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The Open trial was run over one day at Sweethope Farm, near Kelso.

Our farmer Mr David Fuller-Shapcott and his wife Alison were more than helpful on this very busy farm. David not only had a ‘plan B’ if some of the land was not available to us, but a ‘plan C’ as well. We had the base at Smailholm Village Hall, a short drive from the farm, and this was a very satisfactory venue.

I would like to thank the judges – Sheila Shearer, Brian Glasgow and Helen Watson - for giving up their time, and hope that they had an enjoyable time.

I would also like to thank all those who helped at the trial, both before, during and after the trial. Thank you to Jackie for organising the catering, to Colin, Fiona and Lorraine for track laying, to Rachel and Tom for search stewarding, and to David, who had not been too well.

I will leave the individual judges to thank their helpers in more detail.



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