Niall lifts local trophy at sheep dog trials

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Niall McMaster of Springfield Farm, West Bennan has won the local title at the 47th annual Kildonan and District sheep dog trials.

Taking place at Corriegills over two days, starting with the confined class (locals) on Thursday June 13, and the open class the following day, the overall winner was S Davidson of Dunoon.

Niall, along with his dog Gail, competed against seven other local runners to secure the first place position. In both second and third place was Iain McConnell with Drift and Sam respectively.

Matthew McNeish and Pip, five times winner at the Dougarie dog trial, came in fourth place with Wullie Stevenson with Mcleod following closely behind.

Judging in the confined class was undertaken by Neil Henderson of Kilpatrick and judging in the open category, in which there were 45 runners, was J McEachern of Kennacraig.

The trophy winners were as follows: Kingsley Cup and Maharanee Trophy, Niall McMaster with Gail. Arran Cup, Mathew McNeish with Pip. Alec Miller Cup and Kildonan Hotel Trophy, Iain McConnell with Drift and Sam. Kildonan Open Cup and Royal Bank Trophy, Stuart Davidson with Maid and Lee. McBride Trophy, Dun Allian Tray, Princess Antionette Trophy and the McKeown Ladies Stick, Lisa Gast with Rosie. Young Handlers Cup, Kristine Bergan with Killie, from Norway.

In each category the following achievements were recorded: Best outrun and lift, open, L Gast with Fae, local, L Robertson with Jim. Best fetch, open, S Davidson with Maid, local, I McConnell with Drift. Best drive, open, L Gast with Rosie, local, I McConnell with Sam. Best Pen, open S Davidson with Maid, local, M McNeish with Pip. Best shed, open, D Carlton with Boo, local, N McMaster with Gail.


Winner of the Kildonan and District sheep dog trials is Niall McMaster with his wife Genevieve, children Sophie and Euan and dog, Gail. No_B25dog01

Matthew McNeish directs Pip to separate a small herd of four sheep into two groups of two. 01_B25dog02

Second and third place winner, Iain McConnell with his dog Drift. 01_B25dog03

Niall McMaster and his dog Gail herd the sheep towards the pen. 01_B25dog04

Jen McNeish enjoys a lighter moment with the sheep who resist being penned. 01_B25dog05