MORE than 12,000 visitors enjoyed glorious sunshine at the 127th Glendale Show at Wooler in Northumberland on Bank Holiday Monday.

Cattle and sheep classes totalled 96 with record entries of cattle. The championship went to the Allen Family of Humbleheugh and Stouphill for their Aberdeen Angus heifer Carlhurlie Quorum with her May-born calf sired by Rawburn Estonian. She went on to be reserve champion of champions.

Dallas Allen said: “Today has been tremendous, we have been showing at Glendale for a few years now and this heifer was reserve here three years ago. To scoop champion today is a massive honour and of course what a tremendous trophy to win.

The Allen Family of Humbleheugh also won the best field of livestock competition with their field of purebred Aberdeen Angus.

The reserve cattle champion was J Craggs of Sedgefield with a commercial heifer.

In the sheep section, Ian Murray of East Wrangham Farm, was awarded overall interbreed champion for his Texel Shearling with reserve going to Alan Cowans of Phillips Haugh Estate.

Mr Ronald Wilson, judge of the Champion of Champions Award, which assesses the best overall animal on the showfield between the horse, cow, and sheep, awarded the title to Clive Storey for his Hunter.

The Young Handlers trophy went to Ralph Naylor, second was Henry Mair-Chapman and third was Ewan Hamish.

Carrs Billington Point Competition went to Lilburn Estates Farming Partnership with joint second going to Mr J R Whitecross of Clarabad Mill, Paxton and Mr Jimmy Elliot of Branton Eastside.

Ian Murray, chief livestock steward, who won the overall sheep championship, said: "The show of livestock was tremendous with very high-quality stock across all classes and the largest line up of cattle ever seen here.

"I really would especially like to thank those who brought their sheep and cattle to Glendale Show, and those who gave up valuable harvesting time to do so. I would also like to thank to our judges, which without their support, this section of the show quite literally would not happen. On a personal note I was of course delighted to be awarded the overall sheep champion for my shearling Texel Ram, which will have his next outing at Kelso Tup Sales."

The equine championship was awarded to Clive Story of Yetholm with Masquerade and reserve was A Redpath on Illusive Imp.

John and Lorraine Raes scooped both champion and reserve in the Donkey Championship. Eventer champion was Cassy Mulcahy’s miniature filly Blue Manor Valencia and reserve went to Alison Wiseman’s miniature gelding Sean Connery.