Nurs­ery tri­als start

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

Dum­fries and Kirkcud­bright Nurs­ery Sheep Dog Tri­als held their first com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son at Cross­dykes Farm, Locker­bie, on Satur­day by kind per­mis­sion of Messrs J A Com­mon.

Six­teen dogs ran in to­tal, judged by Ge­orge Smith­son from Cum­bria.

The course was on a rise with a right-hand drive which fell away to the han­dler and there were no fetch gates. The four sheep for each han­dler were South Coun­try Che­viot ewes. It was quite windy and this un­set­tled the sheep a lit­tle and the young dogs were maybe not hear­ing the com­mands as well.

The win­ner was Dun­can Robert­son from Langholm run­ning Jim. Jim ran out to the left-hand well tak­ing a nice route scor­ing max­i­mum points. He lifted the sheep in a nice con­trolled man­ner which led to a good pace down the fetch and a nice line. Dun­can and Jim only dropped three points for the lift and fetch. The sheep turned well round the han­dler but got a lit­tle un­set­tled on the first leg of the drive and, as a con­se­quence, Dun­can and Jim missed the gates.

The un­set­tled sheep proved a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to pen but they fin­ished on a good shed and a to­tal score of 72 points out of 100.

Sec­ond place also went to Dun­can this time with Der­wen Roy on a to­tal score of 64 points out of 100 and time up.

Re­sults: 1 Dun­can Robert­son, Langholm (Jim) 74; 2 Dun­can Robert­son, Langholm (Der­wen Roy) 64; 3 Al­lan Com­mon, Locker­bie (Braan) 62; 4 Dean Aitken, Locker­bie (Vicky); 5 Jim Thom­son, Pen­pont (Nell); 6 Davy McMil­lan, Car­sphairn (Fleet).

Novice: The win­ner was Mur­ray Com­mon from Locker­bie run­ning Queen on his home ter­ri­tory. Re­sults: 1 Mur­ray Com­mon, Locker­bie (Queen) 74; 2 Jim Thom­son, Pen­pont (Drift) 73; 3 Mur­ray Com­mon, Locker­bie (Rosie) 72; 4 Mal­com Forster, Shaw­head (Meg) 61.

The next trial is at Up­per Porter­belly, Dal­beat­tie, on No­vem­ber 10 at 11am. Con­tact Fiona McMil­lan 07743977313 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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