By Jacqueline Pettigrew

This year’s National Stallion Show saw the supreme Clydesdale championship and The Prince of Wales trophy go to the male champion, Doura Magic Touch, from Charlotte Young, of Ayr.

This two-year-old colt is no stranger to the limelight having claimed the Cawdor Cup at last year’s stallion show and was senior and reserve overall champion at the Winter Fair back in November. The Irish-bred colt is by Glebeview Sir Charles and out of the Carnaff Ambassador-sired mare, Ballinrees Lady Jayne.

Judging the males at the event, which was held for the second year at Morris Equestrian Centre, Fenwick, was John Drummond, of Bangor, Northern Ireland, who said of his champion: “He was just outstanding, with great feet and hair on him and superb action.”

The female championship and reserve supreme went to Amanda Stewart’s mare, Mollinhillhead Donna’s Dream, from Mollinhillhead, Mollinsburn. This home-bred six-year-old is by the Stewarts' own stallion, Mollinhillhead Celebrity and out of Millichen Pamela, a Caldwell Winalot daughter.

The prestigious Cawdor Cup was awarded to the reserve male champion, Collessie Connoisseur, a home-bred yearling colt from Ronnie and Pete Black of Collessie, Cupar. By Redcastle Brelee Majestic and out of the Collessie Redcastle Hallmark daughter, Old Greenlaw Jura, he had an outstanding run of success during the foal show season, standing reserve foal at Grampian, Forfar, and won his class at Fife, Lothian and Borders, Kilpatrick and the Winter Fair.

Collessie breeding and, indeed, the same dam was also behind the reserve female champion, Charlotte Young’s Collessie Flash Girl. This three-year-old mare, bred at Collessie, is by Arradoul Balvenie and out of Old Greenlaw Jura.

The Bedford family, from York, were victorious in the Clydesdale gelding championship with the two-year-old Deighton Donald. By Thorpe Hill Challenger, it is out of the grade-up mare, Deighton Maria.

Across in the Highland pony ring, the championship went to John and Kate Dykes’ Marksman of Mendick, from West Linton. This home-bred three-year-old colt is by Strathmore Airlie and out of Gissings Luscardene. He was reserve champion at the Winter Fair and champion at Tayside on his last outings.

Shirley Clarke, of Kirtlebridge, Lockerbie, took the reserve Highland title with Bethoc of Conway, a six-year-old lightly shown mare by Stirlingdene, out of Iona of Conway. Her half sister was the Royal Highland champion in 2017.

Transy Stud, Dollar, took the Shetland championship with Rosscalin of Transy, a home-bred standard two-year-old colt by Elderberry of Transy and out of Roseljord of Transy, a dam which was best mare at the Highland in 2017. He was on his first outing since he was a foal.

The reserve overall Shetland honours went to the miniature winner, Gillian McIntosh’s Ardnabeag Fairy’s Firelily, from Bent, Galston. Bred by Gillian, this nine-year-old coloured mare is by Fairy Flavian and out of Chewvalley Rosebud.

Reserve standard was Midcalder Midnight from Amy McConville, who keeps 17 Shetland ponies at Over Baldinnie, Ceres. By Millhouse Director and out of Kerloch Vera, this three-year-old mare was bought last February from Willam and Kathleen Campbell and was reserve junior at West Fife and was reserve overall at Doune and Dunblane for Amy last year.

Matthew Davidson had the reserve miniature in Milday Valintino, a three-year-old colt bred by John Lawrie. By Tawna Rubus, and out of Milday Darashane, Matthew hopes to licence him for use as a stallion.

In the mountain and moorland section it was Eleanor Crate’s Welsh Section B, Duntaskin Gimli that took the championship. This seven-year-old home-bred pony from Hollybush, Ayr, is by Skellorn Graffiti and out of Dorgan Velissa.

The reserve award went to Linda McCurdie’s 16-year-old gelding, Glencarrig Platinum, from Tollerton Drive, Irvine. By Glencarrig Prince, Punk as he is known at home, is out of Mount Rose Bramble.

LEADING awards:


(Judges: Males – J Drummond, Bratlach, Bangor, Northern Ireland; females – W Dunbar, East Fairybank, Bothwellshields; geldings – J Fairbairn, Marshall Meadows, Berwick upon Tweed)

Gelding foaled in or before 2015 – 1 and reserve gelding, A Noble’s Peggysea Andy (by Millisle Solway Bay); 2, B and H Lindsay’s Dillars Rascal (by Carnaff Perfection); 3, A Anderson and I Nisbet’s Thorn Royal Blue (by Doura Woodhouse Real Deal).

Gelding foaled on or after 2016 – 1 and champion gelding, P and W Bedford’s Deighton Donald (by Thorpe Hill Challenger); 2, C Young’s Doura King of the Ring (by Doura Kingmaker); 3, M Machray, Swordale Royal Duke (by Collessie Pride).

Mare foaled in or before 2015 – 1, female champion and reserve supreme, A Stewart’s Mollinhillhead Donna’s Dream (by Mollinhillhead Celebrity); 2, C Young’s Clerkington Cassandra (by Doura Kingmaker); 3, J Adamson’s Barlauchlan Linda (by Arradoul Balvenie).

Mare foaled in 2016 – 1 and reserve female, C Young’s Collessie Flash Girl (by Arradoul Balvenie); 2, J Graham’s Doura Joules (by Doura Jackpot); 3, J Reid’s Bencannon Majestic Flowergirl (by Redcastle Brelee Majestic).

Filly foaled in 2017 – 1, J Rochead’s Malcolmwood Islay (by Dillars Jura); 2, S Greenhill’s Fordelhill Hannah (by Eskechraggan Ernest); 3, Auchengree Clydesdales’ Auchengree Bethany (by Dillars Top Gun).

Filly foaled on or before April 30, 2018 – 1, C Young’s Doura Dynamite (by Doura Aird Ambition); 2, R Hamilton’s Hazelwood Lady Jane (by Dillars Speedy); 3, J Neill’s Rossie Moira (by Redcastle Brelee Majestic).

Filly foaled on or after May 1, 2018 – 1, H Emerson’s Lutterington Butterfly (by Collessie New Approach); 2, N Young’s Collessie First Choice (by Arradoul Balvenie); 3, R Sibbald’s Thorn Mayflower (by Macfin Starlight).

Stallion foaled in or before 2014 – 1, C Young’s Doura Master Eddie (by Glebeview Sir Charles); 2, T McMillan’s Eskechraggan Ernest (by Mollinhillhead Celebrity); 3, J Anderson’s Redcastle Brelee Majestic (by Freedom Royal Majestic).

Stallion foaled in 2015 – 1, G and J Tait’s Bandirran Elvis (by Redcastle Brelee Majestic).

Stallion foaled in 2016 – 1 and reserve Cawdor Cup winner, H Emerson’s Lutterington Harry (by Arradoul Balvenie); 2, R Hamilton’s Dillars Envoy (by Carnaff Ambassador).

Colt foaled in 2017 – 1, male champion and supreme champion, C Young’s Doura Magic Touch (by Glebeview Sir Charles); 2, J Anderson’s Redcastle Francois (by Freedom Majestic Dreamliner); 3, S Greenhill’s Fordelhill Fascination (by Glebeview Sir Charles).

Colt foaled on or before April 30, 2018 – 1, C Young’s Doura Navigator (by Glebeview Sir Charles); 2, P and M Bedford’s Roughlands Refiner (by Arradoul Balvenie); 3, M and A Bell’s Graitney Willie John (by Boat Scottish Power).

Colt foaled on or after May 1, 2018 – 1 and Cawdor Cup winner, RH Black’s Collessie Connoisseur (by Redcastle Brelee Majestic); 2, D Stewart’s Blackford Stewarty Boy (by Redcastle Brelee Majestic); 3, A Love’s Aird Merrick (v Doura Aird Ambition).

Ridden Clydesdale – 1, N Young’s Bratlach Laura (by Bratlach Ballintoy); 2, A Noble’s Peggyslea Andy (by Millisle Solway Bay); 3, A Noble’s Peggyslea Buddy (by Millisle Solway Bay).

Clydesdale young handler – 1, K Gowans; 2, J Burks; 3, H Lindsay.

Stallions awarded CHS premium – (Panel: J Marshall, S Aitken and P Tennant). H Emerson’s Lutterington Harry; C Young’s Doura Master Eddie; C Young’s Doura Geronimo; R Hamilton’s Dillars Envoy; T McMillan’s Esckechraggan Ernest; J Anderson’s Redcastle Brelee Majestic.

Highland ponies

(Judge: Miss A Mitchell, Backdales, Denny)

Stallion or colt born before 2017 – 1, Mr and Mrs J Dykes’ Marksman of Mendick (by Strathmore Airlie).

Mare born in or before 2015 – 1, S Clarke’s Bethoc of Conway (by Stirlingdene); 2, J and J Bonar and M Hay’s Bowmore Lady Lara (by Carlung Findlay); 3, S Borthwick’s Skye of Balhernoch (by Carlung Feargus).

Gelding born in or before 2015 – 1, N Luti’s Tuskerbister Jarl Erland (by Upper Drumbuie Stalker); 2, SJ Bowers’ Fingal of Achnacarry (by Rannoch of Achnacarry).

Filly or gelding born in 2017 – 1, A Byers’ Whitefield King Zephyr (by HS of Fourmerk).

Colt, filly or gelding born in 2018 – 1, W Nelson’s Glenmuir Gwen (by Burnside Ben Nevis); 2, S Clarke’s Kershope Breagha.

Ridden Highland pony – 1, J Carnegie’s Eran of Croila (by Kyle of Croila); 2, J and J Bonar and M Hay’s Bowmore Lady Laura (by Carlung Findlay); 3, S Robertson’s Kilbucho Korkoran (by McNab of Denmill).

Shetland ponies (standard)

Judge: J Walters, Lower Halstock, Devon.

Entire male born in or before 2015 – 1, R McNab’s Mailand Silverstone (by Loanin Banter); 2, Transy Stud’s Roserhum of Transy (by Beech of Transy); 3, A McConville’s Kerryston Theodore (by Kerryston Kelly).

Colt born in 2016 or 2017 – 1, Transy Stud’s Rosscalin of Transy (by Elderberry of Transy); 2, J Watson’s Achramore Bravado (by Southfieldgate Valiant).

Mare or gelding born in or before 2015 – 1, Tramsy Stud’s Rosskate of Transy (by Elderberry of Transy); 2, Mr and Mrs Keenan’s Dryfesdale Top Dancer (by Abbotsbury Tempest); 3, R Graham’s Kinness Velma (by Wells Premier).

Gelding born in or before 2017 – 1, Mr and Mrs Keenan’s Waulkmill Fergus (by Waulkmill Farmer); 2, A Allan’s Millquoy Democrat (by Kanteborgs Sir William); 3, C Hamilton’s Littlewoodend Arran (by Slacks Black Magic).

Filly born in 2016 or 2017 – 1, A McConville’s Midcalder Midnight (by Millhouse Director).

Colt, filly or gelding born in 2018 – 1, C Connor’s Acresdale Billet-Doux (by Email of St Ninian); 2, A McDonald’s Balgay Courts Wanna Bee (by Warrackston Scalan); 3, A MacDonald’s Balgay EPS Willow the Whisp (by Warrackston Scalan).

Ridden Shetland pony – 1, A Allan’s Millquoy Democrat (by Kanteborgs Sir William).

Shetland ponies (miniature)

(Judge: D Hodge, Lower Halstock, Devon)

Entire male born before 2015 – 1, J Mitchell’s Erro Au Bergli (by Neptune of Brygarth); 2, J Watson’s Gardie Icon (by Hermits Rocket).

Colt or gelding born in 2016 or 2017 – 1, M Davidson’s Milday Valintino (v Tawna Rebus); 2, R Macleod’s Loanin Colton (by Tot of Berry); 3, L McCurdie’s Ardanbeag Papa Stour (by Milday Oreo).

Mare or gelding born in or before 2015 – 1, G McIntosh’s Ardanbeag Fairy’s Firelily (by Fairy Flavian); 2, J Mitchell’s Gardie Evita (by Hermits Rocket); 3, M Davidson’s Milday Darashane (by Tawna Cousin Jack).

Filly born in 2016 or 2017 – 1, S Robertson’s Ballencrieff Dolly (by North Wells Dolly); 2, E Crawford’s Plumtree Jolie (by Merrylees Camelot); 3, E Crawford’s Fayrefield Isla Skye (by Hazelgill Stanley).

Colt, filly or gelding born in 2018 – 1, M Scott’s Braepark Lady May (by Milday Bojangle); 2, M Davidson’s Milday Zayn (by Milday Mr Bojangle); 3, G McIntosh’s Ardanbeag Stornoway (by Fenland Wellington).

Shetland young handler – 1, C Hamilton; 2, B Lambie.

Mountain and Moorland

(Judge: Mrs MC Nimmo, Duntarvie, Winchburgh)

Large breed born in or before 2015 – 1 and reserve mountain and moorland, L McCurdie’s Glencarrig Platinum (by Glencarrig Prince); 2, L Cochrane’s Durkar Independence (by Tymor the Hobo); 3, EJ Murray’s Ochills Haunting (by Eastlands Harleybrae).

Large breed born in or after 2016 – 1, EJ Murray’s Ochills Chiffchaff (by Haselor Cormack); 2, N Luti’s Greenholme Kingdom (by Greenholme Warrior); 3, W McFarlane’s Bracklinn Sally (by Carrock I’m Yer Man).

Small breed born in or before 2015 – 1 and champion Mountain and Moorland, E Crate’s Duntaskin Gimli (by Skellorn Graffiti).

Small breed born in or after 2016 – 1, E Crate’s Banksy Dau Aderyn (by Lemonshill Falcon); 2, E Crate’s Duntaskin Tipple (byGartconnel Shooting Star).

Ridden Mountain and Moorland – 1, E Crate’s Dunaskin Gimli (by Skellorn Graffiti); 2, L McCurdie’s Glencarrig Platinum (by Glencarrig Prince).