Northumberland sheep dog trials challenge

A sheep dog in action.
A sheep dog in action.
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The Northumberland Sheep Dog Trials League hosted a challenge nursery trial against the Northern Sheep Dog Association at Greenleighton Farm, Corbridge.

Two teams of 12 handlers were judged by Keith Preston, of Stow, working well-behaved Texel X sheep over a large hillside course.

Competitors and dogs worked extremely well in the closely-fought competition, the team scores being very close until the end.

The final team scores were Northumberland 764 points, Northern 700.

The best new handler was Sophie Hemmings with Corrie, from Northumberland.

Results: 1 Gordon Watt, Corbridge, with Huthwaite Storm, 92/100pts; 2 Andrew Hunter, Redmire, Tess, 88; 3 Alec Baines, South Stainmore, Tanhill Tim, 86; 4 Kerry Watt, Corbridge, Reba, 84; 5 Frank Whitfield, Quebec, Bob, 74; 6 John Edgar, Consett, Jess, 73.