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 Devon Maltese Cross Championship   and  Devon Novice Championship

 

Due to the very low entry for the Trials on August 12th the committee decided by a majority vote that the Trial should be cancelled. The day is in fact Two members trials rolled into one and with entries for two classes being in low single figures this was considered to be the best course of action. 

 

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Below are the details of a new trial.

 

 

Host Tony Rofe.

Pittsworthy Farm, 

Thorndon Cross, Okehampton, Devon EX20 4NG

 

JUDGE Ray Edwards 
WEDNESDAY 15th August 2018 Open Driving 
First 50 dogs. 2 dogs per handler. Entries on the field.

8AM START 

 

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News of the wonderful Charity Donation from Ian Mackay's Trials

 

 

 

 

Huish Champflower Trial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pennywell Trial.  Photos from Penny Roe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brompton Regis 

Photos from Penny Roe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRENDON HILLS 

Photos from Penny Roe.

 

 

 

 

 

Set against the beautiful Exmoor landscape Mary and Mac take the sheep round the post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary and Mac had a good day at the Trial !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob's young dog Ben

through the away drive gates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Jed's young bitch Kelly takes

the shed.

 

 

 

 

KENTISBURY DOWN

Photos from Penny Roe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carol's Holly at the shed.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

Probably the best place to be

at Kentisbury Down !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two nice photos courtesy of Julie Tucker taken at Ian MacKay's Charity Trial

at Sanduck Farm.

 

Thank you Ian from all of us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the years Ian has run many, many Trials both Nursery and Open at his farm. Ian has decided that the time has come to pull in his horns a little, so sadly this year was the last of the two days of trialling at Sanduck Cross.

 

A presentation was made to Ian on the day to thank him for all he has contributed to the sport over the years. He received two figurines to mark the ocasion and is shown here opening the parcel and holding the cold cast bronze figures both suitably shepherd and dog themed.

 

Close up of the figurines below.     Thanks to Penny Roe for the pic below.

 

 

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Some photos from Sanduck Cross and Ashwater Trials from Penny Roe.

 

 

Dave Kennard with Fly and Sweep around the post in the Brace. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jed Watson round the post with Huthwaite Roy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is Frank Richards penning with Jill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dick Montgomery shedding with Meg below. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheselbourne  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few photos from Cheselbourne courtesy of Penny Roe. Above is the scene while contestants enjoyed the sun beside the refreshment trailer and a shot of a packet of sheep taking a dislike to the fetch gates.

Below is a shot of Charles Fitzgerald's Dot on a good line at the away drive and also a photo of Jim Nicholls with Maud completing the shed. Thank you Penny for these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There has been an alteration to the rule on Microchip checking at our Society Trials for this year.

 

Rule 13 now is that at one randomly selected DESDS Trial all dogs competing will have their microchips scanned as they leave the course at the end of their run. Water will be made available at the check point.

 

PLEASE do one simple thing and do it before the Season starts.

 

PUT EITHER YOUR DOGS REGISTRATION CERT OR A PHOTO COPY OF SAME INTO YOUR VEHICLE OR PUT IT/THEM  SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU CAN REMEMBER WHEN YOU SET OUT TO A TRIAL.

 

Your cooperation will be much appreciated.

 

 

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The Champion of Champions Trial

was held on Sunday January 7th 2018

Starting at 12 Noon

 

 A big vote of thanks to Victor Pitts and Dave Cole for arranging the venue and setting up for the trial which ran very smoothly with their excellent planning, good sheep and the best dry day for what   seems like weeks. Thanks also to all who handled the letting out and to Victor Pitts and Jane Summers for judging.

 

 An interesting and testing course made this Trial a real challenge for the runners and was most   enjoyable for spectators.

 In both the MX and the Driving Double Gather Class the three top placed dogs from Devon and   Exmoor and from Cornwall during the past 2017season competed to become the

 

Champions for 2017

          

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Maltese Cross

                                                                             

     1  Jed Watson                Gwyder Zac                 

     2. Jed Watson                Roy

     3. Trevor Hopper            Fern

     4. Norman Delgarno      Pip

     5  Bob Watson                Max

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                             Double Gather

 

        1. Becci Palmer              Meg                                

        2.Bob Watson                 Jay

        3. John Carter                 Jess

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More photos will be posted later on Members News 

 

 

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 A very large number of members paying by direct debit  have seemingly not bothered to act on the notice below. Since their Banks will by now have paid the old and now incorrect amount  they

STILL NEED TO NOTIFY THEIR BANKS READY FOR NEXT YEAR and 

will now owe the Society £3 payable to the Membership Secretary.

 PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE WILL ALL MEMBERS WHO PAY BY STANDING ORDER
ALTER THE PAYMENT TO BE MADE WITH THEIR BANK . This will hopefully save our hard working membership secretary's sanity.

The annual membership sub is increasing to £10

 

 HAVE YOU DONE THIS YET ?

There is no time like the present !

You do not need to contact the Membership Sec just notify your bank to alter the amount of the yearly payment.

IT REALLY IS THAT EASY !!

   

Please note that on November 1st 2017 the membership fees will be subject to a small increase.

 

Joining Fee £10

Membership Annual Sub  £10

Family Membershipb £15 Two adults per Household

Junior Membership £2.50 per child

 

 

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THE PRESENTATION 

 

 

Below is a copy of the delightful response that I received when I requested permission to use the lovely copyright  photo which I show here of John Carter being presented with The Wilkinson Sword Trophy by HRH Princess Anne at the International Trial. 

If you Google   The Gather Photographs  you will be able to view the wonderful albums of photos on the site.

There is a whole section devoted to Sheepdogs. Do Google and enjoy, you are in for a treat !

 

email received 18/09/2017 

Good afternoon Hilary, 

Please find attached two copies of the image at an appropriate resolution for your website with our compliments. We are proudly bad at business because, in cases like this, it seems to us wrong to profit from the wonderful achievements of the true gentleman that is John Carter. Via a common acquaintance we have offered  to John our images of the presentation. 

We are happy for you to use the version with or without the (c) watermark but would very much appreciate an acknowledgement if the un-watermarked version is used. 

With best wishes, 

Sarah & Nick (The Gather)

 

 

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All members , indeed all dog owners , should be aware of the following information.

 

Now that all dogs must by law be microchipped it is vital that when you get a dog / litter of pups

chipped or buy a dog you must check that the chip implanter has registered the details on a recognised data base.

 

 

BELOW ARE DETAILS  OF A FRAUDULENT WEBSITE SO BEWARE !!

 

There is a website called PETCHIP  that will claim to register any chip number into your name for a fee of £15 and put the details on " The National DatabaseThere is no such thing as a National Database

and if you send off £15 that is the last you will hear from them.

 

The site also claims that the keeper registered for any chip number can be checked on their website. Just try it and see !! Enter the number of a dog you own that is on Petlog for example and it will come up as an unregistered chip number and hence the keeper of the dog can not be traced.

 

Any vet will be able to read a microchip and tell you what database the number is recorded on.

 

When you have pups chips implanted make absolutely sure that the implanter does send off the paperwork and that you get confirmation from the relevant database that it has been received and

when buying a dog ask at the point of sale who is the registered keeper and be sure to arrange to have the correct form provided to you so that the keepership can be transferred.

 

The term Keepership is used as this is not in law the same as ownership.

Strictly speaking,as I understand the law, if  a person other than the owner is responsible for a dog for over six months then that person should be the registered keeper.

 

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Notice to all members and competitors.

 

It was agreed in committee back in Dec 2016 that, at all DESDS Trials, the full name including the prefix ( if any ) of every dog running would be entered on the score board. This would ensure that the correct details are shown in any results published and that the identity documents will correspond to the microchip number when a dog has the chip scanned. 

 

As website manager I had failed to note that this information was not on the site and so I apologise for the omission.  Hilary Jones pleading guilty as charged ! 

 

 

 

Here are the results of the election of Officers and Committee from the AGM 2017

 

  Chair ...................      Hilary Jones

  Vice Chair............      David Kennard

  Secretary............       Wendy Watson

  Membership Sec..     Aeron Jermyn

  Treasurer............       Chris Roe

  Trial Sec.............       Matt Evans

  Publicity .............     

  Trophy Sec.........      Lynne Zorab

 

 Committee

  David Cole

  Roderick Hayes

  David Kennard

  Rose Williams

  Victor Pitts               

 

 

 

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