Despite heavy showers during the judging the sun was shining for the grand parade at Kirriemuir Show which attracted a strong show of livestock and saw Alistair and Tom Greenhill take the top honours amongst the sheep with a Texel, whilst Gerard and Morag Smith and son Dougie, topped the cattle section with their big Simmental bull.

Earlier in the day, father and son duo, Alistair and Tom Greenhill, Dundee, lifted the inter-breed sheep title on a points system, with their Texel champion from Alyth Show, which is now set to retire. The two-crop ET ewe is bred from a Ettrick ewe originally bought at the Select Seven sale at Lanark and is sired by Cressage Vagabond.

Continuing on their winning ways, the Smiths from Drumsleed, Laurencekirk, topped the cattle with their male champion from Royal Highland, Drumsleed Hivy. The three-year-old bull is sired by Haystar Cracker, out of Drumsleed Valonia and stood inter-breed champion at Fettercairn and breed best at Alyth.

Back in the sheep lines and the Burke family from Brechin took home the reserve inter-breed with champion Beltex. Graham and Fiona, daughter Rachel and son Robbie, led the way with their show gimmer, Pentland Dixie. She is by Airyolland Wurzel, out of Kingledores Rascal and scooped the supreme sheep trophy at Fettercairn and a second at the Royal Highland. She is now set to take on the Beltex National show this year.

Reserve amongst the beef was another well known winner in the shape of Wilson Peters' Islay Malt, a 15-month-old Charolais cross heifer from Crieff. She is by Retties Lorenzo, out of a Limousin cross cow and was bred by Bob Cuninghame, Islay. She was champion at Fife, West Fife and Alyth and reserve at Doune and Dunblane.

This year the champion of champions trophy – which rotates around the various sections – was for the supreme horse which resulted in a big win for a part-bred Arab/Welsh, ridden by a delighted Ella Dunn (14), owned by Anna Louise Dunn. Abbas Blue Rainbow, a 16-year-old mare, is set to take on the international show later this year, having been previously at HOYS in 2017.


Clydesdale (Judge: G Skinner, Pitcaple). Champion – A.J Greenhill, Upper Tulloes, Forfar with Tulloes Blossom. The four-year-old mare is in foal and won many local shows as a two-year-old. She is sired by Collessie Step and Stone and out of Tulloes Louise. Reserve – M Stewart and R Barr with their yearling filly, Fairhavens Bonnie Lass. She is sired by Arradoul Balvenie and is out of Fordelhill Lucinda. Gelding – J and L Martin. Yeld mare – AJ Greenhill. Yearling filly or colt – M Stewart and R Barr. Young handlers – S Aitken.

Aberdeen-Angus (Judge: Miss M Clarke, Montrose). Champion – D Rankin, Kilmaluag House, shown by the Rettie family. Kilmaluag Lady Iris is by Retties Euromillions and is out of Mosston Muirlardy Iris. The in-calf, 20-month-old, was reserve junior champion at the Royal Highland and champion at West Fife. Reserve went to the second prize in the same class from FJ Fraser and Sons. The two-year-old, Idvies Eugin is out of Idvies Eugine and is sired by Shadwell Blackbroughton who was champion here in 2014. Junior bull, calf – AK Rennie. Senior bull, senior heifer – FJ Fraser and sons. Cow, junior heifer – D Rankin.

Commercial (Judge: Mrs J McKay, Kirkmichael). Champion and reserve inter-breed – WA Peters, Cuilt Farmhouse, with. Islay Malt, a 15-month-old Charolais cross by Retties Lorenzo. She was champion at Fife, West Fife and Alyth and reserve at Doune and Dunblane. Reserve – G Cameron, Wester Bonhard with a five-month-old heifer, by the black Limousin, Ballinloan Millionaire out of a British Blue cross cow. Cow, senior bull calf, senior heifer calf, heifer, bullock – WA Peters. Cow and calf, junior heifer calf – G Cameron. Junior bull calf –W McLaren.

Limousin (Judge: Miss S Dick, Stirling). Champion – W Lawson, Windsole, Auchterarder with Windsole Olaf, a 17-month-old bull that was picking up his first championship. He is sired by Foxhillfarm Irish Lad and is out of Windsole Jolene. Reserve – W McLaren, Muirhouses, Kirriemuir with the three-year-old, McLarens Black Missy, a heifer with calf at foot by Normans Gamin. Bull, intermediate heifer – W Lawson. Senior heifer, junior heifer – W McLaren.

Charolais (Judge: Miss S Dick). Champion and reserve – Balthayock Farms, Perth. The champion was Balthayock Navada a November 2017-born bull brought out by Tracey and Davie Nicoll. He is by Balthayock Impression, out of Balthayock Dulcie and stood first at the Royal Highland and male champion at Alyth. Reserve was the two-year-old heifer, Balthayock Nona, by Balthayock Imp – the 2015 breed champion at the Royal Highland – and out of Balthayock Infanta. She took the same award at Alyth. Bull, senior heifer – Balthayock Farms. Junior heifer – G Smeaton. Calf – Messrs Rettie.

Simmental (Judge: Miss S Dick). Champion and inter-breed beef champion – G and M Smith, Laurencekirk, with a three-year-old bull, by Haystar Cracker out of Drumsleed Valonia. Drumsleed Hivy was male champion at this year's Royal Highland, beef inter-breed at Fettercairn and breed champion at Alyth, and is set to take on the national show at Kelso later this month. Reserve – Heather Duff, Pitmudie with the two-year-old heifer, Pitmudie Irish Mist. She is sired by Hiltonstown Ferrari and out of Delfur Bobette. Previously she was reserve at Fettercairn and second in her class at the Royal Highland. Junior bull, junior cow – G and M Smith. Senior bull, junior heifer, intermediate heifer, calf, pairs – H Duff.

Any other native breed (Judge: A Garton, Kirkcaldy). Champion and reserve – Trainview Livestock, Forfar. Champion was the seven-year-old Beef Shorthorn cow, Ballyvaddy Princess, sired by Byron of Ballvaddy. She was led out by James Cameron and Valerie Orr and was champion here in 2017 and is now set for Perth and Turriff shows. Reserve went to Ballyvaddy Tessa, a two-year-old Beef Shorthorn heifer by Dakota of Upsall. She was champion at the Stars of the Future and is also bound for Perth. All classes – Trainview Livestock.

Highland (Judge: A Garton). Champion – B and S Wilson, Dams Farm, with Peallachag Beag 4 of Dams, a five-year-old cow by Roderick of Lyntown out of Peallachag Beag 2 of Fourmerk. Reserve – W Lawson, Rahalloch, Windsole, Auchterarder with the yearling heifer, Phiobaidh 3 Cloan, by Magnus of Cloan and out of Phiobaidh of Kinloss. She was champion at Doune and Dunblane. Cow and calf, calf – B and S Wilson. Heifer – W Lawson.

Suffolk (Judge: S Lorimer, Kingswells). Champion – G Mackie, Drimmie, with a ewe lamb by Strathbogie 24 Carat out of Ballynacannon Attitude-sired ewe. She was first at Fife Show. Reserve – J Scott, Strathview, with a home-bred four-crop ewe, by Redbrae Real Deal, out of a Drumpark ewe. Shearling, ewe – J Scott. Ram lamb, gimmer, ewe lamb, pairs – G Mackie.

North Blackface (Judge: J Mcinnes, Lanarkshire). Champion – D Nicol, Viewmount, with the gimmer, Viewmount Glenisle, by a £2000 Goldie and out of a ewe by a £500 Woolford tup. Reserve – Cadogan Estates, Auchnacloich, with a previously unshown shearling by a £4200 Craigneich out of a £3000 Calla-sired ewe. He will be sold this year at the ram sales at Stirling. Three-shear ram, two-shear ram – D Beaton. Shearling ram – Cadogan Estates. Ram lamb, one-crop ewe – A Petrie. Ewe, gimmer, ewe lamb – DW Nicol.

South Blackface (Judge: D Fleming, Biggar). Champion – Tay and Torridon Estates, North Farm, Amulree, with a home-bred ewe, by the £38,000 Auchloy, shown by Billy Brady. She is out of a dam by a £11,000 Midlock and was reserve at Doune and Dunblane. Reserve – A and W Walker, Cramie, with a gimmer on her first outing, by a £15,000 Crossflat tup, while her dam is by a home-bred son of a £18,000 Dalwyne. Three-shear ram, two-shear ram – M and S Nairn. Ram lamb, gimmer – A Walker. Shearling ram, ewe – Tay and Torridon Estates. One-crop ewe – Mains of Mause. Ewe lamb – K Fairlie.

Texel (Judge: A Blackwood, Midkirk). Champion and supreme sheep – A and T Greenhill, Dundee, with a two-crop ET ewe bred from a Ettrick ewe originally bought at the Select Seven sale at Lanark and sired by Cressage Vagabond. This was her last show after taking champion at Alyth. Reserve – R Close, Craig Nathrow, with the second prize gimmer, a previously unshown entry by Craighead Yahoo out of a Forkins-bred ewe. Two-shear, tup lamb, ewe, ewe lamb – A and T Greenhill. Shearling – A Kerr. Gimmer – Messrs Steel and Close.

Beltex (Judge: A Munro, Fearn). Champion and reserve inter-breed – G and F Burke, Edzell, with the gimmer, Pentland Dixie. She is sired by Airyolland Wurzel, out of Kingledores Rascal and was sheep inter-breed at Fettercairn and second at the Royal Highland. She is now set for the Beltex National show. Reserve – I Reid, Isle Cottage with a ewe, by Proctors Aerosmith, out of Aviemore Wilma, that was champion at Stirling and is also bound for the National. Tup, gimmer – F and G Burke. Tup lamb, ewe, ewe lamb – I Reid.

Any other breed (Judge: J Farquharson, Errol). Champion – R and G Stewart, Strathellie with a three-shear Blue Texel tup. Viewforth Angus is sired by Millend Yeeha, out of a Viewforth ewe and was male champion at Alyth and champion here two years ago. Reserve – A Wylie, Atholl Estates, with a Bleu Du Maine tup lamb, by a ram bred by Percy Tait, out of Maunby Ouset. Tup – G Stewart. Tup lamb, ewe lamb – A Wylie. Ewe – A and J Adam. Gimmer – K Neil.

Commercial (Judge: J McCarven, Fettercairn). Champion – D Black, Minard, with a pen of three Texel cross Cheviot mule gimmers bought in from Westhill in September which will be sold at Thainstone this September. Reserve – W Mather and Sons, Shandford farm, with a pen of three Texel cross gimmers all by a home-bred sire, and on their first outing. Prime lambs – J Burgess. Ewe lambs – G Mathers. AOB gimmers, Mule gimmers – D Black. Ewe and lambs – F Hood.

Highland ponies (Judge: Mrs V Osborne-Antolovi, Kirriemuir). Champion –I Grant, Kinloch. Shuggie of Inverdarroch, with a three-year-old gelding by Echo of Achnacarry and out of Stroma of Inverd. Reserve – C Forsyth, Arbroath with Fourmerk Honey Bee, a nine-year-old mare by Tuskerbister Jarl Haakon out of Fourmerk Honey. Brood mare with foal, foal – H and L Lundie. Yeld mare – C Forsyth. Gelding – E Logie. Yearling – JPG Cameron. Three-year-old – I Grant.

Shetland ponies (Judge: D Macarthur, Inverness). Champion – D Lochtie with Hawkdale Dixie, a 13-year-old mare, by Rosermust of Transy. She has won several championships in the past. Reserve – LM Wilson with Myreton Glory, a three-year-old colt. She is sired by Claylands Prince of Foxt and out of a home-bred dam – the multi champion mare. Previously champion at Alyth and best Shetland at Stirling show. Brood mare, foals – D Lochtie. Yearling – N Macdonald-Lewis. Filly – A MCConville. Over two-year-old – LM Wilson.