Char­ity rounds up cash at Loch Fyne dog trial

Argyllshire Advertiser - - FARMING - Colin Cameron ed­i­tor@ar­gyll­shiread­ver­tiser.co.uk

SHEP­HERDS rounded up sheep - and a sub­stan­tial sum of char­ity cash - at the sun-kissed Strath­lach­lan Sheep­dog Trial.

A good crowd of spec­ta­tors en­joyed some good runs at the field trial, held by the shores of Loch Fyne on the MacLach­lan es­tate.

Un­der the ea­gle eye of judge Mike Grif­fin, the com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day Novem­ber 5 was split into two sec- tions - one for se­nior dogs and the other a nurs­ery trial fea­tur­ing younger col­lies - and both pro­vided thrilling con­tests for the top plac­ings.

In the ‘old dog’ sec­tion, Neil MacVicar and his dog Misty from Ben­more came out on top with 87 points, just a point ahead of Dunoon’s David Kent, with Belle. With 83 points, Chloe Crop­per and Fly from Lochgoil­head came a close third.

Vet­eran han­dler Stu­art David­son from Sand­bank and his dog Lee won the nurs­ery trial with 70 points.

Neil MacVicar, who scored 67 points, came sec­ond with Bill. Stra­chur’s Dun­can Camp­bell was third with Gemma on 59 points.

A spe­cial char­ity auc­tion rounded off the day, with a va­ri­ety of lots of­fer­ing some­thing for ev­ery­body.

Auc­tion­eer for the day Angy MacDiarmid did a great job, and there were some gen­er­ous bids for prizes in­clud­ing a bot­tle of Jura sin­gle malt, a box of short­bread, meal vouch­ers and even a bucket of golf balls.

In all, the sheep­dog trial raised £1,470 and more still to come in, with the pro­ceeds go­ing to the Marie Curie char­ity.

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Win­ner of the old dog com­pe­ti­tion Neil MacVicar, left, with Stu­art David­son, who won the nurs­ery trial.

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Shep­herd-turned-auc­tion­eer Angy MacDiarmid en­ter­tained as a big num­ber of lots were sold to the high­est bid­der. In the back­ground sort­ing out lots and col­lect­ing cash are his wife Fay and daugh­ter Cather­ine.

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