By Lynda Ward
Press release – 24.4.19
Top handlers from all over England and Wales vied with each other in the Bodfari Sheepdog Trials on Good Friday and Saturday with just under 100 dogs running each day.
CSJ were also delighted to present a cheque of £750 raised at last year’s trials to The Walton Centre Hospital Charity. Anne Hodgson of the charity’s Fundraising Committee is seen here accepting the cheque from CSJ’s Phil Rundle.
Among the handlers were the current International Supreme and Reserve Champion, Kevin Evans, Brecon, who won both Open Classes with his young bitch, Knockmaa Bec. Hot on his heels on Saturday was former International Supreme Champion, Thomas Longton, Quernmore, Lancashire who took both second and third prizes.
Ceri Rundle commented, “The glorious weather made the high standard of running even more enjoyable to watch…the sheep were fantastic but cheeky and would find out and exploit each dog’s weakness.”
The two judges were Paddy Fanning (incidentally Paddy carried out the interviews of the 15 handlers for CSJ’s forthcoming A Way with Dogs Series 2) and Mike Northwood (who does the commentary in the series).
The results were:
Judge: Paddy Fanning
Day 1 – Good Friday – Open Class
- Kevin Evans and Knockmaa Bec -4pts
- Hefin Jones and Spotan -4.5pts
- Llyr Evans and Zac -4.5pts
- Nigel Watkins and Tanhill Alec -5pts
- Paul Tomkins and Foxridge Roy -6pts
- Kevin Evans and Hybeck Blake -6.5pts
- Pauline Thomas and Peg -11pts
- Mike Northwood and Glan y Gors Cian -11.5pts
Judge: Mike Northwood
Day 2 – Saturday – Open Class
- Kevin Evans and Knockmaa Bec 93pts
- Thomas Longton and Lucy 92pts
- Thomas Longton and Jim 89pts
- Kevin Evans and Kemi Ross 88pts
- Ceri Rundle and Breka 87pts
- Ross Watson and Sally 86/ 6. Cyril Roberts and Roy 86pts
- Beate Behr and Leni 83pts
- Bryn Davies and Northtyne Lassi 81pts
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