International competitors are expected to flock to Staffin next week for a major event.
However, few if any, of those taking part are likely to be household names.
For next Friday will see around 60 sheep dogs taking part in the annual and hugely popular Staffin Trials at Ellishadder. The annual event will be judged by a man with an impressive pedigree himself.
Handlers from across Europe and the Home Nations - with former world, international and national champions among the stellar field – will be competing to try and get their hands on the coveted Staffin Sheepdog Trials Winner’s Shield.
All of those taking part will have to prove themselves before the expert eye of the 2010 Scottish Champion Scott Renwick, of Inverbroom Farm, Ullapool who will be judging the event.
According to this summer’s Staffin Newsletter the local event will in fact be the very the final day of the Hebridean Circuit which starts tomorrow (July 9) in Waternish before moving onto Uist on Monday, Harris on Tuesday, Shawbost in Lewis on the Wednesday and Lochs on Thursday. Then it’s back across the Minch to Skye and Staffin for the grand finale on Friday.
All money raised will go to a Skye-based cancer charity.
The trials’ organisers hope to have a good turnout of support and any contributions or help in any way are gladly appreciated with the usual stalls and catering set up.