This Year's Show

  • Posted on: 10 September 2019
  • By: admin

“The Snoot Field”, Roberton (courtesy of Mr Robin Bell, Borthwickbrae Farm) was the location once again for this
year’s annual family friendly Roberton Show. The prayers for fine weather were answered and we enjoyed a
wonderful day, with attendance up 7%.

The Show enjoyed several new attractions this year, one of the most popular was the Dog Event, starting with an
agility demonstration, followed by ‘Have A Go Sessions’ and then five other competitions. Prizes were awarded to
the top three in each category, kindly sponsored by the Hoscote Estate and Harbro. This event proved so popular
there were queues and waiting lists. We are hopeful that this attraction can be brought to the Show next year.
Another very popular new addition to the Show Ground was the craft tent, the committee are indebted to
Teviothead Show for the loan of their new tent which housed 10 local crafts people.

It was a hub of activity from the start of the show until 4pm. A wide range of crafts were for sale all items were handmade
from a range of materials including stained glass, willow, recycled fabric, felt, recycled whisky barrels, engraved glass,
sterling silver jewellery, beaded jewellery and cashmere woollens. A fabulous day was had by all and many are already
champing at the bit to come back next year.

The third new introduction was a Reiver’s Encampment, Dr Mort the barber surgeon was on hand to advise on
musket ball injuries and was also able to give out the recipe to children who wanted to make artificial blood for

Visitors were entertained with the history of the pike-staff and a demonstration of it’s use, there was also a have a
go session for adults and children, it wasn’t as easy as the Teviotdale Steel Bonnets made out.

Another visitor to the Show was Evelyn Chelley with her Kune Kune pigs, the piglets were divinely sweet and as
placid as anything. It was interesting to learn that they have such a good temperament that they are used for
therapy in hospices and nursing homes. Quite a few people were interested in having a couple.

The Tea Tent had a cracking day staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers, serving homemade cakes and
pastries, filled rolls, teas coffees and the famous shortbread. From early doors until the close of the Show there
was a constant flow of people enjoying the attractions from the comfort of the tent. Hospitality for judges and
officials was kindly provided by Mr & Mrs D. Knox.

Once again the Children’s Games section was very popular, although we could have done with a few more welly
throwers, perhaps too energetic for most, the coconut shy was extremely popular with queues to win a nut. Giving
the rat a headache at the eternal favourite Splat the Rat was of course of great interest.

The Hawick Scout Pipe band were in attendance and provided two great sessions for the crowd. A display and
parade of vintage tractors was a delight.

This year the Poster Competition was open to four of the Primary Schools in Hawick, and we were proud to
display the winning poster outside the Industrial Tent and the 85 other posters within. Next year we will invite all
the primary Schools in Hawick to Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrel had a very interesting stand, highlighting the plight of red squirrels locally, this
generated a lot of interest and hopefully some positive action will follow.

With the generous support of the Hoscote Estate, a magician was on hand to amaze and delight visitors
throughout the day.

For the second year in a row at Roberton a Texel won the MacTaggart Rosebowl for Best Breeding sheep in
show. Well known judge John Elliot this year chose a ewe from Graham Cakebread from Commonside as show
champion. The Reserve champion on the day was a Cheviot tup lamb from Alister Anderson from West
Redfordgreen that had earlier won a very strong undressed Hill Cheviot section.

The other section winners competing for the championship was a Blackfaced tup from Steven Anderson
Penchrise, a Cheviot Mule gimmer from Scott Anderson Parkhill and a Balwen Welsh Mountain tup from Archie
Stewart Tushielaw.

The selection of sheep in the show was first class and a true testament to the expertise of the local farmers and
shepherds who regularly support the show. New entrants this year were JW Davidson from Crosslee, J&L Lane
and F Steel from Huntshaw Earlston and John Hepburn from Northhouse with his popular Valais Blacknoses.
It was a very successful day For Graham Cakebread as he also won the Tithebarn Trophy for most points in the
sheep section. Other finalists Scott Anderson also won the Prime lamb section and Steven Anderson also won
the Valley trophy in the Blackfaced section.

Stuart and Katherine MacIntosh were successful with the female group in the Blackfaced section.
Colin and Joyce Hendrie continue to make great progress showing undressed Hill Cheviots this year winning the
Parkhill cup for best sheep opposite sex to the champion. Kevin Duncan won the Andrew Barton Memorial Trophy
for a cheviot gimmer, with Kirsty Duncan securing the Best Wooled Sheep in show with a Kerry Hill tup.
New for this year was the Rare and Minority Breeds section and well known National Judge Joe Burn had a wide
range of breeds to select from with Kerry Hills, Balwens, North Ronaldsays, Castlemilk Moorits, Whitefaced
Woodlands, Hebrideans and Shetlands.

Encouraging youngsters to show sheep has been championed by the show in recent years as they are the future
of the industry. Robbie Oliver from Highchesters again won the Junior trophy for most points in the sheep section.
The Young Handler class was very competitive and it was great to see 11 youngsters all keen to impress judge
John Elliot, and the winner was Mac Wilson who qualifies for the final at Langholm Show.

Another good year for Industrial entries, although the wet weather during the course of the year impacted on the
number of entries in Vegetables and Cut Flowers. Crafters were out in force with over 65 entries in the Hand
Crafted Textiles Classes and an increase of over 30% in Floral Arts & Crafts. We were delighted with over 100
entries in the Children’s Classes, the best number in 3 years. Surprisingly the traditionally competitive area of
Preserves was the lowest for 7 years, nevertheless there were well over 70 entries, of excellent quality and

Once again the flowers left at the end of the Show were taken to a local Care Home, the staff at Deanfield were
most appreciative of the large bouquet that was given to them on Saturday evening.
Another surprise on the day was the reduced number of entries in Baking Classes. However, of the 65 entries
there were some excellent examples of home baking.

Having introduced a change of format for the SWI Competition we managed to attract entries from 3 of the
qualifying branches. Cogsmill SWI walked away with the Pringle Cup and the Henderson Trophy for the best
single exhibit in SWI section for the cake.

With some very positive feedback and a good number of entries we will be continuing to take this family friendly
Show forward into 2020 with confidence. Of course it wouldn’t be taking place without the support of exhibitors,
visitors, sponsors, patrons, Attending Members and volunteers whose contributions make this such a wonderful
day out in the country.

We are always looking for volunteers to help out on the day, if anyone is interested please contact the Show
Secretary, Alan Bone (

Trophy Winners for the Industrial Section were :-
Alistair Anderson The Redpath Trophy for the best exhibit in Class 68A
Cogsmill SWI The Pringle Cup for most points in the SWI Section
Cogsmill SWI Special Trophy for best single exhibit in SWI section in memory of Mr John Henderson
Derek Brown The Millennium Industrial Trophy for most 1st prizes in classes Textiles
Derek Brown Special Trophy for best exhibit in pot plants in memory of Mr John Henderson
Derek Brown The Roberton Challenge Cup for most points in Cut Flowers classes 6-21
Derek Brown The Wilson Cup for most points in Dahlia Classes 8-12
Devine Casson The Polwarth Trophy for Children’s section Classes 104-116
Devine Casson Gift Vouchers (Polwarth) 1st
Fraser Clyne Special Trophy for best exhibit in Baking in memory of Mr John Henderson
Hilary Home The Warwick Trophy for most points in Floral Arts & Crafts
Ian Anderson The John Glover Cup for Best Exhibit Overall in Stick Class
Katie McWaters Gift Vouchers (Polwarth) 2nd

Katie McWaters Special Trophy for best exhibit in classes 101-119 in memory of Mr J Henderson
Lewis Womak & Emily Macmillan Gift Vouchers (Hopkins) 2nd
Lihou McWaters The W & BJ Hopkins Trophy for Classes 97-103
Lihou McWaters Gift Vouchers (Hopkins) 1st
Lihou McWaters Special Trophy for best exhibit in classes 97- 100 in memory of Mr John Henderson
Lindsay McLay The James Riddell Rose Bowl for most points in Preserves
Lindsay McLay The Girnwood Quaich for best Photograph in Classes 31, 32, 33, 104, & 105
Margaret Tiffin The Mactaggart Bros Fleece Trophy for class 96
Margaret Tiffin Special Trophy for best exhibit in Sewing & Knitting in memory of Mr John Henderson
Mrs M White Special Trophy for best exhibit in Cut Flowers in memory of Mr John Henderson
Nan McKellar The Hoscote Cup for most points in Knitting & Sewing
Sheila Clyne The Nora Charlton Memorial Trophy for best exhibit in Classes 57-59
Sheila Clyne Special Trophy for best exhibit in Preserves in memory of Mr John Henderson
Sheila Clyne The Milsington Challenge Cup for most points in Baking Classes
Susan Steele Special Trophy for best exhibit in Floral Arts & Crafts
Tamsin Growden The Millennium Quaich for most points in Classes 1-5
W R Wilson The Campbell – Fraser Cup for best exhibit in flowers & veg classes
W R Wilson The Bell Cup for 2 onions dressed
W R Wilson The J Jackson Cup for best single exhibit in vegetable classes
W R Wilson The Borthwickbrae Cup for most points in vegetables
W R Wilson Special Trophy for best exhibit in vegetables in memory of Mr John Henderson