Top dogs in demand at Skipton

Once again Skipton’s latest sale of working sheep dogs last Friday drew a strong entry and with it a fierce trade too, with the sale peaking at 4000gns for a four year old black and white bitch Kune from Tom Lawrenson, Brindle, Chorley. This one, by Dick Roper’s Tom out of homebred bitch Jess sold to an undisclosed English buyer.CCM Working Dogs Tim Lawrenson and Kune (lawn) pic 1.jpgThen selling at 3500gns was 20 month old black and white dog Jim from Welsh vendor Henry Hughes, Welshpool. He is by Cap, the 2010 Northern Irish champion. He headed to Northern Ireland with an undisclosed buyer from the province.

Making 3300gns was Jess, an April 2009-born bitch from Shaun Richards, Hapton, Burnley. Fully trained for both work and trial she is by Frank Cleary’s Dan and sold to yet another undisclosed buyer.

At 3200gns was tri-coloured dog Roy from Northern Irish handler William Torrens, Killen, County Tyrone. This one sold to Nigel Watkins, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire.

Selling for 3150gns was Jess from regular Skipton vendor John Bell, Howden, Selby. This one sold to a Cumbrian buyer. Following on at 3000gns was Luss from Welshman Dylan Edwards, Maesteg, Bridgend. And at the same money was Rainow Bob from Colin Pickford, Macclesfield. This one is by Aled Owen’s International champion Roy.

Two Welsh entries also sold well at 2500gns. First up was a March, 2008-born black and white dog Sweep, from J R Jones, of Pen-y-Gaer in the Conwy Valley, with Welsh trialist Meirion Williams, of Llwyn Onn, Brooks, Welshpool, achieving the same price later in the day with his home-bred two-year-old black and white dog Jake.

Averages; 36 broken registered dogs £2136, five unbroken registered dogs £924, part-broken registered dogs £877 (Craven Cattle Marts).