At the Holme Society’s final nursery of the season held on Saturday (February 4), Jim Cropper won the trial with Dan before taking the championship title with Glen.
Set over the lower slopes of Deerplay Hill, the good sized course was mostly gathered left-handed where the dogs followed the wall, for to the right there was open ground.
Driving was to the right, with a long first leg and most struggled to keep a good line, which was just behind the fetch obstacle, over the cross drive. In the trial the running was on three Hebrideans which were quite good to manage provided the dogs kept off them. At the pen a few packets walked straight in but mostly they proved difficult to secure.
Consequently some were out of time before they were able to take the single. Jim Scrivin judged the trial entry of 35 along with the concluding championship of six contenders.
Jim and Dan (J.Fothergill’s Meg, R. Hutchinson’s Sweep) ran at 18. They had a good start losing two points from their gather, one from their lift and three down the fetch.
Mainly for being low over the cross drive they lost six points. A clean finish at the pen and single gave a score of 88 which was five points clear of runners up Alf Kyme and Dan who ran at 20.
Drawn first in the championship where the running was on four sheep with a split after the pen, Jim and Trigger set the standard gaining 84 points. This score stood top until Jim ran Glen (S. Thexton’s Gyp, J. Cropper’s Nidderdale Nidd) at five. For stopping short and needing whistling on at the end of this outrun Glen lost four points. He had a very good lift where just one point was deducted and an excellent fetch where only one further point was lost.
Although low over the cross drive he caught the tricky to negotiate last obstacle well and lost eight points in total for line.
After a clean pen Glen lost one point at the split to gain 85 points and take the championship title. Last to the post Thomas Longton and Storm were going well but after keeping an excellent line over the cross drive they missed the hurdle which cost them the title and with 82 points they were placed third.
On Saturday, the Northern Association hosted the inter-club contest with Northumberland at Hamsteels Hall, Quebec.
The gentle downhill gather could be taken either way although left was the safer option as the ground fell away to the right and the dogs were lost from sight if they ran wide.
Worked in packets of four the Swaledale hoggs were quite good to manage although as they were turned out to a bucket some were slow to lift.
Philip Exelby judged the two teams of 11 nursery dogs along with one new handler representing each society.
In last year’s contest competing on home ground luck was not with Northumberland and the Northern Association were the clear winners. This year however, Northumberland was the stronger team and with 800 points was well clear of Northern’s score of 726.
Four of the top six placings went to Northumberland team members. Keith Preston and Mac took the lead with run eight gaining 82 points. Their score was matched by Mike Northwood’s Llangwn Floyd (A. Owen’s Gypsy and Llangwn Cap) running at 11.
After a clean gather, Floyd lost one point from his lift. For line he lost six points from his fetch and 10 over his driving. One sheep put its head up the side of the pen before going in costing one point and the trial was concluded with a clean shed.
Losing one point less from their out-bye work gave Mike and Floyd the title. Running at 15 for Northern, Malcolm Metcalfe and Jim were having the winning run but being timed out at the shed, where the sheep could be difficult to separate, put them in third place on 81 points.
The two new handlers ran at lunchtime and, with a better pen, Emma Procter and Dale, running for Northern, were the winners over Claudia Pattinson and Jean.
Over the weekend the annual Priory Farm Opens were held at Wormegay, near Kings Lynn, where Charles Cutler judged on both days. Set over an undulating pasture the course had a fetch of about 350 yards which was gathered both ways. Shortly after they had passed through the fetch obstacle the sheep disappeared into a dip and were lost from sight for a couple of seconds. On the first day which had an entry of 41 the driving was to the left. This was changed to be right handed for Sunday’s entry of 42.
On completion of the outfield work any two of the five sheep had to be shed before the trial was finished at the pen. A mixture of Texel cross and Charolais cross feeding lambs, the sheep could be a little unpredictable and required the full concentration of both handler and dog.
On Saturday Richard Hutchinson ran Sweep (R. Hutchinson’s Lyn and Wenndale Roy) at 18. The smooth coated dog had a clean outrun. Not easy to lift the sheep would often move off in different directions.
Although he took a little time Sweep lifted his packet nicely grouped and on line. He lost one point from his lift and four for deviations over the fetch where his sheep re-appeared from out of the dip perfectly on line. Working well, Sweep had minor flaws over his driving where he dropped six points throughout. Finishing with a clean shed and pen gave him the top score of 89.
With run 40, Claire Neal had a similar run with Blake, but losing one more point from their fetch put them in second place on 88.
On Sunday once again Richard Hutchinson took the title this time with Jock (I. Brownlie’s Mo, R. Hutchinson’s Sweep).
Jock’s score of 85 put him ahead of Val Powell and Tyke who were the runners up on 84. Over both days on equal points the best locals were Graham Baldry with Finn and Claire Neal with Blake. The money raised for the Animal Health Trust was £145.
HOLME, Deerplay, Bacup, Lancashire, (Judge, J. Scrivin, Elslack) Nursery (35 ran) 1, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Dan, 88 of 100; 2, A. Kyme (Lumb) Dan, 83; 3, T. Huddleston (Caton) Marchup Rio, 78; 4, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Storm, 75; 5, Thomas Longton, Oz, 74; 6, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Alf, 73. Championship (6 ran) 1, J. Cropper, Glen, 85 of 100; 2, J. Cropper, Trigger, 84; 3, Thomas Longton, Storm, 82.
INTER-CLUB, Northern v Northumberland, Hamsteels Hall, Quebec, Co Durham, (P. Exelby, Nun Appleton) Nursery (22 ran) 1, M. Northwood (East Woodburn, Northumberland) Llangwn Floyd, 82 of 100 OLF; 2, K. Preston (Ewesley, Northumberland) Mac, 82; 3, M. Metcalfe (Wharton, Northern) Jim, 81 OLF; 4, T. Iley (Longframlington, Northumberland) Kep, 81; 5, R. Jewitt (Naburn, Northern) Queen, 81; 6, M. Anderson (Bellingham, Northumberland) Nell, 80. Team 1, Northumberland, 800; 2, Northern, 726. New handler 1, E. Procter (Great Musgrave, Northern) Dale; 2, C. Pattinson (Bardon Mill, Northumberland) Jean.
PRIORY FARM, Wormegay, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, (C. Cutler, Easby) Saturday Open (41 ran) 1, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Sweep, 89 of 100; 2, C. Neal (Wormegay) Advengers Dexter, 88; 3, J. McBride (Grantham) Jake, 84; 4, C. Neal, Blake, 82; 5, G. Baldry (Hillington) Finn, 81; 6, R. Curtis (Grantham) Patch, 80. Sunday Open (42 ran) 1, R. Hutchinson, Jock, 85 of 100; 2, V. Powell (Cold Ashby) Tyke, 84; 3, N. Vyas (Wigston) Jake, 83 OLF; 4, G. Baldry, Finn, 83; 5, C. Neal, Blake, 82; 6, N. Vyas, Mac, 80. Aggregate Best Local joint 1, G. Baldry, Finn and C. Neal, Blake, 164. Money raised for the Animal Health Trust was £145.
RYEDALE, Dog Kennel Lane, Thornton le Dale, Pickering, (L. Jones, Wrelton) Nursery (18 ran) 1, A. Mosey (Coulton) Bill, 82 of 90; 2, M. Shields (Timble) Bing, 81; 3, G. Blyth (Roos) Calderdale Sid, 80; 4, S. Beaton (Nun Appleton) Milly, 76; 5, I. Murdoch (Sutton on Forest) Hilston Elmo, 74; 6, M. Mason (Driffield) Peg, 73.
SLINDON, Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, (W. Allen, Butterton) Open (47 ran) 1, K. Evans (Brecon) Ace, 91 of 100; 2, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bob, 88; 3, S. Holt (Brecon) Blake, 87; 4, K. Evans, Ci, 84; 5, R. Watson (Millom) Nidderdale Nidd, 83 OLF; 6, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Del, 83.
NORTH WESTMORLAND, Newton Rigg, Penrith, (A. Cowan, Roadhead) Nursery (46 ran) 1, M. Metcalfe, Jenny, 76 of 90; 2, S. Thexton (Sedbergh) Dave, 75 TIME; 3, D. Scrimgeour (Wigton) Lyn, 75; 4, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Nell, 74 TIME; 5, M. Beaty (Laithes) Jim, 74; 6, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Jock, 73. Novice 1, T. Blease (Watermillock) Queen, 78 of 90; 2, D. Scrimgeour, Finn, 76; 3, S. Thexton, Gyp, 74; 4, T. Rome, Jack, 72. New handler 1, R. Harrison Jnr (Shap) Lad; 2, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip.
WINDERMERE, Otterbank, Skelsmergh, Kendal, Cumbria, (D. Harrison, Selside) Nursery (25 ran) 1, T. Huddleston, Ness, 86 of 90; 2, Thomas Longton, Oz, 85; 3, S. Thexton, Dave, 83; 4, A. Baines, Tanhill Sue, 82; 5, H. Taylor (Skelsmergh) Roo, 81 OLF; 6, A. Baines, Tanhill Jock, 81. New handler 1, V. Graham, Pip.
SURREY, Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, Surrey, (J. Bastable, Tonbridge) Nursery 1, W. Cole (Tillingham) Mheg, 87 of 100; 2, M. Banham (Chipstead) Ollie, 73; 3, M. Banham, Rob, 61 OLF; 4, A. Tackley (Henley) Joey, 61; 5, T. Foster (Creaton) Cally, 60; 6, W. Cole, Abby, 50. Novice 1, John Marsh (Goddards Green) Cleit Flair, 81 of 100; 2, J. Robertson (Brighton) Crisp, 69; 3, I. Wheeler (Isle of Wight) Bob, 63; 4, A. Tackley, Chip, 57. Best novice handler A. Tackley.
WEST COUNTRY, Nursery, Sanduck Cross Farm, Lustleigh, (W. Passmore, Okehampton) Maltese cross (19 ran) 1, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Leyla, 70 of 80; 2, J. Watson (Postbridge) Spot, 69; 3, J. Nicholls (Buckland Brewer) Sam, 67; 4, D. Cole (Bittaford) Merc, 58. Driving (13 ran) 1, J. Watson, Jill, 89 of 100; 2, J. Nicholls, Rob, 87; 3, J. Tucker (Brentor) Lednock Jack, 80; 4, D. Cole, Jess, 74; 5, C. Worgan, Lee, 71; 6, T. Rofe (Chilla) Maggie, 70. Young handler (2 ran) 1, C. Fritsgerald (New Forest) Del, 62 of 80; 2, M. Ridge (Chulmleigh) Mac, 48. New handler (2 ran) 1, L. Ireland (Veryan) Ned, 49 of 80; 2, S. Shuffle (Cornwall) Floss, 30.
February 11. FYLDE, Nursery with championship, Rooten Brook, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EJ, 9am start, enter on field. NORTHERN, Nursery, committee novice and new handler, change of date to Saturday, Gingle Pot, Marske, Richmond, DH11 7EQ, signed from Marske village, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, for three or more dogs first by 12 noon, only one dog after 1pm. WHITBECK, Open, Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria, 9am start, enter on field by 2pm. RYEDALE, Nursery, Dacre - Cancelled.
February 12. BOB HAMBLETON Memorial, Open, Duffield, Belpher, Derbyshire, DE56 4AQ, off B5023, Wirksworth Road, 9am start, enter on field, depending on entry possibly one dog per handler but hopefully two, catering, contact J. Hussey, tel: 07973 816 015. MORETON, Nursery and novice with championship, Station Farm, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6PD, use Cottage Lane entrance, 9.30am start, enter on field. NORTH LANCS, Nursery, novice and new handler, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EE, 9.30am start, enter on field. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Nursery, Novice and New Handler, Greystoke, Penrith, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, for three dogs two by 12 noon, novice confined to Cumbria. WESSEX, Nursery and novice, Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, Surrey, CR5 3ST, 10am start, enter on field. WEST COUNTRY, South West Nursery Qualifier, Driving then Maltese cross, N. Dalgarno, tel 01872 530571,Tregony, Cornwall, 10am start, enter on field. WINDERMERE, Nursery, Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm unless dogs are still competing.
February 15. CHARITY, Open, Swine Crag Allotment, Over Kellet, Lancashire, pre-entry, first 55 dogs to R. Hutchinson, tel: 07973 687 446, only one dog on run over sheep.
February 18. INTER-CLUB, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, change of venue to Biggin Moor Farm, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DS.
England, singles, Nij Vyas and John Palmer; Doubles, Robin Dean and Bevis Jordan.
Ireland, singles, Barra O’Brien and Thomas Doherty; Doubles, Brian Casey and Seamus Gallagher.
Wales, singles, Idris Thomas and Malcolm Ellis; Doubles, Eryl P. Roberts and Jeff Evans.
Scotland, singles, Ian (Jock) McMillan and Bobby Howatson; Doubles, Bobby Dalziel and Willie Welsh.
Scotland: Sine Robertson
A smoothly flowing run at a steady pace gave Davie Gilchrist’s Jade a long lead at Dryden.
The mixed packets of Mule and Texel cross hoggs ran very well on a steep and difficult course for dogs that handled them well, but most struggled to keep them on line. The sheep walked into the pen, but when they stuck well together, it made the shed harder to achieve.
Jade ran out, lifted and fetched well, but let the sheep go well through the first drive gate before she turned them. She put the hoggs across the drive on a good line, but they drifted by the gate.
A good pen followed, but the shed took time and more than one attempt, before it came off successfully and Jade completed the best run of the day.
Jock Welsh’s Ted was on winning form at Dalcairnie, taking first place in two trials there.
The excellent hoggs ran well on a small field with little planted areas, which made the outrun very tricky and a few dogs crossed their course.
First time round, Ted had a good outrun and lift, but the hoggs went off line on the fetch and missed the gate. The drive was better, although there were wavers, but good work at hand completed the run in first place.
Ted’s second run was nearly perfect, with only very minor points lost up to the pen. He penned without any real problem, but the hoggs were not settled at the shed, so it took time before he made a good shed.
Well grown cross hoggs ran well on an excellent, slightly downhill course, at two Rothesay trials.
Stuart Davidson’s Kep made a good job of handling a difficult packet in atrocious weather and achieved a workmanlike run and won the first trial.
The weather improved later; Joan Young’s Dusk ran out wide and stopped short on her sheep. Like others, Dusk struggled to fetch the sheep, but he hit the gates and worked well to Joan’s feet. On the drive, the lines were not tidy, but a clean finish secured a victory.
A full course, with good lines, put Ian MacDonald’s Zoe ahead of a closely packed list at Evanton.
The North Country Cheviot hoggs went easily round the big, undulating course for dogs that handled them well, but they could be tricky and many dogs missed gates.
Zoe ran out and lifted well but had a slight waver on the fetch. One hogg had to be replaced at the end of the fetch, and despite setting up a rerun from that from that point, Zoe had a good drive, a clean chute and a good shed which gave her success, with others hot on her heels.
DRYDEN (Judge, K. MacKenzie, Alyth) Nursery (16 ran) 1, D. Gilchrist (Oxton) Jade, 89; 2, C. Dickson (Coldingham) Lethens Craig, 78; 3, M Arres (Ashkirk) Doug, 75; 4, M Arres (Ashkirk) Moss, 70; 5, J. Robinson (Coldingham) Mirk, 69; 6, J. Robinson (Coldingham) Jill, 56. Novice 1, P. Howe (Hawick) Mirk, 68; 2, P. Howe (Hawick) Pip.
EVANTON (M.Mackay, Durness) Nursery (16 ran) 1, I. MacDonald (Staffin) Zoe, 89; 2, I. Sutherland (Strathnaver) Jimmy, 88; 3, I. MacKay (Leanach) Cap, 87; 4, G. Simpson (Forgue) Groesfaen Mac, 86; 5, W. Cormack (Dunnet) Jill, 84; 6, S. Campbell (Skye) Flint, 82. Older dogs (11 ran) 1, M. Sutherland (Lybster) Glen, 91; 2, S. Campbell (Skye) Bell, 90; 3, E.C. MacKinnon (Lochcarron) Buddy, 88; 4, H. MacLean (Culloden) Jill, 85.
ABINGTON (J. Cochrane, Crawford) Nursery (12 ran) 1, R.B. Henderson (Heriot) Bonnie, 86; 2, J. McRobert (Tweedsmuir) Nell, 80; 3, R. Henderson (Crawford) Roy,79; 4, M. McTeir (Moniaive) Spot, 73; 5, D. Wallace (Blyth Bridge) Tess, 72; 6, J. Hill (Heriot) Lee, 71. Novice (6 ran) 1, S. Morgan (West Linton) Jill, 81; 2, J. L’Etang (Slamannan) Slip, 76; 3, S. Morgan (West Linton) Fred, 74; 4, K. Blackwood (Sanquhar) Jill, 68; 5, J. L’Etang (Slamannan) Gyp, 65; 6, R. Reid (Carnwath) Brit, 49.
DALCAIRNIE I (C. Armstrong, Archbank) Nursery (13 ran) 1, J.R. Welsh (Dalrymple) Ted, 84; 2, W. Welsh (Dalmellington) Joe, 79; 3, A. McCulloch (Dalmellington) Risp, 73; 4, R. Welsh (Patna) Mist, 71; 5, I. Fergie (Straiton) Rock, 70; 6, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tommy, 60.
DALCAIRNIE II (A. Stewart, Lockerbie) Nursery (13 ran) 1, J.R. Welsh (Dalrymple) Ted, 90; 2, R. Welsh (Patna) Mist, 89; 3, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Alf, 79; 4, W. Welsh (Dalmellington) Joe, 76; 5, A. McCulloch (Dalmellington) Risp, 68; 6, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tommy, 68 Outbye.
ROTHESAY I (R. MacDiarmid, Cairndow) Nursery (14 ran) 1, S.L. Davidson’s Kep, Sandbank, 82; 2, C. Toner (Drimsynie) Taff, 80 Outbye; 3, J. Henderson (Fairlie) Vic, 80; 4, J. Young (Dunlop) Dusk, 76; 5, J.J. Templeton (Fenwick) Harris, 75; 6, N. Docherty (Bute) Quin, 64.
ROTHESAY II (N. Gillon, Dailly) Nursery (13 ran) 1, J. Young (Dunlop) Dusk, 77; 2, N. Docherty (Bute) Quin, 75; 3, C. Toner (Drimsynie) Taff, 70; 4, L. Gast (Scalpsie) Fae, 65; 5, D. Campbell (Strachur) Gemma, 60; 6, J.J. Templeton (Fenwick) Harris, 51.