Month: January 2020

Results of Wiltshire Working Gundog Society (WWGS) Retriever Trial held at Horningsham

.The Wiltshire Working Gundog Society (WWGS) held the last of their Retriever Trials today at Horningsham in Wiltshire.

We were invited by the keeper & host, Mr Sean Jefferies. Our thanks go to him & his team of beaters & pickers, tractor & trailer drivers and also to the team of guns who shot so well.

Our thanks go to the judges, Heather Bradley (A2431), Judith Evans (B2898), Reuben Mort (NP) & Beth Payne (NP).


  • No 1st awarded
  • 2nd to Rob Wilmott with Lab B Danescombe Omega
  • 3rd to Paul Green (Clare Baker handler) with Lab D Fordbank Oakley
  • 4th & The Melbury Award for Guns Choice to Basil Smith with Lab D Highshot Cooper.
  • Thank you to Sarah Winter & Vicky Webster for stewarding, to Geoff Shore & Paddy Williams for Game carrying, to Sarah Miles for carrying the ‘Red’ flag & Nikki Urquhart for helping in all sorts of roles! Thank you to Lucy Arnold for all her help behind the scenes.

Thank you too Jennie Dimmock for being Chief Steward.

We were kindly sponsored by Skinners.

And finally….I must mention and thank Tim Hankey (FTMS)for all his support and guidance over the season.

WWGS Novice AV Retriever Trial held in Rockbourne

The WWGS held its 1st of it’s 2 Novice AV Retriever Trials at new ground for the Club in Rockbourne, by kind permission of Mr Christopher & Mrs Jane Hall and by invitation of the keeper Ali Cross.

My thanks must go to the judges

Barry Taylor, Keith Broomfield, Jo Rollinson & Paul Dukes.

The syndicate guns shot for us, our thanks go to them too.

I only had 2 helpers today, Karen Handley & Margs Lowtry who doubled up as game carriers and stewards and did a sterling job!

Thanks also go to pickers up Isobel Whitford & Ann Marriott.

Chief steward was Jennie Dimmock.


  • 1st place (and a beautiful new trophy donated by Keith Broomfield) to Jane Mann with G Ret B Windwithe Brandy of Holway.
  • No other awards were given.


Open AV Retriever Working Test entries must be in by 29th February

A Open AV Retriever Working Test will be held at Stourhead Estate on SATURDAY 7TH MARCH 2020 (Closing date for entries 29th Feb)

Judges: Simon Hagain (B3522), Nigel Probert & Basil Smith

Entries via FTMS or Paper (with supporting cheque & SAE) to Julie Spencer, Forthampton, Mere, Warminster BA12 6EH

Open to Members (£10) & non-members (£16)

Retriever Trial Results

The WWGS held the first of their Retriever Trials at Bake Barn, By kind invitation of Lord Margadale & Keeper, Mick Lewis.

We had 6 guns and 4 spaniel handlers (Tom Sheppard , Paddy Williams, Geoff Shore & Simon Jones) working the line for the Open Walked-Up.

Our sincere thanks go to them for giving up their day for us and also to our judges: Robert Atkinson, Nick Coates, Diana Stevens & Mary-Jane Opie

Thanks go to Jennie Dimmock for being Chief Steward and also to our stewards Jackie Davis & Nikki Urquhart and to game carriers Howard & Steve.

The ground was mainly woodland with heavy cover of bramble & bracken.


  • 1st & Keepers Choice to Jo Rollinson with Lab D Troddenmills Bail Me Out

  • 2nd & Gun’s Choice to Louise Munchaus Adsboel with Lab D Skovagers Six Mile Woodcock


Sue Jordan with G Ret B Tullysedge My Belle Nell

Jo had an extra reason to smile as with this win (stc) she has made her dog up to FTCH!

Photos above and on Facebook courtesy of Nikki Urquhart