England: Elaine Hill
After winning the previous week at Trawden, Michael Longton and Rooten Brook Bute earned their second nursery title last Saturday at Fylde.
Sloping gently downhill to the lift, the course could be gathered either way, hough there was more room on the right. All the 34 entries, judged by Carol Palmer, had a fresh packet of Swaledale ewes which required careful, yet firm handling.
Michael and Bute (Michael Longton’s Telf Maid and Rainow Todd) ran at 22. For a couple of commands to cast her out over her right-hand outrun, Bute lost two points before losing an odd point from her lift. For deviations, mostly over the first half of her fetch, she lost four points.
Once through the fetch obstacle, her sheep settled and she had a good drive, losing four points in total for minor flaws.
Finishing clean at the chute gave a score of 79 which put Bute five points clear of Iain Ibbotson’s Jim, who was the runner-up on 74.
Another bitch to gain her second title of the season on Saturday was Charles Cutler’s Beth (J. Fawcett’s Moe, C.W. Cutler’s Ben) running at the Ryedale nursery held at Kirby Misperton. Most dogs took the downhill gather right-handed where they could be seen all the way and where they passed between the sheep and the holding pen.
Once lifted, the sheep disappeared from view for a few moments so the judge, Elizabeth Gautier, scored the first half of the fetch depending on where they reappeared. Overall, the Mule gimmer lambs ran well on the outfield and were good to pen.
Of the 27 dogs entered, Charles and Beth ran at 17. Going right-handed, the medium coated bitch had a clean outrun before losing one point from her lift.
Three marks were dropped from her fetch where her sheep were slightly off line when they came back in sight, yet there was time for correction and she put them through the obstacle.
Slightly downhill, the drive was to the left and the cross-drive obstacle proved difficult to catch. After thinking they were on line and then realising at the last moment they were in front of the gates, most of the handlers missed it.
Charles and Beth, however, made no such mistake and put their lambs nicely through the hurdle. After losing five points throughout her driving, a clean pen resulted the top score of 81.
After winning at Roxby in October, this gave Beth her second title of the season. Running at 24, Mark Shields and Bing were runners-up with 79 points.
FYLDE, Pott Yeats Farm, Littledale, Lancs, (Judge, C. Palmer, Twiston) Nursery (34 ran) 1, Michael Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Bute, 79 of 90; 2, I. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Jim, 74; 3, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Todd, 72 OLF; 4, R. Hutchinson Craig, 72; 5, M. Jenkins (Shadwell) Indigo, 70; 6, B. Helliwell (Lancaster) Denwyn Moya, 69.
RYEDALE, Kirby Misperton, Pickering, North Yorks, (Judge, E. Gautier, Withernsea) Nursery (27 ran) 1, C. Cutler (Easby) Beth, 81 of 90; 2, M. Shields (Harrogate) Bing, 79; 3, J. Atkinson (Escrick) Wisk, 76; 4, G. Redpath (Dacre) Rosewood Flynn, 75; 5, S. Beaton (Nun Appleton) Milly, 74; 6, J. Read (Louth) Joe, 72.
HOLME, Higher Wall Farm, Lumb, Lancs, (Judge, H. Cleary, Barnacre) Nursery (39 ran) 1, D. Carlton (Newton) Boo, 80 of 90 OLF; 2, A. Ritakallio (Neston) Champ, 80; 3, J. Moore (Isle of Mull) Bob, 79 OLF; 4, C. Kempson (Cowpe) Fleet, 79; 5, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Trigger, 78; 6, J. Scrivin (Elslack) Nell, 76.
WEST COUNTRY Nursery, Ashridge Court, North Tawton, (Judge, K. Watson, Postbridge) Maltese cross (12 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Spot, 52 of 70; 2, J. Watson Fleet, 46; 3, J. Watson Huthwaite Roy, 45; 4, J. Tucker (Brentor) Lednock Jack, 39. Driving (11 ran) 1, T. Rofe (Chilla) Nan, 68 of 100; 2, J. Watson Jill, 58; 3, T. Rofe Maggie, 50; 4, D. Cole (Bittaford) Jess, 47; 5, J. Watson Taff, 46; 6, D. Herd (Cornwall) Tan, 45. Young Handlers 1, C. Fritsgerald (New Forest) Del, 40. New Handlers (8 ran) 1, C. Snuggs (Dorset) Nan, 41 of 70; 2, M. Evans (Holsworthy) Ben, 40; 3, C. Watson (South Brent) Flow, 35; 4, M. Snuggs (Dorset) Lass, 28.
FOXT, Staffordshire, (Judge, J. Hussey, Alderley Edge, 34 ran) Nursery 1, S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Huthwaite Kep, 76 of 90; 2, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Meg, 75; 3, S. Wilkinson Huthwaite Pip, 72; 4, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bonney, 71 OLF; 5, A. Ritakallio (Neston) Kipi, 71; 6, O. Walters (Oughtibridge) Megan, 69. Novice 1, L. Bone (Holmfirth) Blue, 67 of 90; 2, G. Birchenall (Chinley) Dan, 62 OLF; 3, G. Dermody (Nantwich) Mirk, 62. Beginner D. Hayes Peggy, 57.
NORTH WESTMORLAND, Portinscale, Keswick, (Judge, D. Harrison, Selside, 51 ran) Nursery 1, C. Taylor (Clapham) Bob, 80 of 90; 2, B. Helliwell (Lancaster) Denwyn Moya, 79; 3, M. Jones (Howtown) Pip, 78 OLF; 4, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Oz, 78; 5, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Craig, 78; 6, R. Hutchinson Big, 69. Novice 1, L. Cowper (Threlkeld) Flo, 74 of 90; 2, J. Morgan (Workington) Gem, 73; 3, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Jack, 70; 4, A. Temple (Holmrook) Jan, 66. New Handler 1, M. Jones Jnr (Howtown) Pip; 2, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip.
NORTHERN, Hamsteels Hall, Quebec, Durham (Judge, A. Baines, South Stainmore) Open (35 ran) 1, S. Atkinson (Waitby) Meg, 93 of 100 OLF; 2, A. Clark (Kirkby Stephen) Meg, 93; 3, A. Temple (Holmrook) Floss, 90 OLF; 4, L. Morland (Hamsterley) Nell, 90; 5, G. Redpath (Dacre) Scott, 90; 6, B. Bell (Hamsterley) Hutch, 89.
NORTHUMBERLAND League, Dunterly Farm, Bellingham, (Judge, G. Thompson, Prendwick) Nursery (18 ran) 1, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Bozo, 84 of 100; 2, M. Northwood (East Woodburn) Llangwn Floyd, 82; 3, D. Henderson (Allendale) Jill, 78; 4, S. Smith (Seahouses) Gail, 77; 5, B. Jordan Shasta, 73; 6, M. Stephenson (Ponteland) Peg, 66. Novice M. Stephenson Peg. New Handler S. Pearson (Morpeth) Hettie.
ROMNEY MARSH, Whitehall, Lynsted, (Judge, J. Bastable Tonbridge) Cradle (6 ran) 1, M. Banham (Chipstead) Shabden Ricky, 44 of 75; 2, J. Woolston (Horley) Ben. Nursery (6 ran) 1, M. Banham Rob, 62 of 100; 2, M. Banham Ollie, 58 OLF; 3, T. Foster (Creaton) Callie, 58. Novice 1, P. Davies-Russell (Tilford) Flynt, 81 of 100; 2, S. Walker (Stelling Minnis) Karven Griffin, 70; 3, F. Davies-Russell (Tilford) Seth, 68.
EAST ANGLIAN, Worlington, Suffolk, (Judge, W. Gray) Cradle (15 ran) 1, J. Gregory (Milden) Dai, 47; 2, M. Angood (Chatteris) Phoebe, 45; 3, A. Bartram (Aylsham) Hazel, 36; 4, S. Else (Botesdale) Gunner, 34. Nursery (22 ran) 1, G. Baldry (Hillington) mer, 68 of 90; 2, E. Thornally (Worlington) Moss, 62; 3, M. Jenkins (Shadwell) Aura, 59; 4, M. Jenkins Indigo, 56. Novice 1, J. Gregory Bob, 71 of 100; 2, E. Hawkins (Ipswich) Cass, 62; 3, B. Wilden (Bramford) Sam, 55; 4, A. Hughes (Clipsham) Astley Frost, 55.
November 19. YORKSHIRE, Nursery, Manor Farm, Cullingworth, West Yorks, BD22 0EN, 9.30am start, enter on field, if running 2 dogs they must be booked in by 12 noon. HOLME, Nursery, Deerplay, Bacup, Lancs, OL13 8RD, 9am start, enter on field, if running two dogs they must be booked in by 12 noon. DOVEDALE, Nursery, Novice & Beginner, Biggin Moor Farm, Biggin Moor, Buxton, Derbys, SK17 0DS, 9am start, enter on field by 12 noon, catering. NORTH WESTMORLAND,Nursery, Novice and New Handler, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, CA11 9TJ, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, if running three dogs, two to be booked in by 12 noon, novice confined to Cumbria. RYEDALE, Nursery, Cawton, Gilling East, North Yorks, 10am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than 1 dog first by 12 noon.
November 20. FOXT and District, Nursery, Novice and Beginner, Staffordshire, ST10 2NG, enq contact P. Hallam tel 078177 16414, 9am start, enter on field by 12 noon, catering. MID-SHIRES, Nursery and Novice, Framlands Farm, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray. Leics, LE13 1LB, 9.30am start, enter on field, weather check tel 07891 222460. NORTHERN, Nursery, Committee Novice and New Handler, Valley Farm, Bowes, Durham, DL12 9RH, off A66 approximately three miles west of Bowes, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, three or more dogs first by 12 noon, only one dog after 1pm. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Nursery and New Handler, Hawick Farm, Kirkwhelpington, NE19 2PW, 11am start, enter on field. SHROPSHIRE and Herefordshire, Nursery and Novice with AGM, Tilsop Farm, Nash, Ludlow, Shrops, SY8 3AX, 10am start, enter on field, open to anyone living in the 2 counties. SURREY, Nursery and Novice, location TBC, enq to K. Gearing Tel 07879 867385. WINDERMERE, Nursery and New Handler, Otterbank, Skelsmergh, signed off A6 approx. two miles north of Kendal, Cumbria, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm unless dogs are still running. WEST COUNTRY Nursery, MX then Driving, Hewas Water, St Austell, 10am start, enter on field.
Scotland: Sine Robertson
Two similar runs from George Simpson’s Mac and Lad lead the field at Rogart nursery.
The North Country Cheviots behaved well on the course, although odd packets proved difficult. The compact field added to the challenge, but the youngsters achieved some good work.
George and Mac were first to the post and set a high standard for the day. Mac’s outrun was a touch tight at the top, which affected his lift. An excellent fetch followed, then a good drive with only minor deviations from line and a clean finish completed the winning run.
Later in the day, George’s Lad gave the sheep more room at the far end but, anticipating movement by the sheep, George stopped Lad short, which lost him points when the sheep did not move as expected. From there, the work followed a similar pattern to Mac’s and earned second place.
The Texel cross ewes at Lockerbie were good to handle round the flat course and at the pen.
Dean Aitken’s Tweeddale Nell ran out clean and lifted the sheep nicely, making a good start to the fetch. She brought them down the fetch on a good, straight line at a nice pace, only dropping a minor point for a slight waver. Nell made a neat turn round Dean on to a good line for the first leg of the drive and safely through the gates with a good, tight turn.
She drove the sheep across the field on a good line, safely through the cross-drive gates and returned to the pen, dropping only minor points for wavers on the cross-drive. Good teamwork at the pen secured the ewes without any problems and a good shed completed the run in first place.
ROGART (Judge, E. Mackinnon, Lochcarron) Nursery (22 ran) 1, G. Simpson (Forgue) Mac, 93; 2, G. Simpson (Forgue) Lad, 91; 3, I. MacDonald (Staffin) Zoe, 86; 4, I. Sutherland (Strathnaver) Jimmy, 85; 5, S. Campbell (Skye) Flint, 81 Outbye; 6, S. Renwick (Inverbroom) Shiel, 81;
UPPER CLEUGH, Lockerbie (D. Smith, Lanark) Nursery (14 ran) - 1, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Nell, 89; 2, A.R. Mundell (Moffat) Rob, 83; 3, G.A. Marshall (Cocklicks) Bob, 67 Outbye; 4, G.A. Marshall (Cocklicks) Nell, 67; 5, W. Todd (Langholm) Don, 50; Novice – 1, M. Common (Lockerbie) Grit, 66 T/U; Pro -Novice –1, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Buzz, 93; 2, W. Todd (Langholm) Meg, 82;
TIGH NA BLAIR, Nursery (30 ran) 1, A.D. Carnegie (Comrie) Groesfaen Nap, 88; 2, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Lia, 85; 3, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Tib, 84; 4, K. Howlett (Balquhidder)Tess, 83; 5, S. MacFarlane (Bridge of Cally) Gem, 82; 6, M. Magnusson (Ardormie) Nell, 81.
Wales: Christine Hall
GLANGWENLAIS CARMARTHENSHIRE NURSERY, Nursery, 1, A. Sharpe, Stig, 9; 2, S. Lewis, Gwen, 11; 3, N. Watkins, Fly, 12; 4, N. Watkins, Queen, 12; 5, O. Bennett, Mai, 13; 6, M. Jones, Nan, 16. Puppy class, 1, S. Lewis, Gwen, 11; 2, O. Bennett, Mai, 11; 3, M. Jones, Nan, 16; 4, M. Hemmings, Penny, 24, 5, H. Thomas, Molly, 32, 6, S. Lewis, Jess, 36.
HIGH HOUSE FARM GLOS/GWENT NURSERY (Judge, G. Martin) Nursery,
1, J. Garland, Sanduck Jake, 18; 2, G. Jones, Craig, 21; 3, A. Blackmore, Nip, 22; 4, A. Blackmore, Rosewood Ren, 24; 5, R. Mumford, Bryn yr Orsedd Jack, 25; 6, N. Matthews, Msrie, 26. Novice, 1, A. Blackmore, Spottie, 9; 2, A. Blackmore, Malta Cap, 13; 3, B. Morgan, Sawhill Gwen, 23; 4, G. Jones, Craig, 27; 5, D. Cooper, Lee, 34; 6, A. Cooper, Roy, 45.
CILMERY BRECONSHIRE NURSERY, Nursery, 1, K. Evans, Don, 12; 2, K. Evans, Jim, 19; 3, V. Davies, Fly, 20; 4, I. Jones, Ben, 22 OLF; 5, W. Jones, Bill, 22; 6, W. Jones, Moss, 24. Novice,1, B. Howson, Val, 25; 2, Gary Davies, Jim, 31; 3, A. Lloyd, Jimmy, 39; 4, A. Lloyd, Tom, 42. Beginner class, 1, A. Jones, Polly, 20; 2, Glyn Davies, Jess, 24; 3, Glyn Davies, Holly, 25.
November 19. MAESYGELLI RADNORSHIRE NURSERY, Elan Valley, start 10 am, contact J. Simmons, tel: 07871 198 052.BROMSBERROW HEATH GLOS/GWENT NURSERY, Ledbury, HR9 1PB, contact A. Blackmore, tel: 07855 843 226. NEWBRIDGE ON WYE BRECONSHIRE NURSERY, start 10 am, contact B. Abery, tel: 07773 192 283
November 20. COLLEGE FARM CARMARTHENSHIRE NURSERY, start 9 am, contact L. Jones, tel: 07817 412 926. TŶ DRAW RADNORSHIRE NURSERY, Nelson, CF46 6PG, start 9 am, contact C Millichap, tel: 07800 784 664.
November 26. BROMSBERROW HEATH GLOS/GWENT NURSERY, Ledbury, HR9 1PB, contact A. Blackmore, tel: 07855 843 226.
NANTMEL RADNORSHIRE NURSERY, Maesygelli,. LD1 6EL, contact B Pugh, tel: 01597 823 230.TYNEWERN CEREDIGION NURSERY, Llanrhystud, contact E Lloyd, tel: 01974 272 282.
November 27. MAESEGLWYS GLAMORGAN NURSERY Morriston, SA6 6NR, start 9 am, contact C. Millichap, tel: 07800 784 664. LLWYNBEDW CARMARTHENSHIRE NURSERY, Llanpumsaint, SA33 6JU, start 9 am, contact L. Jones, tel: 07817 412 926.