Family affair at opening trial
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.