Crowds descend on Kelso for the Border Union show

The Kelso-based event was last held in the city in 2019. But after two years without events, contestants, judges and visitors were excited to be back on the show floor again.

On Friday and Saturday (29-30 July) audiences were entertained by a number of events including pony competitions, a pet show for children, evening goat milking and a Champion of Champions.

A spokesperson for the program shared on social media: “Many thanks to the many people who attended the 2022 Border Union Show. We had a great time.

“It was great to bring the event back after three years and it paid off to see all the happy showgoers.

“To the judges, volunteers, staff, security, exhibitors, trade booth holders, sponsors, advertisers…the list goes on…Thank you – without you, the show simply wouldn’t go on.”


Champion of Champions

Champion – Ian Campbell of Gordon, Scottish Borders, with young Aberdeen cow Angus, Gordon Blackshire


Pony rides within easy reach

Champion – J. Scales; Tidesbrook Lily Bobtail; bay; F; 01/01/2019; Tide charts jacket shade blue. Chidok chaos

Reserve – Tracy Turner; Linsop is playing with fire. chestnut; neuter; 05/14/2021; Mrs. L. Hewitt and Mrs. L. Clohesey; Jackets shades of blue. Brookhall Miss Milly

Highland ponies on hand

Hero – Shirley Clark. Pittock Conway Gray; feminine; 03/05/2013; Mrs. K Dipper and Mrs. N Stagnel; sterlingden. Iona Conway

Reserve – Judith Hogg; Lachlan by Cruella Croft; ashen; neuter; 05/23/2017; R Ormiston Ulleum of Cruella. Chesthill Fern

Highland ponies ridden

Hero – Shirley Clark. Pittock Conway Gray; F; 03/05/2013; Mrs. K Dipper & Mrs. N Stagnel; sterlingden. Iona Conway

Reserve – Mardi Fawcett; Highland Piper Tower. gray rowan gelding; 06/25/2006; Mr. J Hendrie and Ms. A. Kerr; Turin Hill; Kilmore; Amanda Tower

M&M Ridden Apprentice

Hero – Emma Jane Murray; Enchanted Uchils. ashen; mare; 05/06/2016; unknown; Schaffcombe Aspen charms gentle Liddelvale

Reserve – Ashley Ridpath; Cwmmeudwy roisin; black; mare; 06/14/2016; Rod Lewis Charmed Fronarth Synod Rose of Tralee

M&M Junior Raiden

Hero – Walker, Lady Sarah; Montroth Manhattanskillen Palomino Dark Gelding; 07/28/2016; Mrs. Ruth Montgomery Law; Concerto Northlight Montroth Madison Street

Reserve – Neil, Mrs. Nicola; spruce gray; neuter; 05/17/2016; Mrs. Lauder Cragsyde Agate Cragsyde Mary Jun

Veteran horses

Hero – Rachel Robson; willow bark grey; mare; 03/16/2005; Primitive star Gucci Alcazar

Reserve – Lorna Kei; codeine reward chestnut; neuter; 07/06/2001; Ms. J. Plumtree Timbarlum Nimrod. Miro Morning Cloud

Watch Hunter Ponies

Champion – Valerie Renwick; Littlebriars Horatio Bay; neuter; 08/04/2006; Miss S Kersey Maybella Sen Monks Apr Lowden

Reserve – Lucy Sanders; Rehal d’Artagnan Colored gelding; 03/24/2017; Mr. Surman’s Famous Tiny Bit; Oakwood Taleisa

part was born

Hero – Morgan Anderson. Doodlebug Blaenlain DB; dark bay gelding; 04/24/2017; AA & TM Jones; blinline doodleba; Penlanganol Phoenix

Reserve – Amanda Goldy; Tremarl Bumblebee; horse liver chestnut; 04/22/2012; Miss Davies Carwood Orpheus. My third exclusive

Colorful horses

Champion – Karen Wardrop; thistle du buffy; G; 01/05/2013; N.K. N.K. N.K

Reserve – Caroline Ridpath; My crystal chandelier. blue and white; mare; 06/23/2014

Junior Ponies M&M Working Hunter

Champion – Helen MacLaren; morning shadow dance; G; 10/06/2011; Ms Henderson Hesley Diplomat Primish Gillian

Reserve – Nicola Neal; spruce gray; neuter; 05/17/2016; Mrs. Lauder Agate Cragsyde Cragsyde Mazie Jun

Jumping Pony Club Team

Junior Champion – College Team – Northumberland Hunt Pony Club

Senior Champion – Team Coquet – North Northumberland Hunt Pony Club

Light horse and hunter at hand

Champion – Mr. Alexander McMoRan; Kappa Henry Sunshine Grey; neuter; 03/06/2019; Maeve Holohan, Cloncastle Silver Square; Donfrey Cranage

Reserve – Joanne and William Moran; a filly from Corkeeran Willow; chestnut; pistol; 01/03/2022; Mr W Moran Corkeran Tiger Attack Willow

Side saddle

Hero – Miss Jill Robinson; Will I be a bay; neuter; 04/25/2008; Thomas Minogue Coleen Diamond Lady Froid


Champion – N Donaldson; Blue Manor Rhinestone Cowboy. Brown; pistol; 05/12/2019; Mrs. and Mr. J. Ray; Frontier Legends Diplomat; Dixie Nolan Country Music

reserve – Michael Dell; Bunda. brown; feminine; 05/13/2012; Mr. J. Irving; Red Oak Dakota Red Oak Debbie

Retraining of racehorses

Champion – Miss Caroline Pennycock; Blue Bull Bay; neuter; 05/25/2006; John D. Primitive Faerietale VII; Parnock Burn (GB)

reserve – Sarah Paul; Collie. bay; mare; 03/25/2018; Tell The Wind Partnership; Havana Gold Tell the Wind


Champion – G&C Fairbairn; Marshall Meadows; Mary Rose; bay; filly 03/04/2021; Tallside Tubman, Anonymous


Hero – Gavin Holmes; john b; dark bay male; 02/04/2005; Keith Brown-Moorfield Edward and the Silver Rose of Swallowhill

Reserve – J & C Fairbairn; The indomitable Dunragh House. bay; neuter; 01/01/2012; bidder

Braided harness

Hero – Gavin Holmes; sorbee. bay; 05/31/2007

A large number of horses

Champion – G&C Fairbairn; Vince & Denise 01/01/2022

Reserve – Gavin Holmes; Sorbey, Jake, John; male; 01/01/2022


Aberdeen Angus

Champion (male) – Andrew Hodge; Rules Pegasus X489, 05/02/2021, Carruthers Gilbert S977, Rulesmains Princess

Reserve (male) – Gordon Brook County; Gordon Ellanin X639, 09/04/2021, Rawburn Luthor T495, Linton Gilbertines Ella P782

Champion (female) – Gordon Brooke Estate; Gordon Black Cherry X638, 09/04/2021, Rawburn Luthor T495, Linton Gilbertines Black Cherry S048

Reserve (female) – Andrew Hodge; Rulemsmains Elegant X527, 22/03/2021, Blelack Lord Heartford, Rulesmains Elegant P813


Champion – Redpath Farms, Dragee Oscar, 09/21/2018, S. Meriside Godolphin, d. Myfly Watchers

Reserve – Redpath Farms, Sugar Redpaths, 07/08/2021, S.C. Lambertini Gigolo, Dr. Hillary Redpaths

indigenous strains

Champion – Andrew Hodge; Hodge, Emma; Coley 1 Liley S01 (P), 10/02/2020, Gouldingpoll 1 Gold Spice, Granefell Coral Lily 753

Young Dealers (16-21 years old)

Hero – Mark Reed

Reserves – Kirsty Campbell; Lindsey Stewart



Hero – Neil Harvey

Reserve – John Green


Hero – Michael Walton

Reserve – Michael Walton


Hero – Finlay Bell

Reserve – David Gray


Hero – Ali Bird

Reserve – Colin Ray

any other breed

Champion – Gray (Sunnycroft)

Reserve – Guthrie (Mereyside)

black face

Champion – Tennessee

Reserve – Burncastle

Blue Faced Leicester

Champion – James Herdman

Reserve – A. Ainslie

The Cheviot is a thick-fleeced sheep

Champion – WN Douglas

Reserve – Alistair James Warden


Hero – David Braithwaite

Reserve – LJ Cooper


Hero – Ewan Macmillan

Reserve – Mike Monroe

Kerry Hill

Hero – Catherine Macintosh

Reserve – Rory Ennis

Lairg Cheviot type

Hero – Robert Rainey

Reserve – Robert Rainey

North Country Cheviot

Hero – Roderick Runciman

Reserve – W & J Thomson

Scotch Half Breed

Hero – Georges de Pat

Reserve – George de Pat


Champion – B & J Watson

Reserve – Patrick ML Playfair

Suffolk (non-medium effort)

Hero – Hazel Brown

Reserve – JS Shaw & Co

Texel (Non-MV)

Hero – Robert Rainey

Reserve – J & P Anderson

Any other strain (other than MV)

Hero – Eon Clarke

Reserve – A & P Glennie

Prime Lamps (Non-MV)

Hero – Robert Rainey

Reserve – Robert Rainey

Young wizards

Hero – Rosie Chandler

Reserve – Lauchlan Rae

Young Dealers (Non-MV)

Hero – Ewan Chapman

Reserve – Kirsty Turnbull

Dairy goats

Hero – Hannah J. Campbell

Reserved – Victoria Wood


Foreign trade platform

Champion – Redpath Tires (Agricultural)

Reserve – J. Hume

Craft and gift holder

Champion – Handmade by Tink

Reserve – Morag Bheag

Food hall stand

Champion – The Cookie Kitchen

Reserve – Robert Molly Choke Fountain

Shepherd scammers

Hero – Ian Smith

Reserve – David Gardner

Apprentice Champion – Carol Cook

Novice Reserve – John Howe

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