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Working dogs: Anni Ritakallio and Champ take first open win at Hayfield

Anni Ritakallio and Valmis Champ were the clear winners of the Hayfield Charity Open.

The trial was held last Sunday (June 17) on high ground between Hayfield and Glossop, Derbyshire. With a fetch of approaching 250 yards, the course was set over a rough pasture.

 

Rising to the lift, the gather was taken either way, but many favoured the left which was the most straightforward.

 

Running was on packets of three Mule shearlings, which if lifted hard would come quickly down the fetch.

 

A number of competitors missed the last obstacle, which was hard to catch. Those which did catch the hurdle often had a wide turn into the return.


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The shearlings could be stubborn at the pen and the dogs had to work to put them in. They were variable at the single, where some split off while others clung together.

 

John Elliott judged the entry of 54. David Wood and Gem set the standard, running at three. Apart from just slipping their sheep at the last obstacle, they had good outfield work. After penning they were timed out at the single and scored 79 points.

 

Anni and Champ (A. Ritakallio’s Comebye Jazz, D. Scrimgeour’s Finn) ran at 42. With a clean left-hand gather, clean lift and losing a single point from their fetch, they had an excellent start.

 

Nine points were deducted as they caught both drive obstacles. For the sheep milling in the mouth of the pen, two points were deducted, and Champ scored 86 after losing two points at the single.

 

Clear by seven points, this was Champ’s first open win after having a good nursery season last winter.

 

Hilda Cleary judged the entry of 28 at the Cumberland Show Open trial at Carlisle on Saturday (June 16).

 

Sloping down to the lift, the course had a fetch of about 200 yards.

Worked in fours, the Mule shearlings were hard to settle at hand. At run number six, Mark Elliott’s Stanley lost nothing until two points were deducted from his fetch.

 

Deviations throughout the left-hand drive cost six points. After a clean shed and pen, Stanley dropped four points from his single to score 98.

 

Ross Watson ran Trym (P. Williams’ Silk, D.K. Evans’ Tanhill Glen) at 24. Trym also had a clean outrun and lift before losing just a single point from his fetch.

 

A slightly wide turn into the cross drive, where one sheep split from the others for a short time cost four points. A near faultless finish with a clean shed, one point lost for hesitation at the pen and a clean single gave Trym victory on 104 points.

 

Ross bought Trym three months ago and this was their first win.

 

Results

HAYFIELD, The Grouse, Glossop, Derbyshire, (Judge, J. Elliott, Fulwood Booth) Open (54 ran) 1, A. Ritakallio (Burton) Valmis Champ, 86 of 100; 2, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Gem, 79; 3, A. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Grace, 77 OLF; 4, N. Vyas (John O’Gaunt) Cody, 77; 5, S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Jess, 76; 6, C. Pickford (Rainow) Rainow Liz, 75. Money raised from the trial along with donations and sponsorship is expected to be in the region of £2300 which will be donated to Christies Cancer Hospital, Manchester.

CUMBERLAND SHOW, Carlisle, (Judge, H. Cleary, Barnacre) Open (28 ran) 1, R. Watson (Millom) Trym, 104 of 110; 2, M. Elliott (Alston) Stanley, 98; 3, A. Temple (Holmrook) Jan, 95; 4, S. Thompson (Lancaster) Killiebrae Indy, 88; 5, A. Temple, Whiterose Flint, 86; 6, B. Swinbank (Isle of Man) Lottie, 85.

SUSSEX, Glynde, (Judge, Ros Edwards, Dial Post) Open (28 ran) 1, John Marsh (Golden Cross) Hutch, 85 of 100; 2, Jackie Marsh (Golden Cross) Angie, 82; 3, C. Cassie (Lutterworth) Sean, 81; 4, T. Foster (Creaton) Molly, 79 OLF; 5, E. Lawless (Isle of Man) Chalky, 79; 6, R. Moore (Ditchling) Joe, 78. Novice 1, P. Griffiths (Glynde) Standen Roy, 71.

CORNWALL, Roughtor, Camelford, (Judge, C. Worgan, Chulmleigh) Saturday Open Driving (35 ran) 1, Ray Edwards (Chulmleigh) Bob, 84 of 100; 2, M. Banham (Chipstead) Rob, 83; 3, R. Hayes (Tiverton) Winston, 82; 4, J. Nicholls (Buckland Brewer) Rob, 74; 5, J. Watson (Postbridge) Gwydr Zac, 69; 6, J. Watson, Kelly, 68. (Judge, J. Summers, Tintagel) Open Maltese cross (9 ran) 1, J. Nicholl, Joe, 68 of 90; 2, J. Watson, Roy, 59; 3, Ray Edwards, Fan, 58; 4, L. Hopper (Veryan) Dot, 57. Novice Maltese cross (8 ran) 1, Ray Edwards, Max, 64 of 90; 2, J. Watson, Roy, 60; 3, J. Watson, Bob, 58; 4, L. Ireland (Gorran) Ned, 36. Young Handlers 1, M. Ridge (Chulmleigh) Mac, 63 of 90; 2, W. Carter (Davidstow) Joe, 60; 3, J. Warmington, Nap, 34. (Judge, J. Summers) Sunday Open Driving (35 ran) 1, J. Nicholls, Rob, 83 of 100 OLF; 2, J. Watson, Gwydr Zac, 83; 3, J. Nicholls, Jen, 78; 4, J. Carter (Delabole) Bob, 77 OLF; 5, W. Carter, Joe, 77; 6, M. Fox (Dorchester) Alf, 77.

 

Trials diary

June 22 and 23. ALSTON, Tyne Willows Playing Field, Alston, Cumbria, Local on June 22, 5pm start, enter on field, Open and Brace on June 23, 8.30am start, entry closed.

June 23. DEVON AND EXMOOR, Open Driving/Best Novice/Best Young Handler and Open Maltese cross/Best Novice/Bes and Open Maltese cross/Best Novice/Best Young Handler, adjacent to Ralegh’s Cross Inn, Ralegh’s cross, Exmoor, signed from B3190, 8.30am start, entry closed, catering.

COBBLE HEY, Charity Open, Cobble Hey Gardens, Hobbs Lane, Claughton on Brock, Garstang, PR3 0QN, 9am start, enter on field, proceeds to Northwest Blood Bikers.

June 22, 23 and 24. HARDEN MOSS, Open, Brace, Nursery, Local, and Young Handlers, Greenfield Road, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, entry closed.

June 23 and 24. COTSWOLD, Charity Open, Lodge Park, Northleach, GL54 3PP, entry closed, catering.

June 24. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Open, Whitfield, NE47 8HR, please note change of date from June 23 to June 24.

COME BYE and Away, Open, Middle East Street Farm, West Pennard, Glastonbury, BA6 8NJ, 10am start, enter on field.

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