AN ARGYLL handler and his dog were crowned the winners of the 2019 Staffin Sheepdog Trials, as the annual event passed a significant milestone.
The regal sounding ‘Queen’ and her owner Stuart Davidson, from Dunoon, scored the most points on the day at Ellishadder with the action judged by Invergarry-based Mike McNally.
The event is always well supported by the Staffin and wider Skye community and visitors to the area, and each event raises money for good causes. This was the 10th year of the trials and a whopping £3,080.30 was raised on the day and donated to Cancer Research UK. That brought the total raised over the last decade to a terrific £27,223.27 which has been donated to different charities, predominantly cancer-related.
The dedicated band of organisers thanked everybody who has helped support the event.
As the 2019 event last week more than 60 dogs ran on the day in good weather conditions. Stuart scored 88 points, with Peter Martin, of Glen Lyon in Perthshire, runner-up with his dog, ‘Jill’, on 85 points. Irish handler William Gallagher, who came all the way from Donegal, was third with ‘Moss’ on 84.
Stuart was fourth with another of his dogs, ‘Maid’ 82 O/B5) Fifth was John MacKillop, from Fort Augustus, with ‘Ben’ on 82 points, closely followed by John MacDiarmid, of Eynort, with ‘Lass’ on 80 O/B.
Eynort’s John was the best local handler on the day.
Specials – The Calum Gillies Cup for best pen – Seumas Campbell, Balnacnoc ; The John MacKenzie ‘Lynton’ Cup for best drive – Seumas Campbell,
Catering was provided by Crofters’ Bite from Struan.