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WWGS v Dorset Spaniel Training Club Inter – Club Test

Thanks again to all that attended the Inter-Club challenge last evening and congratulations to Dorset Working Spaniel club for their team win and to all the individual winners from both clubs

Thanks again to our trainers Paddy, Ray , Shane and Tom for your help and advice during the training season and setting and judging the Tests last night along with Paul from the Dorset Club. Particular thanks go to the dummy throwers and to “ team O Hare” for taking charge of the BBQ.

The WWGS will begin training again in April in an attempt to win the Trophy back next year!

Steve Langdon (Spaniel Training Coordinator) and Howard Feltham (Training and Test Coordinator)

 

WWGS Retriever Working Test

We held the last Working Test of the year for Retrievers on Sunday 4th August at Nutty Coppice Farm, Trudoxhill by kind invitation of the Chairman of the Club, Mr Tom Sheppard.

I am indeed grateful to all those members who have supported the Club by entering our working tests this year.  It was my first year as WT secretary, a thankless task I’m often reminded but nevertheless, one I have enjoyed.  It has been a learning curve – there’s so much to consider and apologies if I’ve made a mistake along the way!  

Without the support of some incredibly generous people – landowners, judges and equally as important, the helpers, it wouldn’t have been the success it has been.  A big thank you goes to you all.

Judges today were Isobel Whitford, Geoff Shore and Antony Lynn

Results:

Puppy (up to18 months)

1st Place & the Phoenix Kennels Cup to Richard Edwards with LabB Lovehayne Dixie

2nd Place to Jackie Davis with Lab D Bellspaddle Matchless

Special Puppy (up to 24 months)

1st place and the Coulson Cup to Jane Manley with Lab D Gatlinburg Antler

Novice Dog / Novice Handler

1st Place to Adella Jackson with Lab B Longylandas Lois

2nd Place to Andrew Senior with Lab D Marhystin Memphis

3rd place to Wendy Bardsley with Lab D Laborie Amerandus

A more detailed report can be seen on the WWGS website.  Photos will be uploaded within the next few days.

 

Puppy/ Special Puppy/Novice Dog & Novice Handler Working Test

Test 1.  Judged by Isobel – Seen & blind. 

Puppy.  Dog sat off the lead next to the handler whilst a noise was made by the dummy thrower and a dummy was thrown onto the track (seen).  The dog was sent to retrieve the dummy.  Whilst the dog was returning to the handler with the dummy, a second dummy was put out (unseen) to replace the first one (seen by the handler but not the dog).  The dog was sent for the second dummy.

Sp Puppy/NDNH.  Dog  sat off the lead next to the handler whilst a shot was fired and a dummy was thrown onto the track (seen).  On instruction from the judge, the dog was sent to retrieve the dummy.  The dog was then lined up and sent for a second dummy(unseen) further along the track behind the fall of the first dummy (not seen by handler or dog).  The dog was sent for the second dummy.

Test 2.  Judged by Anton – Water test

Puppy: Dog sat off the lead next to the handler whilst a noise was made by the dummy thrower and a dummy was thrown into the water (seen).  The dog was sent for the retrieve.

Sp Puppy/NDNH: Dog sat off the lead next to the handler.  A noise was made by the dummy thrower and a dummy was thrown into the water.  Dog was sent for the retrieve.  The dog was then lined up and sent for a second dummy (unseen) at 90 ° to the first dummy in the field along the edge of the pond (not seen by handler or dog).  The dog was sent for the second dummy.

Test 3: Judged by Geoff – heelwork & ‘back’ command

Puppy: The dog & handler walked to heel and stopped before the jump whilst the handler threw a dummy over the jump onto a track.  The dog & handler then turned away from the dummy and walked a short distance back towards the start.  The handler was asked to sit and leave the dog.  The handler then continued to walk with the judge to the start.  The dog was sent ‘back’ for the dummy.

Sp Puppy/NDNH: The dog and handler walked to heel and stopped before the jump whilst the handler threw a dummy over the jump onto a track.  The dog and handler turned away from the dummy and walked a short distance back towards the start.  The handler was asked to sit and leave the dog.  The handler then continued to walk with the judge to the start.  The handler then threw a second dummy 90° to their right.  The dog was sent ‘back’ over the jump.  When the dog returned to sat at the start.

Test 4: Judged by Anton – split seen/walk-up

Puppy: 2 dogs off leads walking to heel with handlers. All stop and the dummy thrower on the right makes a noise and dummy thrown.  Dummy thrower on the left makes a noise and dummy thrown.  Dog on the right sent for the right dummy.  Dog on the left sent for the left dummy.  Dogs swopped sides and exercise repeated.

Sp Puppy/NDNH: 2 dogs off leads walking to heel with handlers.  Line stops and dummy thrower on the right fires a shot and dummy thrown.  Dummy thrower on let fires a shot and dummy thrown.  Dog on right is sent for right dummy.  Dog on left is sent for left dummy.  Dogs swopped sides and exercise repeated.

Test 5: judged by Geoff – hunting exercise 

Puppies were not asked to do this test.

Sp Puppy/NDNH:  2 dogs sat off leads.  Shot fired in plantation.  Dog asked to jump barrier and hunt for dummy (unseen) in cover.  Exercise repeated for second dog.

Test 6: Judged by Isobel.

Sp Puppy/NDNH were not asked to do this test.

Puppy: Dog sat off lead and given an area in cover for the dog to hunt to locate 1 of 2 dummies.

 

Please see more pictures on our Facebook page. 

 

Wiltshire Working Gundogs Training update

 A word from Annabel Kettler Retriever Training Coordinator

With a lot of thanks to Lord Margadale and Mick and Sharon Lewis we had a fun filled last evening’s training at Fonthill. I’m afraid that the light was not good so I struggled to get as many pictures as I would have liked. The puppies, kindly taught by Lucy Arnold were training in the wood with seen and memory retrieves; The Novice, kindly taught by Ken Green were also in the wood with unseen and directional retrieves and The Open, kindly taught by Nick Coates, were out in the open, in fern and grass that was taller than they were, making it rather difficult for the owners to see where their dogs were and direct them onto memory retrieves. I think it was just as hard for the owners to remember where the marks were as it was for the dogs. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves; it is always a rather sad time when we come to the end of training. Luckily all seemed enthused to come back next year. I will get the dates out as soon a I can. There are many thanks you to say, especially to our landowners, game keepers and teachers but I would also like to thank all those who turned up for training, as without all of you the evenings would not work and the raffle would be much less exciting! Until next year ….. 

 A word from Steve Langdon, Training Coordinator

With huge thanks to Howard Feltham yet again for hosting the spaniel training and to our brilliant trainers. Thank you to Paddy, Tom, Shane and Ray.  

The sun shone, their were lots of attendees and a brilliant evening was had by all.  With dogs cooling off in the water with lots of water retrieving and a little shade being saught in the woods too whilst practicing their hunting. Both trainers and attendees all seemed very pleased with their dogs improvement. 

Please save the date for Inter Club FRIENDLY Test v Dorset Working Spaniel Club on Monday 5th August. Wiltshire won last year – so we are eager to make sure it is again a good night.  Please ALL do your best to attend, ALL LEVELS welcome. 

Date: Monday 5th August. 

Location: Howard Feltham’s Ford Oak Farm, Limpers Hill, Mere, BA12 6BD. 

Meeting time: 6.30 pm 

Cost: £10 to include a burger. BYO drink.

RSVP: YOU MUST EMAIL Steve Langdon on steveglangdon@gmail.com by Friday 2nd to say if you can attend. So that we can judge food numbers.

Retriever Training Report

With thanks to Lord Margadale and Mick and Sharon Lewis we had a lovely evening of training at Fonthill on Wednesday. It was hot and the midges were out but I managed to get a few rather fun pictures.

Lucy Arnold kindly instructed the puppies with obedience work and some seen retrieves. Ken Green kindly instructed the Novice with lots of distraction work, catching very few of them out and Nick Coates instructed the Open with some retrieving into lots of tall grass and high bracken; two retrieves at a time so seen and memory.

Everyone seemed to have a fun evening and with only one more training session for this year we look forward to returning to Fonthill on Wednesday 17th July.

Please see more pictures on our Facebook page and do feel free to copy the pics and save them onto your computer there is no restriction on them.

 

Annabel

Spaniel Training Update

What a fabulous night we had training last Monday evening.  A huge thanks firstly goes to Howard Feltham for letting us use his ground.  It really is such a stunning location and the ground is incredibly versatile; we are so very lucky to be able to train there. 

The sun shone and with over 20 people attending the evening, we had roughly 5 spaniels per trainer. This worked so well with trainers really being able to get to know the dogs and to have a really productive evening. Each group took turns retrieving on land and then in water.  As well as retrieving also focussing on their hunting up.  A big thank you also to Tom, Shane, Paddy and Ray are super star trainers and to Steve for coordinating.

Training next Monday will again be at Howard Feltham’s, Ford Oak Farm, Limpers Hill, Mere, BA12 6BD. please meet from 6.45 pm for 7pm start.

 

Many thanks 

 

Verity Eastman (Media Secretary)

 

Retriever Training Report Session 7

Training Report from Annabel Kettler 

“We had a lovely evening on Wednesday. The weather was perfect and with many thanks to Mrs Yeoman, Lucy Arnold, Ken Green and Nick Coates took the small number of dogs and their humans off in different directions. Nick took his group off into a field where the grass was taller than the dogs and Ken and Lucy shared a field. Ken’s dogs were doing longer and longer retrieves seen and blind and Lucy’s puppies were learning about deliveries and steadiness. Thank you all for a lovely evening”. 

“For more details on Retriever Training please visit our Retriever Training page or message Annabel on bells@kettler.tv. To see more of the images taken on the night by Annabel please LIKE our Facebook and look at our albums.

Retriever Water Training Report by Annabel Kettler

Training Report by Annabel Kettler, Training Coordinator: 

 

With many thanks to Howard and Charlotte Feltham for lending us their lake, and Ken Green for coming along to instruct. We had a fantastic evening last night; the rain mainly stayed away although the midges did make their presence felt. The dogs seemed to have such fun; the experienced and the inexperienced. It was a wonderful evening to take photos, hence there are quite a few here. The light was playing games but I think I have caught the essence of the evening. I hope you enjoy them. Very much look forward to seeing everyone at training next week at Nunney – same place same time as before! Annabel

For more details on Retriever Training please visit our Retriever Training page or message Annabel on bells@kettler.tv. To see more of the images taken on the night by Annabel please LIKE our Facebook and look at our albums.

Retriever Training Update

Training Update from Annabel Kettler 

“We had a lovely evening last Wednesday at Nunney by kind permission of Mrs Yeoman. Sadly Nick Coates was unable to join us but Christine Collins stepped up again and helped us out with the Puppies. There was heal work and even some seen and memory retrieving. Lucy Arnold took the Novices, a small group this time, teaching some good direction work and Ken Green took the Open. The length of the Open Dogs retrieves was extremely impressive especially when they had to ignore another dummy landing close to them on their way back. It caught a few out! 

Next week we are lucky enough to have some water training (Wed 12th) near Mere (please contact me if you are interested), then we are back to Nunney on Wed 19th. 

The weather wasn’t as good as our previous session, however, I did manage to get a few rather nice pics. I hope you enjoy them.. 

 

 

Congratulations to WWGS at Sherborne Castle Country Fair

Exciting news The Wiltshire Working Gundog Society Retriever Team of Dave England, Gill Yates, Rob Smallman & Nick Jordan have won the Team event at Sherborne Castle. The event took place last weekend please click here for more information. 

This is the 3rd year on the bounce they have won, the same team with the same dogs … amazing!! They were the only team without a zero! 

Huge congratulations to the team. Here are a few pictures. Please visit Darren Cordingley to see more pictures.

Is anyone interested in representing the WWGS at the Southern Inter-Club Match for AV Retrievers on Sunday 30th June 2019 at the Isenhurst Estate?

 Invitation to Wiltshire Working Gundog Society Gundog Society 

You are invited to enter a Team in the Southern Inter Club Team Match to be held on Sunday 30th June 2019 at Isenhurst Estate, Cross in Hand, East Sussex TN21 0LS by kind permission of Mr Clive & Mrs Gilly Nickols 

 

JUDGES Gilly Nickols • Mell Brooks • Di Stevens • Louie Robertson • Beth Rayner 

Teams to consist of three members – A Novice Dog/Novice Handler, a Novice Dog and an Open Dog (see definition of categories below) and dogs can be Any Variety Retrievers 

Novice Dog/Novice Handler – Neither dog nor handler to have won ANY award at a Field Trial including a CoM or 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th in an Open GWT or 1st in ANY Test (applicable up to closing date of Friday 31st May 2019) 

Novice Dog – Dogs which have not gained a place or CoM at a Field Trial, been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an Open GWT or 1st in a Novice GWT (applicable up to closing date of Friday 31st May 2019) 

Open Dog – Open to all dogs.

If you wish to be considered please contact Suzanne Hickling 01425 655268/07810 542791