Sun shines on agricultural show

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As rain ruined shows across Scotland, the 151st Kintyre Agricultural Show promised to go ahead whatever the weather and the gamble paid off with clear skies and sun for almost the entire day.

Cows, sheep, horses, dogs and even a few alpacas took to Anderston Park last Friday for the annual show of livestock and implements.

The quality of entrants was on par with previous years, with many from Kintyre and further afield.

An astounding 73 canines were entered into the dog section, possibly setting a show record.

The champion of champions award went to this year’s Highland Show female champion, Jean McLachlan’s Bluefaced Leicester, up against Willie Ralston and his dairy champion, John McCallum with the beef champion, Callum MacPhail and his champion Clydesdale, Keren Paterson with best dog in show, Echo, and Heather Dixon, the overall champion in the horse and pony section, on Blossom Hill.

Crowds who flocked to the event were able to browse the many stalls in the park between competitions and were entertained to see four members of Campbeltown Young Farmers getting engulfed in gunge after hitting their fundraising targets. Chairman Robert MacKinnon took on the challenge alongside members Lewis Anderson, John Pirie and Greig Gillespie.

Before the presentation of trophies, by Lindsay Kerr, from Port William in Wigtownshire, horse riders from Daltote Equestrian Centre in Achnamara put on an acrobatic display on horseback.

A brand new prize was up for grabs this year, the Duncan MacKinnon Trophy for best horse dressed and in harness, which was presented by Mr MacKinnon’s daughter Isabell Hodgson.

Michelle Mayberry, of Bellochantuy, who won the inaugural prize, said: ‘The team and I are first to win the new trophy for the harness and decoration class in memory of a great man and Clydesdale lover, Mr MacKinnon.’

For the full results, turn to farming, page 19.

Catherine Reid, Kintyre area manager of Highland Fuels, being looked after by her nephews, Thomas Robertson, three, Archie Reid, one, and Jack Reid, three, of Glenside Tractors. 50_c32kintyreshow03_catherine reid

Alan King of Reid and Robertson serving a tea to one of his longest customers, Mary Turner of Killdaloig. 50_c32kintyreshow04_reid and robertson

Campbell the cow helps Sheena Robertson run the Mull of Kintyre cheese stall. 50_c32kintyreshow06_mull of kintyre cheese

Loghan and Ava, both seven, try out one of ATV Services Scotland’s quads.50_c32kintyreshow10_ava quad

Laura Dodd, left, with Chris Husthwaite, the new agent for NFU Mutual and group secretary for Kintyre NFU Scotland. 50_c32kintyreshow11_nfu

Marjorie Leighton, Margaret Bakes and volunteer shop manager, Sue Morgan, man the RNLI stand. 50_c32kintyreshow13_rnli

Robbie Semple of ATV Services Scotland LTD. 50_c32kintyreshow15_atv services

Don Dennis and Emma Rennie Dennis of Gigha’s Wee Isle Dairy, served up fresh ice-cream on the day. 50_c32kintyreshow17_wee isle dairy

Wee Toon Carver, John Brown, had many agricultural-themed creations for sale at the show. 50_c32kintyreshow20_wee toon carver

Catherine Blain from Dunoon helps run her daughter Lorna Hamilton’s knitting stall. Catherine has been visiting Kintyre for more than 50 years, and the first time she came she was pregnant with Lorna. 50_c32kintyreshow21_knitting

Christine Jardine and Jane Ives kept the SWI’s baking stall stocked all day. 50_c32kintyreshow23_swi

The MacDonald family travelled from Achiltibuie to enjoy the show. Mum Lisa, who grew up in Kintyre, is pictured with her husband Steve and children Finlay, eight, and Nuala, 10. 50_c32kintyreshow24_macdonald family

The McAulay family, Alexander and Mary, with children Daniel, eight, Jamey, five and Sophie, one, visited the showground. 50_c32kintyreshow25_mcaulay family

DG Weir, from Arran, won the Society Quaich for best old tractor with his Massey Ferguson 35. 50_c32kintyreshow27_dg weir tractor

Jake Rowan, six, has a seat on the award-winning tractor. 50_c32kintyreshow28_jake rowan

Heather Dixon, riding Blossom Hill, was the overall champion in the horse and pony section. 50_c32kintyreshow34_heather dixon

Campbeltown Young Farmers chairman, Robert MacKinnon, gets gunged after the group smashed their fundraising targets. 50_c32kintyreshow37_robert gunge

Young Farmer Lewis Anderson also took a turn in the gungey hot seat. 50_c32kintyreshow40_lewis anderson gunge

Keren Paterson, with six-month-old springer spaniel Echo, who was crowned best dog at the show, a title which is confined to Kintyre entrants. 50_c32kintyreshow43_keren paterson

Willie Ralston, from East Drumlemble, with his dairy champion, who has had four calves. 50_c32kintyreshow49_ralston cow

Callum MacPhail, with his champion Clydesdale, Garcalfra Sweet Jessica, a yearling filly. 50_c32kintyreshow50_macphail horse

John McCallum from Strathnafanaig with his beef champion, six-month-old Black Betty. 50_c32kintyreshow51_mccallum cow

Kintyre Agricultural Society president James Young presents John McLachlan with the champion of champions rosette for his wife Jean’s Bluefaced Leicester gimmer. 50_c32kintyreshow52_champion of champions

Some of the equine acrobatics which entertained the crowd before the presentatino of trophies. 50_c32kintyreshow53_horse gymnastics

The winners of long service awards in recognition of their years of service to the farming community of Kintyre on a tour round the ring courtesy of Michael Mayberry. 50_c32kintyreshow56_long service tour

Donald Brown, John Menzies and Duncan Black with their certificates in recognition of their years of service to the farming community of Kintyre. 50_c32kintyreshow57_long service

Gavin Semple won the Drumalea Cup for champion holstein and the Parker Cup for reserve dairy champion. 50_c32kintyreshow59_gavin semple trophy

John McCallum was awarded the Corson’s Rose Bowl for best cross bred suckled calf, and the Messrs Wallace Cup for champion beef animal. 50_c32kintyreshow60_john mccallum trophy

Callum MacPhail picked up the Wm McLatchie Memorial Cup for best Clydesdale bred in Kintyre, the Society Cup for best Clydesdale bred by exhibitor, the John McCallum Memorial Plate for best Clydesdale, and the David Smith Cup for champion Clydesdale. 50_c32kintyreshow61_callum macphail trophy

Michelle Mayberry was the first winner of the new Duncan MacKinnon Trophy for best horse dressed and in harness. The award was presented by Duncan’s daughter Isabell Hodgson. 50_c32kintyreshow66_new award

Hazel Barr collected the Kintyre Farmers Cup for Ayrshire heifer, Merchants Cup for most points in Ayrshire, Deosan Cup for best Ayr pair milk, the Thomas Miller Cup for Ayrshire young stock champion, and the Ian McDonald Rose Bowl for dairy interbreed pair. 50_c32kintyreshow68_hazel barr trophy

Louise Ralston, champion of the Garth Cup in the horse and pony section, with reserve champion Alyssa McEachran. NO_c32kintyreshow72_children ponies