Champion of Champions 2016 and Dairy Cattle Champion. The second calver Holstein, Grange Hall Stanleycup Lyme, was shown by the Lawries of Grange Hall Farm, Pettinain, Lanark. The champion with its handler is seen here with judge, Andrew Wilson and the President of the Lesmahagow Farmers' Society, Wilson Gardiner. Photo: David Halls
Lesmahagow Annual Show is a long established and well supported event. The aim of the show is to present the skills of the local people both in agriculture through livestock showing, sheep shearing, sheep dog trials but also in crafts, home baking, etc. The show is very committed to involving all villagers of Lesmahagow and surrounding areas, especially children, by incorporating many fun but also educational activities for the youngsters. We hope that the show has something for everyone, young and old, so please come along and join in!
Lesmahagow Show 2016
The 2016 show was held on Saturday 28th May at the Showfield, Brocketsbrae (by kind permission of the Forestry Commission). The weather was overcast and cool for the start of the Show, but after midday the sun came out and it was warm, so much so that the sales of ice-creams went up exponentially. The Show was a great success with both quality and quantity in the entries to the classes. The Horse and Pony Section introduced showjumping in the afternoon for the first time.
Features at the Show
Champion of the interbreed Sheep class, a Texel gimmer from the Clark Brothers' Teiglum flock at Garngour. Photo: David Halls
The sheep section is one of the best supported areas of the show, with quality stock brought out by local breeders as well as some from further afield. The classes currently cover eight different breeds, including Suffolk, Charollais, Blackface, Texel, Border Leicester, Beltex, Shetland and Ryeland.
Reserve Champion of Champions and champion of the interbreed beef cattle, Strawfrank Leroy (a Limousin bullock) with the handler, Cameron Jackson. Photo: David Spinks
The cattle classes have improved in strength in recent years, with sections now for dairy, British Blue, other continentals and commercial beef. There's also a young handlers class for under 16s, for budding young cattle enthusiasts to show off their skills.
Clydesdale Horse Classes
Champion of the Clydesdale Horse Section. W Drummond, Broadyards with Broadyards Fair Lady, a two-year old filly. Photo: David Halls
The Clydesdale is a native breed which was founded in Lanarkshire. They are majestic in their size and stature and are always popular with the public at Lesmahagow Show.
Horse and Pony Section
Show Jumping. Photo: Rozsa Halls
This section was well-supported with the normal classes but added show jumping in the afternoon to add to the spectacle.
Poultry and Waterfowl Competition
Champion of the Poultry and Waterfowl Section. Audrey Clarke from Inverness won the Poultry and Waterfowl Show at Lesmahagow for the third year running with one of her White Pekin Bantam hens. Photo: David Halls
The poultry and waterfowl tent is a relatively recent addition to the show and has quickly become popular for both exhibitors and spectators. The number of entries has increased each year.
Open Industrial Section with Children's Craft Entries
Flower arrangements in the Handicraft Classes. Photo: Rozsa Halls
The industrial section included various classes for baking and handicrafts and was open to entrants of all levels and capabilities. There was also a children's section to allow the little ones to get creative too.
Sheep shearing is always a popular spectator sport and was sponsored this year by Texacloth.
On the eve of the Show (Friday, 27th May), there was b a "Clean Shear Open Competition" in the showfield at 7 pm.
On the day of the Show, an open shearing contest took place. This also included the Scotland-England Sheep Shearing Test (sponsored by Alan Elliot Butchers Ltd.of Lanark)
Sheep Shearing Contest. Photo: David Halls
Companion Dog Show
The Companion Dog Show, held in aid of The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution, proved very popular. Classes for pedigree dogs and novelty classes, including the Dog With The Waggiest Tail, were well supported.
The tug-of-war contest provides a great attraction for spectators at the show, as teams become locked in a battle of strength.
Sheep Dog Trials
42 competitors took part.
Judge: Sam Rae, Dalmellington.
|Contestant||Score (Max: 100)||1||Iain McMillan, Newton Stewart with Lamp||80||1||Alex Watson, Shotts with Wisp||77||3||R B Henderson, Heriot with Skid||73||4||Julie Hill, Heriot with Ban||72||5||Alistair Stewart, Moffat with Tweet||65||6||Sandy McCulloch, Dalmellington with Fern||64|
Vintage Tractor Parade
By Avon Valley Vintage Power. Photo: David Spinks