Monday, 02 August 2021

Sheepdogs and handlers show off baaa...d side

ABOUT 50 dogs took part in the 21st Sheepdog Trials at the weekend — but the

ABOUT 50 dogs took part in the 21st Sheepdog Trials at the weekend — but the event was marred by the theft of a gazebo and signposts.

Handlers and dogs from as far the Isle of Wight, Cumbria and Herefordshire took part in the event, run by the Henley and District Agricultural Association at Henley Showground in Hambleden.

The winner was Dick Roper, from Gloucestershire, with Will. Mr Roper had another two finishes in the top eight with Spot, who finished fourth, and Pete, who finished sixth.

Mr Roper is the English national president of the International Sheepdog Society and has competed in the World Trials representing England.

The sheep were supplied by Oliver Bowden of Mill End Farm in Hambleden.

Gerry Foster was the trial judge. He presented the trophies and awards at the end of the trials.

Stalls were run at the show by Wyfold Riding for the Disabled, the Berkshire Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers and South Chiltern Beekeepers. Parents and children entered into the spirit of the event taking tractor rides.

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. A small surplus was made on the day in aid of Countryside Charities.

“This surplus will also help to cover the cost of replacing the gazebo taken from the field on Saturday, and the directional signs which mysteriously disappeared a few days before the event.”

The results are as follows: 1 Dick Roper with Will;  2 Bob Powell with Todd; 3 Eamonn Lawless with Chalkie; 4 Dick Roper with Spot; 5 Maureen Capes with Meg; 6 Dick Roper with Pete; 7 Angie Blackmore with Roy; 8 Louise Amos with Kohl. Best novice was won by Ian Wheeler, from the Isle of Wight, with Vic.

The Henley Show takes place on September 12, from 8.30am to 6pm at the Henley Showground.

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