Winners bask in trophy glory

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THE Benty showfield lay in glorious sunshine last Saturday and the trophy winners basked in their own glory after scoring top marks from the judges.

The overall sheep champion and the Cheviot champion was a tup lamb shown by Neil Cavers of Hoghill, Ewes.

The lamb is home-bred and the ram was bought last year from Stirkfield in Biggar. The ram also won the purchase class.

The farm also had success in winning trophies for the best gimmer, best group, best ewe lamb and best tup lamb.

The Blackface champion and overall reserve champion was a home-bred gimmer shown by Wullie Tod of Glenshanna, Westerkirk. He also picked up trophies for the best group, best ewe lamb and most points in the sheep sections.

The industrial tent was buzzing with excitement after the judging finished and the exhibitors and visitors were allowed in to see who had most impressed the judges.

A magnificent display of baking, vegetables, flowers, sticks, photos, handicrafts and children's exhibits, including vegetable animals, painted stones, paintings, decorated biscuits and edible necklaces, drew much admiration.

Langholm P6 pupil Ruby Irving of Eskdalemuir won the trophy for most points and for the most outstanding exhibit in the children's section.

John Sanderson of Bentpath picked up silverware for his flowers and vegetables as did Bernard Provost of Eskdalemuir, who also won the best kitchen garden, while Wilma Turner of Bentpath won the best flower garden.

Hazel Johnstone of Bentpath won the the trophy for most points in baking, while husband, Billy, won the best exhibit.

At the Holm show the previous week Brian Mackay of Hopsrig won the championship and reserve championship with his collies Esk and Roy.

At the Benty he picked up the championship with Esk's son, Ben, one, who was bred at Clerkhill and was at his first show.

An eight-month-old Dachshund called Stanley, owned by Diana Stewart of Westerkirk, won the any other breed of dog class, while the child's pet dog was won by Boodle, shown by Otto Ewart, six, of the Craig.

The champion dog was Peppter, a two-year-old Patterdale terrier, owned by Dennis Kirkup of Longtown.

The trophies were presented by Winnie Kinstrey of Langholm who last year retired as industrial secretary.

In welcoming everyone, Wull Little said: "Thank you to the Buckley family for the field and to the grasscutters. Thanks to all the judges, who come and give their time, the committee, who put in an enormous number of hours, and the exhibitors."

Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:05PM
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