Competitors and online spectators alike enjoyed a busy day for the Showcase's second round of heavy horse judging, where more than 200 entries of Highland ponies, Shetlands and miniatures graced the main ring.

Standing to the fore among the in-hand Highland ponies and clinching the supreme overall title was the male champion, Kincardine Uist, from Ballindalloch-based mother and daughter team, Sarah-Jane Forbes and Kay Ross.

Bred by Audrey Barron of the Kincardine Stud, Perthshire, this five-year-old gelding, impressed the judge, Pat Stirling, Blainslie, who tapped him out as her supreme.

"I just love this pony. He was my choice of champion early on as he has a lovely head, with a nice balance. He's also a good mover and not too big – just my type of pony," commented Pat.

"He walks really well and just has that eye-catching look about him that I found difficult to see past."

Uist, which was on his second outing, is by the former Highland Show supreme champion, Glenbanchor Gillebrighde, and out of Kincardine Gael.

Securing the reserve Highland pony honours having been selected by judge, Bruce Haliburton, Perthshire, was the female champion, Querina of Carlung, a 10-year-old mouse dun mare shown with foal, from Susan Wardrop, Ayrshire.

This home-bred mare is by Carlung Jed and out of the 2016 Highland Pony Society Breed Show reserve female champion, Lauren of Carlung. Bred from a long line of previous successors, Querina herself also boasts a few notable achievements to include winning the 2018 National Stallion championship title and overall champion at Kittochside Heavy Horse Show the same year.

Gillian McMurray, Lockerbie, enjoyed a remarkable day with her 12-year-old stallion, Trailtrow Tearlach, which stood reserve male as well as champion Highland pony under saddle.

Ridden by Kirstin McMurray, Tearlach is no stranger to the show ring having secured a number of championships in the past to include the 2019 overall title in both the ridden and Mountain and Moorland in-hand classes at Blair Castle International Horse Trials. He is sired by Moss-side McLaren and out of the home-bred dam, Trailtrow Tilliwhillie.

Charley of Sunnyneuk from Fife-based breeder, Wendy Taylor was tapped out as reserve female champion. This three-year-old filly is a daughter of Lochlands Military Piper, out of Rheanna of Sunnyneuk and previously stood champion at the 2019 West Fife Show, as well as first in her class as yearling here the same year.

It was also a day to remember for regular winner, Harry Sleigh of St John’s Wells, in Turriff who not only bagged the championship among the standard Shetland ponies with his three-year-old colt, Wells Dancing Brave, but also managed to secure a sale for his show star.

Dancing Brave, a son of the 2016 RHS champion, Wells McCoy, bred from Wells Prepassion, a previous junior champion here, originally caught the eye of judge, Irene Spence, Aberdeenshire.

More impressive is the fact that this young colt secured a fifth Highland Show championship for Harry in his own right, who is only the second person to achieved such an honor to follow in the footsteps of his grand-father, also Harry.

Adding to the St Johns Wells Stud success, Dancing Brave later sold to fellow breeder Neil Brown of the Kinness Stud, in Fife.

There were also tears of joy from first time exhibitor, Laura Cromarty of the Bayview Stud from Orkney, when she scooped the reserve overall Shetland honours with her home-bred mare, Bayview Tess.

A regular champion winner at her local Orkney Show, this 13-year-old mare is a daughter of Threapwood Ventura, out of Linglass Suzie.

A nail biting final amongst the miniature Shetland ponies resulted in the judge Derek Burnett, Aberdeenshire finding his champion in Milday Ferresamo from Matthew Davidson and Craig Johnstone.

Bred by John Lawrie of the Milday Stud, Danderhall, Dalkeith, Ferresamo now resides at Chesterwood Stud based outside Pathhead, Midlothian. Sired by Tawna Rubus and out of Milday Ruby, this six-year-old has already scooped five junior championships at local shows over the years.

Standing reserve was the seven-year-old yeld chestnut mare, Chasend Lady In Red from Lynda Cochrane of the Abbeygreen Stud in Kilwinning, Ayrshire. Bred by Sophie Jones of the Chasend Stud, based in Upton upon Severn, she is by Athelney Lightning and out of Chasend Lady Tara.

LEADING awards:


Ridden Clydesdale HOYS qualifier

Judge: Alasdair Fletcher, Glasgow (Conformation) and Virginia Osborne-Antolovi (Ride).

Champion – Catherine Hodge (Doura Oakley).

Reserve – JW and M Mcintyre (Glenside Flower Of Scotland).

Ridden Clydesdale – HOYS qualifier – 1, Catherine Hodge (Doura Oakley); 2, JW and M Mcintyre (Glenside Flower Of Scotland); 3, Annette Noble (Peggyslea Buddy).

Heavy horse turnouts

Judge: William Craig, Ayrshire.

The McFadyen Perpetual Challenge Trophy – Annette Noble (Andrew and Barra).

Open single cart class – 1, Annette Noble (Barra); 2, Alastair McLean (Lochcote Cooper); 3, Edith Gunn (Hawthorn Topliner).

Pairs of horses (excluding tandems) in twin axle farm wagon or commercial vehicle – 1, Annette Noble (Andrew and Barra); 2, JW and M Mcintyre (Vicki and Batman); 3, Gawin Holmes (Sorbie).

Highland ponies

Highland ponies in hand – males

Judge: Pat Stirling, Scottish Borders.

Champion and supreme overall – Sarah-Jane Forbes (Kincardine Uist).

Reserve – Bellstown (Trailtrow Tearlach).

The Rosehaugh Perpetual Silver Rose Bowl – Bellstown (Trailtrow Tearlach).

The Alexander P Wright Perpetual Challenge Trophy – Sarah-Jane Forbes (Kincardine Uist).

Four-years-old or over stallion – 1, Bellstown (Trailtrow Tearlach); 2, Joanna McCormack (Turin Hill Kyleakin); 3, Miss Heather Dick (Dunstruan Ettrick Mhor).

Two or three-years-old colt or stallion – 1, Aileen Curle (Lochnagar of Tadymor).

Yearling colt or gelding – 1, 18 Wycombe close (Kershope Hector); 2, K Capstick,(Chapelhill Oscar).

Two or three-year-old gelding – 1, 18 Wycombe close (Carlung Xantro); 2, Sarah Aitken (Dewley Eyas); 3, Judith Burn (Dunedin Macallan).

Four, five or six-year-old gelding – 1, Sarah-Jane Forbes (Kincardine Uist); 2, Lenice Gillett (Strathmore Balgair); 3, Robert Davidson (Trowan Pringle).

Seven-year-old or over gelding – 1, Anne Owen-Walker (Lochlands Prince Tamino); 2, KVC Equestrian (Dunedin Mascot); 3, Lenice Gillett (Yersten of Alltnacailleach).

Highland ponies in hand – females

Judge: Bruce Haliburton, Perthshire

Champion and reserve overall – Mrs Susan P Wardrop (Querina of Carlung).

Reserve and young stock champion – Wendy Taylor (Charley of Sunnyneuk).

Four-year-old or over mare with foal at foot – 1, Mrs Susan P Wardrop (Querina of Carlung); 2, Mrs Susan P Wardrop (Ruby of Carlung); 3, Mr C Grant (Dunedin Rhiona).

Foals (shown with their dams entered in previous class) – 1, Mrs Susan P Wardrop; 2, Mr C Grant; 3, Mrs Susan P Wardrop.

Four-year-old or over yeld mare (entered in ridden classes) – 1, Robin Stewart (West Lodge Catriona); 2, Jacqueline Bonar (Bowmore Isla Lady); 3, Lurgan Highland Ponies (Lurgan Fern Mhor).

Four-year-old or over yeld mare (entered in hand only) – 1, Wendy Taylor (Royal Amber of Sunnyneuk); 2, Joanna McCormack (Rynuan Highland Lass); 3, SA Clarke (Bethoc of Conway).

Three-year-old filly – 1, Wendy Taylor (Charley of Sunnyneuk); 2, Fiona Steel (Moss-side Breagh II); 3, SA Clarke (Kershope Breagh).

Two-year-old filly – 1, Joanna McCormack (Moss-side Cara); 2, Mrs V Ruddick (Corrie Fee of Murrayshall); 3, Lurgan Highland Ponies (Lurgan Juniper).

Working native harness

Judge: Eric Starke, Angus.

Champion – Thesprig House (Amber of Achindrean).

Working native harness – 1, Thesprig House (Amber of Achindrean).

Highland pony under saddle

Judge: Katherine Bowling-Hartenfield, Lancashire.

Champion – Bellstown (Trailtrow Tearlach).

Reserve – Joanna McCormack (Turin Hill Kyleakin).

Four, five and six-year-old – 1, Kirsty Aird (Glenbanchor Lismore's Brighde); 2, Robert Davidson (Trowan Pringle); 3, Eastlands Stud (Trailtrow Toran).

Seven-years-old or over under 143cm – 1, Bellstown (Trailtrow Tearlach); 2, Joanna McCormack (Turin Hill Kyleakin); 3, Miss Heather Dick (Dunstruan Ettrick Mhor).

Seven-years-old or over 143-148cms – 1, Elizabeth Hamilton (Mozart of Millfield); 2, Robin Stewart (West Lodge Catriona); 3, KVC Equestrian (Dunedin Mascot).

Standard Shetland ponies

Judge: Irene Spence, Aberdeenshire.

Champion – HP Sleigh and Son (Wells Dancing Brave).

Reserve – Bayview Shetland Pony Stud (Bayview Tess).

Four-year-old or over entire male – 1, HP Sleigh and Son (Wells Legand); 2, Bayview Shetland Pony Stud (Bayview Ideal); 3, Abbotsbury Shetland Stud (Somahouse GT).

Two or three-year-old colt – 1, HP Sleigh and Son (Wells Dancing Brave).

Any age gelding – 1, Transy Stud Devonshaw (Rosehoy of Transy); 2, Struie Stud (Struie Dazzler); 3, Kate Davison Brown (Hollydell Highbury).

Mare with foal at foot – 1, HP Sleigh and Son (Westpark Pebble); 2, Myreton Stud (Birchmoor Delight); 3, Jed Hart Stud (Threapwood Berry).

Foals – 1, HP Sleigh and Son; 2, Cochno Stud; 3, Myreton Stud.

Four-year-old or over mare – 1, Bayview Shetland Pony Stud (Bayview Tess); 2, Transy Stud Devonshaw (Cathkin of Transy); 3, Harviestoun (Harviestoun Perphidia).

Two or three-year-old filly – 1, Hools Shetland Pony Stud (Hools Miss Jura); 2, Transy Stud Devonshaw (Bumblebee of Transy); 3, Gail Thomson (Wells Ember).

Yearling colt or filly – 1, Hools Shetland Pony Stud (Hools Briseis); 2, Transy Stud Devonshaw (Avoriaz of Transy); 3, Melissa Warren (Mirkwood Retrojet).

Miniature Shetland ponies

Judge: Derek Burnett, Aberdeenshire.

Champion – Chesterwood Stud (Milday Ferresamo).

Reserve – Lynda Cochrane (Chasend Lady in Red).

Stallion or gelding four-years-old and over – 1, Chesterwood Stud (Milday Ferresamo); 2, Lynda Cochrane (Halstock Jeopardy); 3, Ardanbeag Shetland Ponies (Ardanbeag Lomond).

Mare with foal at foot – 1, Lynda Cochrane (Linskeldfield Paris); 2, Chesterwood Stud (Milday Love Me).

Foals – 1, Lynda Cochrane; 2, Chesterwood Stud.

Yeld mares – 1, Lynda Cochrane (Chasend Lady in Red); 2, Myreton Stud (Lignite Island Breeze); 3, Chelsea Anderson (Milday Roma).

Two or three-year-old colt, filly or gelding – 1, Ellie Harkness (Golden Tara’s Talulah); 2, Mrs Eileen Carlyle (Dryfesdale Martina); 3, Andy Thornley (Milday Delilah).

Yearling colt, filly or gelding – 1, Lynda Cochrane (Fordhouse Faberge); 2, Grange of Elcho Farm (Elcho Lily); 3, Myreton Stud (Lignite Island Prince).