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Shilnavogie Sheepdog Trial returns and is celebrating 30 years of the rural community event

Photographs: Bo Davidson

Three years after the last event, the Shilnavogie Sheepdog Trial returns this week to the beautiful Antrim Hills.

The event, which is celebrating 30 years, is open strictly to amateur handlers of all ages and stages, and as in previous years, the £5 entry fee will be in aid of charity Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.

Last held in 2019, just under 30 competitors took part in exercising their skills with some very testing Cheviot ewes, and raised £1,100 for the worthy cause. The overall winner was Martin Agnew from Loughdoo with his dog Mia.

Shilnavogie Sheepdog Society present Grace Williams of Air Ambulance NI with a cheque for £1,100.

Others who were placed included first time runner Robert Hamilton from Carnalbanagh with his dog Meg in second place, Darren Johnston from Aughaboy with dog Kate in third placed, Katie McKeegan from Glenarm with dog Jess in fourth place, Michael McGarel from Carnlough with Kate, and in sixth place was Danny O’Boyle from Waterfoot with his dog Nell.

The Shilnavogie Amateur Sheepdog Trial will take place on Saturday 10 September 2022, at 21 Shilnavogie Road, BT44 0BW, beginning at 12 noon sharp.

For more information, visit the event Facebook page @shilnavogiesheepdogtrial or telephone 07484 678 403 or 028 2568 4251.


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