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