Son Mesquida is a small hamlet near Felanitx. For the last nine years, this pueblo has been organising annual sheepdog trials. A championship was held yesterday with the participation of shepherds and their dogs from Manacor, Pollença, Selva and Felanitx, as well as from Catalunya and the País Basc.
It was greatly entertaining to watch the proceedings. The participating sheep were traditional Ovelles Mallorquines, whereas the dogs were varied in their pedigrees, sizes, shapes and levels of obedience. The overall winner was Hilari Novillo, the guest from Catalunya, with his dog, Caliu (see photo). Hilari was declared campió dels campions. Miquel Adrover from Felanitx and his dog, Susto, came second, whilst Guillem Lliteres from Manacor, with his dog, Eixut, came third. The young man from the land of the Basques came fifth.
After the competition, paella marinera was served for all and sundry. ¡Bon profit!
The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: December 8th, 2009. The time was 13:05:54.