IT’S often uttered by many people in Berwickshire that if it rains on the day of the Flodden Ride Out there’ll be more of the same at Duns Show and this proved to be the case last week.
Riders and their horses got a drenching for Coldstream Civic Week’s main event last Thursday, August 4 and exhibitors and spectators at Duns Castle on Saturday certainly needed their waterproofs and wellies.
But although attractions in the main ring were slightly disrupted by the persistent downpour, entries were once again of high number and standard around the show ground.
The big winners on the day were Clive Storey and his horse Masquerade from Halterburn, Yetholm, who won the Overall Show Championship, as well as taking home three trophies in the Hunting Stock section.
Clive said he was very proud that Masquerade, who he’s owned since November last year, had done so well in the horse’s first season of competition.
He described Masquerade as a “sane and sensible” horse and hoped there’d be more success to come.
There was keen competition in the Cattle Section when, fresh from his success at the Border Union Show a week earlier, Cheeklaw’s David Lucas was hoping to take home the overall cattle champion title on home turf.
Unfortunately for David this wasn’t to be although his cup-winning Aberdeen Angus certainly pushed eventual champion, a charolais owned by John Campbell of Thrunton near Alnwick, all the way and went home with the reserve rosette and the Challenge Cup for best in class.
After seeing his charolais finish reserve to David’s Aberdeen Angus at Kelso a week earlier, John was thrilled that the home bred 18-month-old took home the top honour and was full of praise for Bruce Campbell who showed him on Saturday.
Keith Redpath of Redpath Farms, Kelso was also in celebratory mood after his limousin repeated its victory at the Highland Show and bettered its third place at Carlisle by winning its class. Keith, who took home the cow and calf accolade at Duns Show last year, bought the prize-winning limousin at Carlisle the beginning of the year after it had been bred in Yorkshire.
Brian Irving who was showing on behalf of H. Mackaskill of Woodhall Farm, Dunbar was pleasantly surprised that his simmental took victory in the simmental class on its first outing. He said although the 17-month-old home bred exhibit was a good size for his age he never expected him to take home the trophy.
Another surprised winner was 11-year-old Ross McPherson of Castle Hills, Berwick who won this year’s Young Handler Competition after he led a 15-month-old charolais bred by Archie Macgregor around the ring.
The Sheep Section was also fiercely contested with the overall championship going to a Texel gimmer owned by G.H. and David Gray of Sunnycroft, Lindean, Selkirk which was also named Reserve Best In Show.
The gimmer, by Paperazzi, was home bred and in its previous outing was first in its class at the Royal Highland Show.
The reserve championship went to the Crossbred champion, a Suffolk/Texel cross ewe owned by J.R. Whitecross of Clarabad Mill, Paxton, which was also being shown for the first time. They also had the reserve in the Crossbred with their gimmer.
The Blackfaced championship went to a Bothwell two shear ram owned by Professor Penny, Harehead, Cranshaws. Being shown for the first time, he was bought last year for £1,800.
The reserve Blackfaced champion was a tup lamb owned by Marchmont Farms. Kettleshiel. Off a £2,000 Clennel sire he too was being shown for the first time.
The Suffolk championship was awarded to a shearling ram owned by A.W. and B.T. Taylor of Belmont Farm, Kelso. Second in class at the Border Union Show a week earlier, his mother was bought at the Carlisle lamb sale. The reserve champion was a ewe lamb owned by Neil Pate of Toxside, Gorebridge. The lamb was previously champion at Dalkeith Show and first in its class at the Border Union.
With the Sunnycroft gimmer taking the Texel championship and the overall championship, the reserve in the Texels was a ewe owned by R.H. and J.A. Bell of Roxburgh Mill, Kelso.
The champion Greyface was a home bred Bothwell ewe lamb owned by Professor Penny. Shown for the first time she is destined to be sold at St Boswells in September. Professor Penny also had the reserve.
The champion Bluefaced Leicester was a ewe owned by Mrs Claydon of Clarilaw Farm, Melrose. By a Kemptview tup out of a home bred ewe she was being shown for the first time. Their gimmer also took the reserve championship.
In the Multibreed section the championship rosette went to a Charolaid tup lamb owned by T. Darling of Ladyflat, Duns. Being shown for the first time he is by Eddison Jigsaw out of a Logie Durno.
The reserve was Ballytaggart Keltic Star, a Poll Dorset ram owned by James Royan of The Granary, Putton Mill, Duns. He was previously reserve and breed champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. Bred in Northern Ireland by the Ballytaggart flock, he was bought in Carlisle in 2008 as a tup lamb.
The top prize in the Prime Cross Bred Lambs went to J.R. Whitecross of Claerabad Mill, Paxton.
In the Shetland Sheep Section the championship went to St Baldred’s Stanley, a white shearling ram owned by G.E. and J. Meikle of St Baldreds, Tyninghame, Dunbar. Being shown for the first time his sire was three times male champion at the Highland Show and his dam was St Baldreds Sorrell. The reserve was a coloured shearling ram owned by J.C. and R. Steven of Rosebank Farm, Currie. Home bred, he was previously first in class at the Border Union and Haddington shows.
Over in the hunting sections, the overall horse championship went to ‘Masquerade’, owned and ridden by Clive Storey of Halterburn, Yetholm, with the horse also taking home two further trophies in what was a successful event for all involved
Another owner and rider full of praise for her horse was Jenny Browne of West Mains, Gordon. On Saturday she was on board ‘Castella’ who was awarded both the Silver Perpetual Challenge Cup for Best Exhibit in young Hunting Stock and the Young Trophy for winning the Riding Club Horse Class.
She said the home bred four year old was a pleasure to ride and had a lovely temperament. She added that following her victory ‘Castella’ would more than likely spend the rest of the year hunting.
Over in the poultry tent, numbers were up, with Peebles’ Dorinda Fontana taking home Best in Show with her A.O.V Heavy Breed Female.
There was also a good number of entries in this year’s Industrial Section and Paxton’s Maureen Cranston won the trophy for the individual with the most points.
Although, like everyone else, show secretary Natalie Cormack was disappointed with the weather she said it didn’t affect things too much.
She told The Berwickshire News: “It was a great day’s competition in all rings with particular accolade to the cattle and sheep sections for their overall quality on show.
“Thanks to all exhibitors and public alike for showing true British spirit and just getting on with it during the afternoon’s downpour. There was a brief lull in the rain to let us get the parade and Overall Show Champion awarded, by Jack Clark, who gave each of the exhibits a thorough examination. The Main Ring programme in the afternoon was only minorly curtailed at the end due to safety concerns of the horses and riders.