Month: December 2019

Novice Cocker Spaniel Stake. WWGS 3rd trial

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 to this 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




WWGS Spaniel AV Trial Results

The Wiltshire Working Gundog Society held its 2nd spaniel field trial of the 2019/20 season

The novice AV trial was held at Minterne Estate Dorset but kind permission of Lord Digby and the head Keeper Paul Marsh.  As was our Cocker trial last year the weather was very unkind with strong westerly winds and light misty drizzle, that doesn’t look much, but soon lets you know whether your new coat is waterproof or not!

As usual Paul had done his upmost to get lots of game into the area of the trial and for the people that don’t know Minterne Estate it has a wide valley running through the village and in the base of the Valley in has a long stretch of woodland probably running for 1 or 2 miles and averaging 150 mts wide and a chalk stream runs alongside and through the woodland.

Being in the bottom of the steep rolling chalk Dorset hills, this woodland is quite damp and boggy in places and has a real mixture of cover that will hold pheasant’s woodcock even an odd rabbit.

The cover is a bit of everything from white grass woodland sedge, patches of bramble lots of fallen trees and branches even some areas of thick bamboo and a huge release in the middle.

One of our Judges described it as some proper spaniel ground it’s not easy as many field trial winning and even some field trial champion spaniels over the last few years have found out from the open trials that have been held there.

As you can see from the amount of awards the judges gave out, the novice dogs did very well on a cold damp day but despite the weather I was grateful to all the competitors that took the trouble to say at end of the trial how much they enjoyed the day.

So a Big Thank you from myself and the Wiltshire to Paul and his team for allowing us to test our dogs out in Minterne woodland especially Marcus for keeping us all going the right direction also I ought to mention Pauls team of guns he provided did a superb job

 John Crawford and Jeff McAndrew two proper spaniel men judged the trial and as always it was a pleasure to be there company and their positive judging that also that helped make the day a huge success.

Thankyou to Team Wiltshire and  my band of helpers, you know who you are ,I am so pleased our trials are continuing in way that Jill Selwood ran them over the last decade! A hard person and high standard to follow..

T Sheppard spaniel FT sec

The Results

• 1st place VOODO CHILD OF WOODASH, Handler Mrs Lex Rayner, Owner D Rayner


• 3rd THISTLEPARK FRED. ESS, O/H C Rawlings 


• RYTEX RHIAN. ESS (was also awarded the Guns choice trophy), Owner M Blake & M Bishop Handler M Blake

• LYNCHSIDE ALEDER FLOUR. ESS, Owner P Gyngell Handler Mr N Turner


• NIMOWAY JONTI. ESS, O/H Mr R Titchener