Ettrick Valley’s Bobby Dalziel is the new Scottish champion sheepdog triallist.
The six-time national winner gained 206 points with his seven-year-old collie Joe to take the title in the rain at Ruecastle Farm, near Jedburgh at the weekend.
Mr Dalziel said: “The sheep were good - and not so good - but that’s what happens in trialling. They behaved reasonably well.”
His winning dog Joe was his partner winning the Scottish national two years ago and an international in 2006
Also qualifying for this year’s team is Mr Dalziel’s nine-year-old Spot, similarly a previous Scottish national winner, who notched up 173 points (olf 82) at the weekend.
The international will take place at Tain in Ross and Cromarty in September. And if Mr Dalziel could have his way he’d wish for : “A hill type course - though I know it won’t be - and just nice, not too warm, not too cold and no rain - that would be ideal”
The team of 15 going forward from Scotland also includes Coldingham’s Cameron Dickson who goes through on 175 points with Scott.