Field Trial Results 2018.
Background photo - Osmaston Park Lake by Barry Dutton.

The 128th Field Trial Meeting.
Open Stake for 18 A/V Spaniels (except Cocker)
at Bagots Park, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Dale.
October 26th.
The following report by Barry Dutton has been copied from our Dove Valley Facebook Page.

Photo - Barry Dutton.

Who would be going to the E.S.S. Championships in Ireland in January. That was the question to be answered at todays Dove Valley WGC Open AV Spaniel ( excluding Cocker) 18 Dog Stake, which was held at Bagots Park Estate, Abbots Bromley, by extreme kind permission of Mr David and Mrs Carol Dale. It is always a pleasure to be at Bagots and to enjoy a warm welcome from the Hosts. Our esteem Judges today were Chris Thurston-Woolnough, Gary Smith ( both A Panel) and John Sexton and Nick Powell ( both B Panel ) We thank the judges sincerely for giving of their time so freely and for them travelling from such far and wide places. Our Guns today were Graham Burton, David Ross, Ian Ross and John Williams. Again thanks must be given to these Gentlemen for not only shooting so accurate today but for financially supporting the Trial. Finally we must not forget the magnanimous generosity of our sponsors for todays Trial who are, in no particular order, Trover Coats, B.A.S.C. Central England Region, Chudleys Dog Foods and last but by no means least, J.Hudson/ ACME Whistles. So after FTS Donna Kilford's briefing we set off in to the woods with the rain just about to drench us. In fact it rained on and off for most of the trial, making everything that much harder. The cover was bramble and bracken and the dogs soon got down to their tasks. Birds were slow to emerge so when they did, they were quickly despatched by the guns producing some testing retrieves for the dogs and handlers. So after 41/2 hours of Trialling in testing ground against the elements, the judges called up David Holmes, David Massey and Mark Watson for a three way run off. It transpired the run off was for the first 3 places. So after the Judges ran the 3 dogs against each other in to a head wind, it was Trial over and back to base. Host David Dale and a couple of the ladies had already gone back to stoke the log burner and make tea and coffee for the returning pack which was a very welcome site. 
So to answer my opening question:-

First place goes to Mark Watson with his ESS Bitch, WRENMARSH TEMPTATION taking the Westray Trophy presented by Mr J.Duke and the Jeff Maidment Memorial Trophy donated and presented by David Ross. Second place went to David Massey with his ESS Dog RIXTONMOSS RACHINE winning the B.A.S.C. Central England Region Trophy donated by B.A.S.C. and presented by B.A.S.C. Regional Officer Matt Dutton. Third place awarded to David Holmes with his ESS dog HELMSWAY HARKILA. Fourth place awarded to last years winner Chris Durkin with his ESS Bitch EDWARDIANA BEACH. This combination also won the Guns Choice taking the Gavoise Trophy presented by Mr. G.D.Evans. C.O.M's awarded to: Andy Whitehouse with his ESS Dog SUGAR BULLETT AL. also to Anthony Myors with his ESS Dog GRAFTER JED OF KYSHANT who also took the Blackwall Trophy for Best Hunting Spaniel. Just as a statistic, 9 of the 18 dogs in todays stake were out of Helmsway Sires, 8 of them out of Helmsway Heath. Sponsored prizes were: All first four places took a Bag of Chudleys Dog Food , a Bagots Park Baseball Cap and a B.A.S.C. Insulated Mug. Second place also received a Trover Dog Coat and First place received a Golden Sleeved ACME whistle and also a Game Bag from BASC. So First place took almost 400 worth of prizes away with him. 

Photo - Barry Dutton.
After all thanks were cordially given and equally received, Judge Nick Powell on behalf of the Judging Panel summed up by saying that the judges were fully appreciative of the ground and weather conditions today. They were extremely pleased to see that the dogs adapted extremely well to the changing conditions and it was a collective thought that some of the dogs were let down by their handlers. Nick added that they all had enjoyed judging a great trial and that they were happy to remain behind and give constructive feedback to any handler that so required. So halfway through the Dove Valley Trialling Programme and another brilliant effort by TEAM DOVE VALLEY.

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The 127th Field Trial Meeting.

2 Day Open Qualifying Stake for 24 A/V Retrievers.
The Osmaston Estate, Ashbourne.
By kind permission of Mr P Smitt.
October 15th and 16th.
Sponsored by Skinners and BASC Central Region.
Words and photos  -  Barry Dutton.

Judges - L to R. Sarah Coomber-Smith, Di Stevens, Nichola Reynolds and Robin Watson.

Guns - L to R. Jed Booth, Pete Bancroft, Steve Mear, Chris Cadman, Becky Wilkinson and Brian Wilshaw.

Osmaston Park was the setting for our Open Qualifying Stake. Headkeeper Clive Heaven, his wife Gloria, Son Richard and his team of beaters made sure the birds were where they were needed at the right time and in the right numbers. So after Guy's customary briefing we all boarded the 3 buses and made our way down to the Woods. We started off with an uphill climb into some mixed Woodland with bracken and a few brambles. Within 2 minutes the first bird of the day was shot which is always a welcome sight to see. Unfortunately,the first dog down didn't pick it and was eye wiped by the second dog. Fortunately, this wasn't a precedent for the day and it was a long time before the next dog went out. This was primarily down to the high standard of the Dogs and their Handlers. After the end of two walked up drives we had only lost 2 dogs and stopped for lunch. The rain had set in by now which prevented the birds from showing themselves but nevertheless the birds were bountiful and another walked up drive after lunch put another dog out. Round three started with some blind retrieves into a field of tall mixed cover. This proved slightly more difficult putting two more dogs out. After the birds were picked a final walked up drive was started through the woods once more and at the end of the drive we were down to 15 dogs to go forward to day two.

Headkeeper Clive (left) Gloria and Richard.

The second day began with an early morning mist which quickly dispersed and with no rain forecast, we all loaded onto the buses and drove down to the Woods.  All 6 guns and myself were in the gun bus waiting to be driven down when we realised everyone else had gone and left us in the yard without a driver! After about 10 mins we decided nobody was coming for us so we drew lots to for a driver and off we went.

The day started with a drive with all dogs in line. This was the acid test because as the dogs were all sitting patiently in line watching and marking the pheasants, a crafty hare got up and ran the whole length of the line. It then preceded to do a 180 degree about turn and run the opposite way back up the line. Unfortunately, it was all too much for one of the dogs who gave chase. Right after that a pheasant dropped stone dead right next to the line and unfortunately that also proved too tempting and one of the dogs ran in and picked so two more dog were lost. All remaining 3rd round dogs picked their birds and the drive re- commenced to start the 4th round. After the birds were picked and a few more dogs were eliminated, we finished off with a short walk up to allow the last 2 dogs to complete the day. After a short discussion, Robin Watson declared those immortal words TRIAL OVER and back to base we went.

The results were as follows:-

First place to Terry Prentice with Lab Dog FTCH. HITOWNGREEN DIAMOND JOE OF FINDPOINT taking the Klato Cup presented by Mr David Clayton and the Flaxfire Trophy presented by Mr C.P. Walker. Terry also won a Deluxe Game Bag donated by B.A.S.C. Central Region, A Bag of Skinners Dog food and a bag of Sneyd Dog Food donated by Mr David Latham.

In second place was David Latham with Louise Latham's Lab Dog 
NETTLEBRAE ANDY OF FENDAWOOD taking the Derrity Trophy
presented by Charlotte Jeffrey.

Third place went to Kevin Butler with Lab Dog TURPINGREEN BOHOL

A Certificate of Merit awarded to Sue Berman with 

The Marshflight Trophy presented by Mr K.J.Morton for Guns Choice also
went to David Latham.

L to R. Kevin Butler, Terry Prentice and Dave Latham.

Sue Berman.

On behalf of the judges, Sarah summed up by saying how successful the trial had been with all dogs and handlers putting on a great display. The best dogs had risen to the top and they had all thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the trial and thanked everyone responsible for making it happen.

As you may be aware we are donating all this season's raffle monies from 
Trials and Tests to The Midlands Air Ambulance and todays raffle raised 
174 making a running total over 3 trials of 390. Guy thanked everyone for supporting the raffle and donating prizes and wished 
everyone a safe journey home. 

Another fine day for TEAM DOVE VALLEY.

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The 126th Field Trial Meeting.  

Friday, October 5th.

18 Dog Novice A/V Spaniel Stake.

Bagots Park, by kind permission of David and Carol Dale.

Words and photos - Barry Dutton.

The start of our Spaniel Trial season began today with an A.V. Spaniel 18 Dog Stake. The venue was at Bagots Park, Abbots Bromley by extreme kind permission of Mr David and Mrs Carol Dale. We cannot thank them enough for the times they allow us to use their ground for either Trials, Tests or Training. Our esteem Judges today were Alex Badger, Roy Ellershaw, Jamie Smith and Martyn Elliot. Trials cannot be run without people like these and to this end we bestow our thanks for the giving of your time. A big thank you to Roy who stepped in to officiate at the last moment due to illness hence us having 2 A panel Judges. This may have been a blessing in disguise as it allowed our two Non-panel judges a chance to run the Trial with the two A panel judges right behind them to give them guidance. Our Guns today were Charles Dale, son of David and Carol, Jason Grainger, Chris Cadman and Graham Burton. Again we thank our guns for helping to support the running of the Trial.Our Sponsors today, in no particular order were ACME Whistles, B.A.S.C., Trover Coats and Chudleys Dog Foods. The generosity of these Companies are greatly appreciated and I would imagine the winner left with over 300 worth of prizes.

So after the customary briefing we headed off into the woods where the Trial was conducted in its entirety.Steward of the beat was Headkeeper Dean Stephens. The cover was very varied ranging from ankle deep brambles through to 5 feet high bracken. It was unfortunate that all dogs did not get a retrieve, but as Alex Badger summed up in his speech " All dogs that ran here today were afraid of nothing. Handlers had got the dogs ready and everything bodes well for them for the rest of the season. It was tight to split the winners however we managed to do it and we honestly believe the right dog came out on top. Any dog that took an award today will have no problems in progressing further in the future". This sentiment was appreciated by the competitors. So after a lengthy day of Trialing the judges called up David Templar and Jason Croft for a run off. Following the run off it was back to base for the awards.

In first place was Jason Croft (below) with his Cocker dog PRIORHEATH BOSS HOGG taking the Liz Bedford Trophy presented by The Club. Jason also took a bag of Chudleys Dog Food, A Gold Sleeved ACME Whistle, A Trover Dog Coat, a range of goods from B.A.S.C. and a Bagots Park Cap.

Second was David Templar, with his ESS dog COUNTRYWAYS RAILEY OF WINDBUSH taking the Melissa Stubbs Trophy presented by The Club, a bag of Chudleys Dog Food, BASC goods, and a Bagots Park Cap.

Third was Kevin Woods handling Will Clulees ESS dog SPANQUEST TAFF , taking Chudleys Dog Food and a Bagots Park Cap.

Fourth was Angela Atkin with her ESS bitch SCAFELL SWIFT taking the same as third place.

C.O.Ms went to Dave Gallimore with BOGGWATER CHARLTON STAR OF ONCOTE, Paul Murray with TEDDY COVER, Stuart Lee with DUNNBRIGG BUTTERCUP and Andy Fisher, with BROOKEQUEST BLIZZARD.

Guns Choice was Andrew Fyfe with Amanda Fyfes Honest Bob. So half of the starting line up came away with prizes.

So a great start to the season and well done TEAM DOVE VALLEY.

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The 125th Field Trial Meeting.  

Tuesday, October 2nd.

14 Dog All-Aged A/V Retriever Stake,
 The Foremark Shoot, by kind permission of  Mr P Bishop.
Words - Guy. Photos - Barry Dutton.

Judges - James Murphy, Mick Newsam, Doug Ingall and Shelia Suzuki.

Guns - L to R. Jed Booth, Brian Wilshaw, Dave Walchester, David Cooke,
Pete Bancroft and Steve Mear.

Our Trial on this ground last season for Novice Retrievers was somewhat disappointing due to the poor standard of dog but, to be fair, this is a very testing ground which is why we decided to make this Trial an All-Aged with preference in the draw given to dogs with a Field Trial award. 

Following the introduction of our Host, Judges, Guns and Stewards, we followed Philip Bishop's Right Hand Girl, Alecia, to our starting point where we lined out to walk-up a wide, well established Game Cover crop. With Judges Shelia and Doug on the right and Mick and James on the left we set off.

With Spaniels working in front of the line we quickly found some Game and straight away it was clear that the more experienced dogs were going to give us a good day's sport and lots of debate between our Judges as they sorted out their books. Our Guns performed well and where necessary, allowed birds to flush to a sporting distance  creating  good chances for dogs to perform well. We continued Walking-up for the body of the stake although Philip set up a drive at one point which enabled our Judges to sit all dogs in line. Sadly, and very suprisingly, it was a blank drive but at least we tried! As the day progressed we saw some very good work from both Dogs and Guns and with 4 dogs left on 5 Retrieves each our Judges decided they had seen enough.


First place was awarded to Jennie Dimmock with Millerise Leo at Lyanmoreshot. Jennie was presented with The Gossmount Trophy donated by Jan and Kevin Marriott.

Second place was awarded to Laura Marsh with Jobeshill Okavango of Roseshire. Laura was presented with The Delfleet Pepper Trophy donated by Jane Jacombs for the Best Yellow Labrador.

Third was awarded to Carol Probert with Turpingreen Acuna of Corsemalzie.

John Yarwood with Ragweeds Image was awarded a Certificate of Merit.

Guns Choice was awarded to Ellena Swift Nunneley with Swiftlands Dora  taking the Thorpe Cloud Clary Trophy donated by Graham and Diane Barrett.

L to R. Carol Probert, Jennie Dimmock, Laura Marsh and Ellena Nunnelly with some cheeky Guns in the background!

Our raffle raised 111 plus a kind 25 donation which, along with any other raffle money made throughout this season's Trials and next year's Tests, will go to this years nominated charity, The Midlands Air Ambulance.

This was a good Trial to start our Season and thanks to everyone involved for helping to make the day so successful.

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