Saddling up and sniffing out action at 2016 Angus Show

Fox hounds will perform at the show
Fox hounds will perform at the show

The Angus Agricultural Association is certain this year’s Angus Show will be a hit with families.

For the committee has organised a fabulous feast of entertainment which is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Fife Fox Hounds will be showing off their skills in the main ring and visitors will then be able to meet the dogs at their show stand.

And Saddle Up Ranch from Letham will be showing off cowboy skills, riding side-saddle on horses rescued by the charity.

As well as rehabilitating horses, the charity encourages and promotes western horsemanship and provides opportunities for adults and children to experience working with the animals.

Of course, there’s more to Angus Show than just the main ring entertainment.

It’s about showing off the best cattle, sheep, horses and goats in the country.

Association chairman Allan Alston said people can expect even more this year.

He explained: “All of the livestock numbers are up, barring the dairy cattle which is down a wee bit due to the current climate.

“The light legged horse classes will also be staged on show day this year as it proved such a great success last year.

“There’s something on all day so we’re looking forward to welcoming folk along – it’s going to be a great day out for all the family.”

Many of the exhibitors treat the Angus event as a dress rehearsal for the Royal Highland Show.

So if you want to see some of the finest animals Scotland has to offer, without the crush at Ingliston, the Angus Show should be on your calendar.

If you haven’t been for a while, it’s the perfect excuse to get along on Saturday – it promises to be a fun-packed day.

Allan said: “The people who bring their livestock to the Angus Show tend to use it as a practice run for the Highland, which is great for us as it means there’s a lot of competition.

“But we try to ensure the show gives something back to the local community too, which is why we always book great attractions.

“This year, it’s the Fife Fox Hounds and Saddle Up Ranch and I’m sure both will go down well with the crowds.

“We really do have something for everyone.

“The Friends of Ferguson Heritage and the Ferguson Club will be celebrating their 70th anniversary at The Angus Show.

“So there will be a great display of Ferguson Tractors, which has really bolstered our vintage vehicle section.

“It should be a great display and we’ve also got all our usual vintage vehicles and truck show too.

“The Friends of Ferguson and Forfar Young Farmers will be competing in the main ring too – seeing who can build a tractor quickest.

“I’m sure it will be good clean fun – but it will be fierce, no doubt!

“Isabella’s Preserves from Edzell is also coming along to show off products, with a cookery demonstration in the industrial tent.

“At the same time, there will be sheep shearing at the other end of the showfield.

“And children aren’t forgotten either. From 1pm to 4pm, in the industrial tent, we’ve got a zoolab show.

“This will enable the young ones to get up close and personal with spiders, snakes and all sorts of creepy crawlies.

“There’s also a wee sandpit in the tent for the really young ones.

“And RHET will be hosting talks and sessions for youngsters to teach them about the countryside and farming.

“We really do try to cater to everyone on show day so that it makes for a great day out for everyone – whatever they might be interested in.”

Bargain hunters need fear not either as there will be in excess of 30 crafters bringing their wares to the show.

So everything from jewellery to wood-carving will be available for sale from local producers.

And if all that isn’t quite enough for you, there’s also a dance on Saturday night for everyone to really let their hair down!

“It’s the end of lambing and calving season and the cereal crops are in, so everyone really looks forward to the Angus show,” added Allan. “The beer tent by the end of the day is pretty busy – as is the dance!”

* Don’t miss the Scottish Association of Tractor Pullers British Championship event at the showfield on Friday and Saturday from 6pm.

It will be attracting competitors from all over the country, much like the Angus Show itself. Enjoy!