The Judges


John Elliott

A well-respected Kelso-based breeder from the Rawburn Aberdeen-Angus herd, John will judge all the native breeds.

John will be judging:

  • Aberdeen-Angus
  • Beef Shorthorn
  • AOB Native Breed
  • Highland Cattle

Stephanie Dick

Stephanie is 27 and comes from a mixed breed and arable farm at Stirling. They run 250 head of pedigree limousin females, alongside a small herd of Aberdeen-Angus and British blues. Livestock has always been her passion from a young age.

Stephanie will be judging:

  • Charolais
  • Commercial Cattle
  • Limousin
  • AOB Continental Breed


Emma Campbell

Emma Campbell farms in Peeblesshire alongside her family; they run a flock of 1,800 ewes, 180 suckler cattle & 64,000 free range chickens. They take a special interest in bringing out and selling Bluefaced Leicester and Blackface sheep.

Emma will be judging:

  • Blackface
  • Bluefaced Leicesters

Amy Laird

Amy is 23 and has always been enthusiastic about sheep. She has been involved with preparing and showing sheep for local and national shows as well as the breeding sales, but she also enjoys the day-to-day tasks involved with sheep farming. Her involvement with the SAYFC Stocksmanship Programme has vastly improved her knowledge of the different breeds of sheep and their individual breed characteristics, so she is looking forward to judging these classes.

Amy will be judging:

  • Texel
  • Beltex
  • Commercial

Pat Machray

Pat has been breeding Suffolks for over 35 years, with a number of four figure tups and one five figure tup being bred. Pat is the former chairman and CEO of ANM Group and former chairman of SRUC. He is very interested in agriculture and is currently chair of Seedpod, the new food hub for the north-east and Scotland, and holds the position of vice chairman of Opportunity North East.

Pat will be judging:

  • Suffolk


Gordon Smith

Gordon is a stockman working with cattle but his main hobby is breeding and showing goats.

He also keeps a few beef cows and zwarble sheep. He is a licensed judge with the ‘British Goat Society’ and has judged all over the UK as well as Australia and New Zealand. He is also a qualified boer goat judge having trained in South Africa.

Gordon will be judging all goats sections.


Harry Sleigh

Harry, who runs the Wells Stud at St John’s Wells in Fyvie, is no stranger to the show circuit, having lifted several championship titles at shows including the recent Royal Highland Showcase.

Harry will be judging:

  • Clydesdales
  • Highlands
  • Shetlands

Rose Macpherson

Rose been involved with competing horses and ponies for many years and in a variety of disciplines – from producing Highland ponies to show at HOYS and Olympia, and eventing to International Advanced level.

Rose will be judging:

  • Mixed Mountain & Moorland Large & Small Breeds (Ex Highland & Shetland) any age any sex
  • Pure Bred Part Bred or Anglo any age any sex
  • Coloured native/cob/traditional non-native, any age, any sex
  • AOB

Jane Smith

Jane is a BHSII who has competed nationally and internationally. She won the young judge competition at BSPS summer championships as an individual and as part of a team. She has also competed at RIHS and HOYS on various different horses.  

 Jane will be judging: 

  • Riding Pony/Hunter Pony any age any sex not to exceed 153cm at maturity 

Loraine Young

Coming from Northern Ireland Loraine has wide experience in racing, eventing, showing and dressage, competing up to National Level. She is a retired Sports Horse (GB) ridden and conformation panel jude, and still sits on the Retraining of Racehorses panel. At present Loraine is the Chairman of the British Horse Society Scotland.

Loraine will be judging:

  • Hunters any age, any sex