The Border Union Agricultural Society is putting the finishing touches to the events programme for the historic Bicentenary of its Border Union Show which will take place at Springwood Park on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27.
In addition to its usual packed programme of livestock competitions and over 200 trade stands, this year’s event will also feature the following:
Flavours of the Borders Food Fair providing an insight into the region’s famed food production credentials with live demonstrations by world renowned chefs including Albert Roux, Andrew Fairlie (Gleneagles) and professional Masterchef winner, Derek Johnstone (Greywalls) on both days;
A special “Story of Wool” and ‘History of Wool in the Borders’ will be showcased on both days. This will including shearing demonstrations, a Rare Breeds exhibition, spinning, weaving and felting workshops with two fabulous fashion shows on Saturday:
A “History of the Horse” pageant from Roman times to the present day will take place on Saturday afternoon with amongst other items stunt riding, heavy horses and highwaymen plus more;
There will also be performances by The Bolddogs Motorcycle Display Team, The Locheil Marching Drill Team from New Zealand and The Lowland Royal Scottish Regiment.
Other attractions on both days include The Crazy Bears Children’s Entertainment, Richard Savoury’s Sheep Show, crop harvesting demonstrations, The Climbing Wall and the Fun Fair.
The Show has a range of classes for horses and ponies including Mountain and Moorland Ridden and In-Hand, First Ridden and Lead Rein, Riding Ponies, Hunter Pony Breeding, Coloured Horses, Working Hunter Ponies, Show Jumping, Burghley Young Event Horse, Burghley Event Pony, Hunters, Riding Horses, Side Saddle and Heavy Horses. There are qualifiers for various NPS awards and The Horse of the Year Show.
Cattle sections include Aberdeen Angus, Galloway, Native Beef Breeds, Continental Beef Breeds, Commercial Beef Cattle and Young Handler classes.
Sheep sections include Border Leicester, Suffolk, Cheviot, NCC, Lairg type Cheviot, Blackface, Bluefaced Leicester, Texel, Charollais, Scotch Half Bred, Scotch Mule, Unregistered Suffolks, Jacob, Shetland, Lleyn, Prime Lambs and Young Handler classes.
There are also classes for Dairy Goats and Alpacas.
The Society is delighted that HRH The Countess of Wessex has very kindly agreed to be its Patron for the Bicentennial Year. Her Royal Highness will be attending the Show on July 26 and 27, including a Banquet on the Friday evening.