Sheepdog trials welcomed back
There was a good turnout as the Strathardle Sheepdog Trials made a welcome return recently.
The event took place on Saturday, July 30, at Glenfernate Estate near Kirkmichael by kind permission of the Amory family.
Held in good conditions, it was the first time the event had been held for two years as a result of restrictions associated with the Covid-19 health crisis.
In addition to the sheepdog trials, a sheep-shearing competition also took place.
David Stewart of Mains of Dalrulzion finished first in the shearing while Ian Burgess and canine companion Mist took home the Strathardle SDA Trophy – awarded to the winner of the open trial.
Glenisla resident Ian also took home three other awards during what was a successful afternoon.
Afterwards, he said: “Well done to all the other winners and to all who came along to support our wee local trial.
“We must all strive hard to keep it going, as it’s such a great day for all involved.”
Hazel Hutson is secretary and treasurer of the event’s organising committee.
She said: “An excellent day was had by all and the weather stayed warm.
“Everyone on the committee would like to thank all those who attended on the day to support the trials.
“Thank you to the Amory family at Glenfernate for hosting the trials and local businesses Heartland Vets, Blairgowrie Vets and Colin Duncan Haulage for their sponsorship.
“Thanks also to East of Scotland Farmers, Davidsons Veterinary Supplies, Tesco, Thrums Vets, N&R Constable, the Jet garage in Blairgowrie, Bridge of Cally Post Office, Kirkmichael
Village Shop, Strathardle Lodge and Robert Harris for their generous donations and raffle prizes, and all who brought along prizes on the day.”
Pictured back, from left, are David Stewart (first in shearing), David Michie (Dirnanean Trophy for Best Outlift) with Seth, secretary/treasurer Hazel Hutson, timekeeper Alan Petrie, judge Duncan Beaton, Susan Michie, who presented prizes, committee chair Ross McIntosh, Nathan Boyne (Best Drive) with Jess, and Colin Paterson (Ceanghlinnie Cup for Novice Trials and Best Dog) with Bru.
Front row, from left, are Kara Craig (Lipp Trophy for Self-employed Man and Edelweiss Trophy for Best Pen) with Kate, Ian Burgess (Strathardle SDA Trophy for Open Trials, Hired Man Cup, Lawson Challenge Cup for Combined Shearing and Trials and Best Shed) with Mist and Nicky Maddox (Best Bitch and Hard Luck winner), who won with Lucy and Robbie, respectively.