MacCuish the Kintyre master at sheepdog trials

Alex MacCuish and his two dogs with his haul of Kintyre trophies.
Alex MacCuish and his two dogs with his haul of Kintyre trophies.

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Skipness man Alex MacCuish is celebrating after his most successful series of sheepdog trials to date.

Both the Kintyre and Skipness trials were held at Chapel Park, Skipness, last weekend, thanks to Skipness Estate.

The Kintyre trial took place on Friday with more than 50 competitors running on mule gimmers, which could be a bit feisty at times.

The judge was Roddy MacDermid, Cairndow.

The open class was won by Annette Oloffson, Forfar, with her dog Fred, while Alex had a clean sweep of all Kintyre trophies with his dog Andy.

The Skipness trial was held the following day, with a turnout of 50 competitors.

The judge was Dick Docherty from the Isle of Bute.

The open class was won by Neil MacVicar, Dunoon, with his dog Pete and, again, Alex had a clean sweep of all Kintyre trophies with his dog Mirk.

Alex told the Courier he was ‘quite happy’ with the result, adding: ‘I don’t think I’ve ever won all the cups before although I’ve won various of them on different occasions.’

Organisers deemed it a very successful weekend with favourable weather on both days.

Catering was provided by Skipness Seafood Cabin.