LAST Saturday (October 1) at the Rainow charity open trials, Michael Longton, despite having limited mobility after recently undergoing knee surgery, won both the morning and the afternoon sessions with Rainow Todd.
Sloping downhill from left to right, the course had a fetch of 350 yards and lengthy sections of driving.
Sergio Perello judged the morning entry of 26. Michael and Todd (C. Pickford’s Rainow Gail, A. Owen’s Roy) ran at number 11.
They had an excellent start, losing just a single point from their out-bye work, before five points were deducted for minor deviations throughout the right-hand drive.
Sheep were tricky to single, yet Todd took it well, losing just one point, before he dropped three points at the pen to score 90 of 100. With run 15, James Gilman and Bob were runners-up on 89 points.
In the afternoon, James Dumbleton – who organised the trial along with Adam Ledgar – judged the entry of 33. First to the post, James and Bob had a good run, flawed by slipping their sheep at the last obstacle.
However, scoring 84 points, they were again the runners-up to Michael and Todd, who ran at nine. Again, Todd took control of his sheep, kept them flowing around the outfield and finished with a clean single and pen, taking his second title of the day on 90 points.
On Sunday (October 2), Larry Cowper judged an entry of 43 dogs at the Dry Howe Open.
With run seven, Sergio Perello and Rap (O.D. Salazar’s Meg, P. Bengtsson’s Flock) had a clean start, lost seven points for deviations of line and a wide turn into the drive, before finishing clean at the pen. Scoring 83, Rap took the title one point clear of runners-up Malcolm Metcalfe and Boris.
RAINOW, Lamaload Reservoir Road, Rainow, Macclesfield, Cheshire (Judge, S. Perello, Caton) Morning open (26 ran) 1, M. Longton (Quernmore) Rainow Todd, 90 of 100; 2, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bob, 89; 3, J. Dumbleton (Bollington) Sid, 81; 4, A. Ritakallio (Neston) Cherry, 80; 5, A. Ritakallio, Come-bye Jazz, 79; 6, M. Longton, Rooten Brook Mac, 72. Afternoon open (J. Dumbleton, Bollington, 33 ran) 1, M. Longton, Rainow Todd, 90 of 100; 2, J. Gilman, Bob, 84; 3, J. Gilman, Bonnie, 78; 4, S. Perello (Caton) Rap, 74; 5, A. Ritakallio, Come-bye Jazz, 70 OLF; 6, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Pip, 70.
DRY HOWE, Selside, Kendal, Cumbria (L. Cowper, Threlkeld) Open (43 ran) 1, S. Perello (Caton) Rap, 83 of 90; 2, M. Metcalfe (Wharton) Boris, 82 OLF; 3, P. Ellis (New Hutton) Joe, 82; 4, R. Watson (Millom) Nidderdale Nidd, 81; 5, S. Perello, Murguia Jim, 79 OLF; 6, A. Temple (Holmrook) Floss, 79.
HAYFIELD, The Grouse, Hayfield, Derbyshire, (G. Birchenall, Chinley, 53 ran) Nursery, 1, M. Hallam (High Peak) Cap, 80 of 90; 2, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Lyn, 79; 3, B. Helliwell (Lancaster) Denwyn Moya, 78; 4, C. Kempson (Cowpe) Fleet, 76; 5, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Alf, 75 OLF; 6, S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Huthwaite Pip, 75. Novice, 1, J. Conway (Glossop) Mist, 77 of 90 OLF; 2, L. Bancroft, Pip, 77; 3, J. Hussey (Alderley Edge) Highgate Hill, 76. Beginner, 1, D. Fitton (Bolton) May, 69 of 90.
RYEDALE, Mountain Ash Farm, Glaisdale, North Yorkshire (S. Cornforth, Egton) Nursery (33 ran) 1, C. Cutler (Easby) Beth, 80 of 90; 2, J. Cook (Egton) Amos, 79; 3, G. Blyth (Roos) Calderdale Sid, 76; 4, J. Simpson (Hutton Rudby) Jill, 70; 5, I. Murdoch (Sutton-on-Forest) Hilston Elmo, 69; 6, S. Beaton (Nun Appleton) Milly, 68.
NORTHERN, Tees Farm, Westwick, Barnard Castle, Co Durham (B. Bell, Hamsterley) Nursery (30 ran) 1, G. Redpath (Dacre) Flynn, 84 of 90; 2, R. Jewitt (Naburn) Queen, 78 OLF; 3, J. Edgar (Consett) Redgate Dot, 78; 4, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Nell, 78; 5, M. Metcalfe (Wharton) Jim, 74 OLF; 6, A. Hunter (Redmire) Tim, 74. Committee novice (J. Bousfield, Middleton-in-Teesdale, 5 ran) 1, R. Fawcett (Hardraw) Glen, 74 of 90; 2, M. Metcalfe, Boris, 66; P. Schellhorne (Ferryhill) Roy, 65. New handler, 1, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip.
DEVON and EXMOOR, Wisdom Farm, Cornwood, Devon (W. Passmore, Okehampton) Devon Maltese cross championship (17 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Zac, 85 of 90; 2, J. Watson, Taff, 82; 3, J. Watson, Bryn-Derw Jim, 78; 4, K. Watson (Postbridge) Matt, 69; 5, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Holly, 68; 6, J. Watson, Jill, 67.
DEVON and EXMOOR, Middle Merripit Farm, Postbridge (T. Peat, Swimbridge) Devon novice championship, Maltese cross (7 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Jill, 77 of 90; 2, J. Watson, Joe, 72; 3, J. Harper (Jacobstowe) Parksfarm Moe, 70. Driving (7 ran) 1, J. Watson Gwynddor Zac, 88 of 100; 2, J. Watson, Bryn-Derw Jim, 86; 3, C. Roe (Cadeleigh) Kite, 76. Best OLF, J. Watson, Gwynddor Zac. Best home-bred, C. Roe, Kite. New handlers, 1, M. Snuggs (Dorset) Lass; 2, C. Snuggs (Dorset) Nan.
SLACKSTEAD, Peak Forest, Derbyshire (I. Hulme, Buxton, 45 ran) Nursery, 1, R. Saxon (Crowden) Ben, 75 of 90; 2, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Meg, 71; 3, P. Atkinson (Briercliffe) Minnie, 70; 4, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Craig, 69; 5, P. Wood (Derwent Valley) Joe, 67 OLF; 6, S. Cottrell (Congleton) Mac, 67. Novice, 1, G. Birchenall (Chinley) Marchup Leaf, 80 of 90; 2, G. Dermody (Nantwich) Mirk, 77; 3, G. Birchenall, Dan, 72. Young handler, 1, T. Gregory (Peak Forest) Meg, 62. Beginner, T. Ollerenshaw (Lowther) Bett, 66.
RYEDALE, Oswaldkirk, North Yorkshire (G. Blyth, Roos) Double gather (39 ran) 1, K. Cropper (Shap) Zac, 120 of 160; 2, P. Exelby (Nun Appleton) Gem, 118; 3, I. Murdoch (Sutton-on-Forest) Ben, 117; 4, R. Fawcett (Hardraw) Glen, 116; 5, R. Fawcett, Lola, 115; 6, T. Longton (Quernmore) Maya, 109.
NORTHUMBERLAND League, Bellingham (S. Wallace, Netherton) Open (35 ran) 1, M. Davidson (Wooler) Taff, 91 of 100; 2, P. Turnbull (Rothbury) Mik, 90; 3, M. Northwood (East Woodburn) Cilla, 90; 4, P. Turnbull, Glen, 89; 5, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Angel, 85; 6, M. Northwood, Queen, 84. Best novice, E. Irvine (Ewesley) Blue.
EAST ANGLIAN, Ickworth Park, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds (G. Foster, Themelthorpe) Saturday open (30 ran) 1, B. Powell (Cold Ashby) Mirk, 85 of 100; 2, C. Neal (Wormegay) Blake, 84; 3, E. Hawkins (Ipswich) Troy, 79; 4, M. Day (Hindolveston) June, 77 OLF; 5, B. Wilden (Bramford) Bess, 77; 6, B. Powell, Drift, 75. Novice, 1, E. Bell (Ashmanhaugh) Nell, 71. Sunday open (M. Jenkins, Shadwell, 38 ran) 1, E. Hawkins, Max, 85 of 100; 2, C. Neal, Blake, 79; 3, E. Hawkins, Troy, 77; 4, E. Thornalley (Worlington) Juke, 75; 5, R. Curtis (Grantham) Patch, 75; 6, J. McBride (Grantham) Jake, 75. Novice, 1, B. Wilden, Sam, 66 of 90; 2, J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Lad, 63; 3, J. Gregory (Milden) Bob, 55; 4, J. Moloney (Gosford) Floss, 48.
HEREFORDSHIRE, Eardisley, Nursery, 1. A. Bennett (Hyssington) Cap; 2. G. Morgan (Ludlow) Mirk. Novice, 1. C. Russell (Carey) Cap; 2. L. Jones (Hope) Sian; 3. G. Morgan (Ludlow) Ben; 4. L. Owen (Obley) Tess.
October 8. LYDGATE, Nursery, novice and beginner, The Hawthorns, Lydgate, Holmesfield, Sheffield, S18 7WB, 9am start, enter on field. NORTHERN, Nursery, novice and new handler, Woodland, Co Durham, DL13 5RT, on west side of Woodland take Hamsterley turning off B6282 Eggleston/Woodland road, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, for three dogs first before 11.30am, only one dog after 1pm, novice restricted to committee member’s dogs which have not won first or second place in an open. RYEDALE, Nursery, Pilly Hall Farm, Easby, on the Kildale to Stokesley road, North Yorkshire, TS9 6JQ, 10.30am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon.
October 9. BAMFORD, Nursery, novice and beginner, Shatton, Bamford, Derbyshire, 9am start, enter on field by 12 noon, catering. HOPE, Nursery, novice and beginner, Hope Showground, Castleton Road, Hope, Derbyshire, S33 6RD, 9am start, enter on field by 12 noon. YORKSHIRE, Nursery, Park House Farm, Elslack, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3AT, 9.30am start, enter on field. HOLME, Nursery, new venue, Farside Farm, Red Lees Road, Cliviger, Burnley, BB10 4RQ, 9am start, enter on field. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Nursery, novice and new handler, Howtown, Ullswater, CA10 2ND, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, for three dogs two to be booked in by 12 noon, nursery dogs to be under four years on October 1 and can run for two seasons only, novice confined to Cumbria. SHREWSBURY, Green Farm, Longnor, Shrewsbury, SY5 7PP, 10.30am start.
PAUL Turnbull’s Glen left the rest of the field far behind him at Yetholm with good, precise lines and turns. Leading the also rans was Glen’s kennel mate, Mick.
Glen worked very well outbye, with just minor wavers on the fetch, and completed the winning run with a quick pen and shed.
Running earlier in the day, Paul’s Mick had a very different run with a difficult packet of sheep, and did his best to fight them round the course, so his lines were not so good and his pen was a battle that he eventually won. A successful pen completed the work in second place.
Julie Hill’s Molly had another smooth run, which had a real chance of eclipsing Glen, until the sheep slipped by the cross drive gate. Good work at hand restored the standard, but with a hole in the run, Molly took third place.
DURNESS (Judge, D. Murray, Rogart) Open (44 ran) 1, E.C. MacKinnon (Lochcarron) Midge, 91; 2, J. McKenzie (Turriff) Tweedie, 90 Outbye; 3, N. Sutherland (Strathnaver) Mick, 90; 4, I. MacKay (Leanach) Glen, 87; 5, M.C. Shearer (Westfield) Roy, 86; 6, M. Murray (Back) Gael, 85 Outbye. Nursery (12 ran) 1, N. Sutherland, Highash Hill, 72; 2, I. Sutherland (Strathnaver) Jimmy, 69; 3, W. Cormack (Dunnet) Jill, 65.
YETHOLM (A. Wallace, Bellingham) Open (62 ran) 1, P. Turnbull (Debdon) Glen, 95; 2, P. Turnbull, Mick, 88; 3, J. Hill (Heriot) Molly, 86; 4, M. Northwood (West Woodburn) Queen, 85; 5, C. Dickson (Coldingham) Straid Star, 82; 6, H. Brown (Coulter) Groesfaen Kadi, 81.
ABINGTON (L. Welsh, Abington) Open (65 ran) 1, S.L. Davidson (Sandbank) Gillieglen Queen, 86; 2, R.B. Henderson (Heriot) Skid, 82 Outbye; 3, N. McVicar (Benmore) Mist, 82; 4, V. Parkes (Yarrow), Tweedhope Kemp, 76; 5, I. Fleming (Douglas) Dusk, 76 Outbye; 6, R.B. Henderson, Tweed, 76.
CREICH (S. Grant, Strathcannaird) Nursery (20 ran) 1, G. Simpson (Forgue) Groesfaen Mac, 87; 2, G. Simpson, Jaff, 77; 3, S. Campbell (Skye) Flint, 65; 4, W. Irving (Lairg) Finn, 53 Outbye; 5, I. Sutherland, Jimmy, 53; 6, W. Cormack, Jill, 48.
FOUR young handlers showed their talents at the Ffos y Fran Young Handler Trial on October 2. Set on an undulating hillside in Carmarthenshire’s Brechfa Forest, the outrun was approximately 350 yards. It started with a steep downhill section and then gradually climbed up to the brow of the hill. The sheep, which were Brecknock Cheviots, ran in packets of four and worked consistently well throughout the day.
All of the young handlers’ demonstrated a high level of handling skills but the competition was won by 14-year-old Logan Williams.
His run lost him and Ned only 13 points. Each of them received the prize of a training session with internationally renowned handler Aled Owen, kindly sponsored by Parker Plant Hire.
Some 60 handlers of all ages also ran in an open national trial on the same course. It was won by Yvonne Abery with Glan y Gors Mona in a steady performance, which lost them only three points.
FFOS Y FRAN, Open national, 1, Y. Abrey (Brecon) Glan y Gors Mona, 3; 2, R. Ellis (Nntymoel) Spot, 5 OLF; 3, R. Ellis, Sweep, 5; 4, D. Evans (Libanus) Bet, 6; 5, J. Wheaton (Port Talbot) Ben, 7; 6, K. Evans (Libanus) Don, 8. Young handler, L. Williams (Llandeilo) Ned, 13.
NEW ROW, Open national, 1, A. Morgan (Mwnt) Lad, 10; 2, I. Evans (Ystrad Meurig) Bob, 15; 3, E. Howells (Capel Madog) Spot, 16; 4, D. Jenkins (Talybont) Moss, 17; 5, E.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Glyn, 18; 6, M. Morgan (Tregaron) Jill, 19. South Wales Style, 1, I. Evans, Bob, 11; 2, E.L. Morgan, Jaff, 20; 3, J. Evans (Swyddffynnon) Glen, 25; 4, A. Morgan, Lad, 28; 5, D. Jenkins, Moss, 32; 6. E. Howells, Don, 33.
PENDERI FARM, Nursery, 1, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Rosewood Wren, 12.5; 2, N. Matthews (Tredegar) Mari, 18; 3, A. Blackmore, Nip, 29; 4, R. Mumford (Tredegar) Jack, 35; 5, T. Griffiths (Lydney) Tilly, 37; 6, R. Lewis (Lisvane) Telf Jude, 39. Novice, 1, A. Blackmore, Rockie, 11; 2, J. Garland (Cwmbran) Sanduck Jake, 12; 3, A. Blackmore, Spottie, 13.5; 4, N. Matthews, Mari, 23 OLF; 5, S. Currie, Vie, 23; 6, N. Matthews, Bob, 25.
PONTERWYD, Session one (C. Ridge) Open national, 1, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Mazi, 10; 2, J. Evans (Swyddffynnon) Glen, 12; 3, A. Driscoll, Kinlich Pippi, 13; 4, A. Morgan (Mwnt) Lad; 5, I. Evans (Ystrad Meurig) Gem, 18; 6, A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Kate, 19. Novice national, 1, A. Morgan, Preseli Lad, 16; 2, I. Evans, Gem, 18; 3, S. Lewis (Elan Valley) Moss, 19; 4, K. Haker (Llandrindod Wells) Holly, 27. Session two (M. Lewis) Open national, 1, E. Lloyd (Llanrhystud) Fly, 13; 2, C. Ridge (Narberth) Scott, 14 OLF; 3, C. Ridge (Narberth) Sian, 14; 4, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Pippi, 15 OLF; 5, D. Jarman, (Llangwyryfron) Pero, 15; 6, R. Davies (Lampeter) Trim, 16. Novice national, 1, E. Lloyd (Llanrhystud) Fly, 13; 2, C. Ridge (Narberth) Scott, 14 OLF; 3, R. Davies (Lampeter) Trim, 16; 4, B. McConnell (Narberth) Sky, 21.
SWYDDFFYNNON, Double fetch (P. Davies) 1, S. Lewis (Elan Valley) Moss, 11; 2, A. Williams, Max, 12; 3, B. McConnell (Narberth) Nel, 14; 4, E.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Glen, 14; 5, V. Morris (Clun) Ben, 16; 6, V. Morris, Nap, 17.
October 8. CEREDIGION, Nursery, Coedperthi, Beulah, Newcastle Emlyn, contact A. Evans, tel: 01239 851 014. MANOBIER NEWTON, SA70 8PY, Open national, enter on field, catering, 7.30am start, contact S. Harden, tel: 01646 686 023. NORTH WALES, Nursery, Heat 6, Redbrook, SY13 3HB, contact J. Ellis, tel: 01948 780 286. PENDERI FARM, Argoed, NP12 0JA, Gloucestershire and Gwent nursery trial, contact G. Jones, tel: 01495 224 165 or 07511 235 165.
October 9. CARMARTHENSHIRE, Nursery and Three Counties selection, Ty Newydd, Cynwyl Elfed, SA33 6UT, 9am start, contact M. Owen, tel: 07779 600 112. PEMBROKESHIRE, Nursery and Three Counties selection, New Court Farm, Manobier Newton, SA70 8PY, 10am start, contact S. Harden, tel: 01646 686 023. GLAMORGAN, Nursery, Red Farm, Llangan, CF35 5DR, 9am start, contact C. Millichap, tel: 07800 784 664.
October 10. PENTRE GWNNWS, Ystrad Meurig, SY25 6AQ, Ceredigion team selection, 9am start, contact I. Evans, tel: 01974 261 341.
October 12. CEREDIGION, Nursery, Penbwlch, Rhydyfelin, contact I. Jones, tel: 01970 617 949. RADNORSHIRE, Nursery, Craig yr Onon Farm, LD1 5SB, contact J. Simmons, tel: 07871 198 052.
October 15. EGLWYSBACH, Ty Gwyn, LL28 5RN, Open national, class two, local, ladies and young farmer classes, catering, enter on field, 9.30am start, contact E. Williams, tel: 07745 842 619.
October 16. CARMARTHENSHIRE, Nursery trial, Ffos y Fran, Llanllawddog, SA32 7JG, 9am start, contact M. Owen, tel: 07779 600 112. GLOUCESTERSHIRE AND GWENT, Nursery trial, Castlefield, Craig Llwyn Road, Lisvane, CF14 0RP, contact R. Lewis, tel: 07818 037 740. PEMBROKESHIRE, Nursery trial, Eglwyswen, 10am start, contact I. Harris, tel: 01239 891 468.GLAMORGAN, Nursery trial, Stembridge Farm, Llanrhidian, SA3 1BT, 9am start, contact C. Millichap, tel: 07800 784 664.