Max takes the first honours

THE first Northumberland League Sheep Dog Trial of the season was held on Saturday, at Shirlawhope, Longframlington.

John Robinson, from Coldingham, judged 39 dogs working blackface and Cheviot hoggs over a good sized course.

Results were: 1 Jim Cropper, from Lancashire, with Max, 91/100pts; 2 Colin Balmbro, Wooler, Cap, 91/100; 3 Keith Preston, Kirkwelpington, Queen 88/100; 4 David Baxter, Harbottle, Don 88/100; 5 Brian Bell, Barnard Castle, Moss 87/100; 6 Mark Elliot, Lazonby, Gael, 85/100.

Colin Balmbro had the best pen and shed.

Marilyn Iley, from Longframlington, with Cap was the best novice.

On Sunday, the Northumberland Sheep Dog League held an open trial at Hawick Farm, Kirkwelpington.

Gordon Thompson, from Bellingham, judged 56 dogs working blackface hoggs over a large course in very windy conditions.

Results: 1 Derek Scrimgeour, from Keswick, with Laddie, 93/100; 2 Bevis Jordan, Whitfield, Sugar, 91/100; 3 Paul Turnbull, Rothbury, Dot 89/100; 4 Brian Bell, Barnard Castle, Moss 87/100; 5 Jim Cropper, Lancashire, Max 87/100; 6 David Baxter, Harbottle, Don 84/100.

Jane Wynn, from Capheaton, with Craig was the best novice.