South Africa now able to travel to the UK with our dogs to compete. For more click here
Sadly 2 dogs are unable to compete and have been replaced by the handlers' chosen alternate dogs.The team to represent South Africa in the 2014 World Trials is as follows:
1. FAANSIE BASSON - JILL 2. FAANSIE BASSON - DON 3. HENRY VAN DER MERWE - LASS (MOSS) 4. ANDREW PHILIP - FLINT 5. RAGNI PRETORIUS - GINA (JAY). RESERVE - ELSIE JAMMY - BECCA
The team will be leaving our shores on 27 August. They will be afforded a couple of training sessions on Welsh grounds on the farms of Angie Driscoll and Sue Main (Both judged in SA) before making their way to Tain Scotland for the start of the qualifying rounds on 3 September. Follow them on the ISDS link on their website www.isds.org.uk or www.worldsheepdogtrials.org.uk
Our team are there! They spent a few days stretching their legs and their dogs' paws in the pleasant company of Angie Driscoll and Sue Main. Tues 2 September was the parade of the world teams through the streets of Tain with our most fervent supporter Claire Taylor waving the flag alongside.
Wed Sept 3 Qual Rounds The top 7 from each of the 3 fields over 2 days go through to the semi finals on Fri 5 September. Pics as available on World trial page. Trials>UK World trials
Field 1 Ragni Pretorius - Gina. Bad Ewe jumped pen. Time out - no single. 93/220
Field 2 Faansie Basson - Jill Difficult cross drive gate dog circled around sheep - 167/220 Not qualified
Thurs Sept 4 Field 1 Faansie Basson - Don missed X drive gates - 134 - Met Princess Anne >)
Field 2 Henry van der Merwe - Lass completed course, but missed drive gates. - 142 Not qualified
Field 3 Andrew Philip - Flint Called off. Very sadly Flint did not stop and circled sheep. So very sorry Andrew.
And now our team can relax and enjoy the remainder of the WT as spectators. It was our first time under those conditions but not our last. Coming back stronger. And soon the SA Champs. See you all there.
The team at the Parade in Tain, Scotland with fervent and dedicated supporter Claire Taylor