THE weather held out for the recent Heriot open sheepdog trial on the airstrip field at the village’s Macfie Hall.
Past Swedish champion Mosse Magnusson and his bitch Dam (93 points) won top honours at the Heriot open sheepdog trial on the airstrip field at the village’s Macfie Hall.
It was a closely fought contest judged by Ian Fleming, one of the organisers of this year’s Scottish National.
Mr Magnusson, a Perthshire farmer, has won the Swedish title seven times and has represented Scotland. His partner, Lotta came sixth with her bitch, Net (90 points).
Hosts and organisers Julie Hill and Bobby Henderson made the most of home advantage: Julie came second with Mac (91 points) and fourth with Bahn (90 points), the special prize for outrun, lift and fetch and the top local prize, while Bobby came third with Skid (91 points).
The novice winner was J. Foster with Rock, and the best drive was won by K. Preston.
A trial has been held at Heriot for around 60 years, though not always annually.
A spokesperson on a flat but testing course with kind permission of landowner Matthew Walgate. It was a good day out for competitors and spectators were blessed with generally fine weather and some great prizes and raffles supplied by sponsors Stobo Castle, Crusader Arts, Traquair House Brewery and Marianne’s Pottery in Stow.”