Three in a row as Matthew takes top spot at Dougarie

The Arran Banner - - News - Colin Smee­ton edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

MATTHEW McNeish and his dog Pip have been crowned the lo­cal win­ners of the Dougarie sheep dog tri­als for the third year in a row.

The tri­als, which are in their 130th year, took place in near per­fect con­di­tions on Wed­nes­day May 16, at Glen­loig with a to­tal of 41 dogs from all over the west of Scot­land com­pet­ing, in­clud­ing 10 of which were in the con­fined class by hav­ing Ar­ran han­dlers.

Chal­leng­ing sheep led to a higher pro­por­tion of runs than usual be­ing aban­doned. Nev­er­the­less six han­dlers and their dogs showed how it could be done, all achiev­ing scores in the 90s, out of a pos­si­ble 100.

The Open Class was won by Neil McVicar from Dunoon with his dog Bill on an im­pres­sive score of 98.

The con­fined class tro­phy win­ners were: Learig Cup, con­fined winner, Matthew McNeish of Slid­dery with Pip. Baldy Craig Rose Bowl, out­run/lift/pen, Niall McMaster of Shan­nochie with Gael. Har­bourview Cup, best drive, Matthew McNeish of Slid­dery with Pip. Machrie Farmer’s Cup, best fetch/ shed, Niall McMaster of Shan­nochie with Gael. The Glais­ter Shield, best Ar­ran bred dog, Matthew McNeish of Slid­dery with Pip. Chair­man’s Shield, high­est pointed fe­male com­peti­tor, Liz Robert­son of Machrie with Jim.

Liz Robert­son re­ceives the Chair­man’s Shield for the high­est pointed fe­male com­peti­tor.

Matthew McNeish re­ceived the Glais­ter Shield, Har­bourview Cup and the Learig Cup as the over­all con­fined winner.

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