England: Elaine Hill
With Vicky Ibbotson winning with Hilston Sally and Hannah Taylor and Roo the runners up, the ladies topped the entry of 47 at the Trawden nursery held at Downham.
Sergio Perello judged the running, which was over a downhill course with a fetch of about 200 yards. Most gathered right-handed as a hedge corner two-thirds of the way down on the left could cause the dogs to cut in prematurely.
Although they tended to lean slightly to the left, the mixed shearlings were good to manage over the outfield but were tricky to pen.
At 43, Hannah and Roo took the lead gaining 72 points, a score which gave them their third second placing of the season, for at 46 Vicky and Sally went ahead.
For going a little deep at the start of her right-hand gather Sally (G. Blyth’s Stef, J. Richardson’s Staff) lost one point. She lifted her sheep without fault and had a good, steady fetch, although for her sheep drifting off-line to the left after the obstacle she lost three points.
Responding well to Vicky’s commands Sally had a good right-hand drive where four points were lost throughout for minor flaws.
Slight hesitation before the sheep went into the pen cost one point. Scoring 81, Vicky and Sally were the clear winners, their first win of the season after taking one title last year.
At the second Higher Whitley trial of the season John Ellis judged the entry of 40 dogs. Over a gently rising course, gathered mostly left-handed, the running was on manageable Welsh lambs. In the nursery class, Anni Ritakallio and Kipi, who won the previous day at Fylde and were the runner up at Slindon, took the lead with a good run which scored 86 points.
With the very last run, Barry Hopwood and Brenig Gwen, registered Gwawr (K Schwarze’s Peg, J.M. Jones’ Cymro) matched their score.
Whereas Kipi lost one point at the lift and two from the fetch, Gwen lost just two points from her fetch and therefore took her first title on an out-bye decision.
Again it was better out-bye work by one point which won the novice class. Jim Hussey and Highgate Hill took the lead at 14, gaining 85 points.
Two runs later David Whitehead and Omega Tom (D.G. Lightfoot’s Nell, J.E. Lightfoot’s Cap) also scored 85, but losing just a single point from his fetch put Tom in front. With a nice run, Rachael Helm won the beginner’s class with Star.
TRAWDEN, New Close Farm, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancashire (Judge, S. Perello, Caton) Nursery (47 ran) 1, V. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Hilston Sally, 81 of 90; 2, H. Taylor (Skelsmergh) Roo, 72; 3, C. Taylor (Clapham) Meg, 70 OLF; 4, W. Bell (Earby) Jack, 70; 5, J. Jackson (Downham) Nan, 70; 6, A. Foster (Cartmel Fell) Bill, 70.
HASLINGDEN Nursery trial, Grane Road, Haslingden (T. Western) 1, C. Kempson, Fleet, 82; 2, C. Mellin, Max, 81; 3, J. Cropper, Dan, 79; 4, J. Cropper, Glen, 78; 5, J. Palmer, Gill, 77; 6, S. Cropper, Sid, 74.
HIGHER WHITLEY, School Lane, Higher Whitley, Cheshire (J. Ellis, Whitchurch) Nursery (40 ran) 1, B. Hopwood (Mold) Brenig Gwen, 86 of 90 OLF; 2, A. Ritakallio (Neston) Kipi, 86; 3, B. Williams (Mold) Lad, 84; 4, A. Ritakallio, Champ, 82; 5, J. Whitelely (Mold) Wisp, 74; 6, D. Fitton (Bolton) May, 71. Novice, 1, D. Whitehead (Edgworth) Omega Tom, 85 of 90 OLF; 2, J. Hussey (Alderley Edge) Highgate Hill, 85; 3, G. Dermody (Nantwich) Mirk, 83. Beginner, R. Helm (Beeston) Star, 78.
FYLDE, Hollin Head Farm, Caton, Lancaster (S. Hey, Caton) Nursery (22 ran) 1, A. Ritakallio (Neston) Kipi, 75 of 90; 2, P. Noble (Quernmore) Tom, 74; 3, R. Fawcett (Hardraw) Ash, 73; 4, Tim Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 70 OLF; 5, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Oz, 70; 6, R. Atkins (Oakworth) Meg, 69.
NORTH WESTMORLAND, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith (D. Heron, Warcop) Nursery (42 ran) 1, P. Ellis (New Hutton) George, 86 of 90; 2, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Storm, 81; 3, M. Beaty (Laithes) Jim, 80 OLF; 4, Tim Longton, Rooten Brook Roy, 80; 5, J. Morgan (Workington) Braehead Trigger, 80; 6, J. Relph (Greystoke) Highfield Hank, 79. Novice, 1, T. Blease (Watermillock) Queen, 81 of 90; 2, N. McNally (Penton) Zac, 78; 3, L. Threlkeld (Greystoke) Killiebrae Pip, 77 OLF; 4, A. Bradley (Crosthwaite) Glenalla Raven, 77. New Handler, 1, B. Sendlhofer (Ambleside) Fleece; 2, E. Holliday (Wigton) Tweedale Midge.
RYEDALE, Baysdale Abbey Farm, Kildale (B. Bell, Hamsterley) Nursery (28 ran) 1, I. Murdoch (Sutton-on-the-Forest) Parksfarm Moss, 71 of 90; 2, J. Atkinson (Escrick) Wisk, 70; 3, P. Law (Hull) Roy, 70; 4, L. Morland (Hamsterley) Roy, 65; 5, B. Harland (Pickering) Glen, 61; 6, J. Read (Louth) Joe, 61.
SLINDON, Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire (B. Davies, Bryneglwys) Nursery (37 ran) 1, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Meg, 82 of 90; 2, A. Ritakallio (Neston) Kipi, 81; 3, R. Saxon (Crowden) Ben, 77; 4, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bonny, 70; 5, K. Dyszy (Corwen) Llangwyn Mag, 69; 6, M. Hallam (High Peak) Upland Cap, 68. Novice, 1, J. Lightfoot (Llandegla) Nan, 78 of 90; 2, J. Saxon (Crowden) Jill, 68; 3, G. Birchenall (Chinley) Dan, 67. Beginner, 1, R. Helms (Beeston) Star, 68.
WEST COUNTRY Nursery, Combeleigh, Weddon Cross (D. Cole, Bittaford) Maltese cross (13 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Spot, 57 of 70 OLF; 2, R. Slattery (Weddon Cross) Lash, 57; 3, J. Watson Huthwaite, Roy, 49; 4, J. Watson, Fleet, 48. Young handlers (two ran) 1, M. Ridge (Somerset) Mac, 35. New Handlers (three ran) 1, C. Snuggs (Dorset) Mo, 33; 2, M. Snuggs (Dorset) Lass, 28; 3, C. Snuggs, Nan, 22. Driving (J. Tucker, Brentor) (12 ran) 1, J. Watson, Jill, 63 of 100; 2, J. Harper (Jacobstowe) Parksfarm Moe, 60; 3, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Lee, 57; 4, T. Rofe (Chilla) Maggie, 56; 5, D. Cole (Bittaford) Jess, 51; 6, T. Rofe, Nan, 50.
NORTHUMBERLAND League, Lilburn, Wooler (D. Wallace, West Linton) Nursery (23 ran) 1, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Shasta, 78 of 100; 2, B. Jordan, Bozo, 76; 3, D. Henderson (Allendale) Jill, 76; 4, S. Smith (Seahouses) Gail, 74; 5, C. McNulty (Wooler) Kim, 68; 6, P. Telfer (Haydon Bridge) Kettle, 66. Best novice, C. McNulty, Kim. Best new handler, C. Pattinson (Bardon Mill) Jean.
WINDERMERE, Dry Howe, Selside, Kendal, Cumbria (G. Fearon, Borrowdale) Nursery (35 ran) 1, A. Temple (Holmrook) Jess, 67 of 90; 2, J. Bentham (Dent) Faye, 62; 3, M. Beaty (Laithes) Jim, 61; 4, D. Purdham (Holmrook) Jess, 60 OLF; 5, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Craig, 60; 6, A. Foster (Cartmel Fell) Bill, 58. New handler, 1, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip, 57.
NORTHERN, Downholme, Leyburn (B. Harland, Pickering) Nursery (40 ran) 1, J. Edgar (Consett) Redgate Dot, 68 of 90; 2, R. Hunter (Redmire) Dell, 67; 3, M. Shield (Timble) Bing, 65; 4, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Jock, 61 OLF; 5, I. Murdoch (Sutton-on-the-Forest) Parksfarm Moss, 61; 6, A. Baines, Tanhill Sally, 59. Committee novice, 1, B. Bell (Hamsterley) Ben, 56 of 90; 2, S. Atkinson (Waitby) Gem, 51; 3, P. Schellhorne (Ferryhill) Roy, 50.
TURTON Young Farmers, Clough Head, Haslingden, Lancashire (Thomas Longton, Quernmore) Nursery (31 ran) 1, C. Kempson (Cowpe) Fleet, 82 of 90; 2, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Rainow Max, 81; 3, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Dan, 79; 4, J. Cropper Glen, 78; 5, J. Palmer (Twiston) Gill, 77; 6, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Sid, 74.
MORETON, Station Farm, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire (V. Powell, Cold Ashby) Nursery (43 ran) 1, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Nip, 80 of 90; 2, B. Smith (Wytham) Roy, 79; 3, A. Tomkinson (Melton Mowbray) Dot, 77; 4, Amy Rouse (Hildersham) Floss, 77; 5, A. Tomkinson, Flint, 76; 6, E. Thornalley (Worlington) Moss, 76. Novice, 1, A. Blackmore, Spottie, 85 of 100; 2, J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Jo, 84 OLF; 3, J. Porter, Lad, 84; 4, K. Addington (Kettering) Dan, 71. Open, 1, B. Smith, Ben, 93 of 100; 2, R. Curtis (Grantham) Patch, 88; 3, C. Cassie (Lutterworth) Lady, 87.
SUSSEX, Wivelsden (E. Anstry) Nursery, 1, Ray Edwards (Chulmleigh) Mick, 81 of 100; 2, I. Wheeler, Don, 80; 3, Ray Edwards, Clyde, 78. Novice, 1, Ray Edwards, Kate, 77 of 100; 2, Ray Edwards, Jet, 76; 3, P. Gent, Enzo, 48. Best novice handler, P. Gent.
December 3. HOLME, Nursery, Clough Head, Grane Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 4AT, 9am start, enter on field, if running two dogs they must be booked in before 12 noon. TRAWDEN, Nursery, New Close Farm, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4DF, 9.30am start, enter on field, if running two dogs they must be booked in by 12 noon. FOXT and District, Nursery, novice and beginner, Staffordshire, ST10 2NG, re-scheduled after cancellation, 9am start, enter on field by 12 noon, catering, enquires, tel: 07817 716 414. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Nursery, novice and new handler, Totterbank, Crosthwaite, South Lakes, LA8 8HX, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, for three dogs two to be booked in by 12 noon, novice confined to Cumbria. RYEDALE, Nursery, Fridlington Farms, Sheriff Hutton, York, 10am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon.
December 4. NORTH LANCS, Nursery, novice and new handler, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EE, 9.30am start, enter on the field. NORTHERN, Nursery, committee novice and new handler, Villa Farm, Great Musgrave, Cumbria, CA17 4DP, about three miles from Kirkby Stephen on the B6259 Warcop road, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, more than three dogs first by 12 noon, only one after 1pm. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Nursery and new handler, Whitfield, NE47 8HR, 11am start, enter on field. RAINOW, Nursery, novice and beginner, Yearnslow Farm, Rainow, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 5XH, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, catering. WESSEX, Nursery and novice, venue TBC. WINDERMERE, Nursery and new handler, Dry Howe, Selside, signed off A6 north of Kendal, Cumbria, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm unless dogs are still running.
December 10. YORKSHIRE, Nursery, change of venue to Jackson Lane, Bradley, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD20 9HG. FYLDE, Nursery, change of venue to Meadow Court, Tarnwater Lane, Ashton with Stodday, Lancaster, LA2 0AH.
Wales: Christine Hall
THE south Wales county nurseries season ended last weekend, culminating in some high scoring dogs showing strong potential for the future.
The last Breconshire trial was held at Penclyn Farm. The drives proved quite difficult but the Welsh yearlings were generally well behaved.
Kevin Evans won the nursery class with Don and Wendy Jones took the novice class with Spark.
A sunny but chilly day greeted the Glos/Gwent members for their final trial held at Bromsberrow Heath. With a testing field and Welsh Cheviot ewes, the top nursery honours went to Angie Blackmore and Nip with kennelmate Rosewood Ren only three points behind in second place. Angie also won the novice class with Spottie.
At the Glamorgan trial, at Maeseglwys, most handlers chose a left-hand outrun but Robert Ellis sent Jim to the right. They lost only four points on the return to the post. A clean shed and pen saw him taking first place with nine points. Robert followed on with another good run with Peg, which earned them second place.
At the Carmarthenshire nursery at Llwynbedw, handlers braved a bitter wind to run on an undulating uphill course. The sheep were flighty and tended to take off with little persuasion. The winner of the nursery class was Meirion Jones, who had had a steady run with Nan which won them both the nursery and puppy class.
The Radnorshire nursery was run on an open course with a 300-yard outrun. The Welsh yearling ewes were light to handle around the course but behaved well under hand and penned easily.
Paul Tomkins was placed both first, with Lyn and second, with Roy.
The five best nursery class dogs from each county will run in the South Wales Nursery Final in Pembrokeshire on December 3.
BROMSBERROW HEATH GLOS/GWENT (Judge, Phil Thomas) Nursery, 1, A. Blackmore, Nip, 8; 2, A. Blackmore, Rosewood Ren, 11; 3, G. Jones, Craig, 28; 4, S. Currie, Sawmill Floss, 33; 5, N. Matthews, Mari, 39; 6, R. Mumford, Bryn yr Orsedd Jack, 40. Novice, 1, A. Blackmore, Spotty, 16; 2, B. Morgan, Sawmill Gwen, 22; 3, N. Matthews, Mari, 23; 4, A. Cooper, Lass, 25; 5, A. Blackmore, Cap, 27; 6, S. Currie, Vie, 34.
GLOS/GWENT NURSERY TEAM, 1, A. Blackmore, Rosewood Ren; 2, A. Blackmore, Nip; 3, G. Jones, Craig; 4, J. Garland, Sanduck Jake; 5, S. Currie, Sawmill Floss. Reserve, R. Mumford, Bryn yr Orsedd Jack.
MAESEGLWYS GLAMORGAN (Gerald Lewis) Nursery, 1, R. Ellis, Jim, 9; 2, R. Ellis, Peg, 13; 3, Carly Millichap, Lexi, 14 OLF; 4, D. Howells, Gwen, 14; 5, L. Bowden, Don, 15 OLF; 6, D. Howells, Rock, 15. Novice, 1, G. Coombs, Lass, 11 OLF; 2, D. Howells, Gwen, 11; 3, R. Ellis, Peg, 18; 4, L. Bowden, Don, 19; 5, R. Millichap, Max, 20; 6, R. Ellis, Jim, 21.
GLAMORGAN NURSERY TEAM, 1. R. Millichap, Dewi Max; 2, R. Ellis, Jim; 3, D. Millichap, Bill; 4, R. Ellis, Bryn yr Orsedd Peg; 5, D. Howells, Gwen. Reserve, Carly Millichap, Dewi Lexi.
NANTMEL RADNORSHIRE (Rhys Jones) Nursery, 1, P. Tomkins, Foxridge Roy, 13; 2, B. Pugh, Roy, 18; 3, K. Haker, Fynydd Elsa, 32; 4, G. Powell, Mott, 47; 5, P. Tomkins, Lyn, 48; 6, A. Price, Mirk, 52. Novice, 1, B. Lewis, Fan, 20; 2, K. Haker, Holly, 41.
RADNORSHIRE NURSERY TEAM, 1. P. Tomkins, Lyn; 2, P. Tomkins, Roy; 3, M. Owen, Denwyn Annie; 4, K. Haker, Fynydd Elsa; 5, B. Pugh, Roy. Reserve, G. Powell, Mott.
LLWYNBEDW CARMARTHENSHIRE, Nursery, 1, M. Jones, Nan, 14; 2, N. Watkins, Fly, 17; 3, A. Sharpe, Stig, 26; 4, L. Williams, Ned, 31; 5, N. Watkins, Queen, 39; 6, S. Lewis, Jess, 52. Puppy class, 1, M. Jones, Nan, 14; 2, S. Lewis, Jess, 52; 3, M. Hemmings, Penny, 54; 4, S. Lewis, Gwen, 71.
CARMARTHENSHIRE NURSERY TEAM, 1, M. Jones, Nan; 2, L. Williams, Ned; 3, S. Lewis, Gwen; 4, S. Lewis, Jess; 5, N. Watkins, Fly. Reserve, M. Hemmings, Penny.
PENCLYN FARM BRECONSHIRE, Nursery, 1, K. Evans, Don 6; 2, K. Evans, Jim, 9; 3, R. Games, Moss, 12; 4, R. Jones, Rex, 13; 5, W. Jones, Moss, 14; 6, I. Jones, Ben, 17. Novice, 1, Wendy Jones, Spark, 19; 2, D, Jones, Jock, 21; 3, B. Howson, Val, 25; 4, K. Harley, Fly, 33. Beginner class, 1, G. Davies, Holly, 17; 2, G. Davies, Jess, 18; 3, A. Jones, Holly, 27.
BRECONSHIRE NURSERY TEAM, 1, K. Evans, Jim; 2, K. Evans, Don; 3, R. Games, Moss; 4, W. Jones, Moss; 5, V. Davies, Fly. Reserve, D. Evans, Kemi Tess.
TYNWERN CEREDIGION NURSERY (Daniel Jarman) National, 1, J. Evans, Scot, 16; 2, J. Price, Sam, 19; 3, D. Jenkins, Bill, 24; 4, G. Davies, Bill, 27; 5, E.L. Morgan, Craig, 30. Young handler, 1, E. Hope, Floss; 2, D. Jenkins, Bill. South Wales style, 1, J. Davies, Alf, 9; 2, D. Jenkins, Bill, 10; 3, E.L. Morgan, Craig, 11; 4, D. Rees, Meg, 12; 5, R. Davies, Nel, 13; Young handler, D. Jenkins.
PEMBROKESHIRE NURSERY TEAM, 1, J. Bowen, Tess; 2, C. Ridge, Blue; 3, I. Harries, Preseli Fly; 4, T. Harries, Meg; 5, A. Morgan, Spot; Reserve, C. Soar, Mali.
December 3. SWSDTA NURSERY CHAMPIONSHIP, New Inn, St Florence, Pembrokeshire, SA70 8NR, catering, eye testing, start 8am, contact Claire Ridge, tel: 01437 563 228/07773 192 283.
December 6. POWYS NURSERY AND NOVICE CHAMPIONSHIP, Griffin Lloyd Farm, LD7 1SL, start 8.30am, contact J. Simmons, tel: 01874 754 397.
December 10. ALL WALES NURSERY CHAMPIONSHIP, Blaenglowon Fawr, Talgarreg, SA44 4EX, catering, start 8am, contact Claire Ridge, tel: 01437 563 228/07773 192 283.
Scotland: Sine Robertson
George Simpson again led the north nursery trial, taking the top two places at Durness this week, with Whisp and Lad, respectively.
The Cheviot gimmers behaved well on an uphill course and the main mistakes were merely caused by the inexperience of the young dogs.
Whisp ran out and lifted well, fetched them down the course and put them away on the first leg of the drive. The turn through the gate was a little wide but the cross-drive went well and a clean pen and shed set the seal on the winning run.
Lad worked well outbye and on the course until the sheep slipped by the cross-drive gate. Again, a clean pen and shed completed the work.
The crossed ewes ran well on the challenging open course at Balintore. The brae face rises on to level ground before it rises again, and a central patch of rough and rocky ground creates a natural obstacle.
Some young dogs were drawn in on their outrun, but most reached their sheep and fetched them down. The ewes stuck together well and it was not easy to separate them at the shed or to avoid their rejoining.
Two well controlled runs from Alan Wilkie’s Jim and Ian Brownlie’s Tib took a narrow lead over a closely packed list.
Irish-bred Jim ran out well, but took an additional command at the top of the course to reach his sheep. He fetched and drove well, with minor wavers, and finished the winning run with a clean chute and shed.
Tib worked well outbye, but the line of the cross-drive wavered before the sheep went through the gate. A clean chute and a good shed completed the run in second place.
BALINTORE (Judge, N. McEwan, Glenesk) Nursery (26 ran) 1, A. Wilkie (Lintrathen) Jim, 93; 2, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Tib, 92; 3, A.D. Carnegie (Comrie) Groesfaen Nap, 91; 4, I.M. Brownlie, Lia, 89; 5, M. Magnusson (Ardormie) Murphy, 88; 6, K. Howlett (Comrie) Tess, 87. Novice (5 ran) 1, N. Boyne (Glenlochay) Mirk, 83.
DURNESS (G. Nicholson, Lairg) Nursery (21 ran) 1, G. Simpson (Forgue) Whisp, 84; 2, G. Simpson (Forgue) Lad, 80; 3, N. Sutherland (Strathnaver) Hill, 78 Outbye; 4, G. Simpson (Forgue) Groesfaen Mac, 78; 5, W. Cormack (Dunnet) Jill, 61; 6, I. MacDonald (Staffin) Zoe, 60.