Moor­land cruis­ers

Point­ers and set­ters graced this Bor­ders moor for two days of sump­tu­ous ac­tion in the Cham­pion Stake, as Jon Kean re­ports.

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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.

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