Skye Show makes welcome return to Portree

The Skye Agricultural Society Show returned to Portree earlier this month, attracting a good level of entries.

The show was cancelled in 2013 due to work being carried out on the King George V pitch and so made a welcome return to the calendar this year.

One of the main attractions on the day were performances by the Adrenaline Tour, a quad stunt show, as well as a gundog display and the ever-popular shearing display by Malcolm White of Penifiler.

The horse, sheep, cattle and dog classes attracted a large crowd with the dog show proving especially popular. Donna Montgomery from Ose scored a double, picking up the Skye Boarding Kennels Cup for best dog and the Jersey MacLeod Cup for best Skye-owned dog or bitch.

In the cheviot sheep section the SCF Shield for the crofter with most points was awarded to Struan’s John MacKinnon while Angus Beaton of Gesto had a very successful show, taking home a haul of six prizes including the A MacDonald, Udale, Challenge Cup for Best Sheep. Mr Beaton was also named the Supreme Champion in the sheep, cattle and horse competitions, winning the Nicolson Memorial Cup. Judge Kenny Maclennan of Achiltibuie was so impressed he commented: “The cheviot gimmer was so good it would have challenged the best in the cheviot section at this year’s Black Isle Show.”

Donald Nicolson of Eyre also had a successful day, picking up several prizes in the blackface sheep and open sheep categories. Seumas Campbell from Balnacnoc was a double winner in the blackface section, including the SCF Shield for crofter with most points.

Ross MacDiarmid of Torvaig, pictured with son Calum (3), a budding young crofter

Ross MacDiarmid of Torvaig, pictured with son Calum (3), a budding young crofter

In the cattle section Ross MacDiarmid of Torvaig and Willie Nicolson of Glenconnon shared the honours. Mr MacDiarmid’s wins included the West Highland Oils Cup for Best Cow and the MacKenzie Cup for Supreme Champion while Mr Nicolson claimed the A MacKay, Kingsburgh, Cup for Most Points and several prizes for the best calves on show, among them the Stormont Cup for Best Calf.

Fay MacRae of Fanks won the Skye Riding Centre Cup for Champion in the horse section and was also named reserve champion for sheep, cattle and horses.

The new poultry section, mean­while, saw the presentation of the Donald ‘Hen’ Cup for the best bird in show to Christina MacLean of Ardmore.

Also appearing at the show were the recently-formed Skye branch of the Young Farmers, who held a guess the weight of three lambs competition and an open, informal, stock judging with two sheep classes. Both competitions saw over 100 entries with some stiff competition. The under-14 boys’ winner was Cailean Mackaskill, with Nancy Mills taking the girls’ section. In the  14 to 30 age group Ian Beaton was the winner, while Donnie Mackinnon topped the over-30s event and also received the top score overall.

A spokesperson for the show said: “Thank you to all the judges and volunteers who helped to set up and tidy up, and for all the local support which keeps the show going. The committee would also like to thank Craik and MacRae for assisting in the haulage of pens for the show.

“We are very pleased to see it back this year.”

The main results were as follows:
CHEVIOT SHEEP: Trophy 2014 Winner A MacDonald, Udale. Challenge Cup for Best Sheep Angus Beaton, Gesto. W Currie Cup for Best Male Angus Beaton, Gesto. Society Shield for Best Female Angus Beaton, Gesto. Society Shield for Best Home-Bred Angus Beaton, Gesto. Macmin Shield for Best Male Group Angus Beaton, Gesto. Macmin Shield for Best Female Group Angus Beaton, Gesto. SCF Shield for Crofter with Most Points John MacKinnon, Struan.
BLACKFACE SHEEP: MacLeod Skeabost Cup for Best Ewe John A MacCusbic, Totarder. Reith & Anderson Cup for Best Male Neil Montgomery, Ose. Walford, Scalpay Cup for Best Female Donald Nicolson, Eyre. Society Shield for Best Home-Bred Donald Nicolson, Eyre. Macmin Shield for Best Male Group Seumas Campbell, Balnacnoc. Macmin Shield for Best Female Group Donald Nicolson, Eyre. SCF Shield for Crofter with Most Points Seumas Campbell, Balnacnoc.
OPEN SHEEP: Cowie Memorial Cup for Supreme Champion Angus Beaton, Gesto. Bosville Memorial Cup for Reserve Champion Donald Nicolson, Eyre. Society Cup for Champion Sheep (Other Breeds) Austin Little, Portree. Harbro Shield for Most Points in Section Austin Little, Portree. Society Shield for Novice Champion Jamie MacKinnon, Struan. HILL Shield for Best Butchers Lambs Alasdair Beaton, Balmeanach, Struan.
CATTLE: West Highland Oils Cup for Best Cow Ross MacDiarmid, Torvaig. Stormont Cup for Best Calf W Nicolson, Glenconnon. Society Cup for Best Calf born after 1st March W Nicolson, Glenconnon. Society Cup for Best Pair of Calves (same sex) W Nicolson, Glenconnon. Reith & Anderson Cup for Best Polled Stirk Ross MacDiarmid, Torvaig. MacKenzie Cup for Supreme Champion Ross MacDiarmid, Torvaig. Highland Marts Cup for Reserve Champion Janet Nicolson, Glenconnon. John R MacDiarmid Memorial Cup for 1-year old Beef Heifer Ross MacDiarmid, Torvaig. SCF Shield for Crofter with Most Points W Nicolson, Glenconnon. A MacKay, Kingsburgh, Cup for Most Points (Open) W Nicolson, Glenconnon.
HORSES: Skye Riding Centre Cup for Champion Fay MacRae, Fanks. In-Hand: Class 1 – Highland Pony 1 Glenhaultin Ashling – Fay Macrae; 2 Edinurno Keona – Neil MacDonald; 3 Glenhaultin Charlie – William Gordon. Class 2 –Veteran 1 Max –Fiona Gillies; 2 Aero II – Stuart Hides; Class 3 – Any other breed 14.2hh and under 1 Merkisayre Jo – Rodachn Mackinnon; 2 Merlin’s Mischief – Lynda Reynolds; 3 Nerthermoss Bucksfizz – Elizabeth Macinnes. Class 4 –Any other breed 14.3hh and over 1 Max –Fiona Gillies; 2 Paddy 1 – Gemma Gordon; 3 Aero II – Stuart Hides. Class 5 – Best highland Mare Glenhaultin Ashling – Fay Macrae. Champion In-Hand – Glenhaultin Ashling – Fay Macrae. Reserve Champion In-Hand – Merkisayre Jo –  Rodachn Mackinnon. Class 6 – Young Handler Rodachn MacKinnon – Merkisayre Jo. Best Rider & Tack and Turnout 7 years and under Emily Nicolson –Gillie Rudha. Class 7b – 8-12 years Rodachan Mackinnon – Merkisayre Jo. Class 8a – Tack and turnout 7yrs and under Emily Nicolson –Gillie Rudha. Class 8b – Tack and turnout 7-12yrs Rodachan Mackinnon – Merkisayre Jo. Class 9 – 13-16 years 1 Elizabeth Macinnes –Nerthermoss Bucksfizz; 2 Sarah Gillies –Princess B; 3 Fiona Gillies – Max. Class 10 –Tack and turnout 13-16 1 Elizabeth Macinnes; 2 Sarah Gillies – Princess B; 3 Fiona Gillies – Max. Class 11 –17 years and over 1 William Gordon – Glenhaultin Charlie; 2 Menna Azulay – Showboy; 3 Gemma Gordon – Paddy 1. Class 12 –Tack and turnout 17 and over 1 Bridget Mackinnon – Morayelphin Clunie; 2 Fay Macrae – Glanhaultin Ashling; 3 Gemma Gordon – Paddy 1. Class 13 – Novice Adult 17 year and over 1 Bridget Mackinnon –Morayelphin Clunie; 2 Gemma Gordon –Paddy 1; 3 Neil MacDonald – Edinurno Keona.  Champion Rider Bridget Mackinnon – Morayelphin Clunie. Reserve Champion Rider William Gordon – Glenhauiltin Charlie. Best Ridden Horse/Pony Class 14 – Veteran Aero II – Willaim Gordon. Class 15 –Pony 14.2 and under 1 Glanhaultin Charlie – Willaim Gordon; 2 Showboy – Menna Azulay. 3 Merlin’s Mischief –  Lynda Reynolds Class 16 – Horse 14.3 and over 1 Aero II – Sturat Hides; 2 Paddy 1 – Gemma Gordon. Champion Horse/Pony – Aero II – Stuart Hides. Reserve Champion Horse/Pony – Glenhaultin Charlie –William Gordon.
SHEEP, CATTLE AND HORSES: Nicolson Memorial Cup for Supreme Champion Angus Beaton, Gesto. Reserve Champion Fay MacRae, Fanks.
DOGS: Skye Boarding Kennels Cup for Best Dog Donna Montgomery, Ose. Eilean a Cheo Cup for Best Terrier Mary Bowers, Cromarty. Graecam Cup for Best Gundog Linda Henderson, Ullinish. Jersey MacLeod Cup for Best Dog – Any Other Variety Leigha Preedy, Kilmuir. Jersey MacLeod Cup for Best Crossbred Dog Stacy Brotherhood, Portree. Jersey MacLeod Cup for Best Skye Owned Dog or Bitch Donna Montgomery, Ose. Priddle (Hamamelis) Cup for Reserve Best Skye Owned Dog or Bitch Seonaidh Alec MacLeod, Bernisdale. Watts Trophy for Best Girl Handler Arieyn Leighton, Portree. Watts Trophy for Best Boy Handler James & Euan Campbell, Balnacnoc.
POULTRY: Donald Hen Cup for Best Bird in Show Christine MacLean, Ardmore.