Stron­tian show field packed with en­tries

The Oban Times - - Farming - EL­LIE FORBES eforbes@oban­

AF­TER a week of bad weather, the skies bright­ened on Satur­day (Au­gust 13) as peo­ple gath­ered to take part in the Su­nart and Dis­trict agri­cul­tural show.

The Stron­tian show field was packed with com­peti­tors and on­look­ers cel­e­brat­ing the 66th anniversary of the an­nual show.

This year was the first for new sec­re­tary Nikki Robert­son who joined a team of vol­un­teers that make the show pos­si­ble.

She told The Oban Times: ‘The show is very im­por­tant to the com­mu­nity, ev­ery­one al­ways looks for­ward to the day. The com­mu­nity al­ways pulls to­gether for the show and there is so much work that goes on be­hind the scenes that peo­ple don’t al­ways re­alise.

‘Our vol­un­teers meet once a month to or­gan­ise the show. They do ev­ery­thing on the day, from cut­ting the grass to putting the an­i­mal pens up.’

Pres­i­dent Ali­son Wright, who has been in­volved with the games for al­most 20 years, was ex­cited for another year of the well-loved show.

Com­ing from a farm­ing back­ground, Mrs Wright knows how im­por­tant th­ese shows are.

She said: ‘My fa­ther worked on a farm and my hus­band and son have been breed­ing and show­ing cat­tle pretty much all their life.’

And it was son David and hus­band Robert who stole the show on Satur­day, with their 900kg cow be­ing crowned cham­pion of cham­pi­ons.

A fam­ily af­fair, it was also daugh­ter Krystie Wright’s first year as trea­surer.

Mrs Wright said: ‘ We do re­ally well with en­tries. Peo­ple come from all over to par­tic­i­pate. The horse show is an open com­pe­ti­tion so peo­ple travel from Mull and Salen.

‘But we also want peo­ple to see that the show isn’t all about agri­cul­ture. There are lots of dif­fer­ent skills in­volved in the day.’

In ad­di­tion to cat­tle, sheep and horses, a num­ber of stalls were also present on the show field. Lochaber En­vi­ron­men­tal Group were there, as were Crown Vets and Mull Pipe Band.

Mrs Wright con­tin­ued: ‘We are very well sup­ported with good spon­sor­ship.’

Team­ing up with High Life High­land, the show also put on a mini high­land games for chil­dren.

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Com­peti­tors get ready for the sheep judg­ing to be­gin.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ Cham­pion Horse

Kerry McGil­very, 14, from Mull with her cham­pion horse.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ Com­mit­tee 01

Show con­venor Claire Cameron with pres­i­dent Ali­son Wright and her daugh­ter Krystie who is com­mit­tee trea­surer.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ pipe band 01

Mull pipe band per­form­ing at the show on Satur­day.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ An­gus 01

An­gus MacColl’s three year- old sheep won first prize in the Texel cat­e­gory.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ high­land cow 01

Cham­pion of the High­land cat­e­gory at last week­end’s Su­nart and Dis­trict Agri­cul­tural Show.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ Cham­pion Cow 01

David Wright with his Cham­pion cow, who was also crowned cham­pion of cham­pi­ons at the show.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ Cham­pion Sheep 01

Cham­pion sheep at the show.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ Horses 01

Orla MacLen­nan and Caro­line MacPhail with their horses at the Su­nart show.

21_ F34 Su­nart_ Horse Show 01

Peo­ple take part in the horse show on Satur­day morn­ing.

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