Wigtown Show Offers a Fantastic Family Day Out – Wednesday 1st August 2018

Well what an action packed Wigtown Show 2018 we have for everyone!!

Out main ring entertainment this year is Atkinson Action Horses who will put on a fantastic display with up to ten horses. Atkinson Action Horses are usually seen on the big screen and television as they appeared in Game of Thrones and Poldark, so don’t miss this opportunity to see them in reality. We also have Zoolab UK attending to provide education to youngsters and adults on all kinds of different creatures you would not normally see at an agricultural show.

The entries are in and we are pleased to say we are up on the year in a lot of sections. As we are celebrating the woman’s suffrage it is an all-female line up of judges who are very capable individuals of placing the high quality of livestock that will be before them. A list of them is below. The honour of judging the Champion of Champions at 1pm goes to Patsy Hunter (McClymont). Patsy was raised at the Cuil Farm, Palnure, renowned for their Blackface sheep and pedigree cattle. Patsy is also a journalist with the Scottish Farmer so has covered many major issues with her articles on farming, Patsy and her husband Ian farm at Dalchirla Farm and are very much at the top of the Blackface breed producing record priced rams. There are not many individuals that will have reported or seen as many champion animals at shows or sales as Patsy and we are sure she will select the Champion of Champions at Wigtown Show 2018 with ease.

Champion of Champions                                                              Patsy Hunter, Dalchirla, Crief

Belted & Galloway Cattle & AOPB Native                                Ann Finlay, Blackcraig, Corsock

Commercial, Continental, YFC calves, Beef YH                      Stephanie Dick, Westerton Farm, Stirling

Ayrshire, Holstein, AOPB Dairy, Dairy YH                                Emma Davidson, Poldean, Moffat

Clydesdale Horses                                                                            Yvonne Hanna, Macfin, Ballymoney

Heavy Horse Driving                                                                        Janette Watson, The Old Bakehouse, Borgue

Light Horses – in hand & Donkeys                                              Jessie Singleton, Little Barleith, Hurlford

Ridden Horses                                                                                   Christine Anderson, Carrutherstown

Beltex                                                                                                    Heather Barcley, Maybole, Ayrshire

Suffolk Sheep                                                                                    Helen Goldie, Harpercroft, Dundonald

Texel Sheep                                                                                         Jennifer Aiken, Moss House, Lancaster

Zwartbles                                                                                            Pam Parker, Springfield, Lockerbie

Any Other Pure Bred Sheep                                          Jennifer Davidson, Cogries Farm, Whamprey

Bluefaced Leicester Sheep & Scotch Mule                               Jamie Nisbit, Orchardton Farm, Ochiltree

Ryeland Sheep                                                                                   Joanne Fisher, Greenlea, Southwaite

Blackface Sheep                                                                                Pamela Nicol, Eastmill Farm, Blairgowrie

Cattle Interbreed Pairs                                                                 Dorothy Goldie, Greenfield Farm, Annan

Commercial Sheep/Sheep Young Handlers                            Kirsty Morton, Lochend Farm, Stirling

Goats                                                                                                    Rachel Campbell, Brunton Farm, Bathgate

Fleece                                                                                                    Val Crank, West Drumrae Farm, Whithorn

Crooks & Walking Sticks                                                                Julie Anderson-Roskell, Moffat

Dog Show                                                                                            Kay Cope, Whauphill, Newton Stewrat

Trade Exhibits                                                                                    Lorraine Murdoch, Dundonald, Kilmarnock

Scarecrow Competition                                                                 Fiona Wallace, Claycrop, Kirkinner

The grand parade will follow the Champion of Champions and this year we are delighted to have Christine and Heather from the television programme “Love in the Countryside” to present the trophies, they will also be presenting champions row in our extremely well attended poultry show.

Wigtown Show has an amazing selection of trade, craft and food exhibitors promoting their own local produce so please make time to visit their stands and pitches and try the delicacies on offer. In the Craft and Lifestyle marquee we also have demonstrations for adults and children and are pleased to have Paula Herris Country Dancers performing. There is Schools football for the first time in years where the final schools from the Machars verses Stranraer, this will be in the main ring and please support the kids by coming along.

We held out school’s competition earlier in the year which was to design a shield for Atkinson Action Horses as they are our main attraction. Once again, the art skills amazed the judging panel and these can be seen on show day in the Craft and Lifestyle marquee. The winners were as follows:


1st Beth – Port William Primary

2nd Skye – Kirkcowan Primary

3rd Ruby – Kirkinner Primary


1st Charley – Kirkcowan Primary

2nd Sara – Minnigaff Primary

3rd Samuel – Kirkinner Primary


1st Archie – Kirkinner Primary

2nd Jayden – Kircowan Primary

3rd Brooke – Minnigaff Primary

There is something for everyone at this years Wigtown Show on Wednesday 1st August so please come along and see for yourself. If you do not drive don’t despair as there is a courtesy bus that will be leaving Stranraer, Port Roddie at 8am, it picks up in Glenluce at 8.10 am, Kirkcowan 8.20 am and then runs from Wigtown throughout the day returning to Stranraer leaving at 5pm. These are approximate times and the bus will have an hour break for lunch.

We look forward to welcoming you at Wigtown Show and hope you enjoy a fun filled day with what we have on offer.

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