Last Friday’s sale of sheepdogs at Skipton once again produced some great prices, with a top call of 3000gns paid for a black-and-white bitch from Andrew Throup, Marchup Fly. This one is a full sister to 8000gns Marchup Midge and 5000gns Marchup Sam and joined an undisclosed north west Scotland buyer.
Fly is by Roy, the 2008 World Sheep Dog Trials champion and 2007 International Supreme winner from Welshman Aled Owen, Penyfed, Tŷ-Nant, Corwen, Denbighshire, out of Calderdale Sue, a top quality bitch acquired in 2009 by Mr Throup from Lancashire breeder Stuart Bennett, Trawden.
Shaun Richards, Watson Laithe, Hapton, Burnley, was again to the fore when selling two fully home-bred dogs by his own Clyde at 2700gns and 2500gns, the second and joint third highest prices of the day.
The former was an 18-month-old black and white dog, Tim, which joined Stephen Robinson, Sykes Farm, Dunsop Bridge in the Trough of Bowland. Already working well with both cattle and sheep, Tim will be used for exactly that purpose as a fell dog on Mr Robinson’s hill flock, predominantly Swaledales, along with a number of Cheviots. He also keeps suckler cows.
Earlier in the day, Mr Richards achieved 2500gns with an older dog, Jess, a three-year-old black and white bitch, which sold to a regular buyer from Wales
Also selling at 2500gns was another well-bred three-year-old black and white bitch, Fly, from John Atkinson, who is shepherd on the Escrick Park Estate, York. He also runs White Rose Sheep Dogs, training top-notch trial dogs, as well as selling them extensively across Europe, Japan and America.
Mr Atkinson’s latest offering Fly is by Cap, bred in Northern Ireland by County Antrim’s Michael Gallagher – the duo won the 2010 International Trials and finished third in the 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials. Out of fellow Irish breeder G Montgomery’s Tess and already a nursery trial winner, Fly sold locally to Lothersdale’s Geoff Booth.
A Welsh-bred tri-coloured dog, Taff, from Geoff Gordon, of Llanrhidian in Glamorgan, then sold well at 2400gns to a regular buyer and triallist from the Scottish Borders, Joe McRobert, who runs Cheviot Sheepdogs at Fingland, Biggar, Lanarkshire.
The three-year-old, who turns four next month, is by A J Corrigan’s Jim, out of C J Gordon’s Jess, and has already made his mark on the trials field, performing well in nurseries to become the highest pointed novice dog in Glamorgan.Read more