14 June 2002

100 REAPPOINTED JUDGES READY FOR ACTION

MOST of the 100 or so judges picking the best from this years entries, ranging from cattle to crochet and horses to honey, would have been on duty in 2001 but for the shows cancellation due to the foot-and-mouth epidemic.

The events organisers, the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society, reappointed the list of judges with only a handful of new appointments needed because of unavailability.

This year, the shows overall supreme prize – the Queens Cup – will be awarded in the dairy cattle section.

Responsibility for picking the winner of the Queens Cup in the Golden Jubilee year lies with Northern Ireland farmer, Ashley Fleming from Seaforde, Downpatrick.

Mr Fleming will also judge the overall and junior interbreed dairy championships, the interbreed team, and progeny groups.

The beef interbreed championships will be judged by John Mackie, Milton of Noth, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. And David Work of Mains of Dumbreck, Udny, Aberdeenshire will place the Beef Breeder and junior interbreed competitions.

Selecting the overall championship in the sheep section will be James Wallace, Greyhill, Westwood Avenue, Stranraer.

Three judges from overseas will be in action at this years Highland, all in the horse classes. Ned Niemiec from Lakeville, Massachusetts, will place the heavy horse turnouts. In the light horse section, Mr PHJ Steeghs from Oirlo, Holland, will judge Welsh Mountain Ponies section A, with Mr A Zoet from Putten in Holland judging the Welsh Ponies section B.