Working Test Results 2018.
Up-dated April 18th.
          Our Spaniel Team for The Skinners Inter-Club Team Test held at The Byrds Retreat, Saturday, April 14th.           

L to R - John Parr, Dave Ross, Louise Allen and Stephen Littler.
Words and photo - Jane Burton.

What a fantastic day we had!
After the two simultaneous tests in the morning, both scores were accumulated and we went into the afternoon in first place. At the end of the day, David Ross won First place in the individual 
Open and the Best overall Open Spaniel. Louise Allen won first place in the individual 
Novice Spaniel and the Best overall Novice Spaniel. Stephen Littler won 2nd place in the Open, individual Spaniel. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to bring home the Trophy and we finished in 4th place overall. Each and everyone of the team gave 100% and I couldn’t have wished for better!!
Thank you all so very much for a sterling effort.
What a fantastic achievement by Steve Adams and his team. To organise and run 10 Teams of four dogs is no walk in the park. He even arranged for the sun to shine!


The Kelly Memorial Shield, The Englefield Estate,  Saturday, April 14th.

The Retriever Team. L to R - Steve LeVoi, Lewis Butler and Stewart North.
I don't have the results of the Match at present although we didn't Win!
Results to follow ASAP.
Thanks to both our teams for representing Dove Valley and we hope you all had a great day.

Click  HERE  for Full Report.
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 
course that the Novices competed on and she was judged in the same manner. 
It was great to see that Billie notched up 115 points which was higher than the Novice winner. 
Well done Billie who was presented with the Gilkin Trophy donated by John and Myra Clay,
a Club Salver, a Bag of Skinners Dog food and a selection of "Goodies" by courtesy of B.A.S.C.
via Central Regional Officer, Matt Dutton.


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

Mark Giles with KAPILANO POTAWATOM, Richard Kershaw with WATERGATE STANLEY, Charlotte Brailsford with KENTIYEN SUNSHINE BLOSSOM, Paul Webster with FORREST AMBER and Guy Radford handling Mikki Deville's KENQUARTZ TIME AFTER TIME. 

In summing up on behalf of the judges Vicki Stanley said how the judges had thoroughly 
enjoyed seeing all of the dogs run today and they were certainly tested over the 6 Tests. 
She praised the ground and finally the hard work done to put the test on by Becky Wilkinson 
and her hardworking TEAM DOVE VALLEY.

More photos on our Facebook Page.


Novice and Open Spaniel Working Tests.
Bagots Park, Sunday, March 18th.
Words and Photos - Barry Dutton.
By kind permission of David and Carol Dale.

Generously sponsored by Countryman Fairs, Trover Coats, GT Leads, 
Chudleys Dog Food and Acme Whistles.

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 detail and 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. 
After deliberations the results were announced as follows.


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 
and his fabulous Trover Dog Coat.

Second was Mark Hastelow with his Cocker Bitch PERIJA MY BONNIE WREN winning Dog Food, 
Dog Lead, Whisky Tumbler, Acme Whistle and Club Salver and rosette.

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. 
Final COM to Martyn Stevens with CHEWEKY DODGEM.

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. 
After a short walk up the judges called a halt to proceedings and announced the overall winner was 
Paul Murray and TEDDY LOVER winning The Pat Horobin Memorial Trophy donated to us by our 
second Chairman, Tony Horobin.

Trophies Galore !!

All in all an excellent days Working Tests on excellent ground with excellent competitors. 
Once again a massive thank you to our Sponsors, to our Hosts and of course to Jane Burton and 

Generously sponsored by Countryman Fairs, Trover Coats, GT Leads, 
Chudleys Dog Food and Acme Whistles.

Lots more photos on our Facebook Page.

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