ORD Tinkerbell finally got her fairy-tale ending at the National Stallion Show, when the yearling filly from Eric and Miranda Johnstone secured the supreme Clydesdale championship at Ingliston.
The annual event, which was a month earlier than usual and held in the Highland Hall due to prior bookings, brought in a stellar entry of Clydesdales, but it was this youngster from the Ord stud near Muir of Ord, Inverness-shire, that first took the champion female title before getting the nod for the overall.
Born in May, last year, it was a case of always the bridesmaid and never the bride for this home-bred filly as she stood reserve female champion at the majority of the winter foal shows, taking the overall title only at the Grampian Foal Show.
“She’s the outstanding animal here today,” commented John Henderson, on behalf of himself and fellow female judge, Campbell Steel.
“There’s a great topline on the filly and she has very true movement – I liked everything about her.”
The breeding includes the reserve Cawdor Cup winner from last year, Eskechraggan Ernest, on to the successful show mare Ord Envy, a past champion of champions at Grantown and twice supreme champion at the Aberdeen City Clydesdale Show.
It was a good outing for Charlotte Young and father Jim, of Hall Farm, Ayr, when their five horses secured five red tickets as well as the remainder of the male and female championships.
Going on to stand reserve supreme was the duo’s five-year-old stallion Doura Master Eddie, a Glebeview Sir Charles son bred across the water by Victor and Raymond Scott. Bred out of Bannview Dawn, he’s had a good turn at the Stallion Show, winning the Cawdor Cup as a two-year-old and scooping the reserve title here last year, while in 2015 he stood reserve at the Royal Highland Show.

The Scottish Farmer:
As Master Eddie was ineligible for the Cawdor Cup, being a previous winner, that title went to the Youngs’ Doura Aird Ambition, another stallion but this time a three-year-old by Doura Kingmaker, out of Lagavar Clossom and bred by Andrew Love.

The Scottish Farmer:
Going one better than his reserve Cawdor Cup title as a yearling, he’s another with a proven track record as he stood champion at Ayr and the Great Yorkshire as a yearling as well as reserve male to another Doura stallion at last year’s Highland.
The tickets kept on coming for the Youngs as their Forneth Lucky Daisy, a seven-year-old mare bred by Donnie Laing, stood reserve female. She’s won a lot of titles, most notably reserve supreme here last year as well as champion at the Winter Fair. She’s a Collessie Whinhill President daughter out of Blueton Princess.
Taking the honourable Cawdor Cup mention was Harry Emerson’s Lutterington Harry, a yearling colt that has dominated the winter foal shows and stood reserve supreme at the Winter Fair. Brought out by Ronnie and Pete Black, this March-born Arradoul Balvenie son is out of Middlebank Carlogie Anna Maria.
Among the geldings it was Annette Noble’s Peggyslea Andy that made his way to the top of the line-up.

The Scottish Farmer:

This six-year-old by Millisle Solway Bay and out of Ingleston Princess has turned his hoof to the ridden job and qualified for the Horse of the Year Show last year.
Reserve was Alan and Evelyn Campbell’s Dillars Scottie Boy-sired Pacemuir Angus, a three-year-old out of Rashillhousse Betty that has also done well on the circuit.

LEADING awards:

Geldings (Judge: A Christie, Greek Thomson Road, Balfron). Senior – 1 and gelding champion, A Noble’s Peggyslea Andy, by Millisle Solway Bay; 2, D Walker and Ms B Brown’s Bratlach Corrog Clyde, by Bratlach Ballintoy. Junior – 1 and reserve gelding, A and E Campbell’s Pacemuir Angus, by Dillars Scottie Boy; 2, P and M Bedford’s Thorpe Hill Majestic, by Dillars Scottie Boy.
Females (Judges: J Henderson, Islandbay Road, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, and C Steel, Brodick Drive, Stewartfield, East Kilbride). Mare – 1 and reserve female, Miss C Young’s Forneth Lucky Daisy, by Collessie Whinhill President; 2, Captain J Anderson’s West Glen New Dawn, by Collessie Cut Above; 3, S Mellor’s MGK Virginia, by Doura Aird Rhinsman. Three-year-old filly – 1, Mrs S Campbell and Mrs A Butler Merchant’s Rolling Thunder Maggie May, by Singlie Storm; 2, Ms L Smith’s Singlie Ola, by Singlie Garff Sovereign. Two-year-old filly – 1, ID Johnston’s Roughlands Alana, by Arradoul Balvenie; 2, J and L Kennedy’s Hillhouse Zara, by Dillars Top Gun; 3, Mrs A Jackson’s Boat Lady Victoria, by Dillars Excel. Senior filly foal (born on or before April 30, 2016) – 1, Miss C Young’s Collessie Flash Girl, by Arradoul Balvenie; 2, D McKay’s Carnaff Cynthia, by Carnaff Fascinator; 3, D McGill’s Caperhill Cleo, by Dillars Top Gun. Junior filly foal (born on or after May 1, 2016) – 1, female champion and supreme champion, E Johnstone’s Ord Tinkerbell, by Eskechraggan Ernest; 2, R Sibbald and Mrs Rimmer’s Shielhill Silver Starr, by Mollinhillhead Celebrity; 3, Mrs J Marshall and Mrs C Halliday’s Howgillside Heather May, by Dillars Top Gun.
Males (Judges: R Lang, The Bungalow, Rosewells, Pitscottie, Cupar, and R Morton, Stobilee, Cleghorn, Lanark). Senior stallion – 1, male champion and reserve supreme, Miss C Young’s Doura Master Eddie, by Glebeview Sir Charles; 2, D Walker and Ms B Brown’s Doura Woodhouse Real Deal, by Mollinhillhead Celebrity; 3, Miss A Cockburn’s Tillside Topman, by Singlie Storm. Four-year-old stallion – 1, Miss C Young’s Doura Geronimo, by West Edge Norman; 2, R and R Bedford’s Collessie Proclaimer, by Collessie Stepping Stone. Three-year-old stallion – 1, Cawdor Cup winner and reserve male, Miss C Young’s Doura Aird Ambition, by Doura Kingmaker; 2, R Hamilton’s Dillars Jura, by Carnaff Ambassador; 3, A Steel and Son’s Jackton’s Kilbride, by Jackton’s Discovery. Two-year-old colt – 1, Mrs J Tait’s Bandirran Elvis, by Redcastle Brelee Majestic; 2, P and M Bedford’s Thorpe Hill Forest Pheonix, by Cedarlane Thunder; 3, D Hill’s Collessie Lodestone, by Collessie Stepping Stone. Senior colt foal – 1 and reserve Cawdor Cup, H Emerson’s Lutterington Harry, by Arradoul Balvenie; 2, D McKay’s Carnaff Knockout, by Carnaff Fascinator; 3, R Hamilton’s Dillars Envoy, by Carnaff Ambassador. Junior colt foal – 1, ID Johnston’s Roughlands Rocco, by Arradoul Balvenie; 2, G Gray’s Fawnspark Ambassador, by Carnaff Ambassador; 3, RH Black’s Collessie Consort, by Arradoul Balvenie.
Young handlers (Judge: A Christie) – 1, Rachel Ramsay; 2, Keira Gowans; 3, Heather Keron.