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In The Pen By Elaine Hill

DESPITE a good covering of snow, the trialsscheduled between Christmas and the New Year went ahead asplanned.

On Friday, the Fylde Society held an open trial atHesketh Bank, raising £180 for charity.

Robin Dean, ofChipping, judged the entry of 47 dogs.

Over the flatnational-sized course the running was on Texel and Mule fatteninghoggs.

Unless the dogs took firm control, the sheep could bewilful and a good number of runs failed to complete the course in theallocated time of nine minutes.

Running at number 28, justafter the sheep had been taken back, Michael Longton gained the highestscore of the day with Moss.

A rough-coated, tri-coloured dog,Moss had exceptional outfield work.

After a clean outrun andlift, he lost just six points over the extensive course for linedeviations.

Although four points went at the pen, along withhalf of his shedding points, his score of 85 of 100 was sufficient to winthe day, one mark clear of Nick Bennett with his homebred BeechwoodBen.

Moss was bred by Michael's grandfather, Tim Longton, outof Gael.

His sire is Rob, owned by Michael's father, TimothyLongton.

Just turned four-years-old, he was reared and trainedby Timothy, who ran him in the nursery classes.

However, Mossworks equally well for Michael, who has trailed him successfully in theopens.

At Lonscale, near Keswick, the Windermere Society helda nursery trial on Saturday.

Paul Howe, of Biggar, judged theentry of 26 dogs.

The Swaledale fattening hoggs required firmbut gentle handling over the extensive course, that sloped gentlydownhill.

Running early at number three, Thomas Longton gaineda high score with Jim.

Going left-handed, Jim gathered hissheep well, despite them being difficult to see as they were standing inthe snow and in the shadow of some trees.

At a steady andflowing pace he worked them around the course, catching all threeobstacles well.

Apart from slight zigzagging when the hoggswere reluctant to go down the cross-drive, Jim's lines weregood.

Finishing with a clean pen the tri-coloured dog earned83 points to take the title.

RESULTS

FYLDE,Hesketh Bank Charity Open: 1 Michael Longton (Quernmore) Moss, 85 of 100;2 Nick Bennett (Tarlton) Beechwood Ben, 84, OLF; 3 Vincent Fox (Withgill)Roy, 84; 4 Richard Briggs (Wennington) Wenndale Jim, 83, OLF; 5 ThomasLongton (Quernmore) Kep, 83, 6 Thomas Longton Lad, 80.

£180raised for Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

WINDERMERE,Lonscale, Nursery: 1 Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Jim, 83 of 90; 2 ChrisTodd (Loweswater) Pete, 82, OLF; 3 Derek Scrimgeour (Lonscale) Dot, 82; 4Derek Scrimgeour Flake, 81 1/2; 5 Stuart Walton (Kendal) Bella, 75; 6 AlfKyme (Lumb) Pat, 72 1/2.

WENNINGTON, Nursery: 1 Bob Clarkson(Embsay) Liz, 75 of 90; 2 Jim Cropper (Deerplay) Mac, 72, time; 3 AlanLeak (Gaisgill) Tom, 72; 4 Alf Kyme (Lumb) Sam, 71; 5 James Dewhurst (LongPreston) Dan, 70; 6 Albert Mellin (Oakworth) Spike, 68.

DIARY- January 6.

NORTH WESTMORLAND, Nursery & Novice,Beckside, enter on field.

NORTHERN, Nursery, Widdalside,Hawes, 10am start, enter on field before 2pm.

WINDERMERE,Nursery, change of venue to High House, Winster, 10am start, enter onfield before 3pm - trial scheduled at Greystoke postponed until a laterdate.



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