Teviotdale sheepdog trials event has worldwide appeal

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The Upper Teviotdale sheepdog trial, held at Whitchesters Farm on Sunday, had an international flavour with competitors from all corners of the world taking part.

Among the 41 shepherds and their trusty collies, many of whom were warming up for the World Championships at Lowther on September 11-13, were expert handlers from all the home countries, as well as from Sweden, New Zealand and America.

On a cold and windy but thankfully dry day, Forrest Irving’s strong North Country Cheviot Gimmers provided a stern but fair test for both man and dog.

And eventual winner of the James Pow Memorial Trophy was Irish team member Alistair Lyttle with Roy, by a slender one-point margin from Lockerbie’s Alan Common with Mirk.

Best of the local competitors was Ettrick’s Bret Rendall with Jim, who finished in fourth place.

Just one point behind Bret was Swede Carl ‘Mossy’ Magnusson with Jim, who is now resident in Scotland and recently qualified to compete for the Scottish team.

Completing the international look to the leaderboard, in seventh place was New Zealand team member Jim Wilson with Rose.

An event spokesperson told the Hawick News this week: “The Teviothead show committee, which organises the sheepdog trial, would like to thank the Royal Bank of Scotland and Eric Watson Dog Foods for their generous support of the event.”