Spectators and exhibitors braved the cold for this year’s Clydesdale Winter Fair at Lanark Mart, on Saturday, which enjoyed its biggest entry for a number of years, with 113 catalogued.
Best overall was three-year-old filly Glebeview Lady Izzy, from Charlotte Young, of Ayr.
Champion earlier in the year at Drymen and West Fife shows, this filly has recently sold privately to a buyer in Essex and will be heading there soon.
She is sired by Glebeview Sir Charles and out of Glebeview Cassie, a daughter of Doura High Spirit.
Judge Walt Bedford, from York, selected the foal champion as reserve overall – Val Smith’s filly foal, Pitmurthly Final Command Piper, from Redgorton, Perth.
Produced by Ronald Brewster of the Bandirran stud, she was champion at the North of Fife Foal Show two weeks previously.
The sire of this one is Glenside Barlauchlan, while the dam, Bandirran Charlotte, was given to Val as a gift from her husband Gregor, five years ago.
Near neighbours Thomas Clark and Son, of Abbey Farm, Madderty, took the reserve foal championship with Muirton Spirit.
He is a Muirton Sabre son who was on his first show outing since being bought from Northern Ireland, after being seen there with his mother, Croaghmore Roxy, in July.
Reserve overall senior was the yearling filly, Lutterington Butterfly, owned by Durham-based Harry Emerson, and brought out by the Blacks at Collessie, Fife.
Sired by Collessie New Approach and out of past Winter Fair champion, Coachmills Lady Helen, this one was champion at seven foal shows in 2018, including the Winter Fair.
An inaugural champion of champions competition was held, including winners from this year’s shows, judged by breed stalwart Hugh Ramsay, of Millisle, Newton Stewart.
Winning that strong contest was Sandy Aitken and family, of Memus, Angus, with the 2014 Royal Highland Show champion and Cawdor Cup winner, Redcastle Pretty Amazing Grace.
This mare, by Millisle Solway Bay, was bought several years ago as a yearling from John Anderson, Arbroath.
She has now won at every show she’s been to, including the Aberdeen Clydesdale Show in 2017 and 2018.
Standing reserve was Charlotte Young’s impressive stallion, Doura Magic Touch.
He is a son of Glebeview Sir Charles who was champion at the National Stallion Show in 2018 and 2019 and took the overall championship at this year’s Royal Highland.
Second reserve was Harry Emerson’s Lutterington Butterfly, which had earlier stood reserve senior champion.
The young handler section was won by Edward Leverett from Flintshire, with Heather Keron finishing second and James Burks in third.