England: Elaine Hill
AT Fylde’s final nursery of the season Tim Longton and Rooten Brook Roy came away with three titles.
Running was on Swaledale hoggs which needed firm yet quiet handling over the outfield and were good to pen.
Robin Dean judged the trial entry of 38 along with the concluding championship.
Running at 28 in the trial, Roy (Michael Longton’s Telf Maid and Rainow Todd) stopped marginally short at the end of his left-hand outrun to lose one point. Line deviations down the fetch cost five points and five more were lost for line over the right-hand drive. Finishing with a clean pen gave the top score of 79, which was five clear of runners-up Thomas Longton and Oz. For his consistent work over the season, Roy won the Fylde dog aggregate, while the bitch aggregate went to Tom Huddleston’s Nessy (I. Brownlie’s Mo, R. Hutchinson’s Sweep).
The championship was of a high standard, with all seven runners finishing. Tim and Roy were drawn to run third. Gathering to the left, Roy dropped two points for stopping slightly short before having a good lift where one point was lost. Keeping his packet of four sheep settled he lost three points down the fetch for minor line deviations and a stop after the obstacle.
It was not easy to get a tight turn into the right-hand drive as sheep tended to pull right. Roy however, had quite a good turn and kept his sheep on a straight line over the drive away.
His hoggs were slightly high as they approached the last obstacle but he put them through nicely and had a tight turn to the return. A total of five points were deducted from his driving. Roy’s sheep went straight in the pen. At the split, two sheep moved off and when Tim asked him to take the last two he turned briefly on the first ones, which cost three points, resulting a score of 86.
Next to the post were Iain Ibbotson and Jim who had a good run spoilt by slipping their sheep at the last obstacle.
They scored 80. Fifth to go were Tom Huddleston and Nessy. They also had a good run, gaining 84 points finishing as runners-up to Tim and Roy who took the championship title.
At the Moreton Championship trial, Broughton Astley, Alan Brookes judged the entry of 21. These were dogs which had qualified for the championship in the previous five Moreton trials, having been placed in the top six in the nursery and the top three in the novice classes. Over a flattish course the running was on packets of four Suffolk cross hoggs which were good to manage, apart from at the split where they tended to stick together.
Angie Blackmore and Joe (N.H. Denniff’s Highgate Gyp, R. Driver’s Hemp) were first to the post and set a high standard.
Losing odd points for minor flaws, Joe’s score of 92 won the novice championship three points clear of runners-up Andrew Tomkinson and Morph.
Angie ran Nip (J.N. Wheaton’s Ellie, I.B. Jones’ Tim) at eight. This was another really good run which kept good lines, had tight turns and finished clean. Scoring 94 points, Nip won the nursery championship five clear of Richard Curtis and Tess in second place. Andrew Tomkinson and Flint won the nursery aggregate, while the novice aggregate went to John Porter and Jo.
FYLDE, Rooten Brook Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, (Judge, R. Dean, Chipping) Nursery trial (38 ran) 1, Tim Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 79 of 90; 2, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Oz, 74; 3, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Alf, 71; 4, C. Kempson (Cowpe) Fleet, 69; 5, C. Taylor (Keasden) Jess, 68 OLF; 6, I. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Jim, 68. Aggregate Dog Tim Longton Rooten Brook Roy. Aggregate Bitch T. Huddleston (Caton) Nessy. Championship (7 ran) 1, Tim Longton, Rooten Brook Roy, 86 of 100; 2, T. Huddleston, Nessy, 85; 3, I. Ibbotson, Jim, 80.
MORETON, Station Farm, Broughton Astley, Leicester, (Judge, Alan Brookes, Kettering, 21 ran) Novice Championship 1, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Joe, 92 of 100; 2, A. Tomkinson (Melton Mowbray) Morph, 89; 3, J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Jo, 79 OLF; 4, A. Blackmore, Cap, 79. Novice Aggregate J. Porter, Jo, 443. Nursery Championship 1, A. Blackmore, Nip, 94 of 100; 2, R. Curtis (Grantham) Tess, 89; 3, A. Blackmore, Ren, 88; 4, A. Wormington (Gaydon) Moss, 83; 5, A. Tomkinson, Flint, 82; 6, Amy Rouse (Hildersham) Floss, 80. Nursery Aggregate A. Tomkinson, Flint, 387.
WHITBECK, Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria, (Judge, N. Ireland, Holmrook) Open (30 ran) 1, R. Watson (Millom) Ricky, 84 of 90; 2, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Killiebrae Laddie, 83 OLF; 3, Thomas Longton, Maya, 83; 4, P. Rigby (Skelsmergh) Elsa, 82; 5, L. Cowper (Threlkeld) Flo, 81; 6, L. Cowper Spot, 79.
NORTHERN, Gingle Pot, Marske, Richmond, (Judge, J. Harrison, Shap, 36 ran) Nursery 1, M. Shields (Timble) Bing, 73 of 90; 2, C. Cutler (Easby) Beth, 71; 3, J. Atkinson (Escrick) Wisk, 70; 4, A. Baines, Tanhill Sue, 64; 5, F. Satterthwaite (Brough) Ben, 62; 6, F. Whitfield (Quebec) Jock, 61. Novice 1, H. Jackson (Eggleston) Bess, 75 of 90; 2, F. Whitfield, Bob, 61. New Handler 1, E. Procter (Great Musgrave) Glenalla Dale.
NORTH WESTMORLAND, Greystoke, Penrith, (Judge, E. Hill, Gaisgill) Nursery (24 ran) 1, P. Ellis (New Hutton) George, 82 of 90; 2, R. Watson, Huthwaite Kep, 76 OLF; 3, D. Scrimgeour (Wigton) Dot, 76; 4, J. Relph (Greystoke) Highfield Hank, 71; 5, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Nell, 70; 6, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Sue, 69. Novice (16 ran) 1, D. Scrimgeour, Finn, 74 of 90; 2, A. Bradley (Crosthwaite) Glenalla Raven, 73; 3, L. Cowper, Flo, 70; 4, S. Thexton (Sedbergh) Gyp, 66. New Handler (3 ran) 1, R. Harrison Jnr (Shap) Lad; 2, B. Sendlhofer (Ambleside) Fleece.
WINDERMERE, Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, Cumbria, (Judge, D. Harrison, Selside) Nursery (21 ran) 1, R. Watson, Huthwaite Kep, 85 of 90; 2, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Moya, 82; 3, H. Taylor (Skelsmergh) Roo, 79 OLF; 4, C. Taylor (Keasden) Jess, 79; 5, D. Purdham (Holmrook) Gem, 77; 6, A. Foster (Cartmel Fell) Bill, 73. New Handler 1, R. Harrison Jnr, Lad.
BOB HAMBLETON Memorial Trial, Duffield, Belpher, Derbyshire, (Judge, J. Elliott, Fulwood Booth) Open (26 ran) 1, P. Johnson (Barton under Needwood) Jack, 81 of 90; 2, J. Mellor (Hayfield) Pen Hriw Floss, 80; 3, J. Atkinson, Wisk, 72; 4, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bob, 71 OLF; 5, B. Dumbleton (Bollington) Max, 71; 6, R. Spooner (New Mills) Nidderdale Rock, 70. Best OLF S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Joss.
NORTH LANCS, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, (Judge, B. Helliwell, Lancaster, 40 ran) Nursery 1, T. Huddleston, Nessy, 95 of 100; 2, P. Ellis, George, 94; 3, H. Taylor, Roo, 89; 4, Thomas Longton, Oz, 87; 5, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Sid, 82 OLF; 6, Thomas Longton, Ben, 82. Novice 1, D. Whitehead (Edgworth) Omega Tom, 79 of 100; 2, A. Bradley, Glenalla Raven, 50. New Handler 1, S. Lopizzo (Milan) Nell, 56; 2, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip, 54. Young Handler 1, R. Harrison Jnr, Lad, 50.
WESSEX, Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, Surrey, (Judge, S. Frost, Crawley) Nursery 1, W. Cole (Tillingham) Abby, 92 of 100; 2, W. Cole, Mheg, 91½; 3, M. Banham (Chipstead) Rob, 91; 4, M. Banham, Ollie, 85; 5, I. Wheeler (Isle of Wight) Don, 72½; 6, J. Bastable (Tonbridge) Pip, 69. Novice 1, I. Wheeler, Bob, 87½ of 100; 2, P. Gent (Blean) Enzo, 76½; 3, John Marsh (Golden Cross) Cleit Flair, 71; 4, B. Temple (Slough) Matt, 64. Best Novice Handler P. Gent.
WEST COUNTRY Nursery, Hewas Water, (Judge, T. Hopper, Veryan) Maltese cross (11 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Spot, 62 of 80 OLF; 2, J. Watson, Rob, 62; 3, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Leyla, 47; 4, J. Holdsworth (Moretonhampstead) Heidi, 33. English Nursery Qualifier (6 ran) 1, J. Watson Jill, 89 of 100; 2, J. Watson Huthwaite Roy, 59; 3, T. Rofe (Chilla) Maggie, 53; 4, M. Evans (Holsworthy) Ben, 23. Driving (6 ran) 1, J. Tucker (Brentor) Lednock Jack, 66 of 100; 2, C. Worgan, Lee, 64; 3, T. Rofe, Laddie, 57; 4, J. Harper (Jacobstowe) Moe, 39. New Handlers (3 ran) 1, L. Ireland (Veryan) Ned, 32 of 80; 2, B. Dewrant (Twelve Heads) Winnie, 26; 3, S. Shuffle (Cornwall) Floss, 18. (Judge, W. Passmore) Young Handler (5 ran) 1, M. Ridge, (Chulmleigh) Mac, 46 of 80; 2, C. Fritsgerald (New Forest) Del, 44; 3, L. Hopper (Veryan) Fern, 42; 4, J. Kendle (Cornwall) Pip, 38.
February 18. TRAWDEN, Nursery with Championship, Lower Twiston, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4BY, 9am start, enter on field. INTER-CLUB, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, change of venue to Biggin Moor Farm, Biggin Moor, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DS, entry closed. INTER-CLUB, North Westmorland, Dumfriesshire and Wigtownshire, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria, 10.30am start, entry closed. RYEDALE, Nursery, Nova Lane, Pickering, North Yorkshire, 10.30am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon, the Spring Meeting will be held at lunchtime.
February 19. MID-SHIRES, Nursery and Novice with Championship, Framlands Farm, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, 9.30am start, weather check A. Tomkinson tel 07891 222 460. NORTHERN, Nursery, Committee Novice and New Handler, Stainton, near Downholme, DH11 6AL, between A6108 Richmond/Leyburn road and B6270 Richmond/Reeth road, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, for three or more dogs first by 12 noon, only one dog after 1pm. RAINOW, Nursery, Novice and Beginner, Yearnslow Farm, Rainow, SK10 5XH, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, catering. WEST CUMBRIA, Nursery, Novice and New Handler, Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm, unless dogs are still competing. WINDERMERE, Nursery and New Handler, Garnet Bridge, approximately three miles north of Kendal, LA8 9AZ, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm, unless dogs are still competing. SOUTH EAST Championship, Nursery and Novice, Feltons Farm, Old School Lane, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7AU, 9am start, entry closed.
Scotland: Sine Robertson
A good pen and shed gave Andrew Dickman’s Jake the edge over close competition at Springhill.
The Cheviot gimmers behaved well in driving sleet and fierce winds which made hearing hard for the dogs, on a smooth course, set on a slope rising to the right, but the cross drive gate seemed hard to get, even when the sheep appeared to be on a good line.
Jake had a workmanlike course, losing minor points over the course, but with no holes. A good pen and shed put him ahead of the field.
Bill Elliot’s Ben worked well on the course and was in the lead up to the shed, but when the first attempt failed to come off, the shed had to be retaken and the run took second place, ahead of a well matched third place, on time alone.
Cameron Dickson’s Lethens Craig, too worked very well outbye, but the hoggs missed the cross drive gate. Craig penned after stopping an attempted break, but a good shed restored the standard and Craig took third place.
Strong Blackface hoggs at Laggan were light to handle and if dogs upset the lift, they paid for it on the big, rolling course and the sheep were not keen to be penned.
Mosse Magnusson’s Murphy ran out and lifted cleanly, worked well on the course with minor deviations from the line at Mosse’s feet and on the drive. A good pen followed, but Murphy was slow to come into the gap to make his shed but he completed the job successfully and earned first place.
LAGGAN, Crieff (Judge, B. Alexander, Kinross) Nursery (18 ran) 1, M. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Murphy, 90; 2, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Lia, 87; 3, L. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Sally, 80; 4, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Tib,79; 5, K. Howlett (Comrie) Tess, 77; 6, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Bess, 75; Novice (5 ran) N. Boyne (Glenlochay) Mirk, 73.
GARPEN, Crosshill I (R. Armour, Sorn) Nursery (13 ran) 1, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tommy, 90; 2, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Alf, 79; 3, I. Fergie (Straiton) Rock, 73; 4, R. Welsh (Patna) Mist, 71; 5, H. Young (Crosshill) Bernie, 66; 6, A. McCulloch (Dalmellington) Risp, 64.
SKIPNESS (A. MacCuish, Skipness) Nursery (7 ran) 1, B. Strachan (Roybridge) Jim, 88; 2, M. MacNally (Invergarry) Tarf, 87; 3, M. MacNally (Invergarry) Ash, 83; 4, J. Moore, (Gruline) Bob, 72; 5, R. Rennie (Furness) Mac, 58; 6, D. Coulthard (Appin) Ted, 52. Older dogs (6 ran) 1, M. MacNally (Invergarry) Jock, 80; 2, B. Strachan (Roybridge) Sam, 72; 3, S. McCorqudale (Appin) June, 57.
GARPEN, Crosshill II (D. Robertson, Luss) Nursery (13 ran) 1, I. Fergie (Straiton) Rock, 85; 2, J. Shennan (Barr) Tess, 83; 3, J.R. Welsh (Dalrymple) Ted, 81 Outbye; 4, R. Welsh (Patna) Mist, 81; 5, W. Welsh (Dalmellington) Joe, 76; 6, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Alf, 79.
BOGBAIN (A. MacDonald, Fearn) Nursery (15 ran) 1, G. Simpson (Forgue) Groesfaen Mac, 88; 2, I. MacDonald (Staffin) Zoe, 87; 3, M. Sutherland (Lybster) Liz, 86; 4, G. Simpson (Forgue) Lad, 82; 5, W. Cormack (Dunnet) Jill, 80; 6, S. Renwick (Inverbroom) Shiel, 76 Outbye.
SPRINGHILL (S. Smith, Seahouses) Nursery (12 ran) 1, A. Dickman (Oxton) Jake, 84; 2, W.S. Elliot (Yetholm) Ben, 83 Time; 3, C. Dickson (Coldingham) Lethens Craig, 83; 4, D. Gilchrist (Oxton) Jade, 75; 5, J. Robinson (Coldingham) Jill, 72; 6, M Arres (Ashkirk) Doug, 67 Outbye; Novice – P. Howe (Hawick) Pip, 76.
KIRKCUDBRIGHT FARM, Moniaive (W. Welsh, Moniaive) Nursery (15 ran) 1, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Fly,83; 2, A.R. Mundell (Moffat) Rob, 74; 3, W. Todd (Langholm) Don, 73; 4, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tami, 68; 5, D. McGarva (Granton) Gwen, 66; 6, D. McGarva (Granton) Glen, 59. Novice 1, M. Common (Lockerbie) Grit, 72; 2, M. Wilson (Corsock) Meg, 68; 3, A. Mair (Meikleholm) Wispa, 64. Pro Novice 1, J.A. Common (Lockerbie) Queen, 86; 2, W. Todd (Langholm) Meg,78; 3, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Buzz, 71.
WHITEFIELD, Glenluce I (S. Paton, Auchleand) Nursery (12 ran) 1, C. Armstrong (Archbank) Malta Scott, 75; 2, S. McCrindle (Palnackie) Zak, 66; 3, I. McMillan (Newton Stewart) Bob,65; 4, A. Stewart (Lockerbie) Kemi Ruby, 61; 5, C. Caygill (Whinnyliggate) Tig, 57; 6, D. Porter (Stranraer) Rock, 53.
Wales: Christine Hall
March 4. DOLGELLAU CHARITY SDT, Fronalchen, Dolgellau, LL40 2AG. Open national, two sessions, enter on field, catering, start 8.30am, contact, Idris Thomas, tel: 07717 027617.
April 29. LLANGADOG AND DISTRICT SDT, Old Racecourse Fields (on A4069 towards Llangadog) Two sessions, Open national, catering, start 7am, pre-entry, entries close March 1, contact: Catrin Price, tel: 07815 289410/01550 740506. Eye testing at trial, contact: Claire Ridge, tel: 07773 192283.