CCM Working Dogs Shaun Richards Top Price Dog and Buyer pic 2.jpgA top call of 4,000gns was achieved at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual spring sale of working sheep dogs.

Shaun Richards, of Watson Laithe Farm, Hapton, Burnley, achieved top price honours with his 13-month-old black and white bitch Gin. The buyer was Eddie Thornalley, of Mildenhall in Suffolk, who is shepherd for Andrew Foulds at Elveden, Thetford.

Mr Richards also had the third highest price on the day of 2,850gns with his two-year-old black and white dog Barfield Nap, by Alec Baines’ Tan Hill Taz, out of Wenndale Roz, bred by Richard Briggs in Wennington, Bentham. He sold to a regular buyer from Wales.

Skipton has for long been a happy hunting ground for John Bell, of Parks Farm Howden, Selby, who has frequently headed the  prices with quality broken dogs.


CCM Working Dogs John Bell and Tess pic.jpgAt the latest renewal, he achieved second top price of 3,250gns with his 15-month-old Scottish-bred tri-coloured bitch Tess, by Caithness-based MA Cook’s Spot (by D McDonald’s Dave), out of Dot, from Jock Sutherland, of Sangormore, Durness, in the Scottish Highlands.

Tess found a new home with Keith Fawcett, of Argill House, South Stainmore, Kirkby Stephen, who was making his first-ever acquisition at an official sale. She will be used solely as a working dog and for breeding purposes, replacing an older bitch, Nip, now eight-years-old and “ready to wind down.”

Mr Bell also sold two further dogs, including a younger entry, Omega Moss, a 12-month-old son of Welshman Aled Owen’s International Supreme and World Trials champion Roy, out of DG Lightfoot’s Nell, for 2,500gns. He also achieved 1,950gns for Omega Kate, a litter sister of Omega Moss, who became another Jock Sutherland acquisition.

With younger dogs coming through at home, Welshman Meirion Williams, of Llwyn Onn, Brooks, Welshpool, performed well with two well-proven fully home-bred October, 2010-born entries, both by the same parents, Rob and Fizz, who have also been responsible for other high price Skipton performers from Mr Williams. First up at 2,600gns was Zac, while the black and white bitch Gwen made 2,400gns.

Irishman Willie Torrens, of Killen, Castlederg, in Co Tyrone, achieved 2,500gns for his August, 2010-born, tri-coloured bitch Fly, by the 2011 brace champion Wenndale Roy, out of Homeland Jan. He also sold his November, 2009-born black and white bitch Meg for 2,000gns.

The leading performer early in the day at 2,400gns in the hands of Irishman Ivan Stevenson, of Broughshane, County Antrim, was Jess, a September, 2010-born, black and white bitch by D Brady’s multiple open trials winner Bob, out of C McNaughton’s Fly, who is himself by Aled Owen’s International Supreme and World Trials champion Roy.

Thomas Longton, of Quermore, Lancaster, also performed well at 2,500gns with his December, 2009-born black, white and mottled dog Drift, a son of England team member E Baxter’s Cap, out of Jenny, bred by J Stott. Drift had already won many nursery prizes, also amassing open points.

Cowlow Joe, a 25-month-old bitch handled by Wayne Allen, of The Old Chapel, Butterton, Derbyshire, on behalf of Steven Allen, sold for 2,100gns. She is by Ian Ibbotson’s Zac, out of I Hulme’s Mo.