A well-bred two-year-old dog from Lancashire handler Sean Richards,
of Watson Laithe, Hapton, near Burnley, achieved top price of 2,300
guineas at Skipton Auction Mart’s summer sale of working
sheepdogs when joining Robert Garth & Sons, of Keasden, Clapham.
Excelling at work or trial, Mr Richards’ top dog “Moss,” a
keen and willing smooth-coated, prick-eared son of northern breeder
Robert Fielding’s “Jim,” pulled off a confident
trial to impress onlookers.
The fixture, rescheduled due to ongoing foot and mouth restrictions
at the mart, was staged on Friday, August 31, on the Trawden
Show sheepdog trials field at Little Thorn Edge Farm, by kind
permission of Skipton mart regular Ronnie Airey.
It proved a welcome return to normal trialling. With prevailing
low cloud and intermittent driving rain - conditions typical
of the current summer - buyers took time to warm to the cause,
until Irish handler John McCullough, of Portadown, County Armagh,
produced his four-year-old tri-coloured “Nell.”
Fourth in last year’s Northern Ireland nursery finals,
Nell, who has bred two litters of working dogs, looked a snip
at 1,450 guineas when selling to well-known Cumbrian-based triallist
Derek Scrimgeour, of Keswick.
Welsh handler Dewi Jones, of Ty Newydd, Mid-Glamorgan, immediately
followed up with a stylish three-year-old tri-coloured bitch “Fly,” which
joined Jeff Walker at Dunsop Bridge for 1,475 guineas.
Colin Birkett, of Carnforth, attracted spirited bidding for his
27-month-old registered black and white bitch “Millie,” by
Dick Roper’s “Tom,” putting in an accomplished
trial before joining a Scottish buyer for 1,950 guineas.
Heading the late entries was a sale regular from Wales, Aurwen
Price, of Llandrindod Wells, Powys, running the registered two-year-old
dog “Rob” for JD Smith, which rounded off the successful
day with a bid of 1,800 guineas.
With 56 working dogs forward, broken dogs sold to 2,300 guineas
(average £1,415), part-broken dogs to 710gns (£385),
unbroken dogs to 525gns and pups to 80gns (£59).
Working sheepdogs return to Skipton Auction Mart on Friday, October
26, for the annual winter sale, for which entries close on October
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