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LOOK: Crowds (and sheep) flock to Harden Moss sheepdog trials

104th year of historic farmers' challenge

Dogs had people and sheep flocking to Harden Moss this weekend.

The annual sheepdog trials saw 159 working dogs compete in a host of different categories.

The event takes place in some of the Holme Valley’s most commanding and beautiful surroundings.

Hundreds of spectators came through the gates of the event, now in its 104th year, on land off Greenfield Road above Holmfirth.

Organisers laid on a course for the well trained dogs to show off their skills while visitors enjoyed cakes and tasty treats and a morning visit from more than 120 vintage tractors taking part in the annual Pennine Tractor Road Run from Shepley.

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Organiser Lorraine Morley said: “The weather has affected visitor numbers a bit but we’ve still had a great weekend.

“We advertised it on Facebook this year and we’ve had few dogs from further afield that wouldn’t normally come.

“We’ve had people come from the north Lake District, Northumberland, Leicestershire and Stoke.”

The weekend long event saw sheepdog heats begin on Friday ahead of a packed schedule of demonstrations.

The Supreme Champion title went to Skipton shepherd Ross Watson with his dog Nidderdale Nidd.

Harden Moss Sheepdog trials.

The annual fell race - said to be the oldest in the country - was won by Borrowdale runner Mike Fanning.

The event also featured a sheep shearing demonstration by Greenfield based farmers the Crowthers and a parade by the Pennine Foxhounds and the Holme Valley and Colne Valley Beagles.

A best in show pet dog contest was judged by Huddersfield Giants star Eorl Crabtree.

On Friday, a plaque was unveiled on the new judges’ shed and £1,000 donated by Malcolm and Siobhan Brook in memory of late members John and Nora Brook.


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