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Bill Potter lives at Stoney Gill Farm, Shap, near Penrith, Cumbria. Bill has kept Beardie and Beardie cross collies for most of his life. He can remember the first Beardies which belonged to his uncle. Bill would have been about 11 years of age at that time. He also remembers sending Beardies into Scotland in about 1945. He has stayed with the full and part Beardies because he likes their intelligence.

Bill says they are very clever dogs; his Beardies only work on sheep. Bill is probably better known as a breeder of Fell ponies which he has kept and bred for many years. They are known by the Greenholme prefix. There are some photos below of Bill's Beardie cross, a male by the name of Spike. Spike is half Beardie and a very keen worker.

Photos were also taken when Bill was out on the hills checking his Fell ponies. He used his quad bike for transportation and was accompanied by Spike. The conditions where the Fell ponies live (and where Spike works) can be challenging to say the least.

Thanks to Craig from C/O Durham for taking these images in Spring, 2011. Also, a short film about where Bill lives can be seen at Click on films and go to Bill Potter.


turnbull, pauL

Eddie and sue

Ewart, malcolm

hicks, keith


Morris, gary & diane





Yes, Spike lives in an opening to a large tree (just like the Swiss Family Robinsons).


Spike makes an appearance.


Bill, Spike and the Fell ponies.


Bill and Spike on the quad bike.


Bill, Spike and the Fell ponies.


Bill, Spike and the Fell ponies.


Bill, Spike and the Fell ponies.


Bill and his dogs.






After some work, Spike returns to HIS tree home.



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