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Starting working Dogs : It was here in Dolgellau that Sue first had a taste of working sheepdogs. She was introduced to training, working and trialling by the late Vic Humphries, a real character, through the ATB (Agricultural Training Board ). She started with Tiggy a collie cross labrador who although intersted in sheep and very obedient would only fetch sheep to her and lie down. She then bought a Border Collie, Will, who didn't turn out, although he remained a family pet for nearly 15 yrs. Having 'got the bug' she then bought Jaff and considering he was basically the first dog she had trained, she was quite successful with him.
Horses: In her teens Sue was heavily involved with horses. She raced trotters and pacers at the Prestatyn Raceway in its early years and then after college, went on to work with National Hunt horses & Point to Pointers. The horse side of things calmed down somewhat when she married Allen and had children but she continued to clip horses out for hunting and to work with Riding for the Disabled as an Instructor and Judge before moving down to Dolgellau.
Tea Room: With the children still young and at home she decided to open a Tea Garden at the bottom of Torrent Walk, Dolgellau and spent 8 years baking and serving specialty homemade scones and cakes to walkers. This side of her life led her to catering for the 1991 Welsh National at Dolgellau..a very wet experience!
Gwyn Jones : In 1996 Sue took Luce to be served by a dog belonging to Gwyn Jones, Penmachno. Gwyn offered to help her with some training problems she had with Jess and he became her mentor and friend, impressing upon her his methods of training, working and handling.
Sue is married to Allen, a Building Surveyor by trade. They have 3 sons, who in turn, provided 3 wonderful daughters in law and a total of 7 grandchildren ranging from 17yrs old to 3yrs old.
Sue spent her early childhood on the Wirral, moving to Wales in 1962 when her parents took over the management of The Piccadilly Inn in Caerwys. Al's parents owned & ran the Village Store
In recent years Sue has fitted in travelling abroad to the USA and European countries to Judge and take clinics eg. Italy,Germany, Sweden, USA, Canada, Holland and S Africa. She was one of the organisers of the 2002 World Trial in Bala and she is on the ISDS panel of Judges, being the first Lady in Wales to judge the Welsh National in 2008 with Emyr Lloyd. She is also a Director of the International Sheep Dog Society; has written articles for the Society's magazine. Her latest accomplishment is to have written and published a book, ''Hints and Tips on the Trial Field''.
''The help and advice that Gwyn has imparted has been invaluable''.
LUCE ISDS 206336 DOB3/8/93 - 24/5/05 was a BWT smooth coated bitch. She only ever worked the cat and chickens but she bred some very good working dogs; Jess, Jade and Lace being three of them
SPARC isds 214870 Sparc was a B&W rough coated dog with a wall eye who had the most superb temperament. He belonged to Gwyn who placed and won with him before he was retired young due to illness. I also placed with him..He was an exceptional dog to work. He lived here with me for 11 yrs. after retiring. He was a dog that was verging on the genius and had the potential to go to the top. He was the sire of Jade and Aled Owen's Gwyn. Sparc died in Oct 08 aged 14 yrs; after a bad bout of festibular
JESS isds 210667 dob: 30/10/93 - 22/4/08 Jess was a very stylish bitch with a little too much eye. She had a good feel for sheep and ample power. She was relatively easy to work Best score = 4 1/2 pts. Jess died in 2008 aged almost 15 yrs old. after a festibular attack.
JADE isds 234014 dob: 10/6/97 - 14/5/2010 Jade was a smooth coated B&W bitch. She was a natural outrunner and built for speed. She had ample power and was an excellent hill dog. Best score = 4 pts. Jade retired from Trialling and heavy work but still 'kept her hand in' at home doing much of the close work.She partnered with Lace superbly in work . She was my loyal friend, companion and right hand.
isds 251448 dob: 30/6/00 She is a strong well built bitch. BW smooth coated with pricked ears. She is a 'hot head', hyperactive. She has little eye but a good feel for sheep although quite sensitive too.
JAFF isds 185086 Jaff was a big rough coated B&W dog who had a tremdous feel for sheep, natural balance and pace. With more handler experience he could have been a very good dog. He was an excellent hill dog and was a really cool customer Best Score = 3.5 pts lost
Meg: was a birthday present from my family. She was born Feb 2010 on the Isle of White, She is by Eamonn Lawless' Bill out of his Maddie. She is a fun and very intelligent bitch who loves to work and play, also loves my grandchildren. She is very classy but has a touch too much eye. She has a nice cast and feel for sheep. Was placed in a couple of novice classes in her first season.
Photo by Carol Campion
Jock: is my multi National dog - Irish bred, with a Scottish name, living in Wales and handled by an English woman!!!!
I bought him from Ireland in Oct 2012. He is 6yrs old. He has a good method on sheep . He is also kind to sheep and has a wonderful character. He is a real gent!
Photo by Angie Driscoll
Jess and Kirk; are the latest additions to our troop. (Doreen Clarke's Glafes Lyn x Murray McTier's Bob).
Born Feb 2014 they are still pups. They are showing great initiative and intelligence. My hopes for the future.