NOVICE AV RETRIEVER TRIAL RESULTS 8TH NOVEMBER

Results

  • 1st – Mr Colin Pelham with Endacott Uncanny of Norlands 
  • 2nd & Gun’s Choice – Mr David England with Tudorcourt Corrie of Abney 
  • 3rd – Debbie Polley with Howgillhay Fennel of Gillhays 
  • 4th – John Keegan with Geordieland Rebel

Field Trial Secretary Report, Suzanne Hickling 

 “We set off on the Trial just feet away from the meeting point, Field Barn.  As it was mainly a Walk-up trial, no transport was needed for the competitors or judges, however, it soon became apparent that a good set of walking shoes and decent waterproof clothing were needed – the heavens blessed us with rain and strong winds !!

The line was split, 2 judges, 2 guns and 2 handlers and beaters (with flags) on the right, all walking through a cover strip, 1 gun with the chief steward & gallery in the middle (down a track) and 2 guns, 2 judges & 2 handlers and beaters (with flags) on the left, all walking through a cover strip.  We lost 4 dogs from the Trial quite quickly. After a short time, the first retrieve of ground game was completed successfully from the left. 

We moved onto another strip of cover with guns and beaters on the right side of a hedge, beaters pushing through the cover strip whilst handlers, judges & the gallery to the left side of the  strip.

Keen to show us his beating skills, the club Secretary, Peter Amor joined the line of beaters.

The guns produced retrieves for the dogs, which were completed successfully.

We then moved onto the Downs, with judges, guns and handlers in the same format.  The beaters had moved onto the top of the hill to beat out a wooded area. The birds were shown & the guns shot well in challenging conditions.  The birds were flying fast & the rain turned to hail before it started to ease.  We managed to sneak in a cheeky stop for everyone to sample the local Fayre and wet the whistle before the line continued along the Downs.  A bird was shot, coming down near the top of the hill, a dog was sent – the bird flew off with the dog in hot pursuit down the hill.  The dog launched itself over a fence, raising gasps from those watching, with handler & judge almost running, trying to catch up with the dog.  Regrettably the bird escaped & the picker up was sent to look for it.  The dog, however, on its return to the handler put its nose down and retrieved another shot bird. 

The line re-composed and the 4 remaining dogs sat in line for a mini drive.  2 dogs sent successfully completed their retrieves and the Trial was declared over.

We made our way back to Field Barn to present the awards & to Thank the judges, helpers, landowner & host before sitting down to some much needed refreshments.

This was my first Trial as Acting Field Trial Secretary (thanks to Sarah Cole for arranging the ground & judges) and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.  Thanks must go to Steve & Howard from the Committee who had been  helping on a Spaniel Trial the day before……I bet they slept well!! To Peter for bringing both his beaters hat & secretary’s hat, to Isobel Whitford for carrying the Red Flag and doing her best to keep everyone safe, to Carol Millington & Dick Dimmock for being Judge’s stewards, to Jennie Dimmock for being Chief & Dog Steward and allowing me to shadow her and ask constant questions.  Thanks go also to the Judges who did a fabulous job; the ground & weather conditions weren’t easy for the dogs, but they gave them every available opportunity to succeed.

Thanks go to Sid Vincent for hosting the trial, to the 5 guns for their patience, humour and great shooting and to the beaters, the picker up and to Sid’s mum, Joy for the catering.

  “We set off on the Trial just feet away from the meeting point, Field Barn.  As it was mainly a Walk-up trial, no transport was needed for the competitors or judges, however, it soon became apparent that a good set of walking shoes and decent waterproof clothing were needed – the heavens blessed us with rain and strong winds !!

The line was split, 2 judges, 2 guns and 2 handlers and beaters (with flags) on the right, all walking through a cover strip, 1 gun with the chief steward & gallery in the middle (down a track) and 2 guns, 2 judges & 2 handlers and beaters (with flags) on the left, all walking through a cover strip.  We lost 4 dogs from the Trial quite quickly. After a short time, the first retrieve of ground game was completed successfully from the left. 

We moved onto another strip of cover with guns and beaters on the right side of a hedge, beaters pushing through the cover strip whilst handlers, judges & the gallery to the left side of the  strip.

Keen to show us his beating skills, the club Secretary, Peter Amor joined the line of beaters.

The guns produced retrieves for the dogs, which were completed successfully.

We then moved onto the Downs, with judges, guns and handlers in the same format.  The beaters had moved onto the top of the hill to beat out a wooded area. The birds were shown & the guns shot well in challenging conditions.  The birds were flying fast & the rain turned to hail before it started to ease.  We managed to sneak in a cheeky stop for everyone to sample the local Fayre and wet the whistle before the line continued along the Downs.  A bird was shot, coming down near the top of the hill, a dog was sent – the bird flew off with the dog in hot pursuit down the hill.  The dog launched itself over a fence, raising gasps from those watching, with handler & judge almost running, trying to catch up with the dog.  Regrettably the bird escaped & the picker up was sent to look for it.  The dog, however, on its return to the handler put its nose down and retrieved another shot bird. 

The line re-composed and the 4 remaining dogs sat in line for a mini drive.  2 dogs sent successfully completed their retrieves and the Trial was declared over.

We made our way back to Field Barn to present the awards & to Thank the judges, helpers, landowner & host before sitting down to some much needed refreshments.

This was my first Trial as Acting Field Trial Secretary (thanks to Sarah Cole for arranging the ground & judges) and I thoroughly enjoyed the day.  Thanks must go to Steve & Howard from the Committee who had been  helping on a Spaniel Trial the day before……I bet they slept well!! To Peter for bringing both his beaters hat & secretary’s hat, to Isobel Whitford for carrying the Red Flag and doing her best to keep everyone safe, to Carol Millington & Dick Dimmock for being Judge’s stewards, to Jennie Dimmock for being Chief & Dog Steward and allowing me to shadow her and ask constant questions.  Thanks go also to the Judges who did a fabulous job; the ground & weather conditions weren’t easy for the dogs, but they gave them every available opportunity to succeed

Thanks go to Sid Vincent for hosting the trial, to the 5 guns for their patience, humour and great shooting and to the beaters, the picker up and to Sid’s mum, Joy for the catering.”

For details of further Trials, Tests, Training and other Wiltshire Working Gundog Society events please look at our website.  If you would be willing to be involved helping please contact our Field Trial Secretary.