Nursery trials start
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.