Kil­berry fetches sun for sheep­dog tri­als

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

An in­ter­na­tional field of shep­herds ar­rived at Crear, Kil­berry, to test their dog-han­dling skills at the an­nual sheep­dog tri­als.

A cool­ing breeze amid glo­ri­ous sun­shine made for per­fect con­di­tions on Sun­day July 1 at the el­e­vated venue, high above the Sound of Jura.

Fifty eight dogs were com­pet­ing, many hav­ing come with their han­dlers from as far away as In­ver­garry, Comrie, Spean Bridge and south­ern Swe­den.

The Swedish con­nec­tion came from Lisa Hans­son and her dog with the Welsh name of Gwe­nan. Lisa comes to Scot­land each sum­mer for the sheep­dog tri­als cir­cuit and to do a lit­tle shep­herd­ing work.

‘It’s so flat where I come from in the south of Swe­den that I en­joy com­ing to Scot­land and see­ing the hills,’ said Lisa. ‘I re­ally love Scot­land.’

The trial was judged by past na­tional trial cham­pion Neil Gil­lon from Gir­van.

Swe­den was also strongly rep­re­sented on the winners’ podium as Mosse Mag­nus­son, now farm­ing in Perthshire, came through with dog Sally to win the event. In sec­ond place was Neil McVicar from Cowal, just two points be­hind.

In the con­fined sec­tion, Kieran McCul­lough from Tay­val­lich swept the boards with his dogs Flo and Gold. Keep­ing the hun­gry sheep men and women fed and wa­tered was a group of fundrais­ers from the Mid Ar­gyll Macmil­lan fundrais­ing group, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the can­cer sup­port char­ity. Re­sults: Open 1 Mosse Mag­nus­son and Sally, 91 points; 2 Neil McVicar and Nikki, 89; 3 Neil McVicar and Bill, 83; 4 Peter Martin and Jill, 82; 5 Sandy McCul­loch and Risp, 81 OL; 6 Chris Toner and Tammi, 81.

Tireti­gan Tankard for best drive: Neil McVicar and Nikki.

Men­zies Me­mo­rial Cup for best pen and shed: Mosse Mag­nus­son and Sally.

MacDougall Me­mo­rial Cup for best out-work: Neil McVicar and Nikki.

Kil­berry Plough­ing Cup for best sheep­dog trained by com­peti­tor: Mosse Mag­nus­son and Sally.

Orm­sary Tro­phy for best sheep­dog: Mosse Mag­nus­son and Sally. Con­fined 1 Kieran McCul­lough and Gold, 77 points; 2 Kieran McCul­lough and Flo, 59.

Carse Cup for best drive: Kieran McCul­lough and Flo.

Auchan Cup for best shed: Kieran McCul­lough and Gold.

El­lary Tro­phy for best out­work: Kieran McCul­lough and Gold.

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A cou­ple of furry friends for Aileen Sem­ple, tak­ing a break from help­ing out at the trial.

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Andy Carnegie from Comrie goes for the shed.

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Di­nah Bo­som­worth help­ing on the tombola stand.

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