There’s no time for horsing around if equine enthusiasts are to get their entries in for next month’s online Scottish Agricultural Show.
The Press And Journal and The Courier have joined with the Royal Highland Show to deliver the virtual event, which takes place on July 3-4.
The show is sponsored by EQ Accountants and has a range of competitions as well as trade stands, a food and drink section and various other competitions for baking, dogs and vintage farm machinery.
The equine category, sponsored by Gin Bothy, has eight classes including Clydesdales, riding pony/hunter pony and mixed mountain and moorland large and small breeds.
Two well-known personalities have been selected to judge the entrants – Virginia Osborne-Antolovi and James Munro.
Ms Osborne-Antolovi is on the judging panels for a number of organisations, including the Clydesdale Horse Society and the British Show Pony Society.
In the virtual show, Ms Osborne-Antolovi will be judging the Clydesdales, Highlands and Shetlands.
Her successes include winning the Inaugural British Ridden Heavy Horse Final at Horse of the Year Show, Champion In Hand Highland Female and Reserve Supreme The Royal Highland Show, In hand and Ridden Championships at Blair Castle and at the National Pony Society Summer Championships.
James Munro is also a familiar face on the competition circuit and along with his partner, Russell Skelton, they have produced numerous Horse of the Year Show competitors including the 2010 Coloured Horse Champion and the 2017 small Hunter Champion.
A former head of equine studies at North Highland College, Mr Munro still teaches at local riding and pony clubs in the Caithness area where he lives.
The show costs £5 per animal to enter and all entry fees will be donated to rural education charity, the Royal Highland Education Trust. The charity strives to teach youngsters about food, farming and the countryside.
Full details about the show, including information on how to enter, are online here.
Entries close on June 19 and the application process is easy – you just need to fill out an entry form and submit one picture of your horse and a short video of it walking. Good luck!