Competition fierce at Didling Sheepdog trials

DM1515290a.jpg Didling Sheepdog Trials. Jed Watson and Shep. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151207-170233008
DM1515290a.jpg Didling Sheepdog Trials. Jed Watson and Shep. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-151207-170233008

COMPETITORS travelled from all over the country to take part in the prestigious Simon Sainsbury Open Dog Trials at Didling .

The event drew a highly competitive field of 70 entrants.

They had travelled from as far away as Wales, Gloucester, Devon, Northampton and Cornwall.

In addition more local expectations were high with handlers coming from Gospel Green and the Isle of Wight.

The standard of competition, including former national and area champions, showed just how well-respected this event has become in the annual trialling calendar.

Despite the changeable weather, organisers reported that visitor numbers were good, which really boosted the fund-raising efforts from both the raffle and the catering.

That, combined with sponsorship from Crowe Clark Whitehall, Countryside Special Events, Smiths Gore, Anglo Beef Processors, West Point Vets and Adam Davies, All Groundworks means organisers anticipate the event will have raised in the region of £7000.

All funds raised will be shared equally between Canine Partners and Naomi House Hospice and brings the total raised over the years by this annual event to over £45,000.

An additional, special raffle also raised £106 for Harting School.

Event organiser, Christine Atkinson, told the Observer: “Once again, we had some of the country’s best dogs and handlers on the entry list.

“Competition was really tough so the winners had to be at the very top of their game.

“As always, both competitors and spectators were really supportive, helping us raise a fantastic sum of money for two great charities.”

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