Heriot Sheepdog Trial
31 July 2016
In fine, breezy weather a great day out was experienced at the Heriot Sheepdog Trial, judged by Bill Elliot.
The Heriot Trial is known for its high quality long flat course which tests the dogs, and so an ideal course to prepare dogs for the forthcoming Scottish National.
The course was run on Cheviot sheep that responded well to dogs as long as they were respectful. There were some dead hearing spots on the field that brought about a few difficulties for dogs and handlers alike. Packets were even all day, showing enough cheek to be interesting, particularly at the pen.
The running was very good with scores in the 90s. A smooth and correct run gave Jock Welsh a well deserved win knocking Lotta Magnusson off the top spot which she had held for a number of runs.
1st Jock Welsh Sam 98 points
2nd Lotta Magnusson Kate 93 points
3rd Davie Wallace Jen 92 points
4th Julie Hill Sid 91 points OLF
5th Alistair Mundell Taff 91 points
6th Alistair Stewart Midge 90 points
7th Cameron Dickson Staid Star 89 points
8th Mark Arres Jess 86 points
1st Davie Wallace
2nd Julie Hill
3rd Andy Dickman
1st Jacquie L’Etang Slip
The Trial was well-supported with local sponsorship: Glenkinchie distillery, Traquair brewery, Crusader Arts and Sneyds dogfood. Competitors from around Scotland and England enjoyed a relaxed and convivial atmosphere and the excellent hospitality and cooking of the local Women’s Rural who provided soup, rolls and a wide range of delicious cakes throughout the event on site at the McFee Hall – a great space for competitors and spectators to catch up and relax. Product displays and literature, including a fantastic array of jams and jellies, all helped to create a sense of occasion.
The Trial was held with the kind permission of the landowner Mathew Walgate and was organised by Julie Hill and Bobby Henderson. Carcant Cheviots were used for the trial.
A number of helpers made this friendly trial a great success.