Pointers and setters graced this Borders moor for two days of sumptuous action in the Champion Stake, as Jon Kean reports.
Byrecleugh Estate in the Scottish Borders, owned by the Duke of Roxburghe, proved to be a superb venue for the 2016 Champion Stake, the Kennel Club’s premier event for pointers and setters. The heather in bloom was the perfect backdrop for an outstanding championship.
Held in association with Connolly’s Red Mills Engage, the two-day event attracted competitors from all parts of the British Isles and Ireland. It was also something of an international affair, with spectators travelling from Norway, Sweden and Italy to witness this prestigious event.
For the first time ever, the championship was officiated under a three-judge system, which was highly david Hall’s english setter bitch upperwood Ash Alert awaits her turn to compete. The estate in total extends to 54,000 acres, the centre being Floors Castle in Kelso, built in the 1720s for the first Duke of Roxburghe. Judges, from left: Michael Houston, Meryl Asbury & shaun Mccormack.