Kirrie blessed with fine dry weather for annual show

THE weather had been none too kind for many outdoor events this summer, but the sun did shine over East Muirhead of Logie for most of Saturday, enabling the crowds to enjoy a highly successful 2012 Kirriemuir Show.

The organisers, members of Kirriemuir District Agricultural Association, had their fingers firmly crossed for better conditions, following weeks of heavy rain.

And they were not to be disappointed.

Temperature-wise it was rather cool in the morning, and there were some threatening clouds overhead as the day progressed, but the rain stayed away and that enticed the public to come out in good numbers to enjoy a great family day out.

As always, the main focus throughout the morning was on the judging rings, as the destination of the many pieces of silverware up for grabs was decided.

And, as always, there were a fair number of local exhibitors among the prizes.

The Limousin cattle champion and reserve cattle champion overall was an 18-month bull, McLarens Glenogil, shown by William McLaren, Muirhouses, Kirriemuir, while Heather Duff, Pitmudie, Brechin, took the Simmental cattle title with a home-bred 14-month-old in-calf heifer Pitmudie Beaujolais.

The any other continental championship was won by a March-born British Blue bull calf Smart Hoodlum, exhibited by Rory Hood, Glernarm, Glen Clova, while the Highland cattle title went to H. and A. Garton, Dalairn House, Glen Prosen, with the three-year-old heifer Monica 7 of Thaggnam.

In the sheep sections, the Suffolk title was won by Gordon Mackie, Drimmie, by Forfar, with a gimmer, while the Texel championship went to a gimmer shown by A. and A. J. Alston, Drumchapel, Brechin, an animal that also picked up the overall reserve title.

The overall sheep championship went to a pen of three prime Beltex sired eye lambs, shown by Helen Smith, Scobshaugh, Cortachy, the commercial sheep champions.

Andrew and James Adam, Newhouse of Glamis, by Forfar, took the any other breed title with a one-crop Bluefaced Leicester ewe.

There was plenty of local success in the horse section judging rings. The overall pony in-hand and ridden title went to Hazel Adams, Glengate, Kirriemuir, with Mossblown Miss Pippin, a ten-year-old mare ridden by Jennifer Adams.

Tops in the local pony classes was the ten-year-old gelding Hot Chocolate, shown by Karen Duncan, Northmuir, Kirriemuir, and ridden by 14-year-old Fern Cameron.

The open ridden pony title was won by Karen Duncan, with a ten-year-old Shetland gelding, Harviestoun Romanov, ridden by 12-year-old Naimh Cameron.

The champion in the working hunter pony section was Mossblown Miss Pippin, ridden by Jennifer Adams, and shown by Hazel Adams, Glengate, Kirriemuir.

The nine-year-old mare Material Girl, shown by Ali Lothian, Kirriemuir, won the novice working hunter horse title, while the Highland pony champion was a four-year-old home-bred mare Rosie of Strathmore, shown by Charlie McQuattie, Kingsmuir, by Forfar.

While the livestock judging took place, there were numerous other activities, displays and demonstrations for show visitors to enjoy as the day progressed.

In a continued bid to get young people interested in agriculture, there was an education tent, which also played host to a weaving demonstration.

There was a good variety of trade stands fund-raising stalls around the main ring.

In addition there was a bucking bronco and a bouncy castle, along with displays of vintage vehicles and stationary engines, also a produce, baking, handicrafts and floral art tent, a companion dog show, a large and interesting craft fair, Highland dancing competitions, dry stone dyking and sheep shearing demonstrations.

Star attractions when the main ring entertainment got underway in the afternoon included the Quack Commandos, a hilarious road show demonstrating the skill and speed of a Border collie in action with a flock of Indian runner ducks.

In addition there was pipe band entertainment, a carriage driving competition, dog races, the traditional parades of livestock and vintage vehicles and children’s races.

During the day there was a presentation from the show directors to long-standing main-ring commentator Pat Lawson.

Mr Lawson, an auctioneer of 56-years standing, has decided to give up the show ring commentating and the presentation was made to mark his last year behind the microphone at Kirriemuir.

A Royal Highland and Agricultural Association of Scotland long-service medal was presented to Willie Phillips, who has been with H. M. Pattullo & Co., Littleton of Airlie, and then Newton of Airlie and Langlogie, Meigle, for 30 years. Employed as a tractorman, he worked for Kirriemuir potato merchant David A. Lawson and then Lindertis Estate before joining the Pattullo family.