Dog tri­als

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

Dum­fries and Kirkcud­bright Nurs­ery Sheep Dog Tri­als held a trial on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 16 at Gaups Mill, Mo­ni­aive, by kind per­mis­sion of Mr Hugh Rori­son.

Four­teen dogs ran in to­tal, judged by Mr Ian Lock­hart from Dal­rym­ple.

The course was flat with no fetch gates but a left-hand drive and a shoot. The five Black­face hoggs were good to han­dle round the course and gave the young dogs a good chance.

The competitio­n win­ner was Dean Aitken from Locker­bie run­ning Tweed­dale Vicky. Vicky ran out to the right-hand well and lifted the sheep nice and smoothly only drop­ping two points out of 30 for both these el­e­ments.

Vicky fetched the sheep down the course to Dean on a good line and at a nice pace, just drop­ping mi­nor points for slight line de­vi­a­tions. The pair had a nice turn round the han­dler and set off on a nice line up the first leg of the drive and safely through the gates. Vicky turned the sheep and headed on a good line for the cross drive and safely through the se­cond drive gates only los­ing seven points for mi­nor line de­vi­a­tions out of a to­tal of 30. They had to work at the pen as the sheep were a lit­tle un­set­tled but even­tu­ally se­cured all five sheep through the shoot.

The duo fin­ished on full marks for the shed and a to­tal score of 81 out of 100.

Se­cond place went to Dun­can Robert­son from Langholm run­ning Royon a to­tal score of 75 points out of 100.

Re­sults: 1 Dean Aitken, Locker­bie (Tweed­dale Vicky) 81; 2 Dun­can Robert­son, Langholm (Roy) 75; 3 Al­lan Com­mon, Locker­bie (Braan) 71; 4 Dean Aitken, Locker­bie (Midge) 68; 5 Jim Thom­son, Pen­pont (Tom) 64 TU; 6 Jim Thom­son, Pen­pont (Nell); 7 Hazel Jack­son, Pen­pont (Clyde).

Novice: 1 Mur­ray Com­mon, Locker­bie (Queen) 82; 2 Mick Wil­son, Cor­sock (Jill) 81; 3 Mur­ray Com­mon, Locker­bie (Cowlow Rosie) 79; 4 Jim Thom­son, Pen­pont (Drift) 69; 5 Mal­colm Forster, Irongray (Meg) 55.

The next trial is on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 23 at Up­per­cleuch Farm, Locker­bie. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Fiona McMil­lan 07743 977313.

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