DESPITE WHAT seemed like an avalanche of snow hitting Ayrshire on Thursday and Friday of last week, the ground had cleared considerably by Saturday morning and, although it was a very cold day, the foal show was able to go ahead at Craig Wilson mart, Ayr.

With an excellent turnout of Clydesdale seniors and foals, it proved to be quite a difficult task for the two judges, Mr Tom Clark Jnr, of Crieff, and Mr Jim Greenhill, of Forfar, to choose an overall winner.

However, after much debate and some discussion with umpire, Mr Geoffrey Tanner, from Ireland, it was decided that Collessie Flash Girl, owned and shown by Charlotte Young, of Hall Farm, Ayr, was the overall champion of the show.

In reserve to her was Roughlands Rocco, owned by Iain and Alana Johnstone, of Kirkland Farm, Bothkennar.

Judge, Mr Jim Greenhill, said of the champion: "I thought she was winning fairly easily. 

"I was pretty impressed with her - she's developing well into a substantial yearling filly."

Leading awards:

Overall champion — Miss C Young, Hall Farm, Ayr, with Collessie Flash Girl, a filly foal by Arradoul Balvenie; reserve — I and A Johnston, Kirkland Farm, Bothkennar, with Roughlands Rocco, a colt foal also by Arradoul Balvenie.

Senior champion — I and A Johnston's Roughlands Rocco; reserve — Miss C Young's Crossmakeevver Avril, by Carnaff Perfection.
Best foal in show — Miss C Young's Collessie Flash Girl; reserve — I and A Johnston's Roughlands Rocco.

Best foal bred — Miss C Young's Collessie Flash Girl; reserve — Ms M Barr, Eastmoorhouse, Matfen, with a yearling filly, Eastmoorhouse Angelina by Bratlach Balintoy.

Best female confined — Ms M Barr's Eastmoorhouse Angelina; best male confined — A and E Campbell, Netherwood Cottage, Kilmacolm, with Pacemuir Angus, a two-year-old colt by Dillars Scottie Boy.

Best presented horse — R Sibbald, Thorn Farm, with Shielhill Silver Star, by Mollinhillhead Celebrity.

Colt or gelding 2-years-old — A and E Campbell.

Filly 2-years-old, colt foal born before May 1 2016, filly foal born before May 1 2016 — Miss C Young.

Yearling filly — W Mitchell, Ainville Farm, Kirknewton.

Colt foal born after May 1 2016 — I and A Johnston.

Filly foal born after May 1 2016 — R Sibbald, Thorn Farm.