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.
The final Wiltshire Trial of the 2019 /20 season was held at a new venue for the club in the village of Great Durnford just outside Salisbury Wiltshire.
It was put forward by committee members Steve Langdon the WWGS spaniel training coordinator and Howard Feltham the Spaniel Working Test secretary that Great Durnford Estates game keeper (Tom Paul) and estate manager (Mat Gentle) might be interested in hosting a trial for us. So in the spring of 2019 Tom gave the three of us a guided tour of the part of the estate he had in mind for the tria.l As soon as I arrived and met Tom it was obvious that Tom was keen to help us have a good trial.Tom and Mat are understandably are proud of the work they do at this modern well managed sporting Estate the meeting point and shoot rooms where we met are superb as is all the estate we visited.
The Trial was held in shelter belts long strips of woodland originally planted as wind brakes to protect the large arable fields from the wind typical of Wiltshire countryside 30 or 40 metres in width with the occasional fallen tree or patch of bramble or cover in the bottom it looked like an ideal peace of ground for a January trial.
The game was there in large numbers Partridge and pheasant no dogs had blank runs, but the dogs did always need to be under full control by their handlers as all the time you could see game further ahead.
The Judges Mr Will Clullee A and Mr Steve Branklin NP both did a business like job of the judging at around lunch time a run off between Mr J Organs Edegrove Trapper and Mr A Skinners Murrayeden Ebony was done in some low cover crop.
My thanks to the Estate and Tom ,Mat and all the guns, stops and picker up that made this a brilliant first visit to your Estate
Special thanks to Will who did put himself out to judge this trial for us as he had a problem at home to sort out, but did still kindly fulfil his judging commitment.
- 1 st Merrayeden Ebony Mr A Skinner and the Awbridge cup best hunting spaniel
- 2 nd Edgrove Trapper Mr J Organ
- 3 rd Steelhouse Eleri
- Mountain mist Mr Mark Gibson
- 4 th Countryways Jorden Mr S Lines
- Com Kirstzo Fiavia Mr R woodward
- Com Wiznic Weeto of Conholthill Mr C Green
- Com Valentines Destiny of Bawdenflight Mr J Bawden and also awarded the guns choice shield
.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.
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.
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
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
• 1st place VOODO CHILD OF WOODASH, Handler Mrs Lex Rayner, Owner D Rayner
• 2nd CENCOED LINNET. ESS, O/H K Pew
• 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
• SUGGER BULLET JETTA. ESS, O/H Mrs J Thatcher
• NIMOWAY JONTI. ESS, O/H Mr R Titchener
• CAEGARW PALTIE. ESS, O/H Mr P Blakely
• KILHOPOEMEMOSS STARBUCK OF SPANNERWOOD. ESS, O/H Mr W Swiggs
The Open any variety spaniel (except Spaniel Cocker) Field Trial was held on Thursday the 31st of October 2019 by the kind invitation of the Earl of Iddesleigh and Paul Bowyer. These are the results:
• 1st Carnteel Mayhan of Woodash owned and handeled by Mr Dave Rayner
• 2nd Whiznic Withit owned and handled by Mr Paul Thomas
• 3rd Kilhopemoss Pepperpot Mr Dave Hodgson
• 4th Palmarrion Bracken Mrs M Emery and she was awarded the guns choice shield
Certificates of Merit
• Bucklawren Jink Mr M Cardwell
• Middletorr Aurora Mr P Williams
• Countrways Blueberry Mr D Templar
• Bucklawren Kadiz Mr S Jones
Field Trial Secretary Report by Tom Sheppard
The trial was started in woodland a short walk from the meeting point on a slightly damp drizzly overcast day, But despite the weather within a couple minutes of the dogs starting their hunting, a couple of pheasants took to the air and then throughout the day virtually all the dogs had an opportunity to show the judges their skills at finding pheasants from some decent woodland ground cover. The judges were Wayne Greig (AP) and Stephen Hood (BP) and the team of four guns Mr Howard Feltham (our working test secretary) Mr Peter Amor (the Wiltshire’s general secretary) along with Shane Leigh( one of the clubs spaniel trainers) and Mr Martin Johnson. All of whom shot brilliantly with Pete Amor receiving a round of applause for his prowess with a shotgun at the end of the day.
It was a smashing day Paul Bowyer as always did a superb job and provided us with a great start to the season with a top-class Open Stake.
We are extremely grateful to both Wayne and Steve for travailing a long way to the west country to judge the dogs, they also played a big part in making the day a great success.
Thanks to Andy and Steve our game carriers for the day and Annette Johnson along with Graham Watkins for doing the Stewarding