One man and his dog comes to Bowes Show
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
A new attraction at Bowes Show this year was a dog trial.
The day-long event, an open trial organised by the Northern Sheepdog Association, proved extremely popular, attracting more than 60 competitors.
Secretary Julie Atkinson, from Kirkby Stephen, said the event was one of a number trials organised throughout the summer by the association.
Each competitor and their dog was given a group of four sheep which they had to fetch and attempt to pen – which proved extremely tricky. On one occasion, the unco-operative sheep escaped out of the trial field and across the road into the show field before being retrieved, and after which organisers made sure the gate was closed.
Judge Bevis Jordan, from Northumberland, awarded points as each competitor was given just eight minutes to accomplish the task.
A number of competitors, such as Adam Ridley, pictured with three-year-old Tess, used the competition to give their young dogs more experience