Immediate past president, Sally Horrell, husband Charles and their son Harry, had a field day at the Beef Shorthorn show at the Stirling Bull Sales, winning not only the senior and junior championships but also the supreme overall.

The family who run 55 cows in their Podehole herd from Peterborough, went straight to the top with Podehole Landmark, which minutes earlier won the junior championship. A regular prize winner at events south of the Border last year, this April 2017-born bull brought out by stockman Roy McDonald, is one of the first born by Knockenjig Hercules, a bull bought privately after standing junior champion at the Highland Show. His dam is Podehole Phantasy Aurora, a Podehole Yeti daughter that bred the 9000gns Podehole Fenman purchased by John Scott, Fearn.

Senior champion for the family was Podehole Lincoln, another by Knockenjig Hercules but out of the Chapelton Promoter-sired Podehole Gypsy Delores. He was junior champion at the South of England Show.

Standing reserve overall was Sid and Mary Chapman's Meonhill Lion King, from Chidden. Their roan April 2017-born bull which first secured the intermediate championship, is by Elliot Danny Boy and bred by Meonhill Waterloo Zara, an Eionmor Highlander daughter. He was brought out by John and Mary Reynolds.

Gerald Turton's Upsall herd from York, also came up with the goods winning the reserve senior and runner-up intermediate with bulls brought out by George and Maureen McCulloch. Their senior best was Leonard of Upsall, by the nine-year-old home-bred stockbull, Dingo of Upsall.

Taking the runner up sash amongst the intermediates was Lawyer of Upsall, an AI son of Fearn Elmer.

Donald Biggar's Chapelton Lancer, an April 2017-born son of Fergus of Upsall, scooped the reserve junior title. The bull from Grange, Castle Douglas, was junior champion at the Highland last year and was brought out by stockman James Rae.

Female champion was Major John Gibb's Glenisla Foxglove Flake, and in-calf heifer by Chapelton Glen Clova, from Glenisla, Blairgowrie, with the reserve presented to George Irving's Mountbenger Lorna, a similarly aged youngster from Mountbenger, Yarrow.