My father took me to the trails when I was a child, suppose that was the start of the ‘bug’ and in my teens I started slipping and catching for my Uncle Jake Timmins. I then met Brian Fowler who introduced me to Mrs Foy who I got my first pup from and the rest is history.
Longer than I like to think about now!
Without a doubt Miss Patsie, though missing her puppy season due to Foot and mouth she won the 2 year old championship and a total of 73 trails which included the Produce, Cock How Festival, Whitehaven Classic and three Association Trails, and was runner-up to the great Melody in the Senior Championship, due to injury only ran for 2 1/2 season.
Cold Fell Gate, apart from Steele Brow it is the best viewing trail in the Association and is proved year after year by the amount of people who support it.
Winning the Open Restricted with Miss Dido at the Cockhow Festival. Though a great runner Sally tended to give trails away on the finish, that day she got it right much to the delight of our Grandchildren. It was very memorable.
Jet Rose caught my eye in the trial trails but I do not begrudge Brenda and Roly Johnston one single ticket as they deserve a good run.
Many people come to mind and sadly a lot of them are in the great hound trail in the sky but I think for sheer stay ability and the gift he has with dogs and people I must say Victor Brownlee, he is always happy to give advice, admires a good hound even if it is not his and really is a good guy. He encourages the youth into the sport and without youth we have no future.