Gundog Training News

This training update brings with it good news and some sad news.  Kicking off with the latter. On Monday 4th June at 11 am one of our trainers Neil Varney had two black Labradors dogs and a liver and white Springer bitch stolen from his trailer whilst parked at King Alfreds Tower at Stourhead.  Such shocking news.  If you see anything strange or hear of any information please contact Neil Varney via Facebook and join the Facebook page his niece has set up. “Stolen, get my Uncle’s dogs back” Please LIKE and SHARE so that we can come together as a society and help spread news far and wide to support Neil to find his dogs.

Retriever Training Update 


We had a wonderful evening last night with the kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Green and Sean Jefferies, at the beautiful land at Horningsham.  Only 12 people attended which meant that those that did, were kept busy by Nick Stoates, Ken Green and Lucy Arnold and all seemed to have a lovely evening.  The sun shone and the midges kept away until packing up time.

There were two puppies who listened and learned, the Novice did a walk up and in the beautiful light of the evening everyone seemed very professional and the Open class were in a field, which had long grass, gorse and a big hill to deal with, hard work for all involved.  All dogs and owners seemed content and tired after a full evening.  

Next time, Wednesday 20th June, we are again at Horningsham and as last night, there will be signs from The Bath Arms and we look forward to seeing you.

If you would like to join us with your retriever do contact Annabel on or just have a look at the information on our Retriever Training page  

Spaniel Training Update 

 A great evening was had of Spaniel Training at Moorwood, Bruton with lots of people at all levels.  A BIG thanks to our wonderful trainers too – Neil Varney, Paddy Williams and Ray Titchener.  

Paddy’s group had a particularly amusing time on Monday – working on their “body language” and found just how reliant they were on using hand signals – not just by voice commands, which as Paddy pointed out is essential, especially if you cannot see your dog!

We are a friendly society and do look forward to seeing all levels of Spaniels back again at our Moorwood training ground on Monday 18th June.

If you would like to join us with your retriever do contact Steve (our Training Coordinator) on or just have a look at the information on our Spaniel Training page