Kilberry fetches sun for sheepdog trials
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.
A couple of furry friends for Aileen Semple, taking a break from helping out at the trial.
Andy Carnegie from Comrie goes for the shed.
Dinah Bosomworth helping on the tombola stand.