Julie and Ben are Scottish champions

Julie Hill and Ben at Sheepdog trials
Julie Hill and Ben at Sheepdog trials

The 2014 Scottish National Sheepdog Trials National were hosted by the Richardson Family from Bedrule, Denholm.

The event saw a very successful three days, both on the field and behind the scenes.

The majority of handlers took to the post with the sun shining, and apart from a brief thunder and lightening storm on the Friday afternoon everyone kept dry.

There was a high standard of dogs over the three days resulting in a strong Scottish team going forward to compete at the International in Ireland in September.

The well deserved winner was Miss Julie Hill, from Carcant Farm, Heriot, who had an outstanding run with her dog Ban.

Also entering the team was local shepherd for Brotherstone Farm Eddie Foster and his dog Moss (bred by Mark Arres from Dryden farm, Selkirkshire).

This year was Eddie’s first National and he made 14th in the Scottish team.

Judges were: Singles: Mr B. Elliott and Mr K. Wood; Brace: Mr A. Carnegie and Mr W. Welsh (Jnr).

Westruther Open Trials will be held on Saturday, August 30 (just off the B6456). The first 60 entries will be acception and the entry fee is £5 per dog.

For further information please contact Fiona Matrwicl, telephone 01578 740285.

Teviotdale Trials will be held the following day at Whitchesters Farm, starting at 8am. Further details from Liz Howieson, telephone 01450 850238.