Nursery Champion to 10th at Deerplay

Since winning the Four Nations Championship in March, Cody has been rested and occasionally helping with lambing. He has been placed in all but one open this year but to qualify for Deerplay with a mature confident run was a revelation. In the final, Cody negotiated the first gather to the left with help, but the turnback proved difficult. He managed the second gather but it could have been better. Thereafter he negotiated the rest of the course pretty well, although, slipping one at the second gate, but in an attempt to finish in time the shed, pen and single were very substandard. Finishing 10th of the 25 runners was, however, very, credible.

Jake Suffers a Spinal Stroke


In the first Trial of the season, Jake left my feet to gather at a tremendous pace. Thirty yards or so, into his gather he screamed and both his legs were instantly paralysed. This apparently is quite common. He did not require surgery and most dogs make a 95% recovery but are unlikely to work. After an hour or so he regained the use of one leg and was standing. Three days into his recovery he ran out of his kennels and since then I have trusted him to regulate himself. A week later he was back to the sheep, just driving and following with minor flanks. His gate is already much better and there is a flicker of hope. Sadly Jake will not run in the nationals.

sheepdog trial four nations

Nij Vyas and Cody are UK Champions

Four Nations Nursery Final 2018sheepdog trial results
1. Nij Vyas and Cody 181
2. Kevin Evans and Tim 178
3. Ned O Keefe and Dark 174
4. Angie Driscoll and Aron 172
5. Peter Martin and Daisy 170
6. Michael Gallagher and Coin 170

Scotland won the team event.

English National Sheepdog Trials 2016

Nij and Jake just missed out on a run off place at English National 2016

English National Sheepdog Trials 2016

The England Team competing at the International Sheepdog trials at Tywyn, North Wales in 2016.

Nij was placed 4th with Jake, after coming back from a serious injury.

England World Trial winners 2017

England Team Winners of 2017 World Sheepdog Trials in Netherlands

The winning England team members at the 2017 World Sheepdog trials in the Netherlands.

From left to right – Nij Vyas – Jed Watson – Ricky Hutchinson – Emma Gray and Tim Foster