Devon dogs trounce the Cornish with Maltese cross trials section
Once again Devon has beaten Cornwall in the annual inter-county sheepdog trials.
The best from Devon and Exmoor Sheepdog Society and Cornwall Sheepdog Society came together at Davidstow for the annual competition.
T Griffiths judged the match, with a good turn out of handlers from both counties. Twenty-three dogs took to the field for the Maltese cross trial, which took a long time to complete as most people were timed out at the cross due to the sheep not wanting to go through, but would settle to look at the opening. It was the section that clinched a clear win for Devon.
Twenty-seven dogs went to the post in the driving with a left-hand drive. The sheep were still difficult to pen and the last run was sent at 6.45pm, which just had enough light to see – but the course had to be picked out in headlights.
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Maltese cross: 1, R Hayes with Cap, 65 out of 90; 2, J Watson, Jake, 74; 3, K Watson, Mat, 73; 4, J Watson, Mirk, 65; 5, A Bennett , Mist, 63; 6, J Nicholls, Dan, 62. Result: Cornwall 192, Devon 287.
Driving: 1, T Hopper, Tweed, 76 out of 100; 2, Miss R Slattery, Saffie, 75; 3, D Coles, Moss, 74 olf; 4, D Heard, Bob, 74; 5, N Carter, Maid, 73; 6, N Dalgarno, Mirk, 72.
Result: Cornwall 295, Devon 291.
Total: Cornwall 487, Devon 578.