Monday, 10 December 2018

Hot dogs and sheep come out in the noonday sun for sheepdog trials

THIRTY-FIVE dogs competed at the Henley sheepdog trials on Sunday.

THIRTY-FIVE dogs competed at the Henley sheepdog trials on Sunday.

They demonstrated their skills at fetching, diving, shedding and penning the sheep.

The annual event, which is organised by the Henley and District Agricultural Association, took place at Greenlands Farm, Hambleden.

Sheepdogs and their handlers were given a total of 11 minutes — three minutes longer than usual because of the sweltering heat.

Judge John Aldridge said: “We have given them extra time because it is very hot. The journey of the dog should be in a pear-shape so it doesn’t waste time.

“The dog has to pick the sheep up in a calm fashion and in the right direction before it separates and holds two before bringing them back into the pack and into the pen before they run out of time.”

The competition was won by Richard Smith with his dog, Glen, from Oxfordshire, followed by Eamonn Lawless with Bill, from the Isle of Wight, and Anne Brookes with Lil, from Northamptonshire. The Perpetual Cup and prize cards were presented by association president Rick White.

Other attractions included hurdle making, bee keeping and spinners and weavers. Cakes and tea were provided by the Wyfold Riding for the Disabled charity.

An association spokeswoman said: “Despite soaring temperatures the sheepdog trial was well attended.

“It has grown in popularity over the past few years as interest in the countryside and countryside pursuits grows.

“The event was attended by people of all ages, and a great day out was had by all.”

The Henley Show, an annual autumn event which is also organised by the association, will take place at the showground in Hambleden on Saturday, September 14.

The annual ploughing match and country market will take place at Bishopsland, Dunsden, on October 13.

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