A first overall championship in the heavy horse turnout in 32 years of competing crowned a highly successful weekend at this year’s Royal Highland Show for John M. McMillan and family of Greenan Mill.
The week began with John’s son Brian driving the winning single horse and cart turnout on Thursday night, followed by a very credible sixth place in the team of four horse driving on his very first attempt.
John himself was placed second for the unicorn formation of three horses, while son Jock, not to be outdone, rose from his sick bed on Saturday to win the pairs driving class - which had 18 entrants - and later came second in the tandem class.
Daughter Fiona and son Brian both competed in the stallion cart class, a buggy driven by a single horse, with Fiona being placed fourth and Brian fifth of 22 entries, while John’s grandson Andrew was sixth in the young handlers class, having qualified from events held throughout the year.
The crowning glory, however, was the overall heavy horse turnout championship on Sunday lunchtime, won by Jock with his Clydesdales Jack and Wallace hitched to the cart and driven as a pair.
Other Bute exhibitors at the Highland Show included Laura McArthur and Westmore Hope, placed sixth in the novice riding horse class; Robert and Paula McAlister of Langalbuinoch, who received a third and a fourth place in the beef shorthorn classes with Langalbuinoch Gladiator and Langalbuinoch Highlander respectively; and Yvonne Crawford of Stuck, for whom Anghus of Rhubodach was second in the two or three year old Highland pony shown in hand gelding class.