There was a warm welcome to Clydesdale judging at the Show after a gap of 50 years. A large influx of horses and ponies to the island during the past year included Mary Flora MacDonald and Sandra Brown’s Clydesdale geldings. Donald MacIntyre, Tiree’s veteran Clydesdale enthusiast, had the task of judging and selected Major from Mary Flora MacDonald, Roadside as his winner. This gelding went on to lift the Champion of Champions awards.
Travelling across the water by rib from Islay, the group of Ileach farmers included Cattle judge Eion Brown, Aoradh. His overall winner in the Crossbred Cattle came from the highly competitive suckled calf classes with an April born Charolais cross heifer calf from Archie John MacLean, Heylipol. Reserve was from Alasdair MacLean, Heylipol with his Limousin cross heifer calf. The champion in the breeding cattle was last year’s overall winner from Colin MacKinnon, Kilkenneth. Colin went on to lift the trophy for most points and the Crofter’s Shield. The Supreme Cattle champion came from the Purebred Section, a British Blue heifer calf, Ruaig Hettie from Alastair and Iain MacInnes, Ruaig.
A good turnout of Crossbred sheep went before judge Angus MacFadyen, Bragleenmore, Oban. Champion in the Prime lambs came from Alastair and Iain MacInnes, Ruaig with a pen of 3 Beltex cross lambs. Blackface Champion was a ewe from Mary Flora MacDonald, Roadside. Sandra Brown, Balevullin lifted the Crossbred championship with a Texel cross ewe and went on to win the trophy for most points and the Crofter’s Shield. Reserve in this section was a Texel cross ewe lamb from Ewan MacKinnon, Hillcrest.
Donald McCormick, Blackrock, another Islay rib passenger, had the task of judging in the Pure bred sheep ring. Brothers Alasdair and Fraser MacLean, Heylipol were champion and reserve respectively with the Supreme Sheep award going to Alasdair’s Beltex gimmer on her first show outing. Reserve overall was Fraser’s homebred Suffolk shearling ram.
In the Ridden Horse and Pony Section, it was the Highland gelding Achnalarig Struan from Janis MacArthur which once again lifted the champion award. Reserve was winner of the horse classes Jan Paterson’s Friesian, Tallina FanT’Sudein. A good turnout of Tiree’s new Pony Club members enjoyed their day at the Show winning many rosettes.
Once again the Pet Show drew a large crowd with many island and visiting dogs on parade before judge Rev Elspeth MacLean. Champion was a black poodle from Rhona McGoogan with the Golden Oldie Quaich going to Skye from Barbara Brown.
The line up of vintage tractors drew lots of admirers with the winner of the pre 1975 class from Donald Archie Brown and the champion rosette awarded to Duncan Cameron’s MF135 from the post 1975 class. Home Industries exhibits were down on the year but the judges commentated on the high standard of exhibits forward. Monica Smith swept the board winning all trophies in this section with Jo Vale winning the Horticulture Cup and John Fletcher‘s basket of mixed vegetables lifting the best exhibit. A magnificent display of crowns, plate gardens and decorated cup cakes from all age groups were entered in the Children’s Section. Andy with his Chainsaw Craft created wonderful carvings of which two were auctioned and can be spotted in gardens on the island. Other great crowd attractions were the Tiree YFC’s sheep racing, Tiree Pipeband and the Clydesdale Single Horse Turnouts in the main ring. Drawing the day to a close, Nan MacLean presented the cups to the day’s winners.
The committee wish to thank all the sponsors and donors of prizes to the Livestock Sections, the Grand Raffle and the Dance Raffle. To all our helpers on the day, a big THANK YOU. To everyone who took part in the listed competition classes, congratulations and thank you for your support. Finally, to everyone who came to the Show and helped make it such an enjoyable day, your attendance was greatly appreciated.
Tiree Agricultural Society