Sheepdog Trials return after an absence of 28 years

Jessie Main and Roy at work
Jessie Main and Roy at work
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THE Scottish National Sheepdog Trials returned to Aberdeenshire for the first time since 1985 last weekend.

Taking place at Tillybin Farm, Kintore courtesy of Malcom Allan, the event was a resoubnding success.

The sheep were consistently good over the three days and the weather was good trialling weather apart from a few heavy showers on Friday.

Over 2000 people attended over the three days - many overseas visitors including a party of 40 Norwegian visitors on Friday.

After 150 competitors from Shetland to the Borders and Campbeltown to Skye had finished the following were the team selected to represent Scotland in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire at the International in September: 1: Michael Shearer from Thurso with Jim; 2: Ian Brownlie from Alloa with Gus; 3: Michael Shearer with Bob; 4: Mosse Magnusson from Aylth with Jim; 5: Mosse Magnusson with Davey; 6: Ian Brownlie with Mo; 7: Fraser Shennan from Girvan with Fizz; 8: Neil Gillon from Dailly with Bhoy; 9: Peter Martin from Glenlyon with Jill; 10: Jock Welsh from Dalrymple with Sam; 11: Norman McDonald from Dalbeattie with Jake; 12: Andrew Emmerson from Duns with Midge; 13: Hamish Maclean from Inverness with Roy; 14: Colin Armstrong from Moffat with Mirk; 15: Chris Toner from Lochgoilhead with Sam.

Brace Winner: Julie Hill from Heriot with Mac and Ban; Brace Reserve: Hamish Maclean from Inverness with Roy and Kim

The prizewinners received their trophies from Mrs Gladys Allan wife of Mr Malcolm Allan of Uppermill Farms who supplied the venue for the trials and also received a team jacket from one of the main sponsors Mr Jim Finnie of Finnie 4x4.

Mr and Mrs Allan then received an engraved shepherd’s crook and a bouquet of flowers from Joe Mackenzie and Owen Mearns.