Three in a row as Matthew takes top spot at Dougarie
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.