Fam­ily af­fair at open­ing trial

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

Dum­fries and Kirkcud­bright Nurs­ery Sheep Dog Tri­als held their first trial of the sea­son on Satur­dayat Cross­dykes Farm, Locker­bie, cour­tesy of Messrs J A Com­mon.

Four­teen dogs ran in to­tal and the judge was Kenny An­der­son from Canon­bie.

The four sheep were South Coun­try Che­viot ewes which were good to han­dle round the slightly flat course and pen.

The win­ner was Billy Com­mon from Locker­bie run­ning Cowlow Rosie.

Rosie ran out to the right-hand well and lifted the sheep at a good pace and a good line down the fetch, drop­ping only mi­nor points.

Billy and Rosie had the sheep nicely set­tled which led to a good turn round the han­dler and a nice start to the first leg of the drive.

The pair guided the sheep through the first drive gates with a good turn and nice line on the cross drive and safely through the sec­ond drive gates.

Out of a to­tal score of 30, Billy and Rosie scored 28 points for the drive. The sheep were set­tled at the pen and Rosie guided them in nicely, hold­ing her cor­ner which led to a clean pen and they fin­ished on a good shed and a to­tal score of 90 points out of 100 and first place.

The breed­ing for Cowlow Rosie is sire: GRN Saxon Cam­men (Rip); dam: I Hulme Cowlow (Fan).

Sec­ond place also went to Billy’s sec­ond dog, Jaff.. Jaff also ran out well and was off to a good start on the fetch with a nice line and sheep com­ing at a good pace. Billy and Jaff had a good drive but dropped mi­nor points for line de­vi­a­tions and this was the dif­fer­ence be­tween first and sec­ond place. Billy and Jaff also fin­ished on full points for the pen and shed but a to­tal score of 86 out of 100 and sec­ond place.

Jaff is an un-reg­is­tered dog but breed­ing is sire: A Com­mon (Taff); dam: S Dodd (Jill).

Re­sults: 1 Billy Com­mon, Locker­bie (Cowlow Rosie) 90; 2 Billy Com­mon, Locker­bie (Jaff) 86; 3 Dun­can Robert­son, Langholm (Lad) 74; 4 Al­lan Com­mon, Locker­bie (Sam); 5 Davy McMil­lan, Car­sphairn (Fleet); 6 Alas­dair Mun­dell, Mof­fat (Lad); 7 Dun­can Robert­son, Langholm (Moss).

Novice: The win­ner was Billy’s son Mur­ray run­ning Grit.

Grit ran out to the left-hand but over-shot the sheep at the top a lit­tle. Grit lifted the sheep nice and smoothly and fetched them on a good line down the fetch and safely round the han­dler.

Mur­ray and Grit worked well on the drive and got the first drive gates but just missed the sec­ond drive gates by a small mar­gin. They fin­ished on a good clean pen and shed and a to­tal score of 80 points out of 100.

The breed­ing for Grit is sire: K Evans (Spot); dam: DC Meek (Queen).

Re­sults: 1 Mur­ray Com­mon, Locker­bie (Grit) 80; 2 Mur­ray Com­mon, Locker­bie (Queen); 3 Kenny Weight­man, Ab­bing­ton (Fay).

Pro novice: The win­ner was Dean Aitken from Locker­bie run­ning Tami. Tami ran out nice and clean with full points awarded.

Tami lifted the sheep well and fetched them down on a good line only drop­ping mi­nor points for line de­vi­a­tions. They had a lit­tle dif­fi­culty on the drive but fin­ished with a good clean pen and shed with a to­tal score of 84 points out of 100.

The breed­ing for Tami is sire: D Aitken’s Tweed­dale (Buzz); dam: D Brown’s (Belle).

Re­sults: 1 Dean Aitken, Locker­bie (Tami) 84; 2 Dean Aitken, Locker­bie (Buzz) 66; 3 Hazel Jack­son, Pen­pont (Pip); 4 Davy McMil­lan, Car­sphairn (Roy).

The next trial is at Up­per­cleuch Farm, Locker­bie on Sun­day, Novem­ber 12 at 11am. All wel­come and for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Fiona McMil­lan 07743 977313.

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