Field Trial Results 2016.
photo - Catton Park Novice Retriever Trial 2016.
The 116th Field Trial Meeting.
Sponsored by Salters Pet Nutrition and BASC.
Novice A/V Spaniel.
The Maer Shoot, Staffordshire.
Steward of the Beat - Theo Creed.
Words and Photos - Barry Dutton.
Judges - Keith Carter and Chris Lewis.
Our Guns (above) were
and Steve Crookes to whom we are extremely grateful for their
continued financial support.
Once again we thank our sponsors for their continued support this year.
Salters Pet Nutrition and The British Association for Shooting and Conservation.
So following the morning's briefing and introductions we set off across
met by very fine rain which lasted right throughout the days
trial. Although the
ground was wet and heavy, it still contained sufficient
birds to enable dogs to get
flushes and retrieves. The trial went at a nice
steady pace and the competitors
worked extremely hard in heavy ground. From
my position as game carrier right
behind Judge Keith Carter, I was able to
hear Keith praising good work, encouraging
the handlers and giving
encouraging advice when the need arose.
That’s what I call good judging and
I’m sure the handlers were thankful for Keith’s wisdom. So after a long trawl of
approx. 4.2 miles around the shoot and all dogs
remaining having their
second runs, the judges, following a long debate, called
and Kev Powell for a run off. After this short run off those immortal words were
announced TRIAL OVER and a short walk up hill to the club house.
Results were as follows:- First place went to David Holmes with his 3yrs
old ESS Dog HELMSWAY HARKILA taking the Wanfield Trophy presented by our
The Rt Hon. The Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot DL. This combination
also received the Mossey Brooke Trophy presented by Pat and Richard Wild for
Guns Choice, The Moss Trophy presented by Rachel Briggs for Best Hunting Spaniel
and finally won the award for Best Retrieve. A fantastic Grand Slam by David.
Second place went to Kev Powell with his ESS Dog COWARNE COURT KAI.
Third place went to Jonathon South with his ESS Bitch KNOCH TULCAN
Fourth place went to Stuart Lundy with his ESS bitch WILLOW FLASH
All placed dogs received a bag of Dog food donated by our sponsors
Salters Pet Nutrition.
Cerificate of Merit to Tony Mason handling Steve Bolton’s EDGEGROVE
In closing the proceedings, FT Secretary Donna Kilford thanked everyone for
attending and competing in todays trial and also thanked everyone who has
in this her first season as a Field Trial Secretary.
Finally, well done to Team Dove Valley for an excellent season.
The 115th Field Trial Meeting. December 14th.
Salters Pet Nutrition and BASC.
Open Cocker Spaniel.
The Hales Estate, by kind permission of Mr A Hall and Family.
Steward of the Beat -
Steve "Rosie" Baker.
Photos - Barry Dutton.
Judges - Lee Cooper and
Field Trial Secretary, Donna Kilford welcomed everyone and thanked
Mr Hall and Headkeeper Rosie, for allowing us to use this fabulous
The Trial started in Woodland a short walk from our HQ with
Russell on the right and Lee Cooper on the left.
Game came straight
from the off and with a high standard of dog
work throughout the
Trial, some very nice work was seen.
Rosie's wife Jo and two very
keen stops worked hard to keep
birds in the wood and the Trial
progressed smoothly with
some very capable shooting from our Guns.
Lee on the left had more birds than the right and finished his second
round with Steve still having five dogs to see.
Once Steve had
finished, both Judges had a short discussion and
called two dogs in
for a run-off before the Trial was declared over.
- Natalie Cannon with Ft.Ch. Countryways Alice of Craiwarn.
the Open Cocker Trophy donated by former
Dove Valley Chairman, Tony Horobin,
and the Tasco Trophy
in memory of Mary Rountree donated by the Longer Estate
The Wauchope Family for The Best Hunting Spaniel.
also received a Game Bag donated by
BASC, courtesey of Matt Dutton and Lewis
Natalie (above) was very emotional during her speech and
told us that she has
decided to retire her "Best Friend" following
the Cocker Championship.
Second - Will Clulee with Kevin Powell's Jackshea Liz of Poolgreen.
Will was awarded The The Tissueman Trophy donated by Rob and
Karen Smith and
The Woodmagic Trophy presented by Neil and
Melissa Stubbs for Guns Choice.
Third - Wendy Openshaw with Ian Openshaw's Mallowdale Euro.
Fourth - Andy Shotton with Ft.Ch. Rowston Snooty.
The handlers above were all presented with a Hip Flask and Dog Lead
donated by BASC, courtesey of Matt Dutton and Lewis Thornley
and a bag of Dog Food from Salters Pet Nutrition.
of Merit were awarded to -
Mathew Brown with Gala Girl, Jamie
Smith with Abiann Flawless,
Alex Hayes with Timsgarry
Jynx, Ann Kedward with Tautavel Kirsty at Sanalgmore and Jason
Croft with Ft.Ch. Wrenmarsh Sweet Lady.
In summing up, Judge Steve Russell praised the handlers for a very high
class Trial stating that the standard was exceptional and everyone should
feel proud of their dogs. He also heaped praise on Keeper,
Rosie Baker for
the excellent way he orchestrated the Trial and how
the ground was prepared
and presented. He added that it is getting
harder these days to secure
suitable venues for trials which is needed to encourage new blood into what he
believes is a wonderful sport.
With the help of people like Rosie, we are
well on track in achieving this.
Guns - Graham Burton, Jonathan South, Keeper - Rosie Baker,
Walchester and Guy Radford.
The 114th Field Trial Meeting.
Retriever Stake, The Stretton Shoot, Donisthorpe,
by kind permission of Mr A Bown.
Words and Photos -
Judges - Maurice Fitch, Mike Larkin, Richard Edwards and Steve Cullis.
The days proceedings were in the safe hands of Steward of the Beat
Paul Bown, who tirelessly worked throughout the day with the judges
and guns to ensure a smooth and efficient trial.
Once again the club
are indebted to the B.A.S.C. who generously
Although the weather was very murky and damp, it did not prevent this
trial going ahead in what was a very competitive day but run in the true
spirit of trialling and in a very festive mood.
The first drive saw birds dropping in rape and we saw some good
shooting. Unfortunately, the combination of Rape and Partridge saw
of six dogs and handlers. The next drive was first of all walked
up and then reverting into a driven one over cover crop and hedges.
After a couple of stops and starts, we collected all of the birds and
for lunch losing only one more competitor.
After a quick bite we went to the third and final drive which was over
open land with white grass and a river - a fabulous bit of Trialling Country.
After approximately 12 birds were shot, the judges set to sending the
dogs for the various retrieves. Following a short discussion the
First - winning the Gossmount Trophy presented by Kev and Jan Marriott
was Mike Jones with Cynhinfa Jarmen of Wauniago. Mike was also presented with a
Gerber Multi Tool and Dog lead from BASC.
Second - Tim Brain with his Chocolate Lab Killyrudden Fitzroy of
Third - Di Stevens with Lowforge Jaya of Wylanbriar.
Fourth - Norman Onens with Sandra Onen's Kestrelway Harry.
Second, Third and Fourth prize winners also received a Hip Flask
Certificate of Merit and Gun's Choice was awarded to
Claire Raymond with Ann Colley's Nobsquinton Cornflower. Claire took the
Thorpe Cloud Clary trophy presented by Graham and Diane Barrett and also
a Gerber Multi Tool and Dog lead donated by BASC.
dog lead donated by B.A.S.C.
Di Stevens, Norman Onens, Mike Jones, Tim Brain and Clare Raymond.
In summing up, Judge Steve Cullis was full of praise for both the Ground
and the help given by the Steward of the Beat. He also commended the
handlers on their performances stating that the winner had an
outstanding trial and the other prize winners were very close to each
other. A pleasure to be stewarding at such a great trial and once again
thanks to Team Dove Valley for putting on a great trial.
Guns - Mick Lunn, Steve Mear, Pete Bancroft, Guy Radford,
Wilshaw, Brian Wilshaw and Chris Cadman.
The 113th Field Trial Meeting.
Novice Retriever Stake held at The Dunstall Estate
by kind Invitation of Mr Simon Clarke.
Photos - Barry
Dutton. Words - Guy.
Judges - Phil Wagland, Sarah Jaggard, Polly Gibb and Glenys Caldwell.
To be invited to hold a Field Trial on a ground like Dunstall is
any Gundog Club would welcome, but to have a very keen and
Host spend the day with you and shoot is always going to
be an added bonus.
Simon's team of Guns (above) L to R.
George Astley, a keen supporter of Dove Valley for many years allowing
use his ground for Training Classes and Working Tests, Andrew
"Spike" Harrison, Richard Barnes,
Simon Clarke, James Williams and
The Hon. David Legh from Cubley who also hosts
Field Trials on
Under the leadership of Gamekeeper, Bill Constantine
(above) we walked
a short distance from HQ to the
Our Judges had decided to split the dogs "Odds and
with Glenys and Sarah on the left and Phil and Polly on
and Guns on their pegs, Bill started to bring in a game
birds over the Guns. The line was stood a short
a mature woodland and most of the birds dropped into
but some fell short on stubble. These birds were picked
were relatively straightforward but when handlers were
pick birds from the wood, the problems started!
dogs just wouldn't leave the open and go into the wood.
The drive had
been stopped with about 20 birds down and by the time they
picked we had lost 8 dogs! It is always disappointing to
early on, but it has to be said that some dogs just weren't
for Trials. At this point, we had the option of re-starting
drive or moving to a new drive so we opted for the latter.
short drive to another part of this wonderful Estate,
quick slug of Damson Gin) Simon put his Guns out down a
valley facing a wood with a game crop at the right hand end.
birds lifted early and curled back down the valley towards
giving our very capable Guns some truly sporting targets.
20 birds down in the wood and on grassland,
we stopped the drive and
the Judges were able to complete the
third round without too many
With five dogs left and a minimum of two birds needed, Bill
pushed out the last few yards of the game crop which produced
birds, three of which were shot. After quickly picking
the two birds
required, the Trial was declared over.
Our presentation took place outside Simon's Shoot Room and it was
especially pleasing to have so many competitors still with us.
Our Host Simon Clarke presents Dave Ross with The Merriwych Trophy
in memory of Denis Stevens and The Hawkslow Cup donated by
Antram for The Best Yellow Labrador.
Dave was handling Marvelous
Danielle Turton handling Fulltime Focus of Ashwynd was awarded Second
The Spirit of Blythe Trophy donated by John Cartwright.
Danielle was also awarded the
Springfield Trophy for The Gun's
Choice donated by Steve and Angie Lomas and
Bottle of Damson Gin kindly
given by Simon and The Roston Cup
for Best Lady Handler donated by
Greg and Carol Shaw.
Third Place was awarded to David Middleton handling
Jennie Dimmock with Millerise Leo at Lyanmoreshot
was awarded Fourth
Paul Dukes handling Brocklebank Zinc was awarded a Certificate of Merit.
This Trial was not easy by any means and I think our Judges had to work
hard to achieve the best possible result. There had been a very
friendly atmosphere all day and despite the fact that we
early casualties, we had a good day's Sport.
As always, huge thanks to The Dove Valley Team but, above all,
thanks to Simon for inviting us to hold a Trial on his fabulous Estate.
The 112th Field Trial Meeting. Monday, November 7th.
by Salters Pet Nutrition and BASC.
16 Novice Cocker Spaniel Trial
The Maer Shoot, Stone, Staffs
by kind permission of The Maer Shoot
and Mr John Edge.
Steward of the Beat, Mr
Words and Photos - Barry Dutton.
Todays Judges were Mr Roy Ellershaw and Mr Ian Bogacki
we send a big thank you.
Our guns for todays trial were Pete Bancroft,
Andy Eyley, Steve
Crookes and Nick Hales to whom the club are
indebted for their
financial support to the Club.
Once again our sponsors were
Salters Pet Nutrition to whom we are
For a change, we were back to proper November
weather with the
thermometer showing 2 degrees instead of the 13
degrees we have been having. A slight overnight frost had now melted so
the sun was shining and the cover was damp. With Roy on the right and
Ian on the left the trial began.
Most of the trial was either side
along hedgrows with a mixture of nettles, brambles and other cover.
After 3 hours trialling and all dogs still standing having their two
runs the Judges had a very long and liveley discussion finally giving
the Trial Over fanfare and the walk back to the club house.
summing up Roy Ellershaw stated that he was always disappointed when
they could not place a dog into first position. He described the trial
as a game of two halves with dogs having a good run on the left and a
less meritable run on the right and then vice versa. So with no first
place the Second place award went to Alan Bayliss with his 2 years old
bitch NUTMEG FROST. For this Alan took the Bedford Trophy presented by
former FT Secretary Liz Bedford. The combination also took the Premium
Pets Trophy presented by R and M Pope for the Best Hunting Spaniel. Alan
also won a bag of Dog Food presented by Salters Pet Nutrition. Third
place was Yorkshire farrier Martin Elliott with his dog KILTONBECK IRON
also receiving a bag of Salters Dog Food. Fourth place went to Darren
Skidmore handling P.Jones MAESYDDERWEN SIMPLICITY. This partnership also
gathered the Dove Valley Plate for Guns Choice and a bag of Salters Dog
Food. Certificate of Merit went to Robert Aldenton handling Mrs LP
Thompson and Miss SC Neary's CRALORRMOR
RHEANNA of MERIROYLES.
Once again a big thank you to F.T.S. Donna Kilford and
Valley for another cracking trial.
The 111th Field Trial Meeting.
Open Qualifying Stake for 24 A/V Retrievers.
Estate. October 27th and 28th.
By kind invitation of Mr Roddy Nash.
Steward of the Beat - Mr Clive
Generously Sponsored by BASC.
Photos by Barry Dutton unless stated otherwise.
Judges - Jayne Coley, Richard Beckerleg, Dave Brown and
This Trial was scheduled as Walked-up and Driven and, after a quick
of our plan with Clive, Roddy and our Judges, we all loaded
up in to
Shoot transport for the very sceinic trip to the first
With all dogs in line and Jayne and Shelia on the right and Richard and
Dave on the left, Clive gave to command to his team of very patient,
picked beaters to start the drive. We weren't messing about in
a wood on the edge of the shoot. This was a main drive and, having not
been shot yet this season - full of Game! Birds started coming pretty
quickly and we soon had enough down for me to ask Clive to hold the line
whilst we picked.
As you all know, it takes time to pick and, after
about 20 birds and 45 minutes, Clive re-started the drive and, just like
turning a tap on, the birds came again!
We were almost through the First Round after this so we decided to start
walking-up. We lined out in front of a wood and new plantation and,
with quite a long line and one Gun pushed well forward with one of our
Game Markers, we moved off. Birds presented themselves more or less
from the off and we saw some very intersting and often challenging
By the time we reached the end of the wood we were almost into the
round. Our forward Gun had had some sport and dropped 6 birds
white grass. After a brief discussion we decided to call
an end to day 1
with 15 Dogs being taken through to day 2!
Lining out on the second morning in front of a wide Game Strip with
three Guns in line and three out on the left flank, we started what
be an interesting morning. Some birds flushed straight
ahead and some
flushed left and fell in woodland a good 120 yards
These birds proved quite challenging and, with the gallery
walking on plough
in between the line and the wood, some interesing
work was seen.
A few dogs were lost along the way and, after a "Judges Huddle", we
went back in to the main wood for another short walk-up to finish
the Third Round.
The final drive, with nine dogs left, saw us back where we started only
time, the Judges sat the dogs well behind the line looking down
on the guns.
Our Game Markers rose to the challenge here providing the Judges
(after some dry runs) with accurate marks to enable them to
finish the Trial.
Photo - Guy.
Goddard (above) with Carltonstar Toby.
This win made Toby up to Field Trial Champion
as you can imagine, made Peter very Happy!
Peter was awarded the Flaxfire Trophy, presented by Colin Walker and the
Klato Trophy presented by David Clayton.
Peter was also presented with a Game Bag, dog lead and Hip Flask
generously donated by The BASC and orchestrated by Matt Dutton.
Abbs with Scarningvale Wexford.
The Derrity Trophy, donated to
The Dove Valley by Charlotte Smith,
was presented to Peter by Shoot
Captain, Roddy Nash.
3rd Mark Demaine with Leacaz Ricky of Caytonfell.
presented with The Delfleet Pepper Trophy donated
by Jane Jacombs for The Best Yellow Labrador
Aston of Fendawood handled by Dave Latham.
Dawn Scott (below) handling Diglake
Jasmin, was awarded a
Certificate of Merit and The Gun's Choice
Trophy donated by Kerrie Morton.
Certificates of Merit were also awarded to Clare Baker
with Windoogpack Coral.
Richard Hink's Castlemans Gobi of
Garronpoint handled by Annette Clarke.
Muggleswick Samba handled by
Pigeonman Alize handled by Gary Wilson.
Peter Abbs, Mark Demaine, Dave Latham and Dawn Scott were
presented with a dog lead and Hip Flask.
We are hugeley grateful to our Guns for their support and patience over
the 2 days.
Guns - John Glover, Jed Booth, Chris Cadman,
Steve Mear, Richard
and (not pictured as he could only be
with us on Thursday) Adam Cork.
Headkeeper and Steward of the Beat, Clive Heaven with James Barnes
and Vanessa King, two of our keen helpers.
With the help of a Shoot Captain and Headkeeper who are as keen as us,
we had had a fabulous 2 Days Trialling and we would like to thank
everyone involved for helping us provide our members with a worthwhile
Long may it continue.
110th Field Trial Meeting. Thursday, October 20th.
Sponsored by Salters Pet Nutrition and BASC.
16 Dog Open English Springer Spaniel Trial
held at The Stretton
Shoot, South Derbyshire,
by very kind permission of Alan Bown.
Steward of the Beat, Paul Bown.
Words and Photos - Barry Dutton.
Judges - Alex Badger and Jeremy Organ
Guns - Neil Swinn,
Garry Ellis and Steve
After a warm welcome from Spaniel FT Secretary, Donna Kilford,
Trial began in woodland and progressed to a thick hedge.
Organ was delighted to see hedgerow work and praised dogs and handlers
for their hard work in todays drives adding that they saw some excellent
hunting and controlled flushing within the hedge.
After a long
discussion the judges called in two dogs for
a final run off. After
another long discussion the judges then came to their
and announced the following awards.
First place was awraded to Lee
Cooper with his 4 year old dog BISHWELL BLACK MAGIC OF BRECKMARSH. Lee
was presented with
the Westray trophy donated by Mr J Duke. Lee also
won a Game Bag,
a Hip Flask and a Dog lead which was generously
donated by B.A.S.C.
and also a bag of dog food kindly donated by
Salters Pet Nutrition.
Lee was also awarded the Gavoise Trophy
donated by Mr G D Evans for
the best hunting spaniel.
place was awarded to Ian Flint with DUNBRIGG RITCHIE
received a bag of Salters Dog Food and a Hip Flask and dog lead. Third
place was awarded to Jim Dransfield with BUCCLEUCH HAMISH
winning a bag of Salters Dog food, Hip Flask and dog lead.
place was awarded to Mike Hoskins with EDWARDIANA MINSTRAL
RYSTON who was awarded a bag of Salters Dog foord,
a Hip flask and a
dog lead. Guns Choice went to David Horsman with MARSHWOOD RUVA also
receiveing Salters Dog Food, Hip flask
and dog lead. This partnership
also took a C.O.M.
Other C.O.M's were awarded to Alice Wise with SLIABH PEGGY OF GREENBUSH,
Ken Hiley with RHEASTMOOR PEPPA, Roy Proctor with HELMSWAY HALLIE AT HIGHCREST,
Andrew Gray with SUGAR BULLET CHLOES DREAM and finally to Gary Veasey with
Our thanks go to our main Sponsors, Salters Pet Nutrition
and the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.
Despite several requests from our photographer, the only handlers
who stayed for a photo are pictured above.
It was also nice today to have in our company Margie and Paul Littlejohn
from Australia. Paul is a Championship Judge in Australia and he
Margie are on a whistle stop tour of some trials in this country.
Finally, many thanks to
Team Dove Valley
helpers and Stewards.
Fabulous effort as usual.
109th Field Trial Meeting. Tuesday, October 11th.
Sponsored by Salters Pet Nutrition.
Novice 18 Dog A/V Spaniel Trial held at Foremark, Derbyshire.
Photos - Barry Dutton.
This trial was held by kind permission of Mr Phil Bishop and
Peter Booth to whom we are very grateful.
It was a collection of
firsts today as it was Peter Booth's first trial
at Foremark as
Steward of the beat. It was also the first Trial for
Spaniel Field Trial Secretary Donna Kilford who
did a fantastic job
and first Trial for N.P. Judge Natalie Cannon
who was ably assisted
by A Panel Judge Rob Aldenton.
Guns for the day were Pete Bancroft, Richard Miller,
Andy Eyley and
With the sun in front of us the day began with a beat through seed
which then led onto a wood with thick bramble cover.
third beat took us into a small Leylandii plantation with
beat through a thick cover crop.
The Judges then had a long
discussion and finally called
an end to the proceedings and back to
1st Place Dave Templar (below) handling his 3yr old ESS
SLIABH AINE OF CANTEEL receiving the Elizabeth Bedford Trophy.
2nd Place went to Jamie Smith (below) with his Black
Cocker Spaniel Bitch ABIANN FLAWLESS recieving the Melissa Stubbs
This partnership stunned the gallery with a 100+ yard
retrieve on an
unseen Cock Pheasant runner which went into thick
bringing it back to hand with style.
3rd Place went to Andrea Perrett with her ESS dog
PHORTAIGH DAIR OF
Andrea was also awarded Guns Choice.
A Certificate of Merit was awarded to Simon Grace with
his ESS bitch
The prize winners were also presented with a bag of Salters Dog Food.
Once again many thanks to the Dove Valley Team of helpers for
on a first class trial.
Rob Aldenton, Andrea Perrett, Jamie Smith, Dave Templar, Simon Grace and
Guns - Richard Miller,
Andy Eyley and
Steward of the Beat - Peter Booth, Spaniel FT Sec. Donna Kilford,
Judges - Rob Aldenton and Natalie Cannon.
The 108th Field Trial Meeting.