The Saxon family saw success on Saturday (November 19) at Dovedale, where Richard won the nursery with Ben and his son Jake won the novice with Jill. Tom Gregory won best beginner running Meg.
At the scenic location of Biggin Moor Farm, the course sloped downhill from left to right.
With run 18, David Wood, Derwent Valley, and Craig took the lead gaining 78 points. Richard and Ben (T. Brennan’s Meg and Glen) ran at 25.
Following a clean start, rough-coated Ben dropped just one point from his fetch for a slight deviation. Working up on his feet and keeping his sheep flowing at a steady pace, he dropped two marks from the left-hand drive for minor wavers. Finishing with a clean pen gave a score of 87 and a clear nine-point lead.
Seventeen-year-old Jake, who is competing in his second season, ran before his father at 24. Jill gathered clean before dropping two points from her lift.
For deviations, she lost six points from her fetch and six throughout the drive, before four points were dropped at the pen.
Jake and Jill’s score of 72 won the novice class, their first win of the season after several placings and they also have the Bamford and Hope aggregates to their credit.
After competing last season as a beginner, 12-year-old Tom Gregory ran Meg in the young handler class.
The unregistered bitch lost two points from her gather and five from her fetch for line.
She slipped her sheep at one of the obstacles to lose 12 points in total from her driving.
Sheep went just down the side of the pen before Meg quickly turned and put them in to lose two points.
With a score of 69 points, Tom and Meg gained their sixth win of the season.
At the Windermere nursery, host Phil Rigby judged the entry of 32 dogs. Over a rising and undulating course, running was on Hebridean lambs which were good if not upset.
At 18, Hannah Taylor and Roo took the lead with 85 points on a time decision over Jim Cropper and Trigger, who had been standing top on the same score.
But with run 30, Dennis Purdham and Jess (P. Rigby’s Leesha, R. Hutchinson’s Sweep) went ahead. After an excellent start, where just one point went from the lift, three marks were deducted throughout the driving.
Finishing clean at the chute gave the top score of 86 and Jess her second nursery title after winning in October at Trawden.
Frank Fielden, who trained and worked with dogs all his life, died on Tuesday, November 15, at his home near Todmorden.
Due to failing eyesight, he stopped competing in his late-80s, but continued to travel to trials with his son Robert.
DOVEDALE, Biggin Moor Farm, Biggin Moor, Buxton, Derbyshire (Judge, D. Wood, Rivington, 35 ran) Nursery, 1, R. Saxon (Crowden) Ben, 87 of 90; 2, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Craig, 78; 3, S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Huthwaite Pip, 77; 4, S. Cottrell (Congleton) Mac, 75 OLF; 5, I. Gregory (Peak Forest) Nell, 75; 6, P. Wood (Derwent Valley) Joe, 74. Novice, 1, J. Saxon (Crowden) Jill, 72. Young handler, 1, T. Gregory (Peak Forest) Meg, 69.
WINDERMERE, Otterbank, Skelsmergh, Kendal, Cumbria (P. Rigby, Skelsmergh, 32 ran) Nursery, 1, D. Purdham (Holmrook) Jess, 86 of 90; 2, H. Taylor (Skelsmergh) Roo, 85 TIME; 3, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Trigger, 85; 4, K. Cropper (Shap) Jim, 82; 5, J. Cropper, Glen, 80; 6, C. Taylor (Clapham) Bob, 79. New handler, 1, S. Roper (Cleator Moor) Sky, 68 of 90; 2, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip, 62.
YORKSHIRE, Manor Farm, Station Road, Cullingworth, West Yorkshire (I. Salter, Foulridge) Nursery (29 ran) 1, I. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Jim, 87 of 90; 2, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Alf, 84; 3, M. Shields (Harrogate) Bing, 81; 4, V. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Hilston Sally, 79; 5, J. Atkinson (Escrick) Wisk, 77; 6, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Rainow Max, 75.
HOLME, Higher Walls Farm, Lumb, Lancashire (W. Bell, Earby) Nursery (31 ran) 1, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Sid, 81 of 90; 2, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Dan, 79; 3, T. Longton (Quernmore) Storm, 77; 4, C. Kempson (Cowpe) Fleet, 75; 5, J. Cropper, Glen, 72; 6, T. Longton, Oz, 72.
RYEDALE, Cawton, East Gilling, North Yorkshire (A. Mosey, Coulton) Nursery (19 ran) 1, J. Simpson (Hutton Rudby) Jill, 87 of 100; 2, J. Cook (Egton) Amos, 86; 3, G. Blyth (Roos) Calderdale Roy, 86; 4, J. Goulder (Pickering) Valmis Jupiter, 81; 5, I. Murdoch (Sutton-on-Forest) Parksfarm Moss, 79; 6, R. Jewitt (Naburn) Queen, 79.
NORTH WESTMORLAND, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith (M. Beaty, Laithes, 48 ran) Nursery, 1, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Big, 78 of 90; 2, A. Foster (Cartmel Fell) Bill, 77; 3, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Jock, 75; 4, T. Longton (Quernmore) Storm, 74 OLF; 5, T. Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 74; 6, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Nell, 70. Novice, 1, R. Scrimgeour (Wigton) Tally, 79 of 90; 2, L. Cowper (Threlkeld) Flo, 76; 3, A. Foster, Cap, 73; 4, T. Blease (Watermillock) Queen, 70. New handler, 1, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip; 2, R.J. Harrison (Shap) Lad.
MID-SHIRES, Framlands Farm, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire (B. Powell, Cold Ashby) Nursery, 1, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Ren, 78 of 90; 2, A. Rouse (Hildersham) Floss, 73 OLF; 3, D. Roper (Northleach) Emma, 73; 4, E. Thornalley (Worlington) Sweep, 72 OLF; 5, N. Vyas (Wigston) Cody, 72; 6, A. Tomkinson (Melton Mowbray) Flint, 72. Novice (7 ran) 1, A. Blackmore, Cap, 83 of 100; 2, J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Lad, 71; 3, D. Bostock (Belpher) Bess, 69. Open (5 ran) 1, R. Curtis (Grantham) Eddie, 76 of 100.
NORTHUMBERLAND League, Hawick Farm, Kirkwhelpington (J. Fyall, Bellingham) Nursery (17 ran) 1, D. Henderson (Allendale) Jill, 88 of 100; 2, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Bozo, 81; 3, B. Jordan, Shasta, 78; 4, S. Smith (Seahouses) Gail, 74; 5, P. Telfer (Haydon Bridge) Kettle, 68; 6, M. Davidson (Wooler) Twm, 64. Novice, 1, C. McNulty (Wooler) Kim. New handler, 1, S. Pearson (Morpeth) Hettie.
NORTHERN, Pool Tree, Hamsterley, Durham (B. Bell, Hamsterley, 26 ran) Nursery, 1, R. Jewitt (Naburn) Queen, 87 of 90; 2, R. Green (Redmire) Tanhill Bute, 76; 3, J. Edgar (Consett) Redgate Trim, 75; 4, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Sue, 74; 5, A. Baines, Tanhill Sally, 72; 6, S. Ledger (Witton Gilbert) Tia, 68. Committee (R. Green, Redmire) Novice, 1, L. Morland (Hamsterley) Trixie, 66 of 90; 2, J. Bousfield (Harwood-in-Teesdale) Pip, 60; 3, P. Schellhorne (Ferryhill) Roy, 57.
SHROPSHIRE and HEREFORDSHIRE, Tilsop Farm, Nash, Ludlow, Shropshire, Nursery, 1, A. Bennett (Hyssington) Taddymoor Cap; 2, G. Morgan (Ludlow) Mirk. Novice, 1, C. Russell (Carey) Cap; 2, L. Walters (Ludlow) Lad; 3, P. Thomas (Longnor) Meg; 4, A. Hunter-Blair (Ross-on-Wye) Skip.
SURREY, Wivelsden Farm, North Chailey, Haywards Heath (P. Griffiths) Nursery, 1, M. Banham (Chipstead) Ollie, 89 of 100; 2, I. Wheeler, Don, 64; 3, J. Bastable (Tonbridge) Pip, 63. Novice, 1, I. Wheeler, Bob, 77 of 100; 2, J. Marsh (Goddards Green) Flair, 77. Novice handler, 1, A. Tackley, Chip.
WEST COUNTRY, Nursery, Hewas Water, St Austell (N. Dalgarno, Tregony) Maltese cross (14 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Spot, 61 of 70; 2, J. Watson, Fleet, 60; 3, J. Watson, Huthwaite Roy, 50; 4, T. Rofe (Chilla) Dot, 48. Driving (8 ran) 1, T. Rofe, Maggie, 82 of 100; 2, J. Watson, Jill, 78; 3, D. Cole (Bittaford) Jess, 73; 4, T. Rofe, Nan, 66; 5, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Lee, 55; 6, J. Harper (Jacobstowe) Parksfarm Moe, 51. Young handler (5 ran) 1, W. Carter (Delabole) Queen, 49 of 70; 2, W. Carter, Joe, 46; 3, L. Hopper (Veryan) Fern, 34; 4, C. Fritsgerald (New Forest) Del, 28. New handler (8 ran) 1, C. Watson (South Brent) Floe, 52 of 70; 2, B. Cantelo (Shaugh Prior) Cass, 48; 3, J. Kendle (Cornwall) Pip, 47; 4, S. Shuffle (Cornwall) Floss, 46.
November 26. FYLDE, Nursery, Hollinhead Farm, Caton, Lancaster, LA2 9NA, 9.30am start, enter on field, if running two dogs they have to be booked in by 12 noon. TRAWDEN, Nursery, New Close Farm, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4DF, 9.30am start, enter on field, if running two dogs they have to be booked in by 12 noon. NORTH WESTMORLAND,Nursery, Novice and New Handler, Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, CA11 9TJ, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, those with three dogs two to be booked in by 12 noon, novice confined to Cumbria. RYEDALE, Nursery, Baysdale Abbey Farm, Kildale, North Yorkshire, 10am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon. SLINDON, Nursery, novice and beginner, Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6LX, 9.30am start, enter on field by 12 noon, catering.
November 27. HASLINGDEN, Nursery trial, behind Clough Head Cafe, Grain Road, BB4 4AT, will be signposted, first dog to run at 10am, judge Tom Western. HIGHER WHITLEY, Nursery, novice and beginner, School Lane, Higher Whitley, Cheshire, WA4 4QB, 9am start, enter on field by 12 noon. MORETON, Nursery and novice, Station Farm, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6PD, use Cottage Lane entrance, 9.30am start, enter on field. NORTHERN, Nursery, committee novice and new handler, Downholme, between Richmond and Leyburn, off A6108, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, more than three dogs first by 12 noon, only one dog after 1pm. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Nursery and new handler, Lilburn, Wooler, NE71 6QY, 11am start, enter on field. SUSSEX, Nursery and novice, probable location: Wivelsden Farm, North Common Road, North Chailey, Haywards Heath, BN8 4EH. TURTON YOUNG FARMERS, Nursery, Clough Head, Grane Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 4AT, 10am start, enter on field, catering. WEST COUNTRY Nursery, driving then MX, Combeleigh, Weddon Cross, 10am start, enter on field. WINDERMERE, Nursery and new handler, Dry Howe, Selside, signed off A6 north of Kendal, Cumbria, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm unless dogs are still running.
November 30. CROSTHWAITE, Winter Open, Totterbank, Crosthwaite, South Lakes, LA8 8HX, 9am start, last booking in 12 noon, entry closed, weather check 07788 298 432.
Scotland: Sine Robertson
A NEAR flawless nursery run from Kevin Howlett’s Tess earned a comfortable lead over a high standard of work at Cashlie.
Kevin’s Tess ran out, lifted and fetched cleanly. The drive started very well, but the ewes went off the line on the cross drive. Tess put them back on line and through the gate, and the bend proved the only flaw in the work. A clean chute and shed set the seal on the winning run.
John Hastie’s Lethan’s Bear started very well, with just minor points dropped on the course, but the sheep broke and ran round the chute before Bear put the packet through and finished with a clean shed.
On the uphill course at Hamilton Hall, Bobby Henderson’s Bonnie ran out clean, lifted and fetched with very little trouble and, after a good drive, finished the run with a clean chute and shed and a comfortable lead over the field.
Davie Gilchrist’s Jade put local knowledge to good use on a misty day on her snow covered, home ground, at Soutra, when other dogs found the sheep hard to see amongst rushes at the far end.
The mule ewes were good on the course, but difficult to pen and reacted to any harsh handling. Tidy work outbye got the run off to a good start; the line wavered on the drive, but a very good pen and a clean shed finished the run far ahead of the field.
CASHLIE (Judge, D. Robertson, Luss) Nursery (24 ran) 1, K. Howlett (Comrie) Tess, 96; 2, J. Hastie (Saline) Lethans Bear, 91; 3, M. Magnusson (Ardormie) Murphy, 90 Outbye; 4, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Bess, 90; 5, A.D. Carnegie (Comrie) Groesfaen Nap, 89; 6, M. Magnusson (Ardormie) Nell, 88; Novice (3 ran) 1, N. Boyne (Glenlochay) Mirk, 59.
HAMILTON HALL (A. Aitchison, West Linton) Nursery (12 ran) 1, R.B. Henderson (Heriot) Bonnie, 94; 2, J. McRobert (Tweedsmuir) Nell, 87 Outbye; 3, J. Hill (Heriot) Gael, 87; 4, H. Brown (Coulter) Cap, 79; 5, D. Wallace (Blyth Bridge) Tess, 70; 6, A. Watson (Shotts) Joe, 68. Novice (10 ran) 1, J. L’Etang (Slamannan) Slip, 88; 2, S. Morgan (West Linton) Fred, 85; 3, D. MacDiarmid (Glenrath) Sally, 77; 4, J. L’Etang (Slamannan) Gyp, 69; 5, K. Blackwood (Sanquhar) Jill, 59.
HUNTERS HALL, Soutra (R.B. Henderson, Heriot) Nursery (15 ran) 1, D. Gilchrist (Oxton) Jade, 88; 2, J. Robinson (Coldingham) Jill, 70 Outbye; 3, W.S. Elliot (Yetholm) Ben, 70; 4, J. Robinson (Coldingham) Mirk, 60 Outbye; 5, A. Dickman (Oxton) Jake, 60; 6, G. Pate (Humbie) Tib, 55. Novice, 1, P. Howe (Hawick) Pip, 64; 2, G. Pate (Humbie) Tib, 55.
Wales: Christine Hall
GWYN Jones celebrated his 71st birthday with a double win at the Glos/Gwent nursery at Bromsberrow Heath Nursery. Working his rough coated tri-colour Craig, they finished with a clean pen and 25 points lost, which was one point in front of Rex Mumford and Bryn yr Orsedd Jack. Gwyn and Craig also went on to win the novice class later in the day.
In the Glamorgan nursery at Tŷ Draw, Nelson, the Welsh mountain ewes worked well at the start of the day but were tricky if hit too hard on the top. The field was not easy for young dogs as it had a kick back that could have drawn the dogs in. Robert Ellis and Peg lost only seven points, beating Richard Millichap and Max into second place by two points.
At the College Farm Nursery, Carmarthenshire handlers ran their dogs on a downhill course.
The nursery class was won by Stuart George with Gwen. The Puppy class for dogs in their first season out was won by Meirion Jones with Nan.
The Ceredigion nursery trial was hosted by John and Rona Davies at Derry Lodge, Lampeter.
The course was set on a flat open field with hidden dips that brought some dogs in on their outrun. Taking first place in the national style was John Price and his dog Sam. Joint winners in the South Wales style were Eirian Morgan with Craig and John Davies with Alf, who were both down seven points.
GLAMORGAN (Judge, Colin Gordon) Nursery, 1, R. Ellis, Peg, 7; 2, R. Millichap, Max, 9; 3, C. Millichap, Lexi, 10; 4, D. Millichap, Bill, 13 OLF; 5, G. Coombs, Lass, 13; 6, L. Bowden, Don, 19. Novice, 1, R. Millichap, Max, 14 OLF; 2, L. Bowden, Lad, 14; 3, L. Bowden, Don, 18; 4, C. Millichap, Lexi, 22; 5, L. Howells, Floss, 28; 6, D. Howells, Gwen, 30.
CEREDIGION (Kelvin Broad) National style, 1, J. Price, Sam, 12; 2, E.L. Morgan, Spot, 18; 3, A. Davies, Floss, 21; 4, G. Davies, Bill, 22; 5, R. Davies, Spot, 30. South Wales style, 1, E.L. Morgan, Craig, 7 OLF; 2, J. Davies, Alf, 7; 3, J. Price, Sam, 12; 4, E.L. Morgan, Spot, 13; 5, D. Rees, Meg, 14.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE/GWENT (A. Blackmore) Nursery, 1, G. Jones, Craig, 25; 2, R. Mumford, Bryn yr Orsedd Jack, 26 OLF; 3, J. Garland, Sanduck Jake, 26; 4, S. Currie, Sawmill Floss, 30; 5, N. Matthews, Mari, 33; 6, D. Cooper, Lee, 59. Novice, 1, G. Jones, Craig, 27; 2, B. Morgan, Sawmill Gwen, 39; 3, N. Matthews, Mari, 40; 4, S. Currie, Vie, 44; 5, A. Cooper, Lass, 50; 6, A. Cooper, Roy, 54.
BRECONSHIRE, Nursery, 1, V. Davies, Fly, 7; 2, R. Games, Moss 12; 3, B. Howson, Grace, 14 OLF; 4, A. Games, Kim, 14; 5, R. Jones, Rex, 17; 6, G. Davies, Wen, 18. Novice, 1, K. Harley, Fly, 12; 2, G. Davies, Jim, 15; 3, B. Howson, Val, 20; 4, G. Davies, Lad, 21. Beginners, 1, A. Jones, Polly, 17; 2, G. Davies, Holl, 19; 3, A. Harley, Skip, 41.
CARMARTHENSHIRE, Nursery, 1, S. George, Gwen, 12; 2, M. Jones, Nan, 15; 3, T. Mallon, Lola, 20.5 OLF; 4, M. Hemmings, Penny, 20.5; 5, O. Bennett, Mai, 25; 6, N. Watkins, Fly, 26. Puppy, 1, M. Jones, Nan, 15; 2, T. Mallon, Lola, 20.5; 3, M. Hemmings, Penny, 25 OLF; 4, O. Bennett, Mai, 25; 6, S. Lewis, Gwen, 49.
RADNORSHIRE (E Prothero) Nursery, 1, P. Tomkins, Lynn, 5; 2, P. Tomkins, Roxridge Roy, 14; 3, K. Haker, Elsa, 24; 4, A. Price, Spot, 25 OLF; 5, M. Owen, Denwyn Annie, 25; 6, G. Powell, Mott, 28. Novice, 1, S. V-Pugh, Jill, 15; 2, K. Haker, Holly, 38; 3, J. Simmons, Conner, 49; 4, B. Lewis, Fan, 62. Beginner, Dean Addison, Jim, 27.
November 26. BROMSBERROW HEATH GLOUCESTERSHIRE/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, 9am start, contact C. Millichap, tel: 07800 784 664. LLWYNBEDW CARMARTHENSHIRE, Nursery, Llanpumsaint, SA33 6JU, 9am start, contact L. Jones, tel: 07817 412 926. PENCLYN FARM BRECONSHIRE, Nursery, LD3 8ND, 10am start, contact B. Abery, tel: 07773 192 283.
December 3. SOUTH WALES, SWSDTA nursery championship, New Inn, St Florence, Pembrokeshire, SA70 8NR, catering, eye testing, 8am start, contact: Claire Ridge, tel: 01437 563 228 or 07773 192 283.