Kilmacolm was the ‘mane’ attraction as hundreds of spectators flocked to the popular agricultural show.
The finest breeds of horses, sheep, cattle and livestock were on display at the 183rd annual Kilmacolm and Port Glasgow Agricultural Society show.
Held within the Knapps – thanks to the kind permission of Lord Maclay, Mrs Smith and Robert Baxter – there was a jam-packed programme of events.
Giulia Canata, the event’s light horse secretary, said it was great to see the community come together to celebrate all things agricultural.
“It went really well, and the weather was fantastic. It’s always a lovely day for the community and we had a really good attendance. We had people travelling to the show from places like Campbeltown, Edinburgh, Arran and Oban.”
“We had a great number of entries across the board. I think everyone enjoys our show because all ages and abilities can enter and the horse section is always really popular. We also had lots of Highland cattle entries this year.”
There were also lots of stalls, food outlets, refreshment stands and exhibitors – all of it set against the picturesque backdrop of the Knapps Loch.
Giulia was keen to thank everyone who attended and all the volunteers who help to make the show such a huge success.
“I can’t thank the volunteers enough as they put in a power of work, especially the girls who built the cross country course. They spend a week and a half working day and night on it. The show is a lot of work, but always well worth it.”
CATTLE, SHEEP, CLYDESDALE SECTION
Most points in the Dairy classes – Robert Baxter
Best Dairy Animal in the show – Robert Baxter
Beef Champion – John Laird
Highland Champion – Glasgow City Council
Beef and Highland Supreme Champion – Glasgow City Council
Most points in sheep section – Russell Baxter
Overall sheep championship – Robin Blair
Most points in Clydesdale Section – George Robertson
Best Clydesdale In The Field – A & E Campbell
Children’s Classes Champion Calf – Euan Laird
Best Young Handler – Jayden McLachlan
Premium List (Henry Lithgow Trophy) – Russell Baxter
Best in Show – Shelby, Great Dane, Lawton & Sneddon
Reserve Best in Show – Kaiser, German SH Pointer, Ken Currie
Best Puppy in Show – Axel, Dachshund Mini Smooth, Colette Morrin
Best Veteran in Show – Poppy, German SH Pointer, Jordan McKinstry
Best Junior Handler in Show – Flynn, Lacey Fallon
LIGHT HORSE SECTION
Supreme Champion – Julie Donn and Glenfyne Billicoy
Horse Champion – Linda McMillan and Dollar Rae
Pony Champion – Heather Dick and Dunstruan Duich Mhor
Utility Champion – Julie Donn and Glenfyne Billicoy
Veteran Champion – Eloise Justice-Vose and Poetic Justice
Handy Pony Champion – Victoria Murdoch and Bailey
Fancy Dress Champion – Millie Lawrie and Sparkle
Cross Country Wobblies winner – Sophie Barrett and Captain
Cross Country Junior winner – Charlie Burns and World Horse Welfare Twiggy
Cross Country Novice winner – Declan Sinclair and Beau
Cross Country Open winner – Clair Beaton and Irish Skipper
Cross Country Pairs winners – Nicola Craig and Echo/Georgia Laurie and Drambuie
This article appeared in the Greenock Telegraph on 19 May 2018. Pictures courtesy of Alex Craig.