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.
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
Campbeltown vintage tractor enthusiast, Willie Reid, with his David Brown 990
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.
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.
Brodie and Libby Peaton have a go at driving a vintage Fordson
The blackface champion and supreme show champion with (l-r) Malky MacDonald, Grant MacPherson, Iain MacPherson and Alec
Blackface and supreme show champion, a two- crop blackface ewe
from Messrs J& J MacPherson, Balliemeanoch.
Rebecca Scott from Oban on Silent Whisper, winner of the Champi
onship Cup for the best horse or pony in the show.
Three-year- old heifer, Iona 1st of Cnoc, Highland Cattle champion,
with handler, Iain MacKay.
Nine-year- old Mirren Angus from Kilmichael reaches 14 crates to lead the competition at
Kayla Willan, aged 7, with her 11 month old puppy, Rosie, winner
of the puppy class.