Alasdair has been around border collies almost his entire life. He grew up on a farm in Lochailort, Scotland. As a boy of eight, he got his first border collie. While he did not have him trained for sheep, Alasdair trained Pal to do almost everything else. From playing soccer (both offense and defense!) to hide and seek, and every trick an eight year old can imagine, Pal was a tremendous companion and friend. Their relationship gave Alasdair great insight into the complexity and extraordinary ability of these dogs.
At eighteen Alasdair was hired as a single shepherd. It was his first day of work when he saw Norman McEwan work his dog on the hill. From that moment forward Alasdair decided to train and trial border collies. Alasdair could not afford a trained or well bred dog and therefore ended up purchasing dogs that were rejected by farmers or handlers in Great Britain as not useful. It was largely because he had to sort these dogs in his early years that Alasdair became so gifted at training dogs to their absolute potential–adapting his style to the individual dog to end up with the best the dog can be. He spent two years on the Duke of Northumberland Estates with Kenny Bremmer and it was working with Kenny where Alasdair learned what it meant to have a well trained dog.
The rest, as they say, is history. Alasdair is eight time USBCHA National Finals Champion and has won every major title (many multiple times) in both the U.S. and Great Britain. He and his wife, Patricia breed, train, trial and sell dogs professionally. They both participate in trials across the U.S. with their own dogs as well as trialing customer dogs. Patricia got her first puppy six years ago and has trained and competed for almost five years. She has qualified multiple times for the National Finals, has won multiple open trials and works with Alasdair as much as time permits.
Alasdair and Patricia currently live just outside Mountain View, AR at Patricia’s parents ranch where they train dogs and raise sheep and a few cattle. They are in the process of buying a farm and hope to be settled in their new location the first of 2007.
Below are some of the highlights of Alasdair’s esteemed
career, unprecedented in the United States:
Scottish National Champion, 1984
Reserve Supreme International Champion, 1990
Reserve Supreme International Champion, 1992
International Supreme Champion, 1993
BBC One Man and His Dog, 1994
Purina Dog of the Year, 1996, 1997, 1998
USBCHA Finals Champion, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
USBCHA Nursery Finals Champion 2004
While there are too many championships to list, below
are some of the major U.S. trials Alasdair has won, most multiple times:
Texas Winter Olympics
NC State Championships
Moultrie Sunbelt Expo
Buellton Master’s Cup
GA US Open
North American Championship
Ontario Triple Crown
Etterick Kennel Stockdog Trial