Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Dogs lap it up at Sheepdog Trials

MORE than 30 dogs took part in the 22nd annual Henley sheepdog trials on Sunday

MORE than 30 dogs took part in the 22nd annual Henley sheepdog trials on Sunday.

Handlers and their dogs travelled from across the country for the event at the Henley Showground in Hambleden.

Hundreds of people watched as the competitors were tasked with rounding up a flock of sheep and herding them into an enclosure.

For the second year running, the winner was Dick Roper, from Gloucestershire, with his dog Will.

Mr Roper, who is also the English national president of the International Sheepdog Society, was presented with a trophy by judge Rae Lutman.

Tracy “Bill” Betteridge, who lives in Nuffield and runs Chiltern Lamb, gave a demonstration with her dog Dusk but did not compete.

There were also craft stalls on beekeeping and weaving, while children could have a go at “milking” a model cow called Delilah. Food and drink was served all day.

The event was run by the Henley and District Agricultural Association and guests included Henley Show president Richard Ovey and his wife Gillian and patrons Sir William and Lady McAlpine, of Fawley Hill.

Jo Taylor, association and show manager, said: “The event was attended by people of all ages, and a great day out was had by all!

“The weather was just right and a small surplus was made on the day in aid of countryside charities.

“As always, the association’s team of volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure the day ran smoothly.”

The results were as follows:

1. Dick Roper with Will;
2. Bob Powell with Mirk;
3. Angie Blackmore with Roy;
4. Ben Smith with Ben;
5. Bob Powell with Drift;
6. Adrian Hall with Bill;
7. Keith Addington with Drift;
8. Andy Jackman with Moss

Best novice was won by Val Powell with Tyke.

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