Working dogs sell to 5,000gns at Skipton


Working dogs sold to a top price of 5,000gns at Skipton Auction last week (Friday 26 July).


Only two months after setting a new world record price of 8,800gns John Bell led the trade once again with his 13-month-old dog Glan y Gors Cap.


Cap, by G Graham’s Larkhill Ben and out of I Carroll’s Tilly is a well-bred grandson of another Cap, the 2010 International Trials champion, who was also placed third in the 2011 World Sheep Dog trials in the hands of Irishman Michael Gallagher.

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The buyer was trials competitor Nigel Watkins, of Llanddeusant, Carmarthenshire.


The second top price at 3,700gns went for Viv, a 15-month-old black and white bitch acquired at nine-weeks-old by Mr Bell from Red Rose breeder Robin Dean, of Chipping in the Ribble Valley. He heads to Norfolkto be used as a working dog by Ben Harvey, of Sea Palling, Norwich.


Setting the pace early in the day at 2,800gns was one of the Irish entries, Mirk, a two-and-a-half-year-old red and white dog from Willie Torrens, of Co Tyrone.

Already well proven on ewes and lambs, Mirk joined John Brewer in Bleasdale.


Mr Torrens returned to the field later in the day to achieve 2,650gns with his stylish November, 2011-born black and white dog Cap, by G Norris’s Rock and Peg. He was purchased by Ian Lockhart, of Ayrshire.


Selling to 2,500gns was Midge, a 13-month-old bitch from local breeder Roy Canning, of Keighley. This one is a daughter of R Driver’s Hemp. She was purchased by J Sheenan, from Girvan, South Ayrshire.


At the same money the two-year-old balck and white dog Cap, from Phil Rigby, of Kendal.

Like the sale leader this one is also by Michael Gallagher’s own Cap. The buyer was R Moore, from West Sussex.


(CCM Skipton)