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199th BUS – 27 and 28 July 2012


Farmer with sheep.

The Border Union Show is an important date in the calendar for farmers.


As soon as the calendar flips from June to July there is an air of anticipation amongst the Borders farming community – by comparison we may be townies, but we notice these things.


This year there will be over 250 trade stands packed into the showground at Springwood Park, Kelso – you’ll find A Hume in prime position opposite the main ring, do come say hello. As usual there are competitions for beasts of every breed, creed; feather and furred. A quick glance at the show schedule gives an insight into the diversity of animals raised in these parts: from puffy Pekin bantams to big, butch Limousin bulls, incongruous Alpacas to the wooly silhouette of the familiar Cheviot.


As a qualifier for the Horse of the Year Show, The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Class 2012 and many other national events, the BUS is also a big draw for the equestrian community and, horse and riders will be competing over both days.


Traditionally the BUS is a notable event in the calendar, not just for the farming community but also, for all who live in the Borders. It’s one of the few opportunities for the public to get up close and personal with farming. Expect to see flocks of small boys draped over John Deere tractors and little girls gazing in adoration, as ponies are groomed to a glossy finish at the back of horse trailers.


As ever family fun is promised in the form of the annual Children’s Pet Show on Friday at 3pm -featuring the usual entertaining mix of non-compliant creatures on two and four legs. There is also a Children’s Fun Fair (both days) and Main Ring Family entertainment on Saturday afternoon. Do not miss the Grand Parade of Livestock, followed by Champion of Champions, in the main ring on Saturday at 3pm.


One of the most popular competitions is the Young Handler with categories for 16 – 21 years, and 15 years and under; these events are particularly important as a right of passage for youngsters coming up through the ranks, a valuable opportunity for tomorrow’s stockmen and women to show off the pride they take in their animals, to hone their skills and make friendships. They’re also another big hit with spectators.


Lastly don’t forget to visit the “Flavours of the Borders Food Fair,’ the craft tent and the many retailers plying their wares around the showground.