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The Romney Marsh and District Sheepdog Society


President: Les Ramsden
Dave Thompson
Liz Lauder
David Thompson

Contact: Email HERE

For a brief history: Click HERE

Monday, 17 June 2019

Sussex Sheepdog Society Open Trial held at Firle Beacon, Sussex 16th June 2019

Thank you to Tom Gribble for getting this great venue and sheep ready for our trial . Thank you to Jackie Marsh for judging, everyone who let out sheep and everyone who supported the trial. It was certainly a wet and windy day but the views were stunning.

16th June 2019
Judge: Jackie Marsh (Golden Cross, Sussex)
25 Dogs ran

1st John Marsh (Golden Cross, Sussex) Hutch 80
2nd Philip Davies-Russell (Farnham, Surrey) Kirk 68
3rd Jed Watson (Yelverton, Devon ) Zac 64
4th Paul Griffiths (Glynde, Sussex) Standen Roy 63
5th Fiona Davies-Russell (Farnham, Surrey) Nellie 60
6th Val Powell (Ashby, Northants) Tyke 53

1st Philip Davies-Russell (Farnham, Surrey) Kirk 68

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Torry Hill results 8th June 2019

Thank you to all our competitors at our Torry Hill trial. The weather was a mixed bag, but we all persevered whilst rather damp. We thank our judge Sarah Walker, and our team of helpers.


1. Wendy Cole, Rheed, 53tu
2. Jill Bastable, Suze, 51tu, OLF
3. Louisa Taylor, Holly, 51
4. Cathy Cassie, Denwyn Swift, 46tu

1. Fiona Davies-Russell, Nell, 80
2. Rob Hawke, Chip, 69
3. Philip Davies-Russell, Kirk, 59
4. Robert Putnam, Mossie, 57tu
5. Rob Hawke, Mo, 53
6. Louisa Taylor, Cant, 39

1. Cathy Cassie, BAW Sean, 90
2. Tim Foster, Mist, 87
3. Fiona Davies-Russell, Nell, 80
4. Wendy Cole, Mheg, 77
5. Tim Foster, Molly, 74
6. Jackie Marsh, Angie, 72

OLF award: Cathy Cassie
Winners cup: Cathy Cassie

Monday, 3 June 2019

Torry Hill Saturday 8th June 2019 Running order


Romney Marsh and District Sheepdog Society  
TORRY HILL Saturday 08th June 2019 (ME9 0ed) 
Starter judge: Dave Thompson and Open judge: Sarah Walker 
Trial starts at 9am  (Open will not start before 9:30am) 

  • 1. Cathy Cassie.                                    
  • 2. Louisa Taylor 
  • 3. Wendy Cole 
  • 4. Jill Bastable 
  • 5. Steve Gearing 
  • 1. Rob Hawke 
  • 2. Tim Foster 
  • 3. Louisa Taylor 
  • 4. Cathy Cassie 
  • 5. Fiona Davies-Russell 
  • 6. Anita Tackley 
  • 7. Wendy Cole 
  • 8. Ray Wickens 
  • 9. Jackie Marsh 
  • 10. Rob Hawke 
  • 11. John Marsh 
  • 12. Amy Rouse 
  • 13. Elaine Anstey 
  • 14. Tim Foster 
  • 15. Louisa Taylor 
  • 16. David Thompson 
  • 17. Karen Gearing 
  • 18. Robert Putnam 
  • 19. Fiona Davies-Russell 
  • 20. Peter Gent 
  • 21. Amy Rouse 
  • 22. Anita Tackley 
  • 23. Cathy Cassie 
  • 24. Elaine Anstey 
  • 25. Philip Davies-Russell 
  • 26. Wendy Cole 
  • 27. John Marsh 
  • 28. Ray Wickens 
  • 29. Rob Hawke 
  • 30. Sally Else 
  • 31. Jackie Marsh 
  • 32. Tim Foster 

Starter: David and Harvey 
1-2 David and Harvey 
3-7 Jill and Karen 
8-12 Philip and Cathy 
13-17 Ray and Anita 
18-22 Wendy and Amanda 
23-27 Tim and Sally 
28-32 Robert and Elaine 

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Romney Marsh spring news 2019

News from The Marsh


It is with great sadness that I report the unexpected death of Jamie Robertson. Jamie was a relatively newcomer to trialling, but proved himself a capable caring, well respected handler. He will be remembered for the empathy and insight he showed when training his dogs.

Hughie Cole also passed away recently. A long standing member and supporter of the society, his “larger than life” personality will be sadly missed as competitor, spectator and friend. Our thoughts are with Hazel and Family.

New Trophies

John Gascoigne “Silence is Golden” cup will be presented at the Kent Championship and The Don Fathers trophy for improvement, presented annually at the end of the season.

All England Nursery Trial

Philip Davies-Russell, Andy Jackman and Rob Hawke with Fiona Davies-Russell as reserve, represented the South. Despite their best efforts the team was unplaced. Windermere Sheepdog Society were victorious, with Emma Gray taking the best individual run award.

Winter Series 2018-19

The Winter Series was well attended and we saw some new faces.

·         Grace Gower and Cap won the Cradle aggregate award

·         Philip Davies Russell and Kirk won the Nursery aggregate award

·         Rob Moore and Cumhachdach Donk won the Novice aggregate award

The Doug Ovenden Novice Handler Cup was awarded to Karen Gearing.

The Puppy Cup was awarded to Mark Banham with Swift.

The Ron Willis Service to the Society award was awarded to Den Else.

The Young Handler Medal was awarded to Grace Gower.

AGM News

Dave and the Committee were returned to office, with the addition of Peter Gent.

Following discussions it was confirmed that Nursery dogs could run on an Open course without penalty, unless they gain an Open win or place. The rule banning professional retirements was abandoned.

Starter Classes to be run at Torry Hill (new field) and Riggs Hill.

Romney Marsh will be hosting the South-East Championship at Snargate, on Saturday 19th October 2019. Please make a note of points gained at Romney Marsh, Surrey, Sussex and Olantigh trials if you reside in these areas.

Good Luck for the 2019 season

Dave Thompson, Chairman

Monday, 11 March 2019

Jamie Robertson R.I.P

With sadness we announce that Jamie Robertson passed away on the 15th February.

For those who wish to attend his funeral it will be held on Monday 18th March at 2.30pm at St Mary's church in Shipley, West Sussex, RH13 8PH.

Family flowers only, any donations to go to Winston's Wish - a child bereavement charity.

Please, if you are coming, can you car share as much as possible – request from Jamie's mother.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Hughie Cole RIP + funeral details

It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Hughie Cole. Funeral details will follow. Condolences to Hazel and the Family.

FUNERAL details......Monday 25th March, 12 o’clock at Medway Crematorium, Bluebell Hill, ME5 9QU. Afterwards at Mercure Hotel, near Leeds Castle, ME17 1RE. 
If you could let us know below if you plan to attend please for catering numbers.
Family flowers only 

Monday, 28 January 2019

Winter trial 27-1-19

17 ran

1. Grace Gower, Cap, 53tu

1. Andy Jackman, Cap, 85
2. Rob Hawke, Chip, 75tu OLF
3. Philip Davies-Russell, Kirk, 75
4. Fiona Davies-Russell, Kit, 74
5. Mark Banham, Jack, 62tu

1. Robert Putnam, Mossie, 74tu
2. David Thompson, Jimmy, 63
3. Karen Gearing, Swan, 59
4. Rob Moore, Donk, 47tu
5. Rob Moore, Rebel, 35tu

Cradle-Grace Gower and Cap 262
Nursery-Philip Davies-Russell and Kirk 341
Novice-Rob Moore Cumhachdach Donk 270

Young Handler Medal-Grace Gower
The Doug Ovenden Novice Handler Cup-Karen Gearing
The Ron Willis service to society trophy-Den Else
Puppy Cup-Mark Banham and Swift

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