Kevin and Lefi enjoy victory at Ledbury

ANGIE Blackmore can be trusted to find a good course and good sheep and, she did both for this week’s Glos/Gwent Nursery Trials at Ledbury.

The first place in the Nursery Trial went to John Aneurin Watkins with Mac and just half a point behind, came Jeff Hudd with Tysswg Ben.

The two dogs occupied the same places in the prize list of the Novice Trial but, this time, Mac’s margin over Ben was two points. Jeff Hudd had a good day, winning the Open and being placed five times elsewhere.

The field had been used for the SWSDTA Novice Trial earlier this year. When lifted from the left the sheep came much more easily to the fetch gates. All sections of the drives were long and there was a shedding ring before penning within 10 minutes.

The Welsh ewes worked so consistently that all but four competitors finished.

Hosted by Lorna Owen at her farm at Obley, the Shropshire and Herefordshire Nursery Trial was won by Steve Garbett, from Market Drayton, with Jim, putting Ken Gwilliam in second place with Mel. Austin Bennett headed the list with Jan, in front of Colin House, with Joe.

The course, set out in a 6-hectare (15-acre) field of rising ground, was a bit shorter for the Nursery dogs. Most dogs were sent uphill on a left-handed outrun of about 250 yards. There was plenty of room to straighten the sheep up, if needed, and a high standard of running was achieved.

Unusually for trials at Llanfan Fawr, brothers Rhys and Roy Jones used flat ground for the Brecknockshire Nursery.

Kevin Evans was first and second in the Nursery class, with Lefi beating Roy by a single point. Lefi’s run was the only one of the day in single figures.

Novice class field

In the Novice class, Kevin Harley with Tess kept in front of Aubrey Lloyd with Sian by two points, in a 30-strong field.

The flat course had a first drive to the left with the line of the crossdrive being above the fetch gates. It had an outrun of about 200 yards.

A total of 28 runners were tested to the full in heavy rain on an open mountain course set by Lyn Jones on his farm at Treorchy, Glamorgan.

Lyn Jones had it all his own way but deserved to win the Nursery class with Cymro on 22 points, two ahead of Colin Gordon with Kay. Lyn took the lead with a single-figure run in the Novice class – again with Cymro.

There were no hedges or walls to guide the dogs to the lift where four Glamorgan Welsh sheep were waiting about 300 yards away. There was little difficulty to reach the fetch gates, set about halfway down the hill.

The first drive was quite short and to the left, and the second was back uphill for about 100 yards. Shedding took place between the post and the pen.

  • To allow handlers to go to the dog sale at Bala, there was no trialling in Ceredigion, while the Carmarthenshire Nursery was cancelled due to the weather.

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