All-Wales nursery crown goes to Gwynfor Owen

Congratulations to Gwynfor Owen on becoming All-Wales nursery champion with Ben.

The final was held at Pen y Parc Fields, Bryn Crug, Tywyn, on December 14.

It was a keenly contested competition, with just five points separating the top six, and the 15 finalists from the North and South challenging each other for the Daily Mail Shield.

Gwynfor won the All-Wales championship for the first time, running Ben. Gwynfor had three dogs in the North Wales team, but it was with his early run at number three that he posted the top score of eight points.

The judges for the day were Wyn Edwards and Stan Harden.

Ben is by Gwynfor’s very successful red-and-white dog Zac, now aged 11, and he had Ben as a stud pup.

The retired headteacher, of Henblas, Llanerchymedd, Anglesey, said: “Ben is a nice-looking dog, very steady, with a good temperament.

“He’s got good potential and he seems to have the best qualities of Zac, we’ll have to see how he comes over the next year or so.”

Second place went to Kevin Evans and Bet, just one point behind the winners. And third place went to Huw Francis, running Cap, down 10 points.

For the first time in many years North Wales were the team winners, losing 215 points, with the South Wales team finishing on 258 points.


Results: ALL-WALES NURSERY FINAL: 1, G. Owen (Llanerchymedd) Ben, 8; 2, K. Evans (Libanus) Bet, 9; 3, H.J. Francis (Llanfyllin) Cap 10OLF; 4, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Chloe, 10; 4, K. Broad (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Mia, 11; 6, A. Owen (Llangwm) Linburn Roy, 12. Team placings: North Wales, 215; South Wales, 258.


All-Wales champions Gwynfor Owen and Ben (below left); and North Wales team captain Iolo Jones (below right) was delighted to receive the Team Shield. PICTURES: Lisa Soar/



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