Clydesdale horses return to their traditional home

Clydesdale Foal Show is returning to Lanark Agricultural Centre later this month (Pic by Sarah Peters)
Clydesdale Foal Show is returning to Lanark Agricultural Centre later this month (Pic by Sarah Peters)

Clydesdales return to the place they are named after later this month for the 77th Lanark, Biggar and Peebles Foal Show takes place at Lanark Agricultural Centre.

First held in 1937, the event usually attracts about 40 of the famous horses to the Home of the Clydesdale, Lanark.

Many of the older horses have been award winners.

Clydesdales of all ages will be competing, but the show, at Lanark Agricultural Centre, focuses on foals born this year.

Foal classes are split between colts and fillies and juniors and seniors, juniors being those born on or after May 1 and seniors born from January 1 to April 30.

“Come and enjoy watching the meticulous preparation and grooming of these gentle giants, as well as seeing them strut their stuff for the judge and audience,” said secretary Dorothy Combe. “It truly is a magnificent sight.”

The show is on Saturday, October 29. Entry for spectators is free. Admission is from 9am, with judging from 10am.

This year’s judge is Ronnie Noble, of Stewarton.

A snack bar, restaurant and refreshment bar will be open. There will also be a raffle.

Closing date for entries is Saturday, October 22, for inclusion in the show catalogue, although late entries can be taken on the day.

For schedules, email show president Shona Harrison at hillsideclydesdales@yahoo.co.uk or Dorothy Combe at dorycombe@hotmail.com or on 07768 110293.