Scottish internationalist at Staffin Sheepdog Trials next week

A TWO-TIMES Scottish internationalist will preside over the competition at the Staffin Sheepdog Trials next week.

As ever there will be a stellar field of handlers and sheepdogs from the UK and Ireland – and further afield – who will converge at Ellishadder for the popular annual event, which is part of the Hebridean Circuit.

Invergarry handler Mike McNally who has represented Scotland twice, is the judge in Staffin for the popular family event which attracts a significant crowd of local people and visitors and has been running for several years, raising thousands of pounds for charity in the process.

It is a very scenic course, close to the route of the old single-track A855 Staffin-Portree road, with views to the Trotternish Ridge, including Beinn Edra and the Quiraing.

Action from a previous trials in Staffin.

Organiser Ian MacDonald said that there would be hot food available and fundraising for Cancer Research with the event starting at 9am on Friday, July 19.

Ian said it promised to be day of keen competition and there would be a range of nationalities amongst the field of handlers trying to get their hands on the prestigious Lord of the Isles trophy. “We hope that we will have the usual amazing support of the community for what we all know is a very worthwhile cause indeed,” he said.