THERE were record entries for Manor Sheepdog Trials at Woodhouse Farm in the Manor Valley on Saturday.
The event – which has been running for more than half a century – attracted 68 competitors and their collies.
New secretary Niki Craig said: “This year was a big success. It was a great day, despite the heavy rain later. Everyone had a good time and the home-made soup helped fight the weather conditions.”
The trials, sheep show and hill race defied heavy rain setting in during the early afternoon.
Handler Ian Brownlee, with his collie Mo, won the trials, achieving 94 points on their run. Archie Aitchison came second, scoring 92 with Coll, third was Neil Gillon with Boy on 91 points, Murray McTier finished fourth with Bob (91), Robin Lawyer with Tid was fifth (89), John Seaton with Jack was sixth (86), Dave Gilchrist clinched seventh with Jan (84) and Andrew Dickman, with Roy, bagged eighth spot by recording 84 points.
Mr Aitchison wasn’t finished with the prizes, for he won the shepherd with the highest points category as well as the Peeblesshire shepherd with the highest points. Local man – and trials chairman – DavIe Wallace chalked up the highest points (83) in the Peeblesshire section with Spot, while Ian Brownlee and Mo won took the honours for the best run out.
On the sheep stage, Bo Brown of Madrissa, Lamancha, took the top tickets, winning the championship and reserve with a gimmer and ewe respectively. Other farms taking home some ribbons included Easter Dawyck, Lyne, Stobo Hope and Blyth Bank.
Kailzie Farm produced the champion among the fat lambs, with the reserve going to Blyth Bank. Class prizes went also to Poso, Woodhouse and Haswelsykes farms.
Carnethy club runners won the Manor Hill Race, with Andy Fallas winning overall in a time of 70:35. Jasmin Paris was first lady home (80:04).
The organising committee also presented CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) with a cheque for £900 – and a further £900 will go towards the McAdam family’s fundraising. Dad Will and daughters Shona and Clair have raised nearly £14,600 for MND (motor neuron disease) Scotland by hiking the Inca Trail in Peru after losing their wife and mother, Helen Hamilton, originally from Peebles, to the disease (www.justgiving.com/Clair-and-Shona-McAdam)