Derek Scrimgeour’s Ben – 220939

Close-up of Ben with his head down, approaching some sheep
Derek Scrimgeour's Ben 220939 - a Killibrae dog

BEN was 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.

A rough coated Border Collie (Dot) lying on a steep bank, looking into the distance

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.

Sheepdog confronting sheep on some rocks
Killibrae Ben confronts some Swaledale Sheep on a rocky outcrop in Cumbria

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 DVDs and then decide to buy Derek's book "Talking Sheepdogs"

Ben's Pedigree
Date of Birth: 17th June 1998

2002 English National Team Member
BEN 220939
D. Scrimgeour
1993 Irish National Team Member
TASS 195299
D. Cahill
1984 / 88 / 89 Irish National Champion
PIP 124578
Tim Flood
1978 Irish Nat. Champion SCOT 57965 T. FloodIrish Nat.Dr.Ch.RISP 45699 J. Brady
Irish Nat.Dr.Ch.NELL 43414 M. O'Neil
MIDGE 99535 T. FloodROY 58455 T. Flood
MEG 72167 T. Flood
GALE 165148
O. Brennan
CHIP 152156 J. J. McSwigganInt.Br.Ch CHIP 77779 J. J. McSwiggan
SNIP 139016 J. J. McSwiggan
LASSIE 139121 Mrs B. DoyleROY 96930 Mrs D. Moore
MIST 112263 M.J. McNally
BESS 162734
M. Corry
SWEEP 100279
T. J. Quirke
NAP 57766 T. J. QuirkeNAP 17398 R. A. Sheane
FLO 34065 R. A. Sheane
DOT 91203 T. J. QuirkeIrish Team Member MOSS 40688 G. L. Pennefather
SUE 84199 P. J. Doherty
BESS 101767
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.

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