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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Skipton: Sheepdogs reach over €8,000 with Irish buyers & sellers active

Welsh vendors were “well to the fore” at Skipton Auction Mart’s final working sheepdog sale of 2022, which it staged in a timed online format.

Once again, leading handler and triallist, Dewi Jenkins of Tynygraig, Ceredigion, headed prices as was the case in the past at both live and online sales at the North Yorkshire venue.

He led the charge at £7,000 with his fully-broken 20-month-old bitch, Mwnt Pip, a daughter of his main stud dog Jock, the reigning 2022 International Supreme Champion, and with whom, he also represented Wales at this year’s BBC One Man and His Dog final.

Out of a dam from young, up-and-coming fellow Welsh handler, Teifion Morgan of Pencefen, Mwnt, near Cardigan, Pip found a new home in Belgium.

She heads to another renowned breeder and triallist, Jo De Meyst from Zwevezele, between Antwerp and Gent.

£5,700 and under 

At £5,700 and heading the part-broken prices was another regular Skipton sale topper from Wales and one of the best-known names in the business, top breeder and triallist Kevin Evans, of Llwynfedwen, Brecon.

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His fully home-bred January-2021, black and white bitch, Kemi Floss, is by his European Nursery Champion and dual Welsh and International Brace Champion, Derwen Doug, out of Scalpsie Joy, herself a daughter of fellow Welsh handler Ross Games’ accomplished trials dog Roy.

Mated last November to Kevin’s Red Spot, a German import now proving a top stud dog, Floss went to Co. Tyrone and Castlederg’s Clare Harvry.

Kevin also fetched £3,950 with his May-2021 fully broken red and white dog, Foxridge Copper, again by Red Spot, out of DW Edwards’ Tanhill Lady.

The promising trials prospect was claimed by L Buchanan of Roscolban in Co. Fermanagh.

Sheepdog prices

Further south from Eire and Glebe in Co. Kerry, Tom O’Sullivan pocketed £5,100 for his four-year-old black and white bitch, Glebe Fort Ali.

This is a “well-bred” daughter of his 2021 Supreme Champion and winner of this year’s One Man and  His Dog Final, North Hill Tess, herself a daughter of Derwen Doug.

By Kemi Ross Jnr, the third top price performer, returned to southern Ireland with Gerard Harrington of Eyeries, situated at the foot of the Slieve Miskish mountains on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork.


Leading the unbroken prices at £4,000 was yet another Welsh vendor, Sara Oliver, of Welshpool.

She sold her black and white bitch, Cloddiau Jess, a four-month-old son of Clwyd Bob, another top performer from Dewi Jenkins and himself, a son of his 2022 Supreme winner Jock.

The dam, Nantcydros Lottie, is a daughter of Aled Owen’s 2018 International Supreme Champion, Llangwn Cap. Jess ventures to Kirklees, West Yorkshire, with Meltham’s Christopher Buckley.

£3,900 and under 

Close behind at £3,900 and again from Wales was Brecon’s Tim Thewissen with his fully broken nine-month-old black and white bitch, Cefneithin Sky.

This entry was by another Kevin Evans trialling star, Tanhill Glen, a dual European Nursery and Royal Welsh Champion, out of SC Jones’ Freebirch Mist.

Sky was claimed online by Swedish dog trainer Fanny Gott of Kälkesta Gruvstugan, Fjugesta, in Örebro County.

At £3,700 was Oakworth’s Carol Mellin with her fully home-bred March-2020 black and white dog, Moor Lodge Jim.

This entry was by her trials dog, Moor Lodge Ben, who has long been used to gather sheep on the Skipton trials field at live working sheep dog sales.

Out of her own Gyp, Jim, who has won nursery trials both this and last year, went to Lincolnshire with Market Rasen’s Jane Coulson.

From Northern Ireland, County Down’s L McKee, of Kilkeel, took £3,500 for his fully home-bred black and white bitch, Fly. Fly fell to a local West Craven buyer, Alan Butler, in Barnoldswick.

Next at £3,200 was Leicestershire’s John Porter, of Astley, with a tri-coloured bitch, Meg, a January-2020 daughter of D Henderson’s Burndale Brad.

This, too, went to local Red Rose purchasers, WH&JW Hartley in Colne.

Back with the Irish vendors, Neil Harrell, of Cloontagh in Co Donegal, achieved £2,900 with his part-broken July-2021 black and white bitch, Sal, by fellow Irishman Pat Byrne’s Moss, out of his own Kim, which became a second Jo De Meyst acquisition.

Again from Wales and catching the eye in the unbroken section with a £2,100 price tag was Jess.

She is an 11-week-old red and white bitch pup from West Glamorgan’s Lyn Howells, by his own red and white Boss, which also went to Sweden and Stockholm’s Denise Robrandt.

Prices from £2,100-£7,000

A spokesperson commented:

“The auction attracted a 53-strong entry comprising a good mix of fully broken, part broken and unbroken dogs.”

“35 successfully went under the online hammer, and principal prices ranged from £2,100 up to a top call of £7,000,” the spokesperson added.

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