More than just one man and his dog at Cockermouth trials
Last updated at 21:46, Thursday, 13 October 2011
This year’s Cockermouth Sheepdog Trials featured a Borrowdale man who took part in the world event at Penrith last month.
Joe Relph, 56, has been involved with sheepdogs since he was eight and took part in his first event when he was 11.
He got involved through his father Charlie, who took part in sheepdog trials before him.
Although he took a break of about 20 years when he was bringing up his children, he started competing again in 1999. This year he competed with his dogs Mac and Del.
He said: “I really like the competition and it has been in our family for such a long time.
“When I had my children I didn’t have the time to give it my best shot and I want to take part to the best of my ability.”
About 50 people took part in the annual trials at Old Scale, Wythop, near Cockemrouth. Despite rain, organiser Eddie Wills said it had still been a good turnout.
Eddie, 62, of Old Scale, Wythop, who competed with his dog, Peg, said: “This year has gone all right but the runs have been a bit quiet because we have not had the perfect weather.
“The trials are late in the season and there have been trials in south west Scotland which means some people might have gone to them.
“It sometimes depends what goes on at the same time in the area. I have been pleased with how it has gone and there have been no big disasters.”
Eddie had been involved in the trials for 32 years since he moved to Old Scale.
He added: “It is good getting together, having a good crack with your mates and showing off your dogs because one of the main aims is to improve them.”
Taking part in his first trials was Don Wilson, 60, of Borrowdale, who was involved in the nursery trials last year.
Don, who was competing with his dog Robbie, said: “It is always nice to go to different places and it is all about the challenge for me.
“I am definitely learning things from other people.”
Results Open: 1, G Fearon with Meg, 87; 2, J Relph with Del, 86; 3, T Longton with Tot, 82; 4, N Ireland with Maggie, 81; 5, A Temple with Meg, 80; 6, E Wills with Peg, 80.
Local. 1, E Wills with Peg, 80. 2, M Jones with Milk, 77. 3, D Purdham with Jess, 74. 4, D Wilson with Robbie 73.
First published at 19:20, Thursday, 13 October 2011
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