Orkney Reap Success At Highland Day On Home Territory

Orkney Reap Success At Highland Day On Home Territory

Orkney Reap Success At Highland Day On Home Territory

Saturday 19th October saw the Highland Area Young Farmers Clubs (RNI, Caithness, Orkney and Shetland) coming together for the Annual Highland Day, which consisted of Stock judging, Pool and Darts Competitions.  This year the competition was held in Orkney for the first time.

The day saw 6 clubs from within the Highland Area take part, only one member from the RNI District competed and that was Sarah Mowat from Ross Sutherland, only 1 of the 4 Caithness clubs made the journey across the water to compete during the day, it was great to welcome Shetland down for their first North Competitions, with thirteen members make the journey.  All 3 of the local clubs in Orkney (Harray, Sandwick and East Mainland) took part in all 3 of the competitions.  Special mention to NorthLink Ferries for giving support to those travelling to Orkney.

The Stockjudging started the day at the Orkney Auction Mart by kind permission of the Mart, there were 4 classes of stock for judging, 2 cattle classes class of Charolais Cattle from WR Baillie and a class of Commercial Cattle from JS Baillie and then 2 classes for sheep, Texel’s from Garth Flett and North Country Cheviots from Alan Smith.  Judging the cattle was Gareth Wood and the sheep Iain Laird.  The top six teams (one member from each team, teams were made up of 3 members) went forward for reasons giving on the Texel Sheep class and the top 12 individuals gave reason the on Commercial Cattle class.

Winning the Stockman of the day was Colin Sinclair from Sandwick with 236 points he also won the senior section.  2nd over and 2nd senior went to Signy Spence of East Mainland with 225 points and 3rd overall and 1st associate went to Kirsten Learnmonth from East Mainland with 223 points.  3rd Senior was East Mainland’s George Low with 213.  2nd and 3rd associates went retrospectively to Scott Drever and Mangus Walker of East Mainland with 157 and 143 points. Juniors was won by Connor Spence from Harray with 204 points, 2nd was Glenn Foubister from East Mainland with 192 points and 3rd was East Mainland’s Reece Byers with 165 points.

First place team went to Sandwick’s Colin Sinclair, Tommy Linklater and Matthew Rendall with 548 points, 2nd went to Shetland’s Iain Hunter, Lewis Fraser and Ryan Anderson with 523 points and East Mainland’s Scott Drever, Glenn Foubister and Reece Byers with 520 points.

Stockjudging scores are at the foot of this news page.  

We would like to extend our thanks once again to The Mart, our Judges and donners for making the Stockjudging possible and of course to our competitors as without them were would be no competition.

The evening saw the clubs compete in the Standing Stones Hotel in Stenness at double’s pool competition and singles darts competition, we had a great entry in both and a fun evening was had by all, thanks to Linda and her team at the hotel for hosting.

In the pool they played in a league system of 3 leagues and then knock out after that, there was some great games played by all and a great sportsmanship throughout the competition.  The winners on the night after a best of 3 match was Harray’s Andrew Clouston and Susie Manson, taking 2nd was East Mainland’s Sean Stanger and George Low and 3rd was Sandwick’s Ryan Kemp and Garry Mathers after the 3rd place play off with Magnus Walker and Cameron Drever from East Mainland.

The Darts was played in 3 leagues a junior league and 2 open leagues, with then finals being held after with the top placed teams from the open leagues competing.  The junior league was won by Andrew Seator from Harray, 2nd was Lee Rendall from East Mainland and Sandwick’s Gary Isbister came 3rd.  The Open League was won again for a 2nd year running by East Mainland’s George Low, 2nd was fellow club member Sean Stanger and 3rd was Sandwick’s Tommy Linklater.

Once again we would like to thank the Standing Stones Hotel for hosting the competition and to all those who took part.

North Area Vice Chairman Gemma Duguid said “A fantastic turnout of 60 people participated in the Highland Day.  A very high standard of Stockjudging was seen and with the Shetland YF having their first shot of reasons.  Pool and Darts was a great success and everyone had a very enjoyable day!  Well done to all the members!”



Stockman of the Day

1st Colin Sinclair, Harray – 236 points

2nd Signy Spence, East Mainland – 225 points

3rd Kirsten Learnmonth, East Mainland – 223 points


1st Colin Sinclair, Harray – 236 points

2nd Signy Spence, East Mainland – 225 points

3rd George Low, East Mainland – 213 points


1st Connor Spence, Harray – 204 points

2nd Glenn Foubister, East Mainland – 192 points

3rd Reece Byers, East Mainland – 165 points


1st Kirsten Learnmonth, East Mainland – 223 points

2nd Scott Drever, East Mainland – 157 points

3rd Magnus Walker, East Mainland – 143 points



1st Andrew Clouston & Susie Manson, Harray

2nd George Low & Sean Stanger, East Mainland

3rd Ryan Kemp & Garry Mathers, Sandwick



1st Andrew Seator, Harray

2nd Lee Rendall, East Mainland

3rd Gary Isbister, Sandwick


1st George Low, East Mainland

2nd Sean Stanger, East Mainland

3rd Tommy Linklater, Sandwick


Stockjudging overall class scores

Stockjudging Individual Scores (including reasons scores) 

Stockjudging Team Scores (including reasons scores)