‘Lucky’ day at Wigtown

Class rather than luck was the deciding factor for judge Keith Jamieson when he picked Clydesdale mare Forneth Lucky Daisy as Wigtown Show Champion of Champions for 2013 at Bladnoch Park on Wednesday.

Mr Jamieson said: “When you are asked to do this job you look for the animal with the least faults and that was the Clydesdale. Mind you, there were two of three in the line up that could have won. It’s just who looks best on the day.” Reserve champion was the Galloway from Messrs Wallace, Over Barskeoch, Castle Douglas.

Lucky Daisy’s handler Charlotte Young, from Hall Farm, Ayr was thrilled to win with the three year-old mare. She said: “Its great to win as it’s usual the cattle or the sheep that win here!”

The Belted Galloway champion was Mochrum Estates’ star heifer Lilac III, who has now won an unprecedented eight best of breed championships on the bounce since the spring - Ayr, Straiton, Highland, Yorkshire, Stranraer, Stewartry, Dumfries and now Wigtown.

Show chairman Ross McKie commented: “It was a fantastic day and great to see the stock shown to their full potential this year. The parade was just brilliant.”

On a day filled with smiles and sunshine, The Lady Shear girls handed over the £16,720 they raised for charity by clipping 700 sheep in eight hours to the Royal Highland Educational Trust D&G and Newton Stewart Hospital. Fiona Jamison for REHT said: “We are overwhelmed by the donation.”

MSP Alex Fergusson was also enjoying a day out in the sunshine. He added: “ What a show. It’s great to be here and after last year’s rain this is one of the good days for Wigtown. There is always a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere at this show and it’s a great advert for agriculture in our area.”

See all the results and pictures in Friday’s Galloway Gazette.