Welshman Kevin Evans successfully defended his title at the second annual open working sheep dog charity trials run by Skipton-based Craven Cattle Marts.
Kevin Evans and Greg, winners of Craven Cattle Marts’ 2012 charity working sheep dog trials.
Held at Newton Hall Farm, Bank Newton, Gargrave, by kind permission of Craven Cattle Marts’ chairman Anthony Hewetson, a total of 61 dogs competed in the trials, with Mr Evans, of Penclyn Farm, Modrydd Brecon, Powys, top dog again with Greg.
The black and white four-year-old, a grandson of Mr Evans’ own Jaff, who twice qualified for the Supreme Championships, is by Ron, bred by fellow Welshman Phil Thomas in Pontypool.
Greg had already made his mark on the trials field. He won the Welsh National Sheep Dog Trials last year and progressed to become Reserve Supreme Champion in the International Trials. Mr Evans said another tilt at the Welsh Nationals was on the cards this year.
At last year’s inaugural charity trials in aid the 4th World Sheep Dog Trials at Lowther Estate, near Penrith, in September, Mr Evans led the field with his prolific open trials winner Spot, who went on to finish a creditable sixth equal on the world stage.
With Greg, he amassed a total of 87 points, two points ahead of the runner-up, Stephen Duckworth, of Grane, Haslingden in Rossendale, with his three-year-old dog Barney, who had already won both nursery and open trials.
Mr Duckworth is hopeful that Barney, a home-bred son of Vic, another multiple trials winner since sold as a working dog, will qualify for this year’s English National Sheep Dog Trials at Over Kellet, Carnforth in Lancashire, from August 2-4, the target for many of the charity trial competitors. Mr Duckworth had already finished as runner-up in the English Nationals with another dog Spy.
Third on 84 points was John Wood, of Norland, Sowerby Bridge, with his fully home-bred black and white bitch Sal. The duo were stepping on their sixth place at last year’s charity trial.
A point behind in fourth was Thomas Longton, of Quernmore, Lancaster, with Maya, while fifth with 82 points was Ian Murdoch, of Sheriff Hutton, York, with Jim, and sixth on 80 points Ricky Hutchinson, of Littledale, Lancaster, with Sweep.
Entries were co-ordinated by sheep dog trials stalwarts John and Carol Palmer, of Twiston, Clitheroe, supported by Craven Cattle Marts’ John Brotherton, of Addingham. Judge was Michael Longton, who runs Rooten Brook Farm at Quernmore, Lancaster, with his father Tim, English president of the International Sheep Dog Society.
Trophies were presented by Craven Cattle Marts’ general manager Jeremy Eaton, while the leading six trialists each received bags of dog food from Brian Sellars, of CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, based in Bodfari, Denbighshire.
This year’s charity trial proceeds are to be split between the English National Sheepdog Trials and Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice at Oxenhope, Keighley. Many of those competing and attending were also present at the following day’s seasonal sale of working sheep dogs at Skipton Auction Mart.
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