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PICTURES: Ashlea's Hollywood Showgirl takes the overall supreme title at the Latheron Show


By Jean Gunn

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A delighted Kimmy Lai, Dempster Street, Wick, receives the champion of champions trophy from judge, William Macdonald, Tormore, Dunbeath. She won the award with supreme horse champion and light-legged champion, Ashlea's Hollywood Showgirl, a three-year-old by Hollywood. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
A delighted Kimmy Lai, Dempster Street, Wick, receives the champion of champions trophy from judge, William Macdonald, Tormore, Dunbeath. She won the award with supreme horse champion and light-legged champion, Ashlea's Hollywood Showgirl, a three-year-old by Hollywood. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

Kimmy Lai's three-year-old sports horse Ashlea's Hollywood Showgirl was the champion of champions at the Latheron Show on Saturday.

The filly, out of Frekleton Ultimate and by the silver elite showjumping Dutch warmblood stallion Hollywood, secured the in-hand title after winning the 2/3-year-old class and then went on to take the light-legged title before being crowned the overall horse champion.

The reserve overall title of the show went to the sheep champion, a Cheviot ewe lamb entered by John Forbes, Boultach, Latheron, and shown by his father James.

The supreme sheep championship and reserve champion of champions went to John Forbes, Boultach, Latheron, with his North Country Cheviot champion, a ewe lamb, born on the last day of February, and after the farm's new stock tup, Achscrabster Bonanza. John missed the show as he was attending a young farmers event in Yorkshire so it was left to his father, James, to exhibit the lamb. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
The supreme sheep championship and reserve champion of champions went to John Forbes, Boultach, Latheron, with his North Country Cheviot champion, a ewe lamb, born on the last day of February, and after the farm's new stock tup, Achscrabster Bonanza. John missed the show as he was attending a young farmers event in Yorkshire so it was left to his father, James, to exhibit the lamb. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

Due to the event being held over two different locations this year, the champion of champions judge, William Macdonald, Tormore, had to run his eye over the livestock winners in the village at Lybster first, before heading over to Bilbster to appraise the horse champion.

Pleased with how the day went, president Raymond Gunn said that despite being on a smaller scale everything appeared to go well. The majority of events were held within the village of Lybster with the horse classes being hosted by the Miller Family at Netherton Farm, Bilbster.

Eleven-month-old Ruaraidh Sheales, Forse House, seen here with mum, Ellie, won the baby show. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Eleven-month-old Ruaraidh Sheales, Forse House, seen here with mum, Ellie, won the baby show. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

"There seemed to be a buzz in the village. Everybody was delighted to be at the show again," said Raymond. Its been a while since we have been here."

He felt it would have been better to have the whole event in the one field as usual, but that was just not possible this year – the 97th Latheron Show – the last show was held three years ago in 2019.

Four-year-old Abbie Burt and her pony Merlin won the ridden fancy dress competition, as a dragon and princess. Abbie, who is seen here with her mum, Sarah Sturrock, lives in Argyle Square, Wick. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Four-year-old Abbie Burt and her pony Merlin won the ridden fancy dress competition, as a dragon and princess. Abbie, who is seen here with her mum, Sarah Sturrock, lives in Argyle Square, Wick. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

The agricultural event attracted quite a few spectators, including curious holidaymakers passing through keen to find out more about what was going on as well as members of the local farming community interested to see the livestock side of things.

Proving very popular was the dog show which attracted over 40 competitors for the variety of classes on offer. Being in the village made it easier for quite a few local dog owners.

Gladys Gunn, Latheron, with some of her entries that won her the trophies for most points and best exhibit in cut flowers. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Gladys Gunn, Latheron, with some of her entries that won her the trophies for most points and best exhibit in cut flowers. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

The flower show and home industries sections also went well and the craft stalls generated good interest. Children's sports were held at the village football pitch.

The overall cattle championship went to J Munro & Son, Invercharron Farm, Ardgay, with their commercial champion, Jacket Potato, a 15-month-old British Blue cross heifer, after Caithness Norseman.

Debby Munro, of Invercharron Farm, Ardgay, holding the supreme cattle champion, Jacket Potato the commercial title winner, a 15-month-old British Blue cross heifer, after Caithness Norseman. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Debby Munro, of Invercharron Farm, Ardgay, holding the supreme cattle champion, Jacket Potato the commercial title winner, a 15-month-old British Blue cross heifer, after Caithness Norseman. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

Invercharron are noted not only for their quality stock, but also the quirky names they give their champions, this year being no different, although they did have reasoning behind the name.

At a week old the heifer calf became very ill and had to be fed through a tube and kept warm in a jacket for over a month until she recovered. The care and attention proved worthwhile as she has now won her first championship and is set to do the rounds of other shows in the north over the next few weeks.

Jonathan Gunn, March Cottage, Mavsey, Lybster, took the reserve supreme cattle championship with his continental champion, Caithness Maverick, a 15-month-old Simmental bull after Corskie Jackpot. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Jonathan Gunn, March Cottage, Mavsey, Lybster, took the reserve supreme cattle championship with his continental champion, Caithness Maverick, a 15-month-old Simmental bull after Corskie Jackpot. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

Jonathan Gunn, March Cottage, Mavsey, Lybster, took the reserve supreme cattle championship with his continental champion, Caithness Maverick, a 15-month-old Simmental bull after Corskie Jackpot.

The reserve supreme sheep championship went to Katie Gunn, of Shop Farm, Scotscalder, with her Suffolk champion, a one crop ewe by Sullom North Star.

Katie Gunn, Shop Farm, Scotscalder, took the reserve supreme sheep championship with her Suffolk champion, a one crop ewe by Sullom North Star. Fourteen-year-old Katie has 12 ewes in her small Suffolk flock. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Katie Gunn, Shop Farm, Scotscalder, took the reserve supreme sheep championship with her Suffolk champion, a one crop ewe by Sullom North Star. Fourteen-year-old Katie has 12 ewes in her small Suffolk flock. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

In the horse section it was good to see a few Clydesdales coming forward with Gersa Lady, a four-year-old mare with foal at foot, shown by Mikey and Jacqueline Munro, Janetstown, taking the championship. The reserve went to Lucy Aitken's six-week-old foal, Mavis.

The overall working hunter title went to the horse champion in that section, Riley, ridden by Russell Skelton, while the working hunter pony title was won by Leoni Kennedy on Liddesdale Sovereign. Reserve working hunter horse was Emma Coghill with her eventer Rainbows Little Rock, and the reserve working hunter pony went to Forlan Honey Dundandy and Rachel MacGregor.

Bethany Swanson, Framside, Calder, Thurso, with the Shetland champion, Bellajaz Whisky, a seven-year-old gelding. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Bethany Swanson, Framside, Calder, Thurso, with the Shetland champion, Bellajaz Whisky, a seven-year-old gelding. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

The top Shetland award went to Bethany Swanson, Framside, Calder, with the seven-year-old gelding Bellajaz Whisky, while young Hannah Taylor, Mid Calder, and Breckon First Endeavour were reserve.

Champion Highland was Cairns Nena, entered by Natalie Macdonald, Halkirk, with the reserve ticket going to Alfie of Park View owned and ridden by Janet Macleod, Upper Dounreay.

Jaqueline Munro, with Gersa Lady, the Clydesdale champion from M and J Munro, Hollyview, Janetstown. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Jaqueline Munro, with Gersa Lady, the Clydesdale champion from M and J Munro, Hollyview, Janetstown. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios

The champion ridden horse award went to Morven Mackenzie, Achalone Croft, and Llnhelyg Lady Cila, with Kincullen Moonstone and Russell Skelton, Spittal, reserve.

Ridden pony champion was the eye-catching sidesaddle winner Gabby Ivey, West Watten, riding her fell Clifford Blue Chip, while young Abbie Burt, Wick, on her lead rein class winner Merlin was reserve.

Kimmy Lai, Dempster Street, Wick, took the supreme horse championship and the champion of champions trophy with her light legged champion, Ashlea's Hollywood Showgirl, a three year old by Hollywood. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Kimmy Lai, Dempster Street, Wick, took the supreme horse championship and the champion of champions trophy with her light legged champion, Ashlea's Hollywood Showgirl, a three year old by Hollywood. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Sheena Macleod, Lybster, had the best exhibit and most points in floral arrangement. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Sheena Macleod, Lybster, had the best exhibit and most points in floral arrangement. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
The trophy for the best exhibit in the flower show went to Hilary Butcher, Campbell Avenue, Dunbeath, with her exhibit – The Queens Jubilee. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
The trophy for the best exhibit in the flower show went to Hilary Butcher, Campbell Avenue, Dunbeath, with her exhibit – The Queens Jubilee. Picture: Robert MacDonald/Northern Studios
Thurso glass blower Ian Pearson demonstrated his skills at North Lands Creative as part of the show. Picture: John Knowles
Thurso glass blower Ian Pearson demonstrated his skills at North Lands Creative as part of the show. Picture: John Knowles
The glass blowing demonstration in Lybster. Picture: John Knowles
The glass blowing demonstration in Lybster. Picture: John Knowles
Ian Pearson's show day creation. Picture John Knowles
Ian Pearson's show day creation. Picture John Knowles

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