Galloway steals the show!

The Belted Galloway Champion was Cairnsmore Hamish from Messrs Landers, Newton Stewart
The Belted Galloway Champion was Cairnsmore Hamish from Messrs Landers, Newton Stewart

The news that Clydesdale Horse breeder Hugh Ramsay had been made and MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours spread like wildfire round Ingliston showground.

After half a century showing at Scotland premier agricultural show, Hugh’s horses were given a great ovation by the knowledgeable crowd.

Hugh was further honoured by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) who made a special presentation to Hugh (represented by wife Margaret and granddaughter Emma) in the main ring to make his 50 years of showing heavy horses at the Highland Show.

But the rest of the Ramsay family got in on the act to show that talent with Clydesdales is in the genes.

Son Hugh won the heavy horse team of four turn out at the show. Hugh junior’s mother Margaret confirmed that young Hugh hasn’t driven a team for about 20 years, let alone at the Highland Show, but she was thrilled he did so well, keeping the Ramsay name to the fore.

Add to that the fact that Hugh senior’s granddaughter Ailsa Noble won the Ridden Clydesdale class at the Highland also. Ailsa also drove in the Ladies Cart class under the Peggyslea name. Hugh’s eldest daughter Elaine was also driving some turnouts. Hugh junior daughter Anna Ramsay was also driving in the Ladies Cart section and both Anna and her sister Rachel were placed in the young stock judging and the young handlers competitions with Rachel coming fourth and Anna fifth.

There was success for 14-year old Jack Forsyth from on the Sunday, when he won the overall beef young handlers competition. Jack was competing against nearly 20 other youngsters from all over the UK and Ireland. Jack was leading up his namesake - Jackthelad!

Away from the horse ring, The Belted Galloway Champion was Cairnsmore Hamish from Messrs Landers, Bargaly, Newton Stewart.

The Jersey champion and reserve inter-breed came the Welldale Herd of Jerseys at Kirkcolm, Stranraer In the sheep classes, the reserve Zwartble champion came from C&H Duffy from Stranraer with their ram lamb.

Former Newton Stewart honey expert Jim McColm, who now lived in Girvan, walked off with the prize for the best exhibit in the honey classes for his medium honey. He won a first for two jars of his medium honey and a third for two jars of naturally set blossom honey.

In the hotly contested ladies tug-of-war competition, Mairi Fisher from Spittal Farm, Creetown was in the winning team from Ayr Young Farmers Club.