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Welcome Return for Working Sheepdogs to Skipton
04/09/07

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.


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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 12.

link Spot Catches Eye at Skipton Working Sheepdogs Sale
link Lazonby Sheepdog Sale
link Livestock Set to Return at Skipton

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