England: Elaine Hill
Angie Blackmore had a good start to the month, winning the Cropredy open with Jill on May Day. Held by kind permission of A. Barlowe, the course was set over a good sized pasture at Thornby Farm. In the morning, the Mule hoggs were lively but they did improve once they had been taken back.
On completion of the outfield work the four sheep had to be split before the trial was concluded at the pen. The hoggs were not easy at hand being hard to settle at both the shed and pen. Consequently, a good number of competitors ran out of time before completing the course.
Last year’s winner, Joseph Relph, judged the entry of 52 dogs. Stuart Wilkinson and Huthwaite Pip had a good run around the outfield and a good shed. They ran out of time at the pen yet set the standard with 70 points. Megan Jenkins and Aura also had good outfield work, but they too were beaten by the clock. Nevertheless, with 72 points they went ahead.
With a late run, Angie’s Jill (J. McNaughton’s Jill, E. Mc- Auley’s Roy) had a good right-hand outrun. Catching all three obstacles, Jill had good outfield work losing points for minor line deviations. Scoring 74 points, Angie and Jill took the open title, while John Porter and Lad won the local novice class. Norden, north of Austick, was the new venue for the Trawden spring open trial held last Saturday (May 6).
Frank Satterthwaite judged the entry of 79 dogs. Driving was to the left over flat ground. Worked in threes, the Swaledale hoggs were quite jumpy. Running at 12, Ross Watson and Nidderdale Nidd (K. Gibson’s Poppy and Dan) set a high standard.
After a faultless outrun and lift Nidd lost just two points from his fetch and two throughout his driving for minor deviations of line. Just one point was lost at the pen before he finished with a clean decisive single to earn the top score of 95.
CROPREDY, Thornby Farms, Thornby, Northants (Judge, J. Relph, Greystoke) Open (52 ran) 1, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Jill, 74 of 100; 2, M. Jenkins (Themelthorpe) Aura, 72; 3, S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Huthwaite Pip, 70; 4, B. Smith (Wytham) Ben, 69; 5, V. Powell (Cold Ashby) Tyke, 66; 6, A. Brookes (Kettering) Lil, 63. Local novice J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Lad, 49.
TRAWDEN, Norden, Austwick, North Yorks (F. Satterthwaite, Brough) Spring open (79 ran) 1, R. Watson (Millom) Nidderdale Nidd, 95 of 100; 2, W. Bell (Earby) Slick, 93; 3, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Nell, 92; 4, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Beechwood Ben, 91; 5, S. Perello (Caton) Murguia Jim, 90 OLF; 6, T. Huddleston (Caton) Udale Ola, 90.
TOM NADIN Memorial, Dove Top Farm, Alsop en le Dale, Parwich, Ashbourne, Derbys (P. Hallam, Foxt) Charity open (57 ran) 1, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bob, 86 of 90; 2, S. Wilkinson, Huthwaite Pip, 82; 3, J. Atkinson (Escrick) Wisk, 81; 4, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Gem, 80 OLF; 5, D. Pickford (Rainow) Rainow Maid, 80 OLF; 6, A. Temple (Holmrook) Floss, 80. Money raised for cancer research amounted to £350.
CHESELBORNE, Manor Farm, Cheselborne, Dorset (E. Anstey, Haslemere) Open (56 ran) 1, J. Nicholls (Buckland Brewer) Joe, 77 of 100 OLF; 2, J. Watson (Postbridge) Joe, 77; 3, Ray Edwards (Chulmleigh) Dewi Fan, 76 OLF; 4, J. Watson, Gwydr Zac, 76; 5, M. Fox (Dorchester) Reg, 75; 6, B. Watson (North Tawton) Jay, 73. Novice 1, J. Nicholls, Rob, 65 of 100; 2, B. Watson, Roy, 63 OLF; 3, A. Tackley (Henley) Chip, 59.
SUSSEX, West End Farm, Goddards Green (John Marsh, Golden Cross) Open (31 ran) 1, J. Watson, Gwydr Zac, 87 of 100; 2, Ray Edwards, Brad, 81 OLF; 3, J. Watson, Joe, 81; 4, J. Watson, Jake, 80; 5, Ray Edwards, Bob, 78; 6, M. Banham (Chipstead) Belle, 76. Novice 1, Ray Edwards, Clyde, 68.
Wales: Christine Hall
Students from Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Caernarfon, hosted the Glynllifon trial on May 3. The trials have taken place at the college since 2001 and the number of competitors is increasing every year.
Last year’s winner, Medwyn Evans, judged the morning session. The judge of the afternoon session was Gareth Owen. The youngest competitor in the open national class was 15-year-old Rhion Owen, Anglesey, who was placed fifth with his dog Ross in the morning session.
In July Rhion and Ross will be representing Wales at the World Sheepdog Trial, taking place in Holland. The morning session was won by Jeff Evans, Ystrad Meurig, with Scott. Bryn Davies and Seren took the class 2 (novice) prize. In the afternoon, Gwynfor Owen and Ben won the open, with Martin Davidson and Sweep, taking class 2.
ERWOOD, Session 1 (Judge, Karin Haker) Open National, 1, A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Kate, 17; 2, C. Gordon (Gower) Maid, 19 OLF; 3, C. Ridge (Narberth) Sian, 19; 4, R. Millichap (Port Talbot) Dell, 20; 5, L. Bowden (Caerffili) Lad, 22; 6, K. Evans (Libanus) Lass,23. Novice, 1. C. Gordon, Maid; 2, L. Bowden, Lad, 22; 3, K. Evans, Lass, 23; 4, D. Evans (Libanus) Tess, 24; 5, E. L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Craig, 25; 6, B. Lewis, Fan, 26. Session 2 (Beryl Lewis) Open National, 1, P. Tomkins (Llandrindod Wells) Foxridge Roy, 13; 2, E. L. Morgan, Nel, 14; 3, G. Howells (Abernant) Cap; 4, M. Williams (Welshpool) Pepsi, 15; 5, D. Jarman (Llangwyfron) Roy, 16; 6, D. Jarman, Pero, 16. Novice, 1, P. Tomkins, Foxridge Roy, 13; 2, D. Jarman, Roy, 16; 3, J. Price (Aberystwyth) Sam, 20; 4, E. L. Morgan, Spot, 23; 5, K. Haker (Llandrindod Wells) Elsa, 25 OLF; 6, C. Soar (Marteltwy) Teyha, 25. Local (14 mile radius) Open National, 1, W. Jones, Moss, 13; 2, A. Lloyd, Bryn, 15; 3, R. Jones, Rex, 16, B. Pugh, Glen, 17. Novice, 1, W. Jones, Moss, 13; 2, R. Jones, Rex, 16; 3, B. Pugh, Glen, 17; 4, B. Howson, Val, 27.
GLYNLLIFON, Session 1 (Medwyn Evans) Open national, 1, J. Evans (Ystrad Meurig) Scott, 9 OLF; 2, A. Owen (Corwen) Roy, 9; 3, J. Evans, Glen, 11; 4, G. Owen (Pengraigwen) Ben, 11; 5, R. Owen (Rhosybol) Ross, 12; 6, J. R. Griffith (Talysarn) Sam, 17; 7, B. Davies (Corwen) Lad, 17. Class 2, 1, B. Davies, Seren; 2, A. W. Jones (Llanllyfni) Roxy; 3, G. Owen, Rocky. Session 2 (Gareth Owen, Penisarwaen) Open National, 1, G. Owen, Ben, 9; 2, C. Roberts (Oswestry) Roy, 9; 3, M. Evans (Dolgellau) Mac, 10; 4, J. R. Griffith, Sam, 11; 5, G. Lightfoot (Llandegla) Taff, 12; 6, R. Owen (Marian Glas) Jaff, 13. Class 2, 1, M. Davidson (Llansadwrn) Sweep, 12; 2, K. Dyszy (Corwen) Llangwm Mag, 21; 3, J. R. Griffith Taff, 22 ; 4, J. M. Jones (Corwen) Brenig Lad, 22; 5, M. Evans, Floss, 33. Young handler, Dion Pritchard (Criccieth) Lad.
DYFFRYN NANTLLE, Session 1 (Sue Main) 1, M. Evans (Dolgellau) 2; 2, M. Evans, Meg, 8; 3, C. Rundle (Bodfari) Jen, 10; 4, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Meg, 10; 5, G. Owen (Pengraigwen) Ben, 10; 6, A. Owen (Penygroes) Caleb, 12. Session 2 (Eric Williams) 1, M. Evans, Meg, 4; 2, M. Evans, Mac, 6; 3, A. Ritikalio (Wirral) Kibi, 8; 4, H. Pugh (Barmouth) Gelert, 9; 5, A. Owen, Caleb, 10; 6, G. Lightfoot (Llandegla) Omega Jess, 11.
Trials Diary - ENGLAND
May 13. YORKSHIRE, Open with championship, Park House Farm, Elslack, Skipton, BD23 3AT, 8.30am start, enter on field by 1.30pm, maximum two dogs per handler.
May 13 and 14. ESCRICK PARK, Opens, Estate Office (on A19) Escrick Park Estate, Escrick, York, YO19 6EA, 9am start, enter on field, catering and toilet facilities, no entry restrictions. CORNWALL, Open driving, Trethern, Delabole, PL33 9DA, off B3314 by the wind farm, two different fields, am and pm trials, eight trials in total, one dog per trial, 8am start, catering, pre-entry by May 7 to J. Carter, tel: 01840 213 339.
May 20. STOKESLEY, Show open trials, Stokesley Showground, off A172, North Yorks, TS9 5JL, AM trial 9am start, first 25 dogs to enter on field, followed by PM trial enter on field with no restrictions, dogs may run in both.
CROOKHILL, Open Hill Trial, Crookhill Farm, Derwent Valley, Bamford, S33 0AQ, 8am start, enter on field.
May 21. CHARITY, Open, Park House Farm, Elslack, Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 3AT, 8.30am start, enter on field by 1pm, maximum two dogs per handler.
August 4 and 5. MACCLESFIELD, Open, nursery and brace, Bullocks Lane, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0HE, pre-entry by June 10 to V. Clampett, tel: 01260 223 333.
Trials Diary - Wales
May 13. FELINDRE, Open and novice national, Pantycaragle Farm, LD7 1YE, two sessions, enter on field, catering, start 7am, contact K. Haker, tel: 01597 840 453.
May 14. BALA, Rhiwlas Estate, LL23 7NP, Open and novice national, two sessions, enter on field, young farmers’ class, catering, start 8am, contact D. Williams, tel: 01678 520 853.
May 16. NSA, Open national, Llwynbedw Farm, Talybont on Usk, Brecon, LD3 7YT, two sessions, catering, pre-entry, contact K. Evans, tel: 07814 139 347.
May 20. SOUTH SHROPSHIRE, Open and novice national, Asterton, Shropshire, SY7 8BH, two sessions, catering, pre-entry, start 7:30, contact A. Bennett, tel: 01588 650 679/ 07980 505 991.
May 21. OBLEY, novice dogs and handlers only (neither to have won an open), young handler and beginner classes, Higher Hagley Farm, Obley, Craven Arms, SY7 0BZ, novice dogs and handlers only (neither to have won an open), young handler and beginner classes, start 9.30am, catering, enter on-field, contact L. Owen, tel: 01547 530 278.
May 21. LLANARMON DC, Open national, Cwm y Geifr, Llanarmon DC, LL20 7LH, two sessions, pre-entry, contact L. Jones, tel: 01691 600 860.
May 27. KINGSLAND, Open and novice national, Gatley Park, Leinthall Earles, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9TS, catering, pre-entry, start 7.30am, contact M. Hardwick, tel: 01568 770 487.
May 27. PENMACHNO, Open and novice national, Swch, LL24 0RT, two sessions, enter on-field, catering, start 8am, contact G. Williams, tel: 01686 430 660.
May 28. NEW INN, Open and novice national, St Florence, SA70 8NR, two sessions, pre-entry, catering, start 8am, contact C. Ridge, tel: 01834 218 005/ 07773 192 283.
May 29. TREFEGLWYS, Open and novice national, SY17 5PH, two sessions, enter on-field, catering, start 8am, contact G. Williams, tel: 01686 430 660.
May 29. RHIW, Open national, Meillionydd Bach, Rhoshirwaun, LL53 8HY, classes 2 and 3, local class, enter on field, catering, contact W. Williams, tel: 01758 760 260.