By Kathy Bouch
- Judges: Mr E Finn, Mr M Larkin, Mr J Henderson & Mr A Kennedy
- Steward of the Beat: Pete Smith
- Dog Steward: Brian Paxton
As with our three trials, we were again, generously sponsored by CSJ Specialist Dog Feeds. They have provided goody bags for all our trials. We thank them very much for their kindness.
By kind permission of Mr D Wallace, our 24 dog open stake was once again held at Strathallen, near Gleneagles. We had a super numeric entry again. Sadly one of our appointed judges, Mr Alan Rees had to pull out of the appointment at the last moment as his wife had suffered a badly broken arm in a fall, we were fortunate that Mr Mike Larkin stood for him. We would like to wish Mrs Rees a full recovery and hope that Alan may come and judge for us again in the future.
The first day was a lovely autumn day, misty but giving way to sunshine, after a good session we had 7 dogs through to the following day.
A testing morning was had and our eventual winner was Paddy Merrall with his Touchie Bilko, who was bred by LCOS member Mr G Greig.
With thanks to the guns, game carriers and to Brian Paxton for his skills stewarding. The rain stayed off till after the prize giving.
1st Paddy Merrill – Touckie Bilko
2nd David Logan – Devonvale Shadow
3rd Tony O’Hare – Lettergreen Rover
COM – Stephanie Smith – FT Ch Snowdell Spender