Top dog wins all at trials
JAMIE Shipman, of Great Marlow, won all three events of the Maclean Show Society Cattle Dog Trials at the weekend.
Event organiser Robbie Sutherland said Mr Shipman's success came down to solid preparation.
"He won not only the Maiden and Novice events, but the Open as well," he said.
"Jamie puts a lot of time into working his dogs.
"He's a very keen competitor."
Although Mr Sutherland lucked out in the finals, he was happy with his score in the maiden round.
"I got a 95 in the first round and made the final with one of my old dogs - Jess," he said.
"But the wheels fell off in the finals," he laughed.
The Maclean Showground came alive, with more than 200 runs conducted over the weekend. Mr Sutherland explained how the dog trials worked.
"Firstly, the cattle are led into the arena. The competitor has to receive the cattle by bringing them into the square," he said.
"They then proceed on to the gate. The cattle have to pass through the gate before moving onto the next obstacle, which is the race.
"After the cattle travel through the race, the competitor then brings the cattle home by putting them in the pen," Mr Sutherland said.
"You have five minutes to do all of that."
Each competitor starts with 100 points, with each obstacle worth a certain amount of points.
"You lose points if things don't go smoothly with an obstacle, and points are also taken off if you go off course," he said.