BEN is the Cornerstone of Killibrae Sheepdogs & star of Derek Scrimgeour's Sheepdog Training Book: "Talking Sheepdogs"
Before his retirement, Ben was a tremendous hill and trial dog - kind but very positive in his handling of the sheep. He was equally at home working on Derek's Lonscale Farm near Keswick in Cumbria or at the most important sheepdog trials in the world.
This photograph of Ben was used as the cover picture on Derek's book "Talking Sheepdogs". Along with many of the other pictures in the book, it was taken by Andy Nickless.
Ben also proved to be a worthy stud dog for Derek and was a cornerstone of the Killibrae breeding line, producing trials winning offspring including Mike Hubbard's Killibrae Tim and Denis Jenkins' Dell of Killibrae.
Ben was the Sire of Andy's first sheepdog, Dot and one of our real favourite sheepdogs, Pearl. Dot showed promise as a nursery trials dog but her special talent was driving sheep and farm work. She eventually went to work driving cattle on a ranch in Idaho USA. Pearl is currently in retirement in Northamptonshire.
Ben was fifth in the 2002 Supreme International Sheepdog Championships and he won one of Englands most difficult double lift trials, Jim Cropper's notorious Deerplay Hill, at Bacup in Lancashire, twice. He also won the Yorkshire Championship. He was a very brave dog and could handle even the most awkward cattle.
Derek Scrimgeour is a superb sheepdog trainer and handler but his training methods are not always compatible with ours. Please bear this in mind if you've read our sheepdog training page or watched our sheepdog training DVD and then decide to buy Derek's book "Talking Sheepdogs"
| 2002 English National Team Member|
|1993 Irish National Team Member|
|1984 / 88 / 89 Irish National Champion|
|1978 Irish Nat. Champion SCOT 57965 T. Flood||Irish Nat.Dr.Ch.RISP 45699 J. Brady|
|Irish Nat.Dr.Ch.NELL 43414 M. O'Neil|
|MIDGE 99535 T. Flood||ROY 58455 T. Flood|
|MEG 72167 T. Flood|
|CHIP 152156 J. J. McSwiggan||Int.Br.Ch CHIP 77779 J. J. McSwiggan|
|SNIP 139016 J. J. McSwiggan|
|LASSIE 139121 Mrs B. Doyle||ROY 96930 Mrs D. Moore|
|MIST 112263 M.J. McNally|
T. J. Quirke
|NAP 57766 T. J. Quirke||NAP 17398 R. A. Sheane|
|FLO 34065 R. A. Sheane|
|DOT 91203 T. J. Quirke||Irish Team Member MOSS 40688 G. L. Pennefather|
|SUE 84199 P. J. Doherty|
T. J. Quirke
|English Team Member|
TONY 66922 D. Carlton
|Int.Dr.Ch. SWEEP 39603 J. Richardson|
|JACE 62098 T. Iley|
|1978 Eng Nat Br Champion|
BESS 89022 T. Longton
|ROY 69452 M. H. Arthur|
|NELL 41732 N. Woods|
|With thanks to Roy Goutte for compiling the pedigree and to the International Sheep Dog Society for permission to reproduce it here.|