THERE were plenty of smiling faces at Stranraer Show on Wednesday and, although some of them were a little sunburned by the end of the day, the superb weather crowned one of the best show days in recent times for the organisers.
All day long crowds streamed into the London Road playing fields to enjoy viewing the best of the area’s livestock in the traditional end of July agricultural showcase.
Stranraer Show chairman Martyn Hastings said yesterday: “It was a very successful day. We haven’t had the figures yet but I’m sure attendance will be up as we had to open our extra car park – and we haven’t done that for a few years. The great weather certainly brought the people out.
“The livestock entries were also up, particularly in the dairy, beef and horse sections.
“For the first time we had a sheep shearing demonstration and that proved to be extremely popular with the crowd. Another big hit was the ‘Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook’ display. That was jam-packed. We had to take the sides of the tent down so that more people could watch.”
Galloway-based farmers had a particularly successful day, with Wellhouse Jerseys from Kirkcolm taking the dairy inter-breed and Jim and Fiona Burns from Craignell, New Galloway, taking the sheep inter-breed championship with their Blackface Gimmer. The Galloway cattle champion was shown by Neil and Shona McKinnel, Garrarie, Whithorn; and there were breed championships for G S McClymont, Cuil – Continental Beef; James Forsyth, Mid Bishopton, Whithorn – Limousin; and MW & A Stevenson, Kirkminnoch, Dunragit, in the Ayrshire dairy section.
In the sheep classes, Jim Cannon, Redbrae, Wigtown, won top prize with his Suffolk ewe, Angus McColm, Crailloch, Port William, won the Texel prize, and Neale and Janet McQuistin, High Airyolland, New Luce, won the Beltex championship. Lynda Shaw from Bargrennan took the trophy for the best goat and, in the hotly contested horse sections, Stranraer farmers Andrew and Christine Love from Bridge of Aird had the best Clydesdale with their stunning filly, Aird Almira.
The Best Ridden Light Horse was won by Anne Jolly, Calgow Equestrian, Newton Stewart. Her handsome Irish Sports Horse, Ring the Bell, cantered off with first prize, ridden by Christine Graham.