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Astrid and Eli are top dog at Shilnavogie

Rachel McNabb

Reporter:

Rachel McNabb

A dry sunny day saw a large turnout of competitors and spectators at the recent Annual Amateur Shilnavogie Sheepdog Trial.

Over 30 dogs competed for a good days trailing at the event which raised an outstanding £953 for the committee's chosen charity of the year, Riding for the Disabled NI.

The overall winner was Astrid Estep with Eli. Astrid from Broughshane put up an outstanding run beating off stiff competition.

Second place went to Brendan McAllister with Nap, whilst third place went to Daniel Wray with Tess.

James Montague with Flo took fourth place, Sean Scullion with Meg fifth place and Jim Davison with Daisy sixth place.

The following winners outside of first and second prize were Rosemary Hoey for Best Lady Competitor with Molly, Daniel Wray with Tess for Best Outrun, Lift and Fetch, James Montague with Flo for Best Drive, Shed and Pen and Jim Davison with Daisy for the Best Pen outside all cup winners.

Finally the Jack McNeill Cup went to Katie McKeegan with Cody for Best Young Handler.

Judge for the event was Donal McAllister of Glenravel, time keeper was Gordon Montgomery of Broughshane and entry clerk was Robert Hamilton of Carnalbanagh.

Tea, coffee and refreshments were provided and handmade Shepherd Sticks contributed to the total money raised.

The organisers would like to thank the sponsors, volunteers and all those who gave so generously and for the continued support they have received over the many years.

Report was provided by Katie McKeegan and photographs supplied by Bo Davidson.

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