This year’s Championship took place at Lauder on the Scottish Boarders on two different estates; the judges were Bill Ferguson, Mark Bettinson, Nigel Rowson and Dermot Donnelly. The weather over the three days was very cold indeed. Burncastle Estate was the venue for the first day; the ground had been well prepared with plenty of game available to the Forty four dogs and handlers. The Steward of the Beat and Head Keeper was Colin Adamson.
The Trial took place in a narrow valley where the line was formed over to the left and the spectators walked on a track to the right. The day began on frozen bracken banks heavily laden with snow moving at noon, when the sun made a brief appearance, into a crop of oil seed rape, finishing the day on a drive from the hill tops to the left.
Twenty eight dogs were called forward to the second day which was held at the Tollishill Estate were the Steward of the Beat and Head Keeper was Gary Wright.
Six dogs and handlers lined up for the concluding day, which again took place at the Burncastle Estate. All the dogs were put into the middle of the line and moved slowly through the crop. The first shot was fired and within minutes two dogs had been eye wiped, leaving just 4 dogs to compete for the ‘Championship Challenge Cup’.
WINNER: Mr N Bayley's Craighorn Abbey
2nd: Mr W L Steel's FTCh Leadburn Viceroy
3rd: Mrs S Halstead's FTCh Levenghyl Silvercloud of Drakeshead
4th: Mrs S Reid's FTCh Hillus Cyde handed by Mr W G Steel
Running time 181 mins.
Filmed and produced by Paul French Video with commentary by Dr Gareth Davies.