2019 Dovedale Sheepdog Trials in Ilam
PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 October 2019
RUTH DOWNING (RURAL PICTURES)
The first Dovedale Sheepdog Trials took place at Ilam in 1890, which makes it the oldest trial in Derbyshire and one of the oldest in the UK.
Dovedale Sheepdog Trials
Spectators Rachael Jackson,Tim Jackson and Cliff Prince
Susan Pattinson and Jenny Taylor
Local farmers Sam Hudson and Barry Frith
Artist Sue Prince from Ilam
Mrs Sue Davis, Chairman Nigel Davis and president Susan Pattinson at the presidents lunch
James Gilman and Sue Pattinson
Tim Longton receiving his championship trophy and commemorative crook from Susan Pattinson and Mike Harrison
This year's two day summer trials saw local and national handlers and shepherds displaying their skills in the beautiful pastures at Blore crossroads, near Ilam, on the Okeover Estate, home to Sir Andrew and Lady Walker-Okeover. Class winners included James Gilman, Will Murley, Mark Cury, Jim Cropper and Championship of the Dales winner Tim Longton.
Next year the Dovedale Sheepdog Society has been given the honour of staging the English National Trials, which will take place from 30th July to 1st August. As the saying goes: 'There is no good flock without a good shepherd and no good shepherd without a good dog.'