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Catherina Cunnane
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New world record price of £6,100 for unbroken pup

A new world record price was set at Skipton Auction Mart’s first online working sheepdog sale of 2021.

The three-day virtual timed sale took place between Monday, January 18th and Wednesday, January 20th.

David Evans established a new world record price of £6,100 for an unbroken pup. The 11-week-old black and white bitch, Bet, smashed the previous unbroken sale record of £3,700 established by Northern Ireland’s Donal Mullaney at Skipton last October.

Meanwhile, David’s son, Kevin, was top dog on price yet again, selling three fully broken dogs for a combined £35,600. The legendary breeder and triallist sold the £20,000 all-time world record price holder, Henna, at the same venue last autumn, as reported by us.

£14,300 sheepdog 

He achieved £14,300 with his fully broken March-2019-born tan and white bitch, the aptly named Pink. The top price performer is by fellow Welshman Ross Games’ chocolate and white dog, Caefelin Clem (Taff), out of Roy Price’s Blue.

Mated in December and scanned carrying pups to Mr Evans’ five-year-old Jaff, a litter brother to his world record price Henna, Pink fell to an undisclosed buyer.

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sheepdog, Pink, Skipton Auction
£14,300 Pink

Other prices

Mr Evans was also represented by two further young up-and-coming fully broken 2019 dogs, both rising two-years-old.

First forward was the £11,100 February-born black and white bitch, Groesfaen Leny, a grandson of his own dual European Nursery and Royal Welsh Champion, Tanhill Glen, out of Glen Evans’ (no relation) Shell.

£11,100 Groesfaen Leny, sheepdog, Skipton Auction
£11,100 Groesfaen Leny

Last up for Mr Evans and making £10,200 was the slightly younger March-born black and white dog, Zac, a son of Lyn Howells’ red dog, Boss, and also carrying the gene which will produce red pups.

£10,200 Zac, Skipton Auction, sheepdog
£10,200 Zac
Almost £55,000

Mr Evans Snr also hit £3,800 – that too would have been a new world record unbroken pup price if not for Bet – with a second 11-week-old black and white bitch, Karven Flash, another daughter of Tanhill Glen, out of Steve Lewis’s Elsa.

David Evans’ leading performer on price at £9,100 was a 12-month-old fully broken black and white bitch, Beacons Peg, by Welsh team member David Howell’s Nip, a world sheep dog trials finalist, out of David’s own Welsh team member, Kemi Maid, herself also by Tanhill Glen.

It proved an exceptional day at the office for the Evans father and son, who with six dogs, between them netted almost £55,000.

Skipton Auction, £9,100 Beacons Peg
£9,100 Beacons Peg [SMH Photography#
Other notable prices

The auction also attracted 19 Scottish-bred dogs that produced the day’s second top price of £12,000 for Morgan. His fully broken October 2018-born black and white dog, Moss secured this price tag.


Irish dogs were again well in the ascendancy with a 53-strong entry. At £9,300 with a part-broken dog was Brian Farrelly, from Letterkenny in Co Donegal with his 11-month-old black and white bitch, Emmy. Her back pedigree was packed with some outstanding dogs and she is by Tanhill Glen, out of Seamus Byrne’s Meg.

Brian White and Aoife Smith, from Naul, North County Dublin, made a return to the online sale arena. They claimed £7,700 for their rising two-year-old black and white bitch Bec, by David Howell’s Nip, out of Brian’s own top-notch breeding bitch, Malta Gwen.


There were 21 entries from England and top sheepdog price-wise at £9,200 came from Derek Cheetham, of Bamford in Derbyshire’s Peak District, with his 16-month-old black and white bitch, Queen.

His parents are both New Zealand heading dogs, a sturdy, long-legged and even-haired breed famed for their working and herding abilities.


Speaking following the sheepdog sale, a spokesperson said: “It was by far the most successful of Skipton’s four virtual online sales conducted to date, both in terms of entry numbers and trading levels.”

“New vendors were seen alongside long-standing regulars and of the 112 dogs forward, comprising fully broken, part broken and unbroken, 89 found new homes.”

“For the opening fixture, the mart adapted conditions of sale to recognise the fact that commercial carriers must now be fully registered in order to legally move dogs across Irish and European borders post-Brexit, exacerbated by the fact that there are currently delays in registering carriers.” the spokesperson concluded.

Report compiled with assistance from Moule Media.

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