Scotland’s second oldest dog trials still going strong

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Scotland’s second oldest dog trials, the Dougarie Sheep Dog Trials, has once again taken place on Arran, keeping alive a tradition that dates back all the way to 1889.

Not having taken place over the last few years owing to severe weather and the death of a Dougarie trial stalwart, Willie McConnell, the competition once again took place Friday August 24 with eight entries.

Alistair and Alison Currie generously provided the field at Birchburn Farm in Shiskine and Hugh Stewart provided the sheep while Neil Henderson judged the competition.

The entries in the confined trial competition ran their dogs in perfect evening weather with Geoff Brookes taking first place with his dog Cap who earned him 92 points out of a possible 100 to take the Publicity Cup. In second place with 89 points was Wullie Stevenson with Maid who earned themselves the Aggregate Cup.  Iain McConnell and Drift came in third place with 79 points.

The Duke of Hamilton organised the first sheepdog trials on Arran in 1889. There had been another sheep dog trials in Carnworth prior to the Dougarie one, however that has been discontinued, whereas the New Cumnock and Dougarie trials have, until recently, been held annually, except during the war years.

Aggregate Cup winner, Wullie Stevenson with Maid and overall winner and Publicity Cup recipient, Geoff Brookes. 01_B36dog01

Entrant Susie Murchie and her sheepdog direct the sheep into the pen. 01_B36dog02

Third place winner Iain McConnell directs Drift in herding four sheep between two posts. 01_B36dog03