MEG

MEG (ISDS 282283)

2012 RESERVE WELSH CHAMPION,
2012, 2013, 2014 Welsh Team member, International
2011: Welsh team member, World Sheepdog Trials
10 wins and 66 placings in Open trials

Sire: Geri Bryne's Ted (ISDS 238717)
Dam: Geri Bryne's Killiebrae Lyn (ISDS 246238)
DOB: 18 August 2005

DNA CEA Normal; DNA TNS Normal; SN carrier
BVA hip score = 14
Pedigree is here
Meg's Trial Results Diary here

 


Meg was purchased as an 8-week-old pup and was Angie's first trial dog. Meg was a top-class bitch (limited only by the ineptitude of her novice handler!). She was a porsche to run - oodles of class and power (sometimes too much for light sheep!). Meg was strong, stylish, focused, always keen, and never gave in or gave up. She had a huge engine and desire to work. She was also very quick with a strong, natural outrun. Very direct on her sheep, she would walk straight on to any kind of sheep. She was simply the best!

Meg and Angie both started their trial careers in 2008 and won their first trial in May of that year. This was a very special win as it was Angie's first year competing, first Open trial win, and it was on a big hill course in Scotland (well, it looked big at the time).

It took another year for them to win their second Open trial in early May 2009 but not long afterwards, Meg suffered a toe injury and did not run again that season.

In 2010, Meg came back to the trial field and posted a series of consistent performances with her best peroformances coming on the bigger courses.

In July 2010 she qualified for the firs time for the Selattyn Double Fetch Trial (Cymdeithas Bugeiliaid y Berwyn). She finished 12th overall when Angie had no idea how to do an international shed! She also performed well in the Clun and Berriew trials, and finished 6th on the big Talgerreg Double fetch course.

At the 2010 Welsh National, she finished 6th on her day (there was no run-off for the 3 6th placed finishers that year) - just missing the Welsh team for the International, but qualifying her for the 2011 World Sheepdog Trials.

The 2011 year started and ended with wins at Market Gate and Tynwern Trials, respectively, and inbetween Meg posted very good performances at Llangadog, Lesmahagow (Scotland), Clun, and Mynyddislwyn.

Once again she ran well at the Selattyn trial finishing 2nd in qualifying behind Ricky Hutchinson and a young Sweep, and went on to finish 5th in the double fetch final... completing their first international shed.

At the World Trial, Meg finished 10th on her field in qualifying, thus missing the semi-final.

A year of mixed fortunes greeted us in 2012. The beginning of the season started promising before Meg tore a ligament in her shoulder. After 6 weeks off, Meg came back to finish 6th at the Glanusk trial two weeks before the national and was rested and given intensive physiotherapy for another 10 days leading up to the national. Two days before the national, I tested Meg's shoulder and decided she would start at the national.

The national course was exceptional with its steep uphill outrun. It was a course for a fit Meg but I thought, not for an unfit one! I was wrong. The uphill took a little bit out of Meg making her a little easier for me to handle (she was often too strong for my skill level). She put up a lovely run until the sheep almost beat us at the pen. With 45 seconds to go, she penned the sheep with the grit and determination that typified Meg's character, and with 3 seconds to go, she completed the single. Exciting...and stressful, all in one.

It wasn't until 10 o'clock that night that I saw the results and found out we had won the day...and off to the runoff we would go the next day.

Running first in the runoff, Meg put up a terrific run. We had to fight hard and take a risk in the single, but Meg got the job done. I was very proud of my little champion. We finished as Reserve Welsh Champions and our first time on the Welsh team for an International.

Off to Cardiff we went and what a disaster! Poor Meg had to put up with my terrible handling. Oh well. Enough said.

Meg missed much of the 2013 year with a dislocated toe injury. She ran at the National, once again finishing sixth on her day and having to compete in the Reserve runoff - which she won by 37 points (on a shortened course of OLF, shed and pen). This made her the Reserve for the Welsh team at the 2013 International at Stoneleigh Park in England.

In 2014, Meg posted wins at Wirsall and Llanwrtyd Wells, and placings at our favourite Clun and Berriew trials. She also posted another placing on the Talgarreg Double fetch trial.

In her final year of trialling, 2015, Meg was lightly trialled but once again performed well at Talgarreg, Berriew and Libanus trials. At the National she finished 3rd on her day, qualifying her for her final Welsh team at the International and off to Scotland we went.

Since we started trialling together in Scotland, and with Meg being 10 years old, I had decided to retire Meg immediately after the International. At the International, we did the best we could but it wasn't good enough on the day, and so that brought to a close Meg's trialling career.

At 14 years of age, Meg is still in good health.

Meg also has an enviable breeding record. She had 4 litters, 21 pups in total. Fourteen pups went to 'trialling' homes. Of these 14, 13 have won or placed in trials, including Kinloch Sioux and Tina from her first litter; Kinloch Cian, Jenna and Steffi from her second litter; Kinloch Penny, Keeper, Kobe, Scott and Wynn from her third litter; and Kinloch Mazi, Pippi and Jet from her final litter.

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