The 2013 Wigtown Poultry Show was considered to be one of the best yet, with 17 awards on Championship Row going to those aged 16 years and under. This is a remarkable feat and with many of them from Dumfries & Galloway this was indeed a marvellous day for the future of the Fancy.
The outstanding exhibit had travelled from Peebles though. A Large Gold Brahma male, exhibited by Dorinda and Patrick Fontana, found his way into the Champion of Champions line-up in the main ring. He is a marvellous example of the breed and caused great amusement being placed next to the Champion True Bantam on Championship Row and smallest bird in the show, a minute Serama male weighing only a few grams.
All prize winners were photographed with their trophies alongside Big Dave, the Magpie Muscovy Drake who is a Guinness World Record holder and duck celebrity.
Best in Show - D. & P. Fontana’s Large Gold Brahma M
Reserve Best in Show - G. D. & S. M. C. Thurland’s Trio of White Call Ducks
Best Opposite Sex to Champion – A. Taylor’s White Call Duck F
Best Large Fowl Soft Feather Light – P. Paul’s Large White Silkie F; Best Large Fowl Soft Feather Heavy – D. & P. Fontana’s Gold Brahma M; Best Large Fowl Hardfeather – M. Crowther’s Old English Game Grey M; Best Bantam Soft Feather Light – N. Parker’s Black Leghorn F; Best Bantma Soft Feather Heavy – S. Holt’s Black Orpington M; Best Bantam Hardfeather – J. W. Crowther’s OEG Black/Red Partridge F; Best True Bantam – C. & J. Driver’s Serama M; Best Light Duck – S. Gladstone’s Indian Runner F; Best Heavy Duck – S. Dale-Sunley’s Aylesbury F; Best Call Duck, Best Waterfowl & Best Opposite Sex to Champion – A. Taylor’s White F; Best Bantam Duck – J. Houghton-Wallace’s Fawn Miniature Crested F; Best Pair Waterfowl – A. Taylor’s White Calls; Best Goose – G. D. & S. M. C. Thurland’s Brecon Buff M; Best Rare – G. Watson’s White Booted F; Best Turkey – J.Houghton-Wallace’s Pied (Crollwitzer) M; Best Ex-Battery hen – N. & L. Court; Best Trio – G. D. & S. M. C. Thurland’s White Call Ducks; Best Eggs – M. Templeton’s 3 Large Marans; Best Utility/Hybrid – D. Smith’s Bluebelle F; Best Pet – V. Smith’s Black Pekin F; Best Silkie in Regional Club Show – P. Paul’s Large White F; Best Silkie Eggs – P. Paul; Best Open Junior – J. W. Crowther’s Bantam OEG M; Best Open Juvenile – S. J. Crowther’s Sebright F; Best Wigtownshire Junior – C. Cleer’s Serama F; Best Wigtownshire Juvenile – S. Gladstone; Best Wigtownshire Senior & Best Wigtownshire Exhibit – A. Wilson’s Bantam Black Wyandotte M; Best Open Junior Eggs – R. Smith; Best Open Juvenile Eggs – C. Robertson; Best Junior Handler – J. W. Crowther; Best Juvenile Handler – B. G. Broomhall; Best Decorated/Painted Egg – D. Fisher; Best Photograph – F. McTaggart; Best Painting – M. Atcheson; Best Greetings Card – S. Gladstone.
Trophies and prizewinners
Points winner – LW & MJ Parker
Junior stockman – Megan Forsyth
Gainsby trophy – Jennifer Garland
Perky trophy – James Stuart
Penkiln Sawmills Trophy – Andrew Wilson, Baryerrock Farm, Whauphill with a Black Bantam Wyandotte male.
Best trade exhibit – Hugh O’Neil
Male Champion – J Adamson
Reserve Male – H Ramsay
Pony, over 13.2hh not exceeding 14.2hh, to be ridden by a child 16 years and under – 1, Wendy Miller-Smith, Closes Croft, Kirkcowan, Miami Mojo. Rider - Mollie Miller-Smith; 2, Audrey Forsyth, Mains of Minniydow, Springholm, Miami Moondust. Rider- Abby Forsyth; 3, Miss Charlotte R Service, Moorpark of Barr, Newton Stewart, Clanross Talisman.
Reserve to champion – J Stuart, Blackwood Stables, carrutherstown. Rosslayne Fairy Story.
Young handlers – R McCreath
Beef Young handlers:
Age 5-11yrs: 1, Robbie Brooke, Carscreugh, Glenluce; 2, Amy Vance, Bridgehouse, Sorbie; 3, Gregor Vance, bridgehouse, Sorbie.
Age 12-16: 1, Megan Forsyth, Mid Bishopton, Whithorn; 2, Jack Forsyth, Mid Bidhopton, Whithorn; 3, Alistair Birse, c/o Barholm Mains, Creetown
DAIRY YOUNG HANDLERS:
Age 5-11yrs: 1, Cara Sloan, c/o Broughton Mains, Sorbie; 2, Wilson Sloan, c/o Broughton Mains, Sorbie ; 3, Logan Stevenson, Kirminnoch, Dunragit.
Age 12-16: 1, Douglas Buchanan, Laigh Kilphin, Ballantrae; 2, Ailsa Buchanan, Laigh Kilphin, Ballantrae; 3, Robbie McIlwraith, Townhead, Mouswald, Dumfries
Overall winner - Megan Forsyth.