Soar­ing tem­per­a­tures at Is­lay Show

The Oban Times - - Farming -

Some of the best known names in Is­lay farm­ing cir­cles dom­i­nated the prize lists at the is­land’s lo­cal agri­cul­tural show held be­fore a record crowd and in soar­ing tem­per­a­tures at Brid­gend on Thurs­day, 13th Au­gust.

It was a par­tic­u­larly suc­cess­ful day for the Firm of T Epps, Ard­nave, who shone in the beef castle sec­tion and whose calf en­try went on to win the show’s cham­pi­onship and the cham­pion of cham­pi­ons ac­co­lade.

Other reg­u­lar com­peti­tors fea­tur­ing highly on the win­ning ta­bles were G and M Porter, Carrabus, N and M MacLel­lan, Kilchiaran, Dun­los­sit Es­tate Cean­nacroic, and N Mac­Don­ald, Bun­na­hab­hain.

Gor­don Cur­rie from Port Ellen and his name­sake, Alastair from Bal­la­cla­van­made, their mark in the black­face sheep sec­tion, while Alastair’s fa­ther, Dun­can, was awarded the over­all sheep cham­pi­onship.

Other no­table win­ners were T Rozga, Kil­meny and A Orr, La­gavullin.

Also cov­er­ing them­selves in glory in the ovine classes were I MacMil­lan, Eorrabus, B Mac­Don­ald, Bowmore, G and J Archibald, Craigens, and M and M Brown, Cru­ach.

The prize for the best High­land pony en­tered by owner went to FH and HA Roxburgh, Bal­livicar, who also gained the best rid­ing pony award. M Brown and R Hayes, Gru­inart, fielded the best pony in show as well as the cham­pion and the best horse/pony shown in hand. The re­serve cham­pion was han­dled by J Fletcher, Keills, who also re­ceived the shield for the best rid­ing horse.

The tro­phy for the most ag­gre­gate points in the gymkhana went to K Mid­dle­ton, Port Ellen, who was also the best young rider un­der 16 years. L Cur­rie from Bowmore en­joyed sim­i­lar suc­cess in the un­der 12 years best rider sec­tion.

Fraser Woodrow takes his calf for a walk around the show pen dur­ing the

judg­ing process

Vintage trac­tors makes their slow, but steady way through the show

field. These proved a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion.

Pho­to­graphs: Mark Unsworth

No 1 Best in show/show cham­pion calf from Ard­nave Farm (R.Epps)

shown by James Porter

A judge casts a prac­tised eye over a fine flock in one of the show’s sheep


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