Two open trials were held last Saturday (May 20) on the Stokesley Showground and both were won by John Atkinson with Whiterose Queen.
David Bristow, who won both sessions the previous year with Nell, judged the 25 entries in the morning and the same number of dogs in the afternoon. The course was set on the flat showground, with the permanent main arena made from wooden rails standing in the middle of it.
Most dogs took the difficult gather right-handed, but to both sides they were running blind for much of the way. Once on their way the sheep required careful handling from a distance. The morning trial, which was on packets of four sheep, finished at the pen. With an early run, William Young and Rap set the standard gaining 73 points. John and Queen (J. Atkinson’s Jess, J. Richardson’s Staff) ran at nine.
Queen was one of the few dogs to gather left-handed and she ran out well requiring no additional commands. After a good lift she brought her sheep into the arena and through the fetch obstacle. Undeterred by the wooden rails she had a nice drive and after a few moments of hesitation her sheep went into the pen, giving the winning score of 76.
In the afternoon session John and Queen once again ran at number nine. After another good start Queen took control of her packet of three sheep and worked them quietly around the course catching the three obstacles well. Her score of 78 points was matched by Charles Cutler and Beth who ran late, but an out-bye decision gave Queen her second title that day.
STOKESLEY Show trial, Stokesley, North Yorkshire (Judge, D. Bristow, Murton) AM open (25 ran) 1, J. Atkinson (Escrick) Whiterose Queen, 76 of 90; 2, W. Young (Crosscliffe) Rap, 73; 3, J. Edgar (Consett) Redgate Sally, 63; 4, J. Atkinson, Wisk, 62; 5, J. Edgar, Redgate Pip, 57; 6, C. Cutler (Easby) Beth, 56. PM open (25 ran) 1, J. Atkinson, Whiterose Queen, 78 of 100 OLF; 2, C. Cutler, Beth, 78; 3, J. Edgar, Redgate Pip, 75 OLFD; 4, J. Atkinson, Wisk, 75; 5, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Killiebrae Laddie, 71; 6, J. Goulder (Pickering) Valmis Jupiter, 67.
ABBEYSTEAD, Marshaw Farm, Trough of Bowland, Lancashire (R. Hutchinson, Littledale) Open (62 ran) 1, Tim Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 86 of 100; 2, A. Temple (Holmrook) Don, 77; 3, Michael Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Mac, 72; 4, Thomas Longton, Jim, 70; 5, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Dan, 68 OLF; 6, A. Temple, Floss, 68.
QUERNMORE, Charity trial, Rooten Brook Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster (J. Palmer, Twiston) Open (41 ran) 1, E. Thornalley (Worlington) Marchup Juke, 90 of 100; 2, Tim Longton, Rooten Brook Roy, 89 OLF; 3, S. Perello (Caton) Murguia Jim, 89; 4, J. Scrivin (Elslack) Taff, 88 OLF; 5, Tim Longton, Rooten Brook Ben, 88; 6, R. Watson (Millom) Ricky, 87. Money raised for St John’s Hospice was £205.
NORTHUMBERLAND League, Healy Mill (L. Morland, Hamsterley) Open (47 ran) 1, I. Murdoch (Sutton on Forest) Ben, 89 of 100; 2, M. Elliott (Lazonby) Pat, 88 OLF; 3, E. Gray (Ewesley) Tweedale Jamie, 88; 4, D. Baxter (Harbottle) Laddie, 87 OLF; 5, K. Cropper (Shap) Zac, 87; 6, K. Preston (Elsdon) Roy, 86. Novice, 1, D. Armstrong (Brampton) Graylees Norma.
HOTBANK, Northumberland (D. Purdham, Holmrook) Open (69 ran) 1, R. Watson, Nidderdale Nidd, 84 of 90; 2, E. Gray, Tweedale Jamie, 83; 3, Thomas Longton, Jim, 82; 4, M. Elliott, Pat, 80; 5, A. Temple, Floss, 78; 6, T. Iley (Longframlington) Tep, 77. Novice, 1, D. Armstrong, Graylees Norma; 2, L. Gast (Western Isle) Fae.
KIRKLEY HALL, Ponteland, Northumberland, Open (48 ran) 1, E. Gray, Tweedale Jamie, 87 of 100; 2, M. Elliott, Pat, 84; 3, K. Cropper, Moor Lodge Jim, 83; 4, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Shasta, 83; 5, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Killiebrae Laddie, 82; 6, B. Jordan, Angel, 82. (Barnacre) Billy, 77; 5, M. Ingham (Norden) Lynmar Gem, 76; 6, C. Mellin, Moor Lodge, Ben, 74. Money raised for Macmillan Nurses was £300.
Wales: Christine Hall
The trial at Asterton, south Shropshire took place on May 20 in showery conditions, some of which were briefly torrential. Picturesquely set below the Long Mynd hill, the national-size course rose gradually to a long fetch followed by right-hand driving.
Welsh hoggs were run in packets of three and, though demanding of the handlers, they were never unruly, working throughout the day without splitting or setting impossible tasks. There were two sessions, each of 40 dogs.
The first of them was won by Kevin Evans with Preseli Ci on 12-down, a point ahead of John Bowen and Tess. Sophie Holt and Blake won the second trial on 11- down, an OLF decision over Kevin Evans and Ace.
SOUTH SHROPSHIRE, Session 1 (Yvonne Abery) Open national, 1, K. Evans (Libanus) Preseli Ci, 12; 2, J. Bowen (Tenby) Tess, 13; 3, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Bob, 18; 4, G. Jones (Cwmygeifr) Sweep; 5, S. Harden (Pembroke) Cass, 23; 6, A. Jones, Jen, 25. Novice national, 1, P. Williams, Meg; 2, G. Jones, Sweep, 22; 3, S. Harden, Cass, 23. Session 2, Open national (Vic Morris) 1, S. Holt (Libanus) Hybeck Blake, 11 OLF; 2, K. Evans, Ace, 11; 3, P. Williams, Meg, 14; 4, K. Schwarze (Prion) Dot, 15; 5, C. Gordon (Gower) Maid, 16; 6, D. Evans (Libanus) Kemi Tess, 17. Novice national, 1, P. Williams, Meg, 14; 2. K. Schwarze, Dot, 15; 3, C. Gordon, Maid, 16.
LLANARMON D C, Session 1 qualifiers, Cae Gwastad field (Jeff Evans) 1, K. Evans, Preseli Ci, 8; 2, S. Holt (Libanus) Roy, 12; 3, P. Tomkins (Llandrindod Wells) Lyn, 13 OLF; 4, D. Evans, Bet, 13; 5, D. Davies (Abergynolwyn) Sali, 14; 6, K. Haker, Rob, 15. Ffridd field (Llyr Evans) 1, K. Evans, Ace, 12; 2, G. Lightfoot (Llandegla) Omega Taff, 18; 3, S. Holt, Hybeck Blake, 20; 4, K. Broad (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Levi, 21 OLF: 5, M. McNaught (Rhosygwalia) Sam, 21; 6, G. Owen (Llanerchymedd) Ben, 23. Wern field (Elgar Hughes) 1, S. Perello (Caton) Rap, 6; 2, A. Jones (Selatyn) Jane, 8; 3, B. Williams, Lad, 10; 4, J. Ellis (Whitchurch) Cap, 12; 5, A. Ll. Jones, Bob, 14; 6, H. Francis (Llanfyllin) Mist, 16.
LLANARMON D C, Session 2 qualifiers, Cae Gwastad (A. Ll. Jones) 1, Ll. Evans (Bronant) Zac, 7; 2, C. Roberts (Oswestry) Roy, 11; 3, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Mazi, 12 OLF; 4, G. Owen, Ben; =4, A. Roberts, Sam, 12; 6, J. Ellis, Meg, 13. Ffridd (Gwyn Lightfoot) 1, D. Davies, Sali, 14 OLF; 2, K. Broad, Kinloch Cade, 14 OLF; 3, A. Davies (Bryneglwys) Peg, 14; 4, A. Roberts, Sam, 17; 5, B. Davies, Roy, 19; 6, R. Hutchinson (Lancaster) Jock, 20. Wern (Norman Green) 1, R. Hutchinson, Jock, 5; 2, K. Evans, Preseli Ci, 7; 3, S. Harden, Bon, 8; 4, D. Evans, Kemi Tess, 9; 5, J. Evans, Glen, 15; 6, R. Owen (Rhosybol) Ross, 16.
Trials diary - England
May 27. TRAWDEN, Summer open, Twiston Moor, Clitheroe, Lancs, BB7 4BY, 8.30am start, enter on field. CROOKHILL, Open, Derwent Valley, Bamford, Derbys, S33 0AQ, 8am start, enter on field by 1pm. PENTON Discussion group open and local, Haithwaite Farm, Penton, Carlisle, CA6 5QT, 8.30am start, those with two dogs must run at least one before 12 noon, entry closed.
May 27 and 28. NORTHUMBERLAND League, opens, Netherwitton, Morpeth, NE61 4NL, 9am start, enter on field before 12 noon, maximum three dogs per handler. WESSEX, Open and novice, Pond Field, Priors Dean, Hampshire, 8am start, entry closed.
May 28. SHAP, Open, Cumbria – Cancelled. CORNWALL, Roseland trial, open driving and open and novice Maltese cross, Pennare Farm, Veryan, TR2 5PH, 9.30am start, entry closed. MID-SHIRES, Open, off Gretton Road, Harringworth, Corby, NN17 3DD, entry closed. TARNWATER, Open, Meadow Court, Tarnwater Lane, Ashton with Stodday, Lancaster, LA2 0AH, 8.30am start, enter on field, enquiries to M. Glasgow, tel: 07802 403 423.
May 29. CHARITY Open, Clough Head, Grane Road, Haslingden, BB4 4AT, 8.30am start, enter on field by 3.30pm, maximum two dogs per handler, catering. CORNWALL, Tregony Trial, open driving, brace, open and novice Maltese cross, Pennare Farm, Veryan, TR2 5PH, 9.30am start, entry closed. BAMFORD, Open, The Recreation Ground, Bamford, Derbyshire, S33 0DU, entry closed. SURREY, Open and novice, venue TBC, entry closed.
May 31. STEPHEN HEPWORTH Memorial open, venue will be signed off the road between Oakworth and Laneshawbridge, BB8 7EH, 9am start, enter on field, no limits, enquiries to C. Mellin, tel: 07891 871 298. CROOKHILL, Open, Derwent Valley, Bamford, Derbys, S33 0AQ, 8am start, enter on field by 1pm.
June 2, 3 and 4. DEERPLAY HILL Trial, Deerplay, between Burnley and Bacup, Lancashire, entry closed, catering and toilets. COUNTRY FEST, pens, County Showground, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7NH, 9.30am start, pre-entry and enter on field, maximum two dogs per handler per day, enquiries to D. Harrison, tel: 07773 520 982.
May 27. KINGSLAND, Gatley Park, Leinthall Earles, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 9TS, open and novice national, catering, pre-entry, start 7:30am, contact M. Hardwick, tel: 01568 770 487. PENMACHNO, Swch, LL24 0RT, open and novice national, two sessions, enter on field, catering, start 8am, contact G. Williams, tel: 01686 430 660. WERGLODD GAER GERRIG, Corwen,LL21 0PE, open national, enter on field, start 8am, contact C. Jones, tel: 01691 600 244/ 07966 779 418.
May 28. NEW INN, St Florence, SA70 8NR, open and novice national, two sessions, pre-entry, catering, start 8am, contact C. Ridge, tel: 01834 218 005/ 07773 192 283.
May 29. TREFEGLWYS, SY17 5PH, open and novice national, two sessions, enter on field, catering, start 8am, contact G. Williams, tel: 01686 430 660. RHIW, Meillionydd Bach, Rhoshirwaun, LL53 8HY, open national, Classes 2 and 3, local class, enter on field, catering, contact W. Williams, tel: 01758 760 260.
June 3. LLYSFASI COLLEGE, LL15 2LB, two sessions, open national and Class 2 AM, Open only PM, catering, enter on field, start 8am, contact O. Roberts, tel: 01824 780 286 or G. Lightfoot, tel: 07500 505 577. YSBYTY IFAN, Fferm Hafod, LL24 0NY, open and novice national, enter on field, catering, contact E. Pyrs, tel: 07837 723 986.