The Wiltshire Working Gundog Society held it’s third field trial of the season, this time the Novice Cocker spaniel stake.
The Wiltshire again is so grateful to Sean Jefferies the head keeper at the Horningsham Shoot for inviting us back tothis lovely private shoot and let us trample our way through the woodlands with our dogs.
Unfortunately Sean wasn’t feeling so well on the day and was unable to join us so some how Paddy Williams managed to wangle his way into the team of Guns!
We started the day at the top of hill overlooking the village. A longish hedge with a strip of cover crop both sides greeted the first two dogs, Aled Jones our A panel Judge on the right hand side and Dave Hodgson on the left. It wasn’t long before a couple of shots rang out and partridges and pheasants were bursting out of the crops giving the first half dozen dogs a run in this. We then turned the corner and into mature woodland with lots small holly bushes around the base of the trees and another 5 or 6 dogs completed their first run. We then moved a couple of miles down the road and completed the trial in more mature oak and ash woodland and with lots of game moving in front of the line all the dogs had to work hard but I think most were rewarded with a flush and retrieve.
The two judges then found the customary log to sit on to go through their books and after a short period of time it was announced at 220pm that the trial was over.
Lucy Arnold as well as the official picker up for the day had provided the refreshments back at shoot room where the following awards were given out.
Unfortunately the Judges decided that they couldn’t give first place this year as they felt that all the dogs needed a bit more polish before they could hold there own in an open stake but they did compliment all the dogs in the awards on their standard and that they tackled the cover well.
My thanks again to the two judges Aled and Dave for both travelling a long way to judge for us( Aled from Wales and Dave from Cornwall ) hopefuly enjoyed their first time judging for WWGS.
It was very enjoyable day so my thanks to Lucy and Steve and of course Lorraine the Mrs for all their help on the day.
1st place not awarded
2nd Byrbwll Gwenllian handled by Zoe Townsend
3rd Cannonfield Kuro Kanatia handled by Lara Sorisi
4th Dolbrenin Quickstep handled by J M Davis
Helgher Hongera handled by P Smith
Corbinsbere Maverick handled by Lara Sorisi
Eightwalks Tawny Owl handled by Esther Cope
Rowston Rage handled by Kayleigh Snell
Rowston Expresso of Leeglen handled by Kayleigh Snell