It was a good turnout for the historic Echt Agricultural Show, now in its 159th year, and the weather held.
Magnificent examples of cattle, sheep and horses were on show and there were the usual Young Farmers events, junior handlers, Clydesdale horses, and vintage tractors were also on display.
Highland dancing, tug o’war, kids races and traditional Scottish sports were all on offer together with the popular dog show, sausage competition and the usual pipe band, sideshows and food fayre. The tradestands also proved popular.
New in the equestrian section this year was unaffiliated show jumping which attracted a fair amount of interest and onlookers watched the spectacular moves of the ‘Blazing Saddles’ stunt team with bated breath.
The Clydesdale mare, three-year-old Anguston Amber (by Greenside Lochy out of Anguston Amy), bred and owned by Norman Christie (Kinellar) took Supreme. Proud handler, Mark Noble who turned the mare out this year, was delighted, but was disappointed that owner Norman couldn’t be there to share the moment.
The ridden championship went to the eight-year-old traditional piebald cob stallion ‘The Mighty Mop’, owned and ridden by Insch rider, Fiona Menzies. In 2011 The Mighty Mop took a second place at Horse of the Year Show (HOYS).
Kintore teen, 14-year-old Marijke Leith from Kintore came second in the Shetland Pony Young Handler class with skewbald ‘Pride and Joy’.