It is a long drive from Co. Wicklow to Co. Mayo but I set off at 5am on Sunday last, regardless. The Mayo annual ploughing championships were being held. At this event, the ploughing is the main attraction. However there are some sideshows also running here. There was a classic car show and a sheepdog trial running concurrently. of course, I had made the journey to Mayo to attend the sheepdog trial.
The sheepdog trial would run over the course of the whole day. I had 3 dogs with me, to compete with over the course of the day. In the time between running my dogs and letting out sheep for fellow competitors, I would slip off around the venue either to see the action of attend a food tent!
on one of these trips, I ran into Colman Cogan from Kilmovee in Co. Mayo. Colman ploughs in the traditional way, using two Ayrshire horses to pull his plough. I thought the back round was very interesting and so I asked Colman if he would allow me video the conversation. Colman consented and you can hear it in this link
Colman explained how he got interested in the horses and how his father and his uncle used horses to plough and deliver goods commercially in the past. you can find Colman on facebook under the name https://www.facebook.com/kilmovee.shirehorses
As things turned out, the sheepdog trial worked out quite well for me. My dog Bruce finshed up in second place in the Open Sheepdog Trial out of approximately 45 dogs. The prize money paid for a good dinner for three of us in Claremorris before we continued on our way home!