Sheepdog trials are a success in the summer sun

Rowlands Farm, in the Parish of Havenstreet & Ashey, was home to the Island’s Annual Sheepdog Trials, sponsored by Red Funnel, with proceeds going to the Mountbatten Hospice. The event attracted 50 shepherds and their sheepdogs, and was watched by around 3,500 spectators.

Competitors flocked in from across the country, all receiving rosettes, and two Islanders reached the national standard. The event included exhibitions of countryside crafts, including coppicing, crook-making, and other rural skills.

Organiser, Louise Hart, said: “It was great to see so many spectators, and participants, enjoying and experiencing rural life whilst relaxing in the sun.”

Saturday’s winner was former Welsh Sheepdog Champion, Aled Owen, and Sunday’s winner was Jed Watson, with judges, Harry Plant and Tim Foster respectively. The course director was Noel Armstrong. Louise added: “Thanks to all volunteers involved, with the Goddard’s Bar and Classic Cakes supporting Mountbatten, and we look forward to next year’s event.”

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