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Celebrating a Century of "Top Dogs"...

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A hundred years ago Joseph Tagg won a silver cup for ‘Best Dog’ in the Local Class of the Hope Valley Sheep Dog Trials. 

In the 1912 Hope Valley and District Sheep dog Trials held at Hope, where Joseph Tagg was triumphant in the ‘Local Class,’ many cash prizes were in guineas, admission was ‘One Shilling’, programmes cost 2d and dinner at the Peak Hotel in Castleton could be had for 1/6d. 

Joseph Tagg was a well known sheepdog breeder and a founder member of the local sheepdog trials in the Hope Valley in 1905.  He was also something of a top dog himself, as he inspired tremendous loyalty in his sheep dogs.  Many years after 1912 in 1953 aged 86, he had set off with this dog Tip to tend some sheep in the Upper Derwent valley on an icy cold day in December and failed to return.  He was found fifteen weeks later having died in the snow; his dog Tip had loyally remained with him and survived. 

The silver cup that Joseph Tagg won at the 1912 Show is to be reinstated at the Hope Show this year and awarded to the winner of the highest pointed shepherd in the open Class in his honour. 

Come to the HOPE SHOW, on AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY and enjoy a family day out in the beautiful Peak District and glimpse life in the countryside.  A traditional Agricultural Show, dating back to 1853, based on farming customs and run by an army of volunteers, the Hope Show raises money for local Societies and Charitable organisations.  The object of the Society is to promote and support the development of interest in agriculture and the rural way of life. 
This year at the Show you will see Sheepdog Trials, Show jumping; Heavy Horses; Cattle and Sheep; Alpacas; Gundog competitions; Vintage cars, Motorbikes, Tractors and Engines; Horticultural Tent; Crafts and numerous children’s attractions.

So why not come along to the Hope Show on August 27th, Bank Holiday Monday and see which is to be the top dog this year. 

For more information contact Hope Show secretary Ginny Priestley: ginny@hopeshow.org.uk


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