David wins overall title - at last!

David McApline with his winning entry in the Grey Face catagory and overall winner in the 125th Ellemford Show
David McApline with his winning entry in the Grey Face catagory and overall winner in the 125th Ellemford Show

The sun shone on the picturesque setting of Ellemford, on the banks of the River Whiteadder, as the Lammermoor Pastoral Society celebrated the occasion of its 125th annual show on Saturday.

Once again the show was a great success with an excellent turnout of entries and visitors on what turned out to be a lovely afternoon.

Society chairman David Morrison was delighted with this year’s show and said it was an excellent day for the 125th event.

He added: “It was a good day all round. We were again blessed with decent weather and everything went well.

“Entries were comparable to previous years and David McAlpine, who told me he has been trying for years to win the overall sheep championship, did so this time so he will be very pleased.

“Everyone from the car booters and stall holders to exhibitors all enjoyed themselves so all in all it has been a great success.”

The inaugural Cattle Competition for a field of a minimum 20 suckler cows and calves for the 125th Anniversary Cup (plus special prizes donated by Carrs Billington Ltd and Minsups Ltd) was won by Duncan Shell, Godscroft, Abbey St Bathans, for a field of Aberdeen Angus cattle. The reserve champion was Professor W.A. Penny, Harehead, who donated the trophy.

The Golden Jubilee Cup for the overall champion in the sheep section was awarded to J.J. and M. Dunlop, of Mayfield, Reston, for a Grey Face ewe lamb.

The lamb was bought at Hexham out of a pen of 25 and was being shown for the first time. J.J. and M. Dunlop also had the reserve Grey Face champion - a gimmer, also bought at Hexham and being shown for the first time.

Reserve overall was a Blackface ewe owned by The Firm of Sutherland, Hillhouse. The Elmscleugh bred ewe was bought as a ewe lamb. Off a £24,000 Alanfauld tup it was also reserve champion at Haddington Show earlier this year.

The Firm of Sutherland also had the reserve Blackface champion with a ewe lamb which won its class at the Border Union Show.

The Multi-breed champion was a four-year-old Texel ewe owned by Professor W.A. Penny of Crichness. Off the Neil Chrichton Tweed flock, she was being shown for the first time.

The reserve in the Multi-breed was also from Crichness, a Texel tup lamb out of a home bred ewe by a £5,000 Neil Crichton tup bought last year.

The Industrial tent was as busy as ever with some top class exhibits on display. The Dickinson Cup for most points went to Helen Richardson.

The sheepdog trial was very well supported this year and attracted a total of 29 entries.

The James Milne Cup for champion dog or bitch was won by J. Robinson from Eyemouth with Moss. The Duns Castle Challenge Cup for Berwickshire shepherds also went to J. Robinson. Winner of the overall trial was D. Henderson of Midlothian with Skid.

The vintage tractors attracted a lot of interest. The trophy for the best tractor was awarded to John Cron of Duns with his Massey Ferguson 290 75HP.

The Lammermoor Pastoral Society is holding a special dinner to mark the 125th show. This will be held in Westruther Hall on Friday, November 11, and tickets can be booked from the show secretary Evan Wylie.