Records tumbled at Skipton auction mart’s autumn sheepdog sale.
The fixture saw the most dogs ever sold and a new top price for a dog under 12 months old.
There were numerous sales above 3,000gns and a number of the leading priced dogs went to new homes in America and Canada.
Of the 97 dogs forward, 82 were sold, while 49 of the 54 field-run dogs found new homes, which represented a new mart record.
Included in the dogs selling overseas was the 17-month-old black and white bitch, Belle from Northern Ireland triallist, Michael Gallagher, Armoy.
Belle is a grand-daughter of Lancashire breeder Tom Lawrenson’s renowned Spot, and out of Jake Hamilton’s Tess. It went to Bellefontaine, Ohio, with US triallist Don Whittington who paid 5,600gns.
John Bell, Howden, Selby, made the second top price of 5,400gns for his November, 2012-born Susie, acquired in February and by North Yorkshire breeder Bob Harland’s Shap. The buyer was Welsh team triallist Kevin Evans, Modrydd, Brecon.
Mr Bell also set a new record price of 4,900gns for a Skipton-sold dog aged under one with his 11-month-old black and white bitch, Tanhill Gael, a full sister to the European Nursery champion, Tanhill Glen. By Welsh breeder .IB. Jones’ Tim, Gael also weny to Kevin Evans, buying for a customer in Texas.
Ireland’s sheep-farming Doherty brothers, Joe and Padraig, Co Donegal, sold two of the higher priced lots. Joe’s home-bred two-year-old tri-coloured dog, Ben, went at 4,000gns to Shirley Wright, telephone bidder from British Columbia.
Padraig’s 18-month-old in-pup black and white bitch, Flo, by James McLaughlin’s Dan, the One Man and His Dog winner last year, sold at 3,200gns young Shaun Procter, Kirkby Stephen.
Northumberland’s Tony Iley, Long Framlington, Morpeth, achieved his highest-ever selling price at Skipton of 4,000gns with his two-year-old black and white dog, Boo, which was bought by Jonjo Pattinson, Bardon Mill, Hexham.
Local breeder Carol Mellin, Oakworth, paid 3,800gns for the 2104/15 Irish Nursery Final champion, Killibrae Laddie from James McCloskey, Glentogher, Co. Donegal. And North Craven’s Shaun Richards, Eldroth, made 3,600gns for his 21-month-old black and white dog, Flowerscar Scott, which sold to a regular buyer from Wales.
46 broken registered dogs, £2,317.