Tough courses at trials

Dozens of dogs have been showing their skills in the field in the Northumberland Sheep Dog Trials League.

A total of 47 dogs took to a large, difficult hillside course in the league’s open trial at Belford.

Ron MaCrae, of Netherwitton, was the judge.

The trial took place on Saturday, July 25, and the dogs were working well behaved Suffolk cross sheep.

Rothbury’s Paul Turnbull, with Mick, took the top spot.

The results were as follows:

1 Paul Turnbull (Rothbury) with Mick, 93/100 points; 2 Peter Telfer (Haydon Bridge) with Bling, 91; 3 Mike Northwood (East Woodburn) with Cilla, 91; 4 Mike Northwood (East Woodburn) with Queen, 90; 5 Mark Elliot (Lazonby) with Tip, 89; 6 Colin Balmbro (Wooler) with Scott, 88.

Best Novice: Jonjo Patterson (Haltwhistle) with Jean.

There was further tough competition the following day, Sunday, July 26.

A total of 54 dogs gathered at Greenleighton Farm, Corbridge.

They were working consistently good Texel cross sheep over a large, full national-style course.

Mark Day, from Alwinton, was the judge.

The results were as follows:

1 Gordon Watt (Corbridge) with Huthwaite Storm, 99/100 points; 2 Ross Watson (Millom) with Nidderdale Nidd, 96; 3 George Smithson (Carlisle) with Jan, 93; 4 Bevis Jordan (Whitfield) with Sage, 92; 5 Larry Cowper (Threlkeld) with Spot, 91; 6 Bevis Jordan with Pearl, 91.

Best Novice: Jonjo Patterson (Haltwhistle) with Jean.