Manor Sheep Dog Trials attracts record entries

Published: 25 Oct 2012 09:30

MANOR Sheep Dog Trials reported a record number of entries at the event on October 13.

The well-known show in Manor Valley attracted 68 entries on its 52nd year running.

Sheep dogs and their masters came from all across Scotland to the annual show where they tested their skills and ability to work together.

The event is a competitive dog sport in which herding dog breeds move sheep around a field, fences, gates, or enclosures as directed by their handlers.

The trials are popular in Peeblesshire, with the region boasting some of the finest sheep in the country as well as a huge amount of hill farming areas.

And as well as the dog show, the promised intense competition between local farmers at the sheep show was delivered.

The hill race received 85 entries the raffle was reported a success by committee member Jim Currie.

The money raised during the day went to Childrens' Hospice Association Scotland and MND Scotland, a Motor Neurone Disease charity.

CHAS is a charity that provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure.

MND Scotland provide information, benefits advice, counselling services and facilities which support and educate those affected by the disease, carers as well as health and social care professionals.

The cheque for CHAS was presented to charity representative Mrs Reid by Manor Sheepdog Trials volunteer Isobel Morrison.

And on behalf of MND Scotland, Will, Claire and Shona McAdam - who lost their wife/mother to the disease, received the cheque.

Jim told the Peeblesshire News: "Overall the event has went well, we managed to get a lot of people coming despite the weather being a bit so-so.

"And it's by no means a big event, but considering what it use to be like, there was lots of people going about.

"As promised, we had some great competition between the local farmers in the sheep show - but it's all just banter, to be honest."

Jim added: "The raffle was successful despite the fact we didn't get as many people buying tickets as we have done in previous years.

"We've managed to give out £900 to each of the two very worthwhile charities, though."

Nicola Craig, Secretary of the Manor Sheep Dog Trials spoke to the Peeblesshire News.

She told us: "The 2012 Manor Sheep Dog Trial took place on an initially dry morning, which turned into a very wet afternoon, however this did not curtail the activities and huge support.

It sported 68 entrants, the biggest ever at the Trials, proving that competition from Dalmally Tup Sale is not effecting the locals' enthusiasm for the event.

"There was the grand show of sheep, fat lambs, followed by the sheep dog trial. The Moorfoot Hill runner race was held alongside this and was well attended despite the weather."

Tea, coffee and biscuits were provided by the Rural Institute and organisers are keen to extend their thanks to them as well as the other volunteers who helped out during the day.

The results to the show are as follows:

Grand Show of Sheep

Class 1. 1st Bo Brown, 2nd - Easter Dawyck, 3rd - Easter Dawyck

Class 2. 1st - Bo Brown, 2nd - Bo Brown, 3rd - Easter Dawyck

Class 3. 1st - Bo Brown, 2nd - Bo Brown, 3rd - Bo Brown

Class 4. 1st - Bo Brown, 2nd - Bo Brown, 3rd - Bo Brown

Class 5 1st - Easter Dawyck, 2nd - Lyne, 3rd - Stobo Hope

Class 6 1st - Bo Brown, 2nd -Easter Dawyck

Class 7 1st - Easter Dawyck, 2nd - Stobo Hope, 3rd - Lyne

Class 8 1st - Lyne, 2nd - Blyth Bank, 3rd - Easter Dawyck

Class 9 1st - Easter Dawyck 2nd - Blythe Bank

Champion - Gimmer- Madrissa Bo Brown

Reserve - Ewe - Madrissa Bo Brown

Fat Lambs

Class 10 1st - Blyth Bank, 2nd - Blyth Bank, 3rd - Haswelsykes

Class 11 1st - Kailzie, 2nd - Woodhouse, 3rd - Woodhouse

Class 12 1st -Kailzie

Class 13 1st - Poso , 2nd - Poso, 3rd - Poso

Champion - Kailzie

Reserve - Blyth Bank

Sheep Dog Trial

1st Ian Brownlee with Mo 94 points

2nd Archie Aitchison with Coll 92 points

3rd Neil Gillon with Boy 91 points

4th Murray McTier with Bob 91 points

5th Robin Lawyer with Tid 89 points

6th John Seaton with Jack 86 points

7th Dave Gilchrist with Jan 84 points

8th Andrew Dickman with Roy 84 points

Highest Pointed Shepherd - Archie Aitchison

Highest Pointed Peeblesshire Shepherd - Archie Aitchison

Peeblesshire Highest points (not in prize list) Dave Wallace with Spot 83 points

Best out run - Ian Brownlee with Moe

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