Rocket’s records at the Highland June 2014

GLORIOUS WEATHER throughout the duration of the four days at Ingliston, plus that all important feel-good factor, ensured this year’s Highland was a memorable event for most but it will go down in history as the best yet for North Country Cheviot breeder, Roderick Runciman, Allanshaws, when he won the coveted inter-breed sheep honours for the first time.

Robert Runciman's leading North Country Cheviot

Roderick Runciman’s leading North Country Cheviot, Allanshaws Nikki

Roderick, or Rocket as he’s better known, wife Amanda, son Lewis (11) and daughter (9), had already been celebrating having won the breed championship for a record-breaking fourth consecutive time, but this was their first supreme following two reserve titles. And their show stopper was a true winner in every sense.

“I knew as soon as she was let away she was a champion,” said the overall judge, Angus Kennedy snr, from Broughton, Biggar.

“In my opinion, she was an easy winner as she is a very correct female with style, sparkle and beautiful hair. She had that look at me syndrome.” said Angus, who presented the reserve to the Texel and honorary mention to the Blackface.