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Gordon's heifer makes it a double at Canisbay Show


By Staff Reporter- NOSN


The supreme cattle championship went to Gordon Begg, Canisbay, with Double or Quits, an 18-month-old British Blue heifer, after the farm's stock bull. Last year the animal won the same championship as a calf. Also in the picture is Gordon's daughter Morven. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
The supreme cattle championship went to Gordon Begg, Canisbay, with Double or Quits, an 18-month-old British Blue heifer, after the farm's stock bull. Last year the animal won the same championship as a calf. Also in the picture is Gordon's daughter Morven. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

GORDON Begg completed a notable double as he took the supreme award at Saturday’s Canisbay Show.

His 18-month-old British Blue X home-bred heifer Double or Quits was chosen as champion of champions by judge Charlie Angus, Oldfield Farm, Thurso.

This was the heifer’s second year of winning the Canisbay cattle honours and champion of champions title. She will be showing at Latheron this weekend, followed by the Caithness County Show and later the Black Isle Show.

The reserve went to 10-year-old Leoni Kennedy's overall champion pony, Popalbee Minnie Mouse.

The day was a great success despite the cool conditions.

“The car park was nearly filled up by 12.30pm which we were over the moon about,” show secretary Leeann Hope said. “The weather was chilly but it didn't stop our spectators and competitors enjoying themselves.

“Our barbecue and tea tent were nearly cleared of food. The ground held up well, considering conditions building up to the day.

“In our indoor section there was a brilliant turnout of goodies and creative arts.”

Show queen Heidi Newman is crowned by retiring queen Emma Simpson. Looking on are attendants Dakota Skene (left) and Mairi Hillhouse. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Show queen Heidi Newman is crowned by retiring queen Emma Simpson. Looking on are attendants Dakota Skene (left) and Mairi Hillhouse. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

The show queen was Heidi Newman of Canisbay, along with her attendants Mairi Hillhouse of East Mey and Dakota Skene of John O'Groats.

A digger was donated by Gerry Henderson for a digger agility competition which involved picking up a bucket of water and balancing it. The winner was Ian Ham with a time of two minutes and 13.4 seconds.

Willie Ross kept the junior five-a-side football tournament running smoothly. Bower Primary School defeated Keiss 1-0 in a close final.

Leeann added: “We would like to express our thanks to the Kennedy family of Tresdale for allowing us to hold the show on the farm for another year. And a massive thank-you to all our committee and those who voluntarily helped on show day – it wouldn't be a success without them.”

A massive thank-you to all our committee and those who voluntarily helped on show day.

Sponsors within the livestock/horses/champion of champions were Mackenzie Farm Services, Amanda Mowat Equine Massage Therapy and DS McGregor & Partners. Local businesses and clubs that helped with the running of the show included Norscot, GMR Henderson, Caithness Ladies Football Club, John O'Groats rally and Canisbay Parent Council.

Champion of champions

Supreme show champion: Gordon Begg, heifer Double or Quits. Reserve supreme show champion: Leoni Kennedy, Popalbee Minnie Mouse.

Beth Douglas, Bower, took the reserve supreme cattle championship with Ruby Red, a 15-month-old cross Limousin heifer after the AI bull Netherhall Jackpot. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Beth Douglas, Bower, took the reserve supreme cattle championship with Ruby Red, a 15-month-old cross Limousin heifer after the AI bull Netherhall Jackpot. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Cattle

Champion cow: Gordon Begg. Reserve champion cow: Beth Douglas.

Parish champion: Gordon Begg.

Commercial stirk born after 19/06/18: Gordon Begg. Commercial calf born after 31/12/18: Grant Kennedy.

Jamie Coghill, Huna, with his supreme sheep and Texel champion, a two-crop ewe after a Knock tup. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Jamie Coghill, Huna, with his supreme sheep and Texel champion, a two-crop ewe after a Knock tup. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Sheep

Overall sheep champion: Jamie Coghill, Texel ewe. Reserve: George Cormack, Cheviot ewe.

Parish champion: Jamie Coghill, Texel ewe.

North Country Cheviot section – Champion: George Cormack, ewe having had a lamb and reared it. Reserve: Abby Manson, ewe lamb.

Tup: George Cormack. Tup lamb: Will Manson.

Ewe having had a lamb and reared it: George Cormack. Ewe lamb: Abby Manson.

Cheviot hill sheep – Champion: George Cormack, Tup.

Tup: George Cormack.

Texel – Champion: Jamie Coghill, ewe having had a lamb and reared it. Reserve: Jamie Coghill, shearling.

Tup: Jamie Coghill. Shearling tup: 1 Jamie Coghill. Tup lamb: Jamie Coghill.

Ewe having had a lamb and reared it: Jamie Coghill. Gimmer: Jamie Coghill. Ewe lamb: Jamie Coghill.

Charlie Angus, Oldfield Garm, Thurso, the champion of champions judge, studies the overall sheep champion. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Charlie Angus, Oldfield Garm, Thurso, the champion of champions judge, studies the overall sheep champion. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Suffolk – Champion: Stuart Sinclair, tup lamb. Reserve: Stuart Sinclair, ewe.

Shearling tup: Stuart Sinclair. Tup lamb: Stuart Sinclair. Ewe having had a lamb and reared it: Stuart Sinclair.

Gimmer: Stuart Sinclair. Ewe lamb: Stuart Sinclair.

Any other pure breed – Champion: K & N Mackay, Blue Texel shearling tup. Reserve: K & N Mackay, Blue Texel ewe.

Shearling tup: K & N Mackay, Blue Texel. Tup lamb: K & N Mackay, Blue Texel. Ewe having had a lamb and reared it: K & N Mackay, Blue Texel. Ewe lamb: K & N Mackay, Blue Texel.

Cross, any breed – Champion: Stuart Sinclair, gimmer. Reserve: Stuart Sinclair, tup.

Shearling tup: Stuart Sinclair. Tup lamb: Stuart Sinclair. Ewe having had a lamb and reared it: Stuart Sinclair.

Gimmer: Stuart Sinclair. Ewe lamb: Stuart Sinclair.

Wedder lamb: Donald Manson. HB wedder lamb: Julie Richmond.

Any breed pet lamb: Magnus Southall. Ewe and pair of lambs: George Cormack.

Robbianne Harrold (left), Reiss, with her champion and reserve goats. Janice Ross is holding the champion, Dorothy, a yearling British Saanen goatling, while the reserve was Moorview Snapdragon, a 15-month-old pygmy billy goat. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Robbianne Harrold (left), Reiss, with her champion and reserve goats. Janice Ross is holding the champion, Dorothy, a yearling British Saanen goatling, while the reserve was Moorview Snapdragon, a 15-month-old pygmy billy goat. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Goats

Champion: R Harrold, female goat. Reserve: R Harrold, male goat.

Female goat, any age: R Harrold. Male goat, any age: R Harrold.

Poultry

Champion: Peter Body, AV large heavy cock/cockerel. Reserve: Ellie-Mae Bain, AV large M/F.

AV large heavy cock/cockerel: Peter Body. AV large heavy pullet/hen: Peter Body.

AV large light cock/cockerel: Julie Richmond. AV large light pullet/hen: Julie Richmond.

Peter Body, Upper Gills, took the poultry championship with his large black Australorp cockerel. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Peter Body, Upper Gills, took the poultry championship with his large black Australorp cockerel. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

AV bantam heavy cock/cockerel: Peter Body. AV heavy pullet/hen: Peter Body.

AV light bantam light cock/cockerel: Peter Body. AV bantam light pullet/hen: Peter Body.

AV HF bantam cock/cockerel: Peter Body. AV HF bantam pullet/hen: Peter Body. AV true cock/cockerel: Peter Body. AV true pullet/hen: Peter Body.

Waterfowl

AV domestic drake: Julie Richmond. AV call drake: Alex Coghill. AV call duck: Alex Coghill.

Junior classes

AV large M/F: Ellie-Mae Bain. AV bantam M/F: Ava Bain

The horse supreme championship and reserve was a family affair with 10-year-old Leoni Kennedy, Halkirk, taking the top award with her ridden champion, while her new pony, shown by her mother Lisa, was in-hand champion and reserve supreme. The supreme champion was Popalbee Minnie Mouse, a 14-year-old part bred Welsh mare, while the reserve was Shanrye Finlay, a five-year-old part-bred Arab gelding. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
The horse supreme championship and reserve was a family affair with 10-year-old Leoni Kennedy, Halkirk, taking the top award with her ridden champion, while her new pony, shown by her mother Lisa, was in-hand champion and reserve supreme. The supreme champion was Popalbee Minnie Mouse, a 14-year-old part bred Welsh mare, while the reserve was Shanrye Finlay, a five-year-old part-bred Arab gelding. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Horses

Overall horse champion: Leoni Kennedy, Popalbee Minnie Mouse. Reserve horse champion: L & C Coghill, Shanrye Finlay.

Champion Shetland: Erin Hewitson, Midcalder Miss Morag. Champion parish: Alice Dunnet.

Ridden champion: Leoni Kennedy, Popalbee Minnie Mouse. Reserve ridden champion: Samantha Pottinger.

Parish ridden champion: Alice Dunnet.

Mountain and moorland small breeds: Rowan Lee, Thistledown on Every Street. Mountain and moorland large breeds: Samantha Pottinger, Clooneybreen Colleen.

Lead rein: Lella Macleod, Newoak Anniversary. First ridden: Leoni Kennedy, Popalbee Minnie Mouse.

Ridden pony n/e 13.2hh: Leoni Kennedy, Shanrye Finlay. Ridden pony n/e 14.2hh: Sophie Robertson, Bella Maye.

Ridden horse n/e 15.2hh: Sylvia Stewart, Regal Saltire. Ridden horse n/e 15.2hh: Morven Mackenzie, Atlantic Tiffany.

Side saddle: Rowan Lee, Thistledown on Every Street. Ridden cob: Alison Wild, Milford Timmy.

Ridden coloured: Danielle Sinclair, Watchbank Miss Honeysuckle. Ridden veteran: Erin Hewitson, Baidlandhill Long Awaited.

Champion in-hand : L & C Coghill, Shanrye Finlay. Reserve champion in-hand: Brian Bisset, Ha Durran Harry.

Champion parish in-hand: Diane Meikle, Bracklinn Annie. Mare with foal at foot: L & C Coghill, Diptford Majic Moments.

Foal: L & C Coghill. Youngstsock: Ashley Anderson, Ashlea’s Perfect Spirit. Heavy horse: Brian Bisset, Ha Durran Harry.

Ponies n/e 14.2hh: Leoni Kennedy, Shanrye Finlay.

Horses exceeding 14.2hh: Morven Mackenzie, Atlantic Tiffany.

Cob type: Trudi Phillips, Magic.

Coloured horse/pony: Danielle Sinclair, Watchbank Miss Honeysuckle.

Ponies n/e 12.2hh: Leoni Kennedy, Popalbee Minnie Mouse.

Veteran: Erin Hewitson, Baidlandhill Long Awaited.

Mountain and moorland small breed: Emma Florence, Newoak Anniversary.

Mountain and moorland large breed: Lauren Oag, Trendy Lexus.

Erin Hewitson, Lhaid, Watten, at Saturday's Canisbay Show with the Shetland pony champion, Midcalder Miss Morag, an eight-year-old miniature Shetland mare owned by W & K Campbell, Mid Calder. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Erin Hewitson, Lhaid, Watten, at Saturday's Canisbay Show with the Shetland pony champion, Midcalder Miss Morag, an eight-year-old miniature Shetland mare owned by W & K Campbell, Mid Calder. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Miniature Shetland: Erin Hewitson, Midcalder Miss Morag.

Best of breeds: Lauren Oag, Trendy Lexus.

Young handler six and under: Erica Pottinger, Bronllys Another Cherry. Young handlers 12 and under: Rowan Lee, Rustums Maybee.

Handy pony six and under: Leela Macleod, Newoak Anniversary. Handy pony 12 and under: Rachel Mackay, Landswood Moonstone. Fancy dress: Ella Budge, Ffynnonoer Fancy Lady.

Showjumping

Cross poles/assisted jumping: Erica Pottinger, Bronllys Another Cherry. 1’6 showjumping: Rebecca Cook, Thistledown Lady Madonna.

1’9 showjumping – Juniors: Alice Dunnet, Carrowclogher Lad. Adults: Jillian Gunn, Ballyclogher Calley.

2’ showjumping – Juniors: Alice Dunnet, Carrowclougher Lad. Adults: Sophie Robertson, Bella Maye.

2’3 showjumping – Juniors: Erin Hewitson, Baidlandhill Long Awaited. Adults:

Ashley McBeath, Inkstack Valhalla.

2’6 showjumping – Juniors: Danielle Sinclair, Watchbank Miss Honeysuckle. Adults: Ashley McBeath, Inkstack Valhalla.

2’9 showjumping – Juniors: 1 Jordan Fairweather, Regal Saltire. Adults: Mary Miller, Poppy.

The dog show championship went to Sheila McColm, Scrabster, with Perrie, her 10-month-old Rough Collie, while five-year-old Lois Manson, Thurso, took reserve with Poppy, her year-old Jack Russell cross shih-tzu. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
The dog show championship went to Sheila McColm, Scrabster, with Perrie, her 10-month-old Rough Collie, while five-year-old Lois Manson, Thurso, took reserve with Poppy, her year-old Jack Russell cross shih-tzu. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Dogs

Champion dog: Shelia McColm, Perrie. Reserve champion: Lois Manson, Poppy.

Best puppy: Shelia McColm, Perrie. Best veteran: Rosemary Campbell, Freddie.

Best terrier/toy/utility: Lynn Kennedy, Aggie. Best gundog: Kate Lee Miller, Rayne. Best crossbreed: Lois Manson, Poppy.

Waggiest tail: Natahsa Paterson, Molly. Best pastoral: Shelia McColm, Perrie. Best trick: Hannah Patterson, Brodie.

Baking

Open – Pancakes: Jenny Dunnet. Six pieces of tablet: Jenny Dunnet. Jam swiss roll: Liz Hewitson. Custard creams: Rosemary Muir.

Fruit loaf: Rosemary Muir. Treacle oven scone: Mary Newman.

Juniors – P7: No bake traybake: Heidi Newman. Small pizza: Erin Hewitson.

P1-3: Decorated queen cakes: Kyle Manson. No bake traybake: Iris Ham. Character made from sweets: Kyle Manson.

Pre-school – Decorated digestive biscuit: Owen Harding.

Handicrafts

Open – A tapestry item: Lyall Rennie. Felt pin cushion: Lorna Body. House name plaque: Lyall Rennie.

Bookmark: Lorna Body and Lyall Rennie. Knitted hat: Pat Macpherson

High school – Decorated glass: Abbie Dunnet.

P4-7 – A wooden spoon: Heidi Newman. Placemat picture: Amber Stevens. Fimo or clay model: Amber Stevens.

P1-3 – A wooden spoon person: Phoebe Ham. Decorated plant pot: Kyle Manson. Fimo or clay model: Conner Stevens.

Pre-school – Decorated plastic bottle music shaker: Kara Manson. A decorated wooden spoon: Logan Bremner and Jack Bremner.

Painting

Open – Oil painting: Alistair Manson.

Junior, primary and high school – Painting: Phoebe Ham.

Photography

Open – Four watercolour photographs: Julie Richmond. A Caithness Hoosie: Julie Richmond. A Caithness Sunset: George Cormack.

Junior – My Favourite Animal: Poppy Richmond.

Produce

Longest stalk of red rhubarb: Isobel Ham. Longest stalk of green rhubarb: George Ham.

Six brown hen eggs: S Simpson. Six tinted hen eggs: Julie Richmond. Heaviest hen egg: Julie Richmond. Six duck eggs: Don Manson

Orange curd: Katy Henderson. Jar of jam: Rosemary Muir. Jar of mango chutney: Rosemary Muir. Apple liqueur: Rosemary Muir.

Julie Richmond, Dunnet, had the best exhibit in the flower show with her floral art exhibit. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Julie Richmond, Dunnet, had the best exhibit in the flower show with her floral art exhibit. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Floral art

Open – Flowers on a budget: Rosemary Muir. Flower arrangement with a farm theme: Julie Richmond. A tourist attraction on the North Coast 500: Rosemary Muir.

Best stall: Walter Mowat

Junior five-a-side: Bower Primary School.

The poultry champion caused laughter when he didn't fancy taking part in the champion of champions line-up and tried to make his escape across the main ring. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
The poultry champion caused laughter when he didn't fancy taking part in the champion of champions line-up and tried to make his escape across the main ring. Picture: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios


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