Sheepdog National Finals Judges 2017
|The Judges are as follows:|
Ray Edwards and Kevin Evans will judge the Open.
Bevis Jordan and Norm Close will judge Nursery and Semi-final.
All judges will judge the Final Round.
Ray Edwards Ray learned to shepherd as a boy on his uncle's farm where they worked cattle with tough dogs. He had his first major success in 1985 when he won the English National and got on to the English team to represent England at the Internationals. He went on to come in 16th at the International the following year. Since then, he has represented England 17 times and last won the National in 2006 with his dog, Jim. He and his wife, Carol, have a border collie training center in Devon. He is a two-time past judge of the USBCHA National Finals and the Canadian Championships and is a well- respected judge throughout the world.
Kevin Evans is a 15 time member of the Welsh Team and has won the Welsh National twice (2011 with Greg and 2013 with Jimmy). He has qualified for the Supreme Championship 7 times with 5 different dogs, winning the event in 2008 with Mirk and Reserve in 2011 with Greg. Kevin qualified two dogs for the final of the 2008 World Trial - Mirk and Spot - and was 6th with Mirk at the 2011 World Trial. He once again represented his country at the World Trial in 2014 with his two dogs Jimmy and Greg.
Not only has Kevin been successful in singles competition, he has also won the Welsh National Brace Championship twice (the first time when he was just 18 years old with Jess and Dave)and in 2005 with Jaff and Zac. He's also been the Reserve International Brace Champion in 2005 with Jaff and Zac. In 1994, at the tender age of 13, he won One Man and His Dog 'Young Handler' with Maid - his first trial dog given to him by Mostyn Isaacs when he was 10.
Kevin grew up around dogs. His playground was the family farm (Penclyn Farm) in Libanus under the Brecon Beacons, a part of Wales that contains some of the most spectacular and diverse landscapes in Europe. Kevin's life revolves around dogs. Kevin's father, David or Dai as he is known, is a top handler and trainer in his own right and has represented Wales five times. Dai has had a huge influence on Kevin.
I am a farm manager on a 4,200 acre hill farm in Northumberland, England. I breed and train my dogs for everyday work with 1450 Swaledale ewes lambed outside in April/May and 125 Limousin/Saler cross beef cows calving in Feb, March, April. I have successfully competed in trials for over 30 years and have bred and trained dogs that compete at National level and have exported dogs to USA, Canada and Europe. As a council member of the ISDS and a member on the Judges panel, I regularly judge trials in the UK, (English national judge in 2016,doubles Judge in 2017), National/Double lift trials in France and the Netherlands, Iceland & USA, (several state trials and championships, National Finals 2012, Meeker 2013,) and will also be judging at 2017 World Trial in the Netherlands.
As chairman of the Northumberland Sheepdog Trials League I help organise 25 open trials and 10 nursery trials every year. With my experience and knowledge gained over the years I now enjoy helping new handlers and hold regular training clinics to encourage beginners to train and handle dogs for work and competitive trialing.
Norm Close is an accomplished Judge that has earned the reputation of being professional, fair, and accurate. He has Judged numerous trials in the U.S. and Canada including the 2011 USBCHA National Finals, the Big Willow Double Lift twice, Old Chatham, North Carolina State Championships, Hilltop, Phantom Ridge Classic, Sterling Acres and more. Norman is also accomplished on the trial field, winning many open trials, including the Canadian National finals. He is a successful clinician and travels throughout the US and Canada, teaching and training. Norman was raised on a mixed farm in Lancashire, England and has been working with livestock all his life. In 1980, he immigrated to Alberta, Canada to work as a herdsman and now resides in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, with his wife Vickie, together they have a very reputable breeding and training program, Handhills Border Collies. Norman's commitment is to run and breed strong dogs that work well on farms, ranches and also make successful trial dogs.