Novice Retriever Working Test Report

Following Sunday 9th June, Novice Test at Stourhead

Test Report from Suzanne Hickling:

“My first working test under my belt and it was a fabulous day! We managed to finish the day in the dry… I’ve never climbed the same hill so many times in 1 day … the cake at the end of the day was so well deserved !!

A special mention goes to Julie Spencer, she has been a great support and helped in a number of ways, for which I am truly grateful.

The first test being judged by Karen Handley was a seen to shot across a small lake. The dogs were sent across the lake to pick the retrieve – If the dogs veered slightly to the left, they ended up in a bed of reeds and thick mud – smelly!!
The handlers stayed in their group and then went with Karen to her second test. This was a seen to double shot, on the dogs return from picking the seen a blind was placed and the dogs were sent back to the same area for the blind.
The first test being judged by Vicky Webster was a seen to shot up a hill. Stingys and brambles blocked a direct line for the dogs to take and woodland was on either side of the brambles. Once the dogs were in the area, the ground was clear and then the dogs were then able to make the retrieve.
For Vicky’s second test dog and handler were sat up whilst a shot was fired and a dummy was thrown into some reeds. The handler then had to turn the dog 45’ and pick a blind then the seen.
Judith’s two tests were run concurrently. 3 dogs were sat in line, a seen to shot was thrown into some reeds. The first dog on the right was sent for the retrieve. Once the dog returned, the second dog in the middle was sent behind the line for a blind. When the second dog had returned, the third dog on the left was sent for a blind down a hill in front of the line. The dogs in line then moved down a place and the sequence was repeated until each dog had retrieved each dummy.

At one point it didn’t look like we would be able to run the day as we had so few helpers, However, all came right in the end!

It was lovely to see some familiar faces but also some new faces running in their first test and new helpers also supporting us.

My thanks go to everyone for making it such a success and congratulations go to all those in the awards.”

Results are:

  • 1st & winner of the Angel Engineering Perpetual Shield to Roland Stacey with LR Dog Kensteen Kansas Star
  • 2nd to Judy Gillett with LR Bitch Tanderswell Bella
  • 3rd to Dave England with LR Dog Abney Archer
  • 4th to Brian West with LR Dog Drakeshead Chad
  • CoM to Neil Ward with LR Bitch Blackhatch Wispa
  • CoM to Alan Keenan with LR Bitch Fenway Blossom
  • CoM to Dave England with LR Bitch Abney Arrow

“What a fabulous day, stunning ground & super judging from Judith Evans, Karen Handley & Vicky Webster.

Thank you to the club & committee members who supported us so the event could take place.”