Ross Watson enjoyed considerable success last weekend when he took three open titles with Nidderdale Nidd and was runner-up twice with Ricky.
Firstly, he competed on Saturday (September 17) at the Hayfield sheepdog trials, Derbyshire. Here, the running was on manageable Mule ewes over a course which sloped downhill from left to right.
After gaining 93 points with Ricky, he earned a two-point advantage with Nidd (K. Gibson’s Poppy and Dan) to take the title with 95 of 100 points.
Held the following day, 26 qualifiers competed in the double gather Championship of the Peak. After winning the Longshaw championship in early September, in top form, David Wood and Sal (D. Wood’s Moe, A. Owen’s Roy) were clear victors.
After competing at Hayfield, Ross travelled north to the Northumberland league open, held at Slaggyford. Over a flattish course, mostly gathered left, running was on Mule ewes which were quite good over the outfield, but would not stand pressure at the pen.
At 21, Joseph Relph and Highfield Del set the standard gaining 97 points, a score the judge Norman Ireland thought would not be beaten.
However, at 57, Ross had an outstanding run with Nidd losing just two points, mainly for a slightly wide turn at his feet. On 98 points, they took their second title of the day.
Finally, Ross travelled to Brampton, where, with Ricky, he took the penultimate run at 65. Another very good run was flawed a slip at the chute, yet scoring 89 points, Ricky was runner-up to Richard Hutchinson and Sweep (R. Hutchinson’s Lyn and Wenndale Roy), who with run 14 had stood top for most of the day on 91 points.
On Sunday (September 17), Ross competed at the Stephen Relph memorial open, which was sponsored by Ulverston Auction, where he works as an auctioneer.
Working tricky Herdwick hoggs over a flat course, Nidd dropped four points for minor deviations over his outfield work, before losing one point for hesitation at the pen.
Scoring 90 of 95 points, Ross and Nidd took their third title of the weekend. Arthur Temple and Don, who won the Northern open held the same day, were runners-up on 88 points.
HAYFIELD, Spray House Farm, Hayfield, Derbyshire (Judge, J. Cropper, Deerplay) Saturday open (47 ran) 1, R. Watson (Millom) Nidderdale Nidd, 95 of 100; 2, R. Watson, Ricky, 93; 3, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Danny, 92; 4, P. Johnson (Barton-under-Needwood) Jack, 92 OLF; 5, T. Longton (Quernmore) Jim, 92; 6, C. Pickford (Rainow) Rainow Liz, 91. Best lady, S. Cropper, Danny. Championship of the Peak (J. Howard, Holme, 26 ran) 1, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Sal, 138 of 160; 2, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bob, 125; 3, K. Cropper (Shap) Tsavo, 121; 4, S. Cropper, Beechwood Ben, 119; 5, T. Longton, Riva, 116. Beginners (J. Dumbleton, Bollington) 1, W. Mellor (Hayfield) Lassie; 2, J. Gilman, Jay; 3, Y. Smith (Ashbourne) Trev; 4, R. Heath (Macclesfield) Midge; 5, K. Wood (Chinley) Joey. Local nursery (15 ran) 1, P. Wood (Derwent Valley) Joe, 63 of 90; 2, D. Wood, Lynn, 58; 3, J. Mellor (Hayfield) Floss, 57; 4, S. Cotterell (Congleton) Mac, 60. Local open (21 ran) 1, G. Birchenall (Chinley) Queen, 74 of 90; 2, J. Gilman Bob, 70; 3, J. Mellor, Tim, 68; 4, T. Priestley (Bamford) Tim, 46.
NORTHUMBERLAND League, Slaggyford (N. Ireland, Holmrook) Open (66 ran) 1, R. Watson, Nidderdale Nidd, 98 of 100; 2, J. Relph (Greystoke) Highfield Del, 97; 3, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Jock, 94; 4, A. Foster (Cartmel Fell) Cap, 91; 5, M. Davidson (Wooler) Taff, 91; 6, R. Hutchinson, Sweep, 90.
BRAMPTON, Cumbria (G. Fearon, Borrowdale) Open (66 ran) 1, R. Hutchinson, Sweep, 91 of 100; 2, R. Watson, Ricky, 89; 3, J. Relph, Bill, 88; 4, M. Davidson, Taff, 85; 5, L. Cowper (Threlkeld) Eric, 83 OLF; 6, M. Elliott (Lazonby) Tip, 83. Local, 1, M. Elliott, Stanley, 75 of 100; 2, R. Tweddle (Rockcliffe) Jill, 62.
NORTH WESTMORLAND, Stephen Relph memorial, Greystoke, Penrith, Cumbria (E. Wills, Embleton) Open (39 ran) 1, R. Watson, Nidderdale Nidd, 90 of 95; 2, A. Temple (Holmrook) Don, 88; 3, R. Hutchinson, Sweep, 86; 4, R. Hutchinson, Jock, 85; 5, L. Cowper, Eric, 84; 6, C. Taylor (Keasden) Meg, 83.
NORTHERN, High Shipley, Eggleston, Durham (F. Satterthwaite, Brough) Open (36 ran) 1, A. Temple, Don, 87 of 100 OLF; 2, P. Exelby (Nun Appleton) Gem, 87; 3, B. Bell (Hamsterley) Hutch, 86 OLF; 4, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Lassie, 86; 5, R. Hutchinson, Jock, 85; 6, H. Jackson (Eggleston) Bess, 82.
NORTHUMBERLAND League, Ingram Show (S. Wallace, Netherton) Open (28 ran) 1, C. Balmbro (Wooler) Chip, 85 of 100; 2, J. Pattinson (Bardon Mill) Jean, 84; 3, C. Balmbro Scott, 83; 4, J. Pattinson, Boo, 82; 5, W. Graham (Wooler) Kel, 80; 6, M. Davidson, Corrie, 78.
NORTHUMBERLAND League, Harbottle (C. Balmbro, Wooler) Open (30 ran) 1, P. Turnbull (Rothbury) Mik, 88 of 100; 2, E. Irvine (Ewesley) Gypsy, 84; 3, P. Telfer (Haydon Bridge) Bling, 83; 4, P. Turnbull, Glen, 80; 5, P. Telfer, Stella, 80; 6, C. Dickson (Coldingham) Tweed, 77.
CROSTHWAITE, new handlers, Totterbank, Crosthwaite, Cumbria (A. Bradley and C. Bradley, Crosthwaite) class 1, working dog at hand, 1, S. Thompson (Lancaster) Killiebrae Indy; 2, F. Shelley (Lancaster) Glenalla Flyte; 3, K. Doig (Perthshire) Jura; 4, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip; 5, J. Brain (Kelleth) Ruben; 6, D. Scott (Kendal) Dan. Class 2, 1, K. Doig, Jura; 2, V. Graham, Pip; 3, S. Thompson, Killiebrae Indy; 4, F. Shelley, Glenalla Flyte. Class 3, OLF and chute to finish, 1, V. Graham, Pip; 2, J. Brain, Ruben; 3, K. Doig, Jura; 4, D. Scott, Cap; 5, S.Thompson, Killiebrae Indy; 6, F. Park (Kendal) Jess. Best young handler, F. Park, Jess.
DORSET COUNTY SHOW, Manor Farm, Cheselbourne, Dorset (M. Banham, Chipstead) Open (45 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Jake, 86 of 100; 2, N. Dalgarno (Tregony) Roy, 83; 3, B. Watson (North Tawton) Jay, 79 OLF; 4, J. Watson, Zac, 79; 5, R. Edwards (Chulmleigh) Brad, 78 OLF; 6, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Holly, 78.
MID-SHIRES, Dipman’s Lodge, East Haddon, Northamptonshire (A. Hall, Wolvey) Open (35 ran) 1, J. Atwell (Evesham) Shinehill Spice, 93 of 100; 2, A. Tomkinson (Melton Mowbray) Floss, 91 OLFD; 3, B. Smith (Wytham) Ben, 91; 4, R. Smith (Chipping Norton) Bob, 91; 5, J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Bess, 90; 6, C. Neal (Wormegay) Blake, 89. Novice, 1, J. Atwell, Shinehill Spec, 81 of 100; 2, J. Porter, Lad, 75. Best driving, B. Powell (Cold Ashby) Drift.
EAST ANGLIAN, Suffolk Food Hall, Whersted (M. Vickery) Saturday open (46 ran) 1, E. Thornalley (Worlington) Duke, 89 of 100; 2, E. Hawkins (Ipswich) Troy, 86; 3, M. Banham (Chipstead) Jock, 84; 4, D. Roper (Northleach) Will, 83; 5, T. Longton, Rooten Brook Ben, 82; 6, M. Banham, Bell, 82. Sunday open (F. Chapman, Docking, 32 ran) 1, D. Roper, Pete, 89 of 100; 2, E. Hawkins, Max, 87; 3, G. Baldry (Hillington) Finn, 87; 4, M. Jenkins (Shadwell) Ember, 85; 5, D. Roper, Will, 83; 6, M. Day (Hindolveston) June, 77. Novice, 1, M. Day, June, 77 of 100; 2, T. Bulgin (Methwold) Mist, 72; 3, J. Moloney (Gosfield) Dot, 63; 4, J. Gregory (Milden) Bob, 57.
September 24. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Open, Rochester, NE19 1RD, entry closed. HAYFIELD,Nursery, novice and beginners, The Grouse, between Glossop and Hayfield, off A624, Derbyshire, SK13 6JZ, 8.30am start, enter on field. HOLME, Open, The Ram Inn, Cliviger, Burnley, Lancashire, 8.30am start, enter on field. NORTHERN, Open, Tees Farm, Westwick, DL12 8UT, about two miles from Barnard Castle on the Whorlton Road, 9.30am start, enter on field by 3pm, for three dogs one before 11am, only one dog after 12.30pm. RYEDALE Open, off the Ampleforth Road out of Oswaldkirk, North Yorkshire, change of date from Friday to Saturday, 9.30am start, enter on field, more than one dog first to be booked in before 12noon. CORNWALL, Tremeer trial, Open driving and open and novice MX, Trewinnow Farm, Davidstow, PL32 9YA, 9.30am start, enter on field. DEVON AND EXMOOR, Devon MX championship, Devon members only, Wisdom Farm, Cornwood, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9RA, 9.30am start, entry closed.
September 24 and 25. SURREY, Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, Surrey CR5 3SF, Saturday open, Sunday double gather run-off, entry closed.
September 25. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Open, Debdon Farm, Rothbury, NE65 7QA entry closed.CORNWALL, Davidstow trial, incorporating the Cornish run-off trial, Trewinnow Farm, Davidstow, PL32 9YA, 9.30am start, enter on field. DEVON AND EXMOOR, Middle Merripit Farm, Postbridge, Devon, PL20 6SZ, Devon novice championships, novice MX and novice driving, Devon and Exmoor members only, entry closed, new handler class open to all, enter on field, 9.30am start. MID-SHIRES, Open, Ashurst Farm, Coal Pit Lane, Wolvey, Leicestershire, LE10 3HD, entry closed. LYDGATE, Nursey and novice, The Hawthorns, Lydgate, Holmesfield, Sheffield, S18 7WB, 9am start, enter on field, no catering, contact N. Denniff, tel: 07972 866 149. HOLMROOK, Open, off the A595 at Holmrook, Cumbria, 9am start, enter on field. WEST CUMBRIA, Nursery and novice, off A595 at Holmrook, Cumbria, 9am start, enter on field.
October 8. KENTISBURY DOWN, Open driving, signed from Blackmoor Gate, 9am start, pre-entry by October 1, contact D. Kennard, tel: 01271 870 056. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Open Alwinton, NE65 7BQ, pre-entry, contact J. Ogilvie, tel: 01669 640 337.
October 8 and 9. THANET (run by the gather) Olantigh, TN25 5DH (TBC), pre-entry, contact N. Onslow, www.southeastenglandsheepdogtrials.org.
A practical, workmanlike approach to heavy Lleyn and Texel cross ewes earned Ross Henderson and Glen a comfortable lead at Strathaven.
Ewes needed to be pushed and Glen was one of few dogs able to put them across the course and through the cross drive gate.
The uphill course, familiar from past Scottish nationals, tested dogs. Only one worked cleanly outbye, while many came in on their outrun, and all needed to be urged on.
Glen found his ewes, with encouragement, pushed them round the course in a workmanlike manner and finished the winning run with a clean pen and shed and a comfortable lead over the field.
Cheviot and Blackface cross ewes ran well at Strontian and contributed to a high standard of work. Dips on an otherwise flat course took dogs out of sight at times, crucially on the first leg of the drive.
Two very similar runs led, with just a point between them.
Stuart Davidson’s Gillieglen Queen ran out and lifted cleanly, fetched well and drove with just minor wavers. A clean pen and shed completed the winning run.
John MacKillop and Joe followed a similar pattern, with clean work outbye and at hand, but gave way to Queen on the fetch and earned second place.
Blackface ewes behaved exceptionally well at New Luce hill trial, but some dogs had difficulties on their outrun. The course started on the level, then rose over rough hill ground on a gently rising slope.
Neil Gillon’s Shweep earned top slot and a comfortable lead over the field with a clean outrun and lift, a good fetch and drive and clean work at hand.
STRONTIAN (Judge, A. Cameron, Callander) Open (42 ran) 1, S.L. Davidson (Sandbank) Gillieglen Queen, 96; 2, J. MacKillop (Fort Augustus) Joe, 95; 3, A. McCuish (Skipness) Moss, 93; 4, I. MacKay (Leanach) Bonnie, 92; 5, S.L. Davidson, Hope, 91; 6, J. MacKillop, Straid Sam, 88.
NEW LUCE (C. Armstrong, Archbank) Open (45 ran) 1, N. Gillon (Dailly) Shweep, 95; 2, J.R. Welsh (Dalrymple) Tanhill Sam, 89; 3, F. Shennan (Barr) Mia, 86; 4, W. Morrison (West Yell) Will, 84 Outbye; 5, F. Shennan, Spot, 84; 6, C. Caygill (Wigtownshire) Luck, 83.
GLENLYON (R. Lewis, Killin) Open (72 ran) 1, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Mo, 93; 2, S.L. Davidson, Gillieglen Queen, 89; 3, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Jill, 85; 4, J. Casey (Largie) Ben, 84; 5, L. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Betty, 74; 6, S. Martin (Cashlie) Lexie, 73. Local, 1, S. Martin, Lily; 2, N. Boyne (Glenlochay) Mirk. Nursery, 1, L. Magnusson, Betty. Glenlyon league, 1, S. Martin, Lexie, 13; 2, S.L. Davidson, Gillieglen Queen, 8; 3, K. Howlett (Muthill) Fly, 7.
MONIAIVE (A.B. Mundell, Moffat) Open (60 ran) 1, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tweed, 92; 2, F. Shennan, Spot, 91; 3, T. Welsh (Patna) Don, 90; 4, S. McCrindle (Palnackie) Kate, 89 Outbye; 5, C. Caygill, Luck, 89; 6, A. Stewart (Lockerbie) Midge, 88. Confined, 1, E. Craig (Carsphairn) Shep, 57. Young handler, 1, J. Welsh jnr (Muirkirk) Nell, 67.
YARROW (J. McKenzie, Ardormie) Open (45 ran) 1, J. Hill (Heriot) Mac, 90; 2, R. Henderson (Stowe) Glen, 86; 3, J.B. Foster (Earlston) Tay, 85; 4, T. Long (Ballybofey) Ben, 81; 5, D. Wallace (Blyth Bridge) Jen, 78; 6, W.G. Gallagher (Kilcar) Blue, 77. Local, 1, M. Arres (Ashkirk) Clyde, 75.
STRATHAVEN (R. Howatson, Fairlie) Open (34 ran) 1, R. Henderson, Glen, 86; 2, J.A. Common (Lockerbie) Taff, 80 Outbye; 3, M. Condie (New Cumnock) Doon, 80; 4, R. Middleton (Dalry) Will, 79; 5, D. Wallace, Jen, 78; 6, G.C. Gardner (Lesmahagow) Meg, 77.
BRYNGWRAN, Open national, session one, 1, K. Dodd (Malpas) Bill, 19; 2, R. Owen (Clynnog Fawr) Ross, 21; 3, K. Schwarze (Prion) Eira, 22; 4, M. Evans, Fan, 24; 5, G. Lightfoot (Llandegla) Omega Mari, 26; 6, M. Davidson (Llansadwrn) Sweep, 31. Session two, 1, A. Owen (Penygroes) Glenys, 7; 2, J.R. Griffith (Talysarn) Sam, 12; 3, A. Williams (Penmachno) Max, 14; 4, E. Jones, Jazz, 19; 5, G. Owen (Llanerchymedd) Moss, 20; 6, W. Edwards, Megan, 21.
DOLWYDDELAN (Judge, H. Pritchard) Open national, 1, D. Edwards (Penrhyndeudraeth) Jem, 8; 2, A. Owen (Corwen) Llangwm Cap, 9; 3, A. Owen, Llangwm Glesni, 11; 4, H. Evans, Lad, 13; 5, Davies (Abergynolwyn) Sali, 14 OLF; 6, A. Owen (Penygroes) Glenys, 14. Class two, 1, I. Williams (Abersoch) 13; 2, H. Evans, Fflei, 17; 3, D. Jenkins (Talybont) Bale, 18; 4. J.R. Griffith (Talysarn) Jet, 20.
LLANGEITHO (J. Price) Open national, 1, R. Millichap (Port Talbot) Del, 4; 2, R. Millichap, Sweep, 12; 3, J. Evans (Swyddffynnon) Glen 13.5; 4, C. Gordon (Gower) Maid, 16; 5, B. McConnell (Narberth) Roy, 16.5; 6, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Mazi, 19.5. Open South Wales, 1, I.B. Jones (Capel Bangor) Tim, 6; 2, R. Davies (Lampeter) Trim, 16; 3, I.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Scott, 18; 4, M. Lewis (Talgarth) Gel, 22.5; 5, A. Driscoll, Kinloch Mazi, 26. Cardiganshire novice, 1, R. Davies, Nell, 18.5; 2, J. Davies (Lampeter) Sid, 19; 3, D. Jarman (Llangwyryfron) Roy 31; 4, E. Howells (Capel Madog) Don, 33.
LLANWARNE, Open national, 1, G. Owens (Llandrindod Wells) Tess, 21; 2, J. Wheaton (Port Talbot) Ben, 22; 3, K. Haker (Llandrindod Wells) Sam, 24; 4, K. Haker, Rob, 30; 5, C. Gordon (Gower) Glen, 33; 6, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Mazi, 34. Novice national, 1, C. Gordon, Glen, 33; 2, C. Gordon, Maid, 46; 3, A. Williams (Hereford) Kate, 47.
GLYNCEIRIOG, Nursery heat 4, 1, G. Jones (Llanarmon DC) Sweep, 6; 2. G.L. Jones, Bob, 13; 3, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Meg, 13; 4, H. Francis (Llanfyllin) Chip, 18; 5, H. Francis, Meg, 21; 6, J. Whiteley (Rhosesmor) Wisp, 22; 7, K. Dyszy (Corwen) Meg, 25; 8, P. Williams, Scott, 29.
PENUWCH, Open national, 1, A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Kate, 7; 2, R. Millichap (Port Talbot) Sweep, 13 OLF; 3, C. Gordon (Gower) Glen, 13 OLF; 4, E.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Mel, 13; 5, I.B. Jones (Capel Bangor) Tim, 14; 6, Ll. Evans (Bronant) Zac, 15. Open South Wales, 1, D. Jenkins (Talybont) Moss, 11; 2, J. Wheaton (Port Talbot) Ben, 12; 3, J. Evans (Swyddffynnon) Glen, 15; 4, C. Gordon, Maid, 18.
SOUTH WALES, World trial 2017 qualifier, Welsh captain, K. Broad (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Levi (reserve Welsh champion 2016) 1, K. Evans (Libanus) Preseli Ci, 19; 2, D. Howells (Port Talbot) Nip, 25; 3, K. Evans, Kemi Ross, 30; 4, R. Ellis (Nantymoel) Sweep, 33; 5, E.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Jaff, 36; 6, R. Ellis, Spot, 40; 7, N. Watkins (Llanddeusant) Jody, 43; 8, B. McConnell (Narberth) Sky, 44; 9, S. Holt (Libanus) Roy, 47; 10, S. Holt, Hybeck Blake, 50 OLF; 11, R. Games (Talgarth) Roy, 50; 12, G. Davies (Llangeitho) Goyallt Lad, 51.
September 24. 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. LLANDOVERY SHEEP FESTIVAL, Mart Field, open national and open South Wales, enter on field, catering, 7.30am start, contact H. Rees, tel: 01550 720 943 or 07812 112 736. PENTREFOELASCernioge Mawr, LL24 0TR, open national and class two, catering, enter on field, 8am start, contact I. Evans, tel: 01690 770 282. WEOBLEY Nunsland Farm, Roxwood, Pembridge, HR6 9JW, open and novice national, catering, enter on field, 8am start, contact C. Jones, tel: 01568 708 043.
September 25. ESKLEYSIDE Stall House, Vowchurch, HR2 0QD, open national, novice national and young handler, catering, enter on field, 8am start, contact Y. Abery, tel: 01874 658 581.
September 27. BRYNGWRAN Anglesey, LL65 3SH, open national, catering, enter on field, 8am start, contact L. Rowlands, tel: 01407 810 404 or 07810 839 450. POWYS NURSERY TRIALS MEETING,Greyhound Inn, Builth Wells, 8pm start, contact J. Simmons, tel: 07871 198 052.
October 1. PENDERI FARM, Argoed, NP12 0JA, Gloucester and Gwent nursery trial, contact G. Jones, tel: 01495 224 165 or 07511 235 165. PONTERWYD Bont Farm, open and novice national, enter on field, 8am start, contact I.B. Jones, tel: 01970 880 872. NEW ROW Pengwernydd, Pontrhydygroes, SY25 6DS, open national, open South Wales, enter on field, contact I. Evans, tel: 01974 261 579.
October 2. FFOS Y FRAN, Llanllawddog, SA32 7JG, open national and young handler, pre-entry, catering, 8.30am start, contact A. Driscoll, tel: 07786 794 406.
October 5. NANTMEL, Maesgelli, LD1 6EL, open and novice national, enter on field, catering, 7.30am start, contact B. Pugh, tel: 01597 823 230.
October 8. MANOBIER NEWTON, SA70 8PY, open national, enter on field, catering, 7.30am start, contact S. Harden, tel: 01646 686 023. NORTH WALES NURSERY, heat six, Redbrook, SY13 3HB, contact J. Ellis, tel: 01948 780 286. PENDERI FARM, Argoed, NP12 0JA, Gloucester and Gwent nursery trial, contact G. Jones, tel: 01495 224 165 or 07511 235 165.