At the Irish National Sheep Dog Trials 2012, recently held at Glebe Farm, Pettigo, more than 2000 visitors attended what was one of the more unique sporting events in the region during this year.
Whilst the sun shone at Glebe Farm, the weather was bringing additional luck to competitors from Donegal. For this event was the qualifying round for the national team to represent Ireland at the Internationals in Wales in September.
Competitors travelled from across the four corners of the island to win a place on the national team. With 15 men and their dogs scoring the highest scores of the competition, Donegal men, Davy Lyttle, Allistair Lyttle, James McCaffrey, Willie Gallagher & Seamus (Seamie) Robinson secured their places on the national team.
Amongst the thousands who attended, were spectators from across the island, in addition to several visitors who travelled from further afield. Trialling enthusiasts came from Austria, Wales, Scotland and England, whilst a number of visitors travelled from California, Vermont and Colorado to experience the trailing talent from Ireland.
Chair of the Pettigo Sheep Dog Society, David Lyttle could only but be delighted with the event. “We have delivered an event that competitor and visitor have enjoyed.” Chair of the International Sheep Dog Society, Jim Easton who travelled from the UK for the event, congratulated the local committee on the organisation of the event, the calibre of competitor as well as the excellent location and facilities for the event.
Team Ireland will travel to Wales to compete at the International Competition which starts this Thursday, 6th September for three days. Good luck to our men from Donegal who will be competing.
For more details regarding the International Sheep Dog Trials event visit www.isds.org.uk.