THERE was glorious sun-shine for Shilnavogie’s
30th anniversary Sheep-dog Trial, which attracted a record turnout of 36 dogs. Held annually by local sheepdog enthusiasts, the trial is strictly amateur and raises money for a chosen charity each year.
The Shilnavogie trial was first held back in 1992 with the objective of raising money for charity. Over the past 30 years it has raised more than £23,000 for various charities.
The 2022 trial raised £1,177 on the day, bringing the total to over £24,000. For such a small event and with a relatively local crowd, it’s a wonderful achievement and thanks must go to all who have donated over the years. The money raised at this year’s trial will be donated to Air Ambulance NI.
Competitors and spectators came
from near and far to enjoy the day, with a great number of young handlers taking part.
The old hands had plenty of competition with the youngest competitor just 12 years of age.
Judge: Donal McKillop (Cushendall).
Time keeper: Gordon Montgomery (Broughshane).
Overall winner: 1, Jude O’Kane, Dungiven, Fly; 2, Darren Johnston, Aughaboy, Grit; 3, Martin Agnew, Loughdoo, Missy; 4, Jim Davison, Shilnavogie, Roo; 5, Dan O’Boyle, Waterfoot, Jan; 6, Dan O’Boyle, Nell.
Best Lady Competitor: Julia McHugh, Loughgall, Fly.
Best Young Handler: Michael McGarel, Carnlough, Kate.
Best Outrun Lift and Fetch: Sandy Wright, Carnlough, Mac.
Best Pen Shed and Drive: Ryan Hamilton, Carnlough, Fly.
Hard Luck Prize: 12-year-old Luke Johnston, Cookstown, Pip, competing at his first sheepdog trial.
The Shilnavogie Sheepdog Trial
would like to thank all the sponsors for this year’s trial who gave so generously, allowing the event to run. It also sends thanks to everyone for supporting the trial over the past 30 years and looks forward to the years to come.
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