Top canines compete at Welsh venue
THE supreme championship at the International Sheep Dog Trials, held this year at Mostyn, Clwyd, was won by S L Davidson from Sandbank, Dunoon, Argyll, with Craig.
Reserve was A L Jones with Awel from Cwmtirmynach y Bala, Gwynedd. In third place was G Howells with Jock from Abernant, Dyfed.
The other 12 finalists were placed as follows: 4, D Birchall with Jan, Co Wicklow; equal 5, J * Logan with Dick, Co Antrim, and G Jones with Taff, Gwynedd; 7, J Palmer with Cap, Lancs; 8, M Doherty with Moss, Co Donegal; 9, M C Shearer with Mist, Caithness; equal 10, S * Thomas with Penpell Lucky, Cornwall, and * G Jones with Taff, Clwyd; 12, R D Roper with Cap, Glos; 13, R Edwards with Bracken, Sussex; equal 14, J E Lightfoot with Jet, Clwyd, and D Brady with Craig, Ayrshire.
Pat Byrne Jnr with Star and Dot from Ballymore-Eustace, Co Kildare, won the brace championship with M Jones with Mac and Glen from Pwllglas, Clwyd in second place.
The driving dog award went to Raymond MacPherson with Ben from Cumbria.
Above: Supreme championship winner S L Davidson with Craig and their trophies. Below: Line up of qualifiers for the supreme championship.
Left: Alan Jones, accompanied by his grandchildren, receives the Wilkinson Sword from Welsh national captain G W Jones for services to the International Sheep Dog Society. Above: Brace winner Pat Byrne.
Pictures: Marc Henrie
Above: Studying the score sheet. Right: Ross Watson and Joy, pictured with Trish Smith of Pedigree Petfoods, won the young handlers award.