Charity rounds up cash at Loch Fyne dog trial

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Colin Cameron

Shepherds rounded up sheep – and a substantial sum of charity cash – at the sun-kissed Strathlachlan Sheepdog Trial.

A good crowd of spectators enjoyed some good runs at the field trial, held by the shores of Loch Fyne on the MacLachlan estate.

Under the eagle eye of judge Mike Griffin, the competition on Sunday November 5 was split into two sections – one for senior dogs and the other a nursery trial featuring younger collies – and both provided thrilling contests for the top placings.

In the ‘old dog’ section, Neil MacVicar and his dog Misty from Benmore came out on top with 87 points, just a point ahead of Dunoon’s David Kent, with Belle. With 83  points, Chloe Cropper and Fly from Lochgoilhead came a close third.

Veteran handler Stuart Davidson from Sandbank and his dog Lee won the nursery trial with 70 points. Neil MacVicar, who scored 67 points, came second with Bill. Strachur’s Duncan Campbell was third with Gemma on 59 points.

A special charity auction rounded off the day, with a variety of lots offering something for everybody. Auctioneer for the day Angy MacDiarmid did a great job, and there were some generous bids for prizes including a bottle of Jura single malt, a box of shortbread, meal vouchers and even a bucket of golf balls.

In all, the sheepdog trial raised £1,470 and more still to come in, with the proceeds going to the Marie Curie charity.


Shepherd-turned-auctioneer Angy MacDiarmid entertained as a big number of lots were sold to the highest bidder. In the background sorting out lots and collecting cash are his wife Fay and daughter Catherine. 06_a45Strathdogtrial01

Winner of the old dog competition Neil MacVicar, left, with Stuart Davidson, who won the nursery trial. 06_a45Strathdogtrial03