Mark lives in Cumbria, England. He has been working border collies for 40 plus years, starting at the age of 10. In a recent move, Mark down sized his flock from 850 ewes to 250 ewes but finds time to manage a neighbor’s flock of 800 ewes.
The first time Mark competed in the English National trial, he finished 17th, earning him a place on the English Team. In the 2015 English National, Mark competed with 2 dogs, Pat & Tip, finishing 2nd and 5threspectively. Tip also won the Best Drive trophy which was the 3rd time Mark received the honor. He has competed in the International Supreme seven times as a member of the English Team. Mark place 7th at the 2015 International with Pat, and was Reserve Supreme Champion with his dog, Gail, in 2009.
Mark is not only an accomplished handler and shepherd, but a well-respected judge. He has judged countless trials in the UK and in Europe, including the English National, Danish, Nordic and Swedish National trials.
Forty years ago, after leaving Agricultural College, Mike became a shepherd. His work included being a shepherd for a Duke, an Arab and a Shepherd’s training college. In 2003, he decided to become a livestock buyer. Not one to sit around idly, Mike also owns and manages Come-bye.com which stores and ships semen throughout the World and also owns and runs a boarding kennel.
Mike has been running dogs for 30 years. He has represented England twice at the International Supreme trial, winning the English Shepherd’s Champion with his dog, Turk. Mike has many trialing achievements which includes winning the prestigious Longshaw Double Gather trial, also with Turk.
Mike is a well-respected and well-liked judge. His judging experiences include the 2015 International Supreme trial and he has judged the English National trial twice. He looks forward to judging in and visiting the US for the first time.