Loch Awe black­face tops suc­cess­ful Mid Ar­gyll Show

The rain held off, and the sun even made an oc­ca­sional ap­pear­ance, for the 118th Mid Ar­gyll Show.

The Oban Times - - Farming -

AF­TER one of the wettest sum­mers on record, the or­gan­is­ers were grate­ful for a dry show day.

Though still wet un­der­foot, the show­field held up sur­pris­ingly well, de­spite the odd tow be­ing needed for bogged ve­hi­cles. And the crowds turned out. Or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mate that over 2,000 peo­ple came along to Kil­mory to en­joy the big day.

There was plenty for all the fam­ily to see, do and taste.

Aside from the usual top qual­ity live­stock on dis­play, spec­ta­tors could take in mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment by Mid Ar­gyll Pipe Band, a dar­ing dis­play of horse­man­ship by young riders from Su­san Doe’s Dal­tote Eq­ui­tation Cen­tre, a pa­rade of lov­ingly main­tained vintage trac­tors and much more be­sides.

The home in­dus­tries tent pro­duced some de­served win­ners, while a huge va­ri­ety of stalls of­fered some­thing for ev­ery­one.

For the fi rst time ever, this year’s show fea­tured a supreme cham­pi­onship, across all species of crea­ture - from hens to Cly­des­dale horses and dogs to High­land cat­tle. Show um­pire, Bob Cun­ning­ham of Neriby Farm on the Isle of Is­lay, had the un­en­vi­able task of choos­ing the win­ner.

Com­ing away with the inau­gu­ral supreme cham­pi­onship, in just her third out­ing of the sea­son, was a two- shear black­face ewe from J& J MacPher­son, Bal­liemeanoch, Loch Awe. Off a £ 6,000 Con­nachan sire and out of a Lurg- bred ewe, the black­face cham­pion also won at the pre­vi­ous week­end’s Lorn Show and came home with a fourth place rosette from June’s Royal High­land Show.

Re­serve open cham­pion was the supreme win­ner at the pre­vi­ous day’s Kin­tyre Show, Cly­des­dale mare, Gar- Cal-Fra Sweet Chloe, from David and Calum McPhail, Camp­bel­town.

Not too far be­hind was the High­land cat­tle cham­pion, three­year- old heifer, Iona 1st of Cnoc, from M& S O’Hara, Cnoc Fold, Ap­pin, and shown by stock­man Iain MacKay. The High­land cat­tle cham­pion, de­scribed by judge, Mrs Moyra Porter, as ‘just a sweet wee heifer’ is daugh­ter of Chief­tain 5th of Glen­gorm and dam Iona 1st of Bein Esk.

Judg­ing the dog show was Mrs Vic­to­ria Miller from In­ver­awe - drafted in the day be­fore to judge Mid Ar­gyll for the sec­ond time af­ter the orig­i­nal judge was un­able to at­tend. She had no easy task de­cid­ing the win­ner across 16 dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions, but the supreme cham­pi­onship was par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult.

‘The qual­ity at the show has been great,’ said Mrs Miller. ‘What I look for is a dog that is fit for func­tion, and I think our cham­pion fits the bill.’

Se­lected as cham­pion was a two-year- old white- coated re­triever called Bai­ley, owned by Jan Burgess of Mi­nard.

Asked what had tipped the bal­ance in Bai­ley’s favour, Mrs Miller replied: ‘It was a tough de­ci­sion, but he’s just re­ally lovely, and you can see the char­ac­ter.’

Bai­ley’s owner Jan said that she had taken him on as a scrawny four-month- old puppy from Northamp­ton­shire. ‘He was just so thin. He was starv­ing,’ Jan ex­plained.

Jan, who has another four re­triev­ers at home, has taken Bai­ley from the edge of star­va­tion to the supreme cham­pi­onship at Mid Ar­gyll Show.

An ex­cited Jan con­tin­ued: ‘It just feels fan­tas­tic. Bai­ley is a big per­son­al­ity and to come here and win this…I just can’t ex­plain it.’

Among the light horses and pones, Oban’s Re­becca Scott in the rid­ing ponies (un­der sad­dle) com­pe­ti­tion, was the open cham­pion on Silent Whis­per II. The lo­cal cham­pion from the moun­tain and moor­land (in hand) con­test was Ash­leigh Kil­gour from Lochgilp­head, rid­ing Dafydd, and this com­bi­na­tion went on to the supreme cham­pi­onship where they were awarded the re­serve confi ned cham­pion ti­tle.

Speak­ing af­ter­wards, show pres­i­dent, Bruce Dixon, com­mented: ‘The whole event has gone re­ally well con­sid­er­ing the sum­mer we’ve had. We have got a re­ally good, strong com­mit­tee be­hind the show, and it wouldn’t work with­out them pulling to­gether as a team. I want to thank ev­ery­body in­volved, in­clud­ing all the com­peti­tors and spon­sors.’

The whole event has gone re­ally well con­sid­er­ing the sum­mer we’ve had. We have got a re­ally good, strong com­mit­tee be­hind the show, and it wouldn’t work with­out them pulling to­gether as a team

Bruce Dixon

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Camp­bel­town vintage trac­tor en­thu­si­ast, Wil­lie Reid, with his David Brown 990

‘Im­plem­atic’.

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The cre­ative skills of Rose Mac­Cal­lum (left) and Anya Grit­ten made them joint

win­ners of the MAAS Cup for ages 8-12 in the hand­i­crafts tent.

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Dog show cham­pion (and con­fined cham­pion) Bai­ley (right) with the re­serve cham­pion and re­serve con­fined cham­pion in the dog show. Judge Vic­to­ria

Miller is cen­tre.

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Brodie and Libby Peaton have a go at driv­ing a vintage Ford­son

trac­tor.

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The black­face cham­pion and supreme show cham­pion with (l-r) Malky Mac­Don­ald, Grant MacPher­son, Iain MacPher­son and Alec

MacPher­son.

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Black­face and supreme show cham­pion, a two- crop black­face ewe

from Messrs J& J MacPher­son, Bal­liemeanoch.

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Re­becca Scott from Oban on Silent Whis­per, win­ner of the Champi

on­ship Cup for the best horse or pony in the show.

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Three-year- old heifer, Iona 1st of Cnoc, High­land Cat­tle cham­pion,

with han­dler, Iain MacKay.

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Nine-year- old Mir­ren An­gus from Kilmichael reaches 14 crates to lead the com­pe­ti­tion at

that point.

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Kayla Wil­lan, aged 7, with her 11 month old puppy, Rosie, win­ner

of the puppy class.

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