Kintyre Clydesdale enthusiast’s memorial prize

The champion of champions display at the 2016 150th Kintyre Show.

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By Mark Davey

The Clydesdale horse classes are ever popular and for the 151st Kintyre show, next weekend, a new prize will be added.

Duncan Mackinnon was a true enthusiast of the breed and as a memorial his family has donated a prize, for the best Clydesdale in harness, to be judged as a separate class.

Presenting the trophies will be Lindsay Kerr, from Port William in Wigtonshire, who will be known to many from his seed selling days in Kintyre with Sinclair McGill.

The Anderston Park gates open at 8am next Friday August 4 and having changed the location of the horse and pony section to the bottom of the field, organisers hope they can get the animals in more quickly. The dairy section will move to the top of the field.

To aid speed of entry for competitors and stall holders this year, Kintyre Agricultural Society has widened all the gates.

In a further slight change to last year’s programme Dalcote Pony Club’s display in the main arena will be in mid-afternoon.

Kintyre Agricultural Society secretary, Councillor John Armour, said: ‘There are a number of new stalls including Campbeltown Motor Company making a welcome return to the show.

‘Two other vehicle stands will be be newcomers this year – VW with the Crafter and Amarok and Henrys Cars.

‘Kintyre gin will be available from Beinn an Tuirc distillers and Gigha’s Wee Isle Dairy will have stands.

‘Kintyre Arrows archery club will be on a separate field which is luckily not near the bouncy castle.’

Animals should be in place by 9.30am and the schedule of arena events is as follows: Horse and pony 9am, sheep 10am, cattle and Clydesdales 10.30am, old tractors 12.30pm, dogs 1pm. The champion of champions judging will be at 2.30pm and presentation of trophies at 3.30pm.

This year’s judges are: Ayrshire: Christine Sanderson, Cumbria; Holstein: Andrew Wilson, Cupar; Beef: Douglas Graham, Stirling; Clydesdales: Robin Lang, Pitscottie; Black face sheep and AOB Native sheep: Robert Dixon, Lockerbie; Suffolks and AOB pure: Elizabeth Lang, Pitscottie; Texels and commercial: Tony Rozga, Islay; Leicester mule and greyface: Phil May, Llanymnech; Horses and ponies: Janet Kerr, Sheila Gillespie and Hannah Stone; Dogs: Rhona Barnett, Lochgilphead; Tractors: John Ralston, Kilkivan.

Tickets are priced at £6 for adults, £3 children and a family in a car at £12. The car park is in a slightly different location this year, on the Machrihanish end of the field.