Horses and ponies from Bute flew the flag for the island at this year’s Royal Highland Show at Ingliston.
Competing in the show for the first time, 13-year-old Sophie Whitelaw and Aytounhill High Society were third in the part-bred Arab class, while sisters Laura McMillan and Susan McArthur rode Laura’s homebred horses Westmore Destiny and Westmore Hope to first and second place respectively in the novice riding horse class.
Meanwhile Lady Sheila of Rhubodach, a yearling filly shown by Yvonne Crawford of Stuck farm, was second in the Highland pony in-hand two-year-old yearling filly class.
Tom McMillan of Eskechraggan was second in the Clydesdale class for a stallion or colt aged three years or over with Eskechraggan Ernest, while in the beef cattle section, Robert and Paula McAlister took second place in the class for bulls born in 2012 with Langalbuinoch Future, and third for females born before the end of 2011 with Langalbuinoch Carly.
In addition, Robert and Paula’s daughter Emma took a fourth place in the beef cattle young handlers’ category for entrants aged 15 or 16.
* Update: Yvonne Crawford has supplied a full list of her Highland Show results: in addition to Lady Sheila’s second place mentioned above, Anghus of Rhubodach was second in the yearling gelding Highland pony class, while Queen of Whitefield was third in the four-year-old and over yeld mare Highland pony class.
Andrew McMillan of Rothesay has also been in touch to say that he finished tenth in a class of 21 in the final of the Clydesdale Horse Society’s young handler competition, his first time competing in the class.
* The names above are the result of as good a search as we could manage of the show’s 2014 results page, but if any more Bute competitors are missing, please let us know and we’ll update this story as required, and also include a mention in the July 4 edition of The Buteman.