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Glenravel and District Working Sheepdog Society Celebrate their 75th Anniversary  

This year’s 2023 trial marked 75 years of Glenravel and District  Working Sheepdog Society. We believe this trialis the oldest running trial on the island of Ireland. To mark the milestone, the committee  decided to donate all the proceeds of the trial to a local charity called Angels Wishes.

Friday night kicked off the local novice class with Seamus Gallagher and Dan taking the top spot with JP Mc Fadden and June in a close second. Paudie McKillop and Becca took 3rd spot on the evening.

The main trial got underway on Saturday morning at 8 am with Peter OgMorgan in the judging seat. The sheep remained very consistent from the start of the trial to end with the mule hoggets proving hard to pen and shed.  

Shannon Conn and Rick took top prize in the Intermediate with 61 points with Paudie McKillop and Tide taking a close second on 60 point. James P McKee and Becca put up an excellent run in the OpenTrial scoring 90 points. Alastair Lyttle then a little later put up the winning run scoring 93 points to take top spot in the Open trial. Tommy Long and Gem took 3rd on 88 points. Before prize giving John Paul Mc Fadden thanked all the sponsors and everyone who helped make the fundraising trial a huge success for 2023 . 

See below full trialreport  
Local Novice                                                                      

1st = S Gallagher & Dan; 2nd = JP Mc Fadden & June; 3rd = P Mc Killop & Becca  

Intermediate  

1st = S Conn & Rick 61 pts; 2nd = P Mc Killop & Tide 60 pts; 3rd = K McDowell & Fly  46 pts 

Open  

1st = A Lyttle & TWM 93 pts; 2nd = JP Mc Kee & Becca 90 pts; 3rd = T Long & Gem 88 pts OLFD; 4th = L Conn & Tess 88 Pts OLFD; 5th = J Mc Closkey & Dollar 84 pts; 6th = J Maginn & Jess 83 pts  

Special Prizes  

Best Outrun lift Fetch = K Mc Cullough & Cap  

Neill Mc Quillian Memorial Cup = P Mc Killop &Tide  

Highest Pointed 2 Dogs = J Mc Closkey  

Highest Co Antrim dog = E Mc Auley & Tam  

Young handler award = S Fegan  

The Roger Crawford Cup = E Mc Auley & Tam  

John Mc Naughton Memorial Cup ( new Cup) A Lyttle& TWM

Alastair Lyttle who won this years Open Trial at the Glenravel & District Working Sheepdog Soeciety 75th anniversary trials at McFadden’s Farm, receives his prize from Colette Mc Fadden
John McFadden presents a cheque for £5095 (proceeds of the at the Glenravel & District Working Sheepdog Soeciety 75th anniversary trials at McFadden’s Farm) to Susie McKeown (left) and her daughter Cora of the Angel Wishes charity. Included are fellow members of the Glenravel & District Sheepdog Society.
John McFadden presents a cheque for £5095 (proceeds of the at the Glenravel & District Working Sheepdog Society 75th anniversary trials at McFadden’s Farm) to Cora McKeown of the Angel Wishes charity.
Shannon Conn, winner of the Intermediate section at the Glenravel & District Working Sheepdog Society 75th anniversary trials at McFadden’s Farm, receives her award from Collettee McFadden
The McNaughton family from Loughgiel who presented the John McNaughton Memorial Cup in memory of thier late father who was a lifelong member of the Glenravel & District Working Sheepdog Society.
Winner of the Novice Dog section Seamus Gallagher at the Glenravel & District Working Sheepdog Society 75th anniversary trials at McFadden’s Farm.
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Maurice Bradley