Organisers of Balmoral Agricultural Show are delighted to announce a top quality line-up of judges for the 152nd Balmoral Show.

With the anticipated event scheduled to return to Balmoral Park from Wednesday September 22, to Saturday September 25, 2021, show organisers have recruited the best judges from across the UK and Ireland of whom will have the honour of selecting this year's show champions.

With just over a month to go and this year's line-up of judges including some Scottish candidate's, tickets for the show are now on sale and available to purchase online.

The judges list is as follows:

Beef Cattle

Aberdeen Angus: David Evans, Middlesbrough

Hereford: Jeff Thomas, Cornwall

Charolais: Raymond Irvine, Morayshire

Simmental: Robin Boyd, Ballymena

Limousin: Sarah Priestley, Cumbria

British Blonde: Nick Rogers, Powys

British Blue: Linda Morgan, Powys

Salers: Neil Austin, Kirkcudbrightshire

Commercial: Lynsey Bett, Stirling

Beef Shorthorn: Caroline Ivinson, Cumbria

Dexter: Stephen Adcock, Staffordshire

Irish Moiled: Paul Boal, Galway

Junior championship and champion of champions: John R Elliott, Roxburghshire

Beef group of five native and continental and exhibitor bred pairs: Matthew Goulding, Kerry

Inter-breed performance bulls and heifers and inter-breed stock judging: Paul Rainey, Kilrea

Beef pairs, group championship: Cyril Millar, Coleraine

Beef young handlers: Gayle Bersey, Cornwall

Beef presentation award: Alex Woods, Banbridge and Renton Ledbetter, Cupa

Dairy cattle

Dairy cattle: Alan Timbrell, Gloucestershire

Dairy young handlers: Alan Timbrell, Gloucestershire

Dairy presentation award: Alex Woods, Banbridge and Renton Ledbetter, Cupa


Goats: Martin Cox, Nottinghamshire

Goat young handlers: Amanda Wallace, Ballynahinch


Large White, Landrace, inter-breed championships, traditional breeds, pork pigs: Ron Fieldhouse, North Yorkshire

Pig pairs: William Gabbie, Downpatrick

Pig young handler: Olive Mercer, Dromore

Poultry, pigeons and eggs

Turkey, Waterfowl, modern game, old English game, hard feather (bantams/large): Thomas Moody, Co. Durham

True bantams: Robin Murray, Borders

Soft feather (light large and bantam): Chris Parker, Lancashire

Soft feather (heavy large and bantam): Simon Windle, Halifax

Pigeons (fancy and racing): Brian Herbison, Ballymena

Shelled eggs and championship, children’s decorated eggs: Paul Kerfoot, Preston

Horses and ponies

Agricultural Horses, Clydesdales in hand and young handler, trade turnouts (heavy), horse parade: Ian Craig, Ayrshire

Clydesdale ridden: Ian Craig, Ayrshire; Charlotte Dun, Midlothian

Breeding and young stock: Richard Ramsay; Philip Ramsay

Hunters: Michaela Bowling, Lancashire; Conor Higgins, Tipperary

Supreme Hunter championship: Michaela Bowling, Lancashire; Conor Higgins, Tipperary

Performance ridden Irish draught: Peter Crafts, Lincolnshire; Lucinda Starling, Buckinghamshire; Maura Rooney, Westmeath

Registered Irish draught ridden: Peter Crafts, Lincolnshire; Maura Rooney, Westmeath

Cobs and maxi Cobs: Morag Snow, Fife; Julia Furness, Berwickshire

Coloured: Philippa Scott, Co. Mayo; Philip Scott, Co. Mayo

Ladies Hunter astride: Philippa Scott, Co. Mayo; Michaela Bowling, Lancashire

Riding horses: Philippa Scott, Co. Mayo; Michaela Bowling, Lancashire

Ladies side saddle Balmoral classic: Philippa Scott, Co. Mayo; Michaela Bowling, Lancashire

Working Hunter horses: Morag Snow, Fife; Julia Furness, Berwickshire

Small working Hunter and Cob working Hunter: Morag Snow, Fife; Georgina Maywood, Essex

Hackney/private driving and trade turnouts (light): Gary Docking, West Sussex

Racehorse to riding horse: Patrick Mullins, Kilkenny; Noel Chance, Downpatrick

Performance horse championships: Chris Ryan, Co Limerick; Eric Smiley, Dorset

Children’s ponies (ridden): Julia Furness, Berwickshire; Andrew Bowie, Kinross

Working Hunter ponies: Julia Furness, Berwickshire; Andrew Bowie, Kinross

Connemara ponies and ridden and working Hunter: Philip Scott, Co. Mayo; Mairead Ryan, Dublin

Donkey classes: Robert Cunningham, South Lanarkshire

Referee judge: John Bamber, Dromore; Diane Gibson, Newtownabbey

Sheep shearing

Adrian Caldwell, Castlederg

Alan Crockett, Castlederg

Alan Longstaff, Ballyclare

Brian Megahey, Belfast

Bryan Wilson, Larne

David Jones, Crumlin

David O’Neill, Strabane

Finn Butler, Ballymena

Ian Montgomery, Ballymena

Jack Robinson, Claudy

John Murphy, Antrim

Robert Harkness, Crumlin

Robin Kennedy, Crumlin

Seamus Kelly, Ballymena

Tom Perry, Strabane

Wallace Boyd, Symington

William Jones, Templepatrick

Trade stands

Ann Orr, Lisbellaw

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