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Welsh to the fore at Skipton working sheepdogs sale
23/01/07

Ben, a superbly bred 23-month-old black and white Border Collie dog related to trialling champions on both sides, was top call of the day when selling for 3,600 guineas (£3,780) at the opening 2007 sale of working sheepdogs at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart. (Friday, January 19)

An alert Ben, top dog at the Skipton sale of working sheepdogs, is pictured with vendor Aled Owen and his new owner Aurwen Price.

An alert Ben, top dog at the Skipton sale of working sheepdogs, is pictured with vendor Aled Owen and his new owner Aurwen Price

Presented by one of the top handlers in the country, North Wales sheepdog trials team member Aled Owen, of Penyfed, Tynant, Corwen, Denbishire, Ben, who is fully registered and gave an accomplished trial, will remain in Wales after being purchased for her impending retirement by improving novice triallist Ms Aurwen Price, of Argoed Fach, Doldowlod, Llandrindod Wells, Powys.

Already a well-proven youngster, Ben was third in the 2006 Welsh Nursery Finals and a member of last year’s North Wales team that competed against the North of England.

His credentials are top-notch. Ben’s father Bob, in the hands of breeder Mr Owen, followed up a supreme championship win in the 2000 International Trials in Alnwick by becoming overall world champion at the 2002 trials held on home soil in Bala, North Wales.

On the dam’s side, Ben is a grandson of Aled Owen’s Roy, supreme champion at the 1999 International Trials in Aberystwyth, while his great grandfather of the same name, also bred by Mr Owen, won the Welsh Nationals in 1985.

Mr Owen was making his first appearance in 25 years at a public sale of working sheepdogs and his first-ever visit to Skipton. “I had heard so much about the sales at Skipton from my friends that I decided to give it a go. I was not disappointed,” he said.

The delighted buyer, Ms Price, described herself as a beginner triallist. She has competed in local and nursery trials in Wales over the past six years, already having a novice victory and a number of placed successes under her belt.

Ms Price will be retiring in September this year after 25 years as a production worker at filing products company Setten and Durward, of Llandrindod Wells. “I have bought Ben especially for my retirement – he will take the place of my making office files every day,” said Ms Price, who is looking forward to making an increasing impact on the trialling circuit with her new acquisition.

In what proved a high-class catalogue, Iolo Jones, from Corwen, made it a North Wales double when Moss, a registered 17-month-old dog who has already competed in a number of nurseries, joined Mr H Owen, from Nantwich, Cheshire, for 2,450 guineas.

Well-known local handler Sean Richards, of Hapton, Burnley, trialled the workmanlike Fred, by A Scrimgeour’s Killiebrae Laddie out of Alf Kymes’ Sally, to impress yet another North Wales buyer at 2,100 guineas.

Forward 51. Broken dogs to 3,600gns (£1,469), part-broken to 875gns (£591) unbroken to 460gns (£404), pups to 110gns.

Further seasonal working sheepdog sales will take place as Skipton Auction Mart this year as follows: Friday, May 25 (entries close May 11), Friday, August 10 (entries close July 27), and Friday, October 26 (entries close October 12)

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