Sunday 23 rd May saw the first of this seasons Spaniel Working Tests which we ran at on some fantastic ground at Teffont , Nr Salisbury bkpo Mr and Mrs K Austreng and Mr Rob Hewlett.
An innovative Test was set and Judged by John Cooke and Shane Leigh and we are very grateful as a club for the time and effort they and all the helpers put in to make the day a success.
The Test was again sponsored by Skinners Working Dog Foods who are great supporters of all our events .
Thank you to all 30 Competitors and the Team of helpers for a great day.
RESULTS OF THE NOVICE
1st Alan Willis with ESS Razor Wasp of Keldeb
2nd Grania Quin with ESS Pondbank Primrose
3rd Tom Sheppard with ESS Beanhill Grandest
4th Damian Fitchett with ESS Calderbridge Elwood
Adrian Bundy with ESS Popplelight Delius
Nikki Urquhart with WCS Misselchalke Surya.
RESULTS OF THE OPEN
1st Tom Sheppard with ESS Beanhill Grandest
2nd Paddy Williams with ESS Penwills Kish
3rd Rob Singleton with ESS Tascroft Dragon Fly
Kit Williams with Calderbridge Willow.
We are all extremely sad to learn of the death of our Wiltshire Working Gundog Society patron Charles Fuller who died aged 75 on December 28 after battling for 13 years against cancer.and we offer our condolences to the Fuller family.
Charles was our society patron from 2000 and attended many of our functions and annual AGMS. Anyone who knew him would have known how fond he was of his impeccably-behaved labradors.
We are very grateful that he offered Orchardleigh to be used by our society and many field trials and working tests for retrievers and spaniels were held there. The estate provided a super venue that was appreciated by all competitors. Charles always took an interest in the dogs and attended many of the competitions and he will be hugely missed by all.
Please note on the advice of the Kennel Club and due to the spread of COVID we have had to sadly cancel all of our forthcoming trials. This includes our Novice AV Spaniel Field Trial on 22nd January and Novice AV Retriever Trial on 26th January.
Sadly due to unforeseeable circumstances the Open AV Spaniel field trial due to be held on the 10th of December at Upton Pyne has had to be cancelled.
We are excited to introduce you to our new Retriever Working Test Secretary for the Wiltshire Working Gundog Society Sarah Winter.
Sarah bring with her lots of experience having previously undertaken the role as Working Test Secretary for Berkshire Downs & Chiltern GRC (3 years) and URC Hants and SW (3 years). After this she then decided to take a break for a few years, but luckily now comes to us ready to take on a new challenge.
A little bit about Sarah:
She currently owns 6 Golden Retrievers ranging from 12.5 years to 9 months. and has completed successfully with her dogs in Working Tests for a number of years and been awarded in Field Trials. She also picks up throughout the shooting season and loves a day out working her dogs.
She is also a trainer and has been training people with their dogs for around 6 years and now runs her own training business called Embrace Your Dogs Needs. She has been part of the Gundog display team at Crufts for 6 years and led the Golden Retriever Gundog Display Team at the Game Fair in 2019 (back again in 2021). Dogs are her passion and her life.
She is hugely looking forward to being part of the WWGS committee and running some successful (Covid-19 secure) events in 2021. To speak to Sarah email her on.
Please note due to COVID – 19 we have sadly had to cancel the Field Trial we had scheduled on 5th January (Open AV Retriever).
In accordance with the latest issue of the Kennel Club newsletter WWGS with not be holding their AGM in 2020 and it will now be deferred to 2021
The Wiltshire Working Gundog Society had a successful day running their Open AV Retriever working test at Orchardleigh today.
Our very grateful thanks go Mr Charles Fuller and his daughter Claire and to the Keeper Bill Griffiths for allowing us there at such short notice.
Thanks go to our judges Simon Hagain, Nigel Probert and Basil Smith. Our helpers did a fantastic job, as always … thank you too!
The rain held off, we had 32 dogs entered and 30 ran – thank you all for your support and great sportsmanship.
• 1st & the Farleigh Cup to Ken Green with Lab D, Autumn Willow Tag
• 2nd to Karen Handley with Lab D, Sunstar Gadwall at Peterspond
• 3rd to Dave England with Lab B, Lubbecke Queen of Hearts of Abney
• 4th to Kevin Phillips with Lab D, Fendawood Jacob
• CoM to Shane King with Lab B, Sentiero Fizz
• CoM to Michael Crutchley with Lab D, Mitforton Neon
• CoM to Sarah Lowman with Lab B, Laverton Meadow Cowslip
Thank you to Skinners for your generous sponsorship.