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In memory of a sheepdog trials stalwart

A well known sheepdog trialist and farmer was remembered with a special presentation at the English National Sheepdog Trials at Castle Howard last month, an event we were proud to sponsor.

A one-off trophy, a silver plate, in memory of Jack Hollows, the sheepdog secretary for Thornton-le-Dale, Ryedale and Malton shows and a member of Ryedale Sheepdog Society, was presented by his daughters, Gena Douglas, who farms with her husband near Malton, and Linda Pepper, our very own Operations Director.

The plate, inscribed “English National Winner 2016 In Memory of Jack Hollows” was awarded to the sheepdog with the most points overall, Gwydr Zac, and his owner, Jed Watson, from Devon, who was national champion at the end of the three-day trials.

Mr Hollows, who died aged 80 in 2013, was a well-known figure throughout the UK, visiting regional, national and international sheepdog trials for many years.

Linda said: “Ryedale Sheepdog Society, which was responsible for organising the national event, suggested to Gena and I that we could commission the one-off trophy in memory of our father.”