Most Points – Mr E. Kinghorn; Mule Best – Mr B. Hedley; North Country Cheviot - C.R. Graham and Sons; Any other Breed Best Blue Faced Leicester – A. and C. Freeland Cook; Suffolk - Mr G. Sandilands; Young Handlers – Miss R. Elliot; Prime Lambs - Mr J. Guiry.

Dogs

Terriers, Best Border – Mrs M. Portsmouth; Jack Russell – Mrs K. Duncan; Champion Collie – Mr W. Armstrong; Collie Working Trial – Mr K. Preston; Novice – Mr P. Howe.