Working Test Results 2018.
Up-dated Sunday, June 3rd.
Background photo - Steve Magennis.
Words and photos - Guy.
Puppy and Novice Retriever Test, Blythe House Farm, Hamstall Ridware.
L to R - Roy Stone, George Astley, Killy Pennell and James Murphy.
Our Puppy and Novice Retriever Test is
always a well supported event and
The sun shone right from the off and it
was clear that temperatures were going to keep climbing
Becky Wilkinson welcomed everyone and
introduced our Host, George Astley, a keen shot and
Our first Test, judged by Killy Pennell
was a reasonably straight forward mark with shot over the
Test number 2, also over the river and
judged by James Murphy was a reasonably long blind
Roy Stone was judging Test 3, the most
difficult of the morning's Tests. Two shots were fired
Test 4, judged by James was a 4 dog
walk-up with each dog having 2 marked retrieves.
The standard of dog was very high
despite the heat and some quite difficult retrieves and the
Following a welcome cuppa and the Raffle, the results were announced as follows.
Second - John Mee handling Middlebrook Flycatcher.
Second - Kevin Hill with Burtheath Cracker.
L to R. Standing - Charlotte Brailsford, John Mee, Lesley Cooper-Shaw,
This was a very good Test on an
excellent ground in testing conditions.
More photos on our Facebook Page.
A/V Retriever Open Working Test.
Sunday, May 13th at Yoxall Lodge by kind permission of
Generously Sponsored by Skinners.
Judges - Charlotte Brailsford, Ian Glover and Godfrey Lowe.
Another sunny and beautiful day was in
store for our Open Retriever Working Test which was held
Again I need to point out that we waited
for people to turn up who couldn't pick the phone up
The six Tests were as follows:- Test 1 Charlotte. Two gun shots to indicate two blinds...one over a water course the other to the left of the track.
Test 2 Godfrey. 1 shot to indicate a blind across the pond with distraction dummies placed out en route.
Test 3 Ian. One gun shot to a marked dummy but the dog had to collect 2 blinds instead.
Test 4 Charlotte. A straight retrieve to a long mark.
Test 5 Ian. 1 shot to a long mark approx 180 yds followed by a second shot to a short mark approx 80 yds. Dog to pick the short mark first all in to a back wind.
Test 6 Godfrey. A marked retrieve followed by a second marked retrieve once dog had collected first dummy.
The dogs were certainly put through their paces and following all six test completed the judges called a halt to proceedings to confer with the results.It transpired that after all that there was an equal tie for second and third between Vicky Stanley and Steve Le Voi which needed a run off.
Finally, the results were announced as follows.
First place was awarded to Vicky Stanley
with MINSTEAD MAIGRET.
Vicky is presented with her Spoils by our Generous host, Jane Chappell.
Second, after the run off, was awarded to
Steve Le Voi with MADERABLANCA AMARILLO
Third was awarded to Vicky Stanley
with FTCH PATNAVAC BROUGH winning
Fourth was David Ross with MARVELOUS
MOSSEY taking a
L to R - Steve LeVoi, Vicky Stanley and Dave Ross.
In summing up Judge Godfrey Lowe praised
the Club once again for it's high standards
Once again a massive thank you to Becky Wilkinson and TEAM DOVE VALLEY.
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Novice A/V Spaniel Working Test, Foremark,
Today the sun shone on the righteous and
saw Dove Valley WGC end its Spaniel Working
The weather was glorious in stark
contrast to our first Test of the season which was in 4
Given the heat and the forecasted
weather, the Judges made a very sensible and correct
Now I don't usually dwell on negative
points, however it annoys me when we are waiting
So the 20 handlers and dogs that did
turn up on time set off into the woods which was
The Results were announced as follows:-
In first Place was Nik Howe with his 2
yrs old ESS dog RUSHYMOOR RASTA.
Second went to a very excited and
delighted Jackie Elliott with TOLLIEFORD VIOLET
Third place went to Mark Hancock with
TEIGNSEDGE KANSAS THUNDER taking
Fourth was David Corner with SWEET ELPIS OF THORNTON.
2nd,3rd and 4th Prize winners also took
a Bage of Chudley Dog Food, a GT Dog Lead,
Certificates of Merit went to two delighted handlers, Tony Everitt with KENQUINCE PENNY LOVER and Thomas Poole with CASTLEPRIDE MISCHIEF.
In summing up the Judges once again
praised the Club and the handlers for todays Test.
So as the curtain comes down on another
short but successful Spaniel Working Test Season,
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Novice and Young Handler A/V Spaniel Working Test, Chatsworth House, by kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
Sunday, April 22nd.
Words and photos - Barry Dutton.
Sponsored by Acme Whistles, Caroline Bridges
Photography, Countryman Fairs, Trover Coats,
Judges - Neale Satchwell and Jamie Smith.
What a stunning setting for a Working Test!
Following a warm welcome to Chatsworth from Spaniel Test Secretary, Jane Burton,
First Place was awarded to Caitlin Cook with RUBY.
Caitlin was awarded the Young Handlers Trophy,
Second place went to Bethan Robertson-Ball, also with a dog called RUBY.
First place - Dave Gallimore with his ESS Dog Boggwater Charlton Star of Oncote.
Dave was awarded the
Spaniel Secretary's Cup, a £100 Photography Sitting voucher
Second Spot went to Nik Howe with his ESS
Dog Rushymoor Rasta taking the
Third went to a newcomer to the Sport, Joshua
Stubbs with his ESS Bitch,
Fourth place went to Keith Onions with his ESS Bitch Cresset Ennis of Kanreith.
Second, third and fourth prize winners also
took a bag of Chudleys dog food, an Acme Whistle,
Certificates of Merit were awarded to John
Robertson with his Cocker Dog,
On behalf of the Judges, Neale Satchwell said
what a great day it had been.
Once again thanks must go to Spaniel Test
Secretary, Jane Burton, for another excellent Test
And finally, thanks to everyone who
turned up to support the Club,
Full report and more photos on our Facebook Page.
Our Spaniel Team for The Skinners
Inter-Club Team Test held at The Byrds Retreat, Saturday, April
L to R - John Parr, Dave Ross, Louise Allen and Stephen Littler.
Words and photo - Jane Burton.
What a fantastic day we had!
The Kelly Memorial Shield, The Englefield Estate, Saturday, April 14th.
The Retriever Team. L to R - Steve LeVoi, Lewis Butler and Stewart North.
Novice and Young Handler A/V Retriever Working Test,
Bradley Old Parks. Sunday. April 8th.
By kind permission of The Samnworth Family.
Words and photos - Barry Dutton.
Judges - Doug Ingall, Sally Morewood and Vicki Stanley.
Generously sponsored by Skinners and B.A.S.C. Central Region.
There were a total of 6 tests in all, 3 in the morning and 3 more after lunch. The mornings tests were 1 - Straightforward marked retrieve down hill. 2 - marked retrieve approx 150 yards out over a ditch and into rushes and a second blind dummy in the same area. 3 - Short walk up with a rabbit crossing right to left. 4 - Blind retrieve across a water filled ditch. 5 - Water Test which included a blind which had to be picked first followed by a mark from the lake.
The results were as follows with prizes presented by Senior Judge Vicki Stanley.
Young Handler was won by Billie Jo Wagstaff
handling Jess. Billie had to compete the same
First Richard Kershaw with WATERGATE SYDNEY taking the B.A.S.C. Trophy.
Second Shannon Wellum with GUNNASOUND SANDY taking the Tutbury Gun Rooms Shield.
Third Cherryl Jones with KLATO FANTOM.
Fourth following a run off was Julia Deeming with ROUGHBEAT GABRIELLA OF GOLDENVINE
The top 3 dogs also won a Bag of skinners dog food, a club salver and a rosette.
Certificates of Merit were awarded to
Audrey Ellis with LOWFORGE ISTABRAQ, Geoff Dobb with WOODCOCKHILL HIROLA,
In summing up on behalf of the judges Vicki
Stanley said how the judges had thoroughly
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Open Spaniel Working Tests.
Generously sponsored by Countryman Fairs, Trover Coats, GT Leads,
Judges - Alistair Ross, Paul Johnson, Ian Bogaki and Martyn Elliott.
Today began the new season of Working Tests and we started
off with an Open A/V Spaniel Test alongside a Novice A/V Spaniel Test. As usual
Spaniel Test Secretary Jane Burton had organised everything down to the last minute
even ordered a moderate covering of snow and a moderate East wind to replicate
the recent Open Springer Spaniel Championship. However, we were not at
Drumlanrig but at an equally impressive Testing and Trialing ground at Bagots
Park Farm, Abbots Bromley, by extreme kind permission of our hosts Mr David and
Mrs Carol Dale. The ground is superb and you could not ask for better
facilities both on the ground or the hospitality facilities after the event.
Thank you very much David and Carol. Jane began the briefing by firstly
thanking everyone for attending on such a rotten day with special thanks to
the competitors who had travelled a long distance to get here. Todays judges
were Alistair Ross and Paul Johnson for the Open Test and Ian
Bogacki and Martyn Elliott for the Novice Test. Jane thanked the judges for
giving up their valuable time and for travelling in such conditions. The two
groups were split up and headed off to different parts of the ground. The tests
were both run in similar terrain which was light brambles, bracken and
brashings covered of course by snow. After a few hours of gun shots, dummy
throwing, hunting and retrieving the Judges called a halt to proceedings and
back to base for tea, sandwiches and cakes. And more cakes and then some more
cakes....I think you can see a picture forming here.
First John Parr with his Cocker Bitch GLENUGIES RUFF DIAMOND. John took a bag of Chudleys Dog Food, a Gold Acme whistle, a Trover Dog Coat, a GT Dog lead a Countryman Fairs Whisky Tumbler a Club Silver Salver, a Club Rosette and The Crichflight donated to the Club by Ken Baker.
David Dale presents John with The Crichflight Shield.
Second was David Ross with his ESS Dog FFYNONLAS SMUDGE winning the Dog food, Acme whistle, Whisky Tumbler, Silver Plate and rosette.
Third was Bob Fairhurst with his ESS Dog RHEASTMOOR UNDER THE GUN winning the same as second place.
Fourth went to Angela Atkin with her ESS Bitch, SCARFELL SWIFT also winning same as second and third.
C.O.M,s were awarded to Steve Brooks with GRIFFINWELL MARTHA MAY who also took the award for Stewards Choice, Kenny Hiley with both RHEASTMOOR POCKET ROCKET and KYSHANT KAKA JESTER and to John Robertson with TIMSGARRY ALPINE.
First place to Paul Murray with his ESS Dog TEDDY LOVER, winning a Silver Acme whistle, Chudleys Dog Food, GT Dog Lead, Trover Dog Coat, Countryman Fairs Whisky Tumbler, Club Salver and Rosette and The Wardgate Trophy.
Jane Burton presents Paul with The Pat Horobin Memorial Trophy for Top Dog Overall
Second was Mark Hastelow with his Cocker Bitch PERIJA MY BONNIE
WREN winning Dog Food,
Third was Martyn Stevens with his ESS Bitch CHEWEKY FILLET winning the same as second place plus the Pauline Dyson Trophy.
Fourth place to Ian Bainbridge with SCARLET AMID THE WOODS taking the same as second and third.
C.O.M,s were awarded to John Robertson with DONNACHAIDH
BLACK OPAL, Dave Gallimore with BOGGWATER CHARLTON STAR OF ONCOTE, Ricky
Knights with TOTALLY TORTALA. This was the first ever competition Ricky had
ever entered and he was over the moon to take a COM. I have to apologise to him
because the photograph I took of him never turned out.
Once the two First places were announced, John Parr and
Paul Murray took their Winning dogs out to have a head to head run off in
some medium white grass to decide to overall winner.
Trophies Galore !!
All in all an excellent days Working Tests on excellent
ground with excellent competitors.
Generously sponsored by Countryman Fairs, Trover Coats, GT Leads,
Lots more photos on our Facebook Page.