Bothwell Blackface gimmer takes top honours at Ellemford Show

ELLEMFORD once again provided the picturesque setting for the Lammermoor Pastoral Society's 124th show on Saturday.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 29th September 2010, 3:03 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th September 2010, 3:03 pm

All classes were well supported and fine weather helped swell the attendance during the afternoon.

As well as the usual sheep classes there was terrier racing and a hogg roast later in the day.

Society chairman Ian Davidson said: "We have had another very successful Ellemford Show, blessed yet again by dry weather. We are very grateful to all those who continue to generously support the show in whatever way as we go forward next year to celebrate our 125th anniversary show."

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The overall sheep championship went to a Blackface gimmer owned by Professor Penny of Bothwell. This was only the second time out for the gimmer off a 10,000 Williamhope sheep.

Reserve champion was a three shear, home bred Texel tup owned by Professor Penny at Crichness.

The Grey Face champion was a gimmer owned by W. Pate of Craigsford Mains. Bred at Lochyloch this gimmer was also champion at Yarrow Show.

Cup winners were as follows:

The Golden Jubliee Cup for Overall Champion - Professor Penny, Bothwell (for a Blackface gimmer). The James Coltherd Memorial Cup for the Shepherd bringing out the Overall Champion - Peter Lothian, Bothwell. The Swan and Kellie Cup for Reserve Overall Champion - Professor Penny, Crichness (for a Texel tup). The Spottiswoode Cup for the Overall Champion Pen - The Firm of Sutherland, Hillhouse (for a pen of three Blackface gimmers). The D.P. Marshall Cup for best Multi-Breed - Professor Penny, Crichness. The Landale Cup for best Grey Face - W Pate, Craigsford Mains (for a gimmer). The Longformacus Cup for best Grey Face pen - T. Walker, Cammerlaws (for three ewe lambs). The Ainslie Perpetual Cup for best Blackface - Professor Penny, Bothwell. The T. Douglas Veitch Cup for the best Blackface pen - The Firm of Sutherland, Hillhouse (for three Blackface gimmers). The Bank of Scotland Cup for the best Prime Lamb - J.R. Whitecross, Clarabad Mill. The Champion shepherd's pen - C. Blaikie, Crichness for a Texel ewe, gimmer and ewe lamb.

Judges in the industrial tent reported a high standard of entries in all classes.

Top award winner, with most points, was Helen Richardson from Duns with the Elliot Cup for most points under 25 going to Kirsty Thompson.

Trophy winners were as follows: Dickinson Cup for most points - Helen Richardson. Elliot Cup for most points (under 25) Kirsty Thompson. Eunice Elliot Cup for most points (12-15 years) - Billy McKinlay. RAC Simpson Trophy for most points (under 12 years) - Jemima Bevan. Harehead Quaich for best craft exhibit - Corrine Mycock (fascinator). Champion of champions best stick - W.T. Gibson Snr. John McGuffie Award for best fancy stick - R. Foulis. LPS award for best plain wood stick - W.T. Gibson Snr. LPS award for best plain horn stick - Bill Miller. Tait Cup for best novice stick - R. Foulis. Marygold Cup for best vegetable exhibit - Colin McKenna. Ferguson Salver for best flower exhibit - Mark Rowley. Muriel Milne Cup for best children's exhibit - Josie Bayles (handprint).

For a full list of prizewinners see this week's Berwickshire News.