AV Novice Spaniel Cold Game Test, Sunday 3rd September 2017

The Wiltshire held it’s AV Novice Spaniel Cold Game Test on Sunday 3rd September, by the kind invitation of Mr and Mrs T Sheppard at Nutty Coppice Farm, Trudoxhill.

The judges were Mr D Templar, Mr J Cooke and Mr N Cox.

  1. 1st Colcourt Comet of Conolthill ESS C. Green
  2. 2nd Lynchside Shikra ESS R Carpenter
  3. 3rd Sunny Olethea CS N Husher
  4. 4th Begcarbush Indiana CS A Portman
  5. CoM Clentohill Dutch of Countryways ESS J Thatcher
    Nettlebridge Goldfinger CS M Burr

Historically the final Spaniel test of the season takes place in beautiful sunshine with the cold game slowly getting warmer and the dogs eager for a water retrieve to cool down. However, Sunday 3rd September, the date ofthis year’s Cold Game test was somewhat different- cold, grey with the promise of heavy rain to follow. However, this did little to dampen the spirits of the 25 competitors who under the unscrupulous eye of judges, John Cooke and David Templar worked the dogs in pairs, in some wonderful cover to display their hunting ability. Each dog had shots fired and two seen retrieves where steadiness and dropping to shot helped accumulate their marks.

Having completed their hunting, the final test of the day was set up and judged by Nick Cox. This involved, what appeared to be a straight forward blind alongside a hedge of about 30 yards, however it also meant running past a pond and this became too greater temptation for many of the dogs, costing valuable marks.

The final part of the test was a seen into the water, straight forward enough, providing you had done some water training, but with heavy reed growth around the fringe of the pond the draw to hunt, rather than pick the dummy took its toll on some otherwise very promising young dogs.

My thanks go to Tom Sheppard for providing such excellent ground to run on and a barn to shelter in, the judges who gave their valuable time, our sponsors, Sporting Saint for providing both raffle and winners prizes and most importantly my co-organiser Jo Yates and the team of helpers who tirelessly turn up, rain or shine and without whom, the tests simply would not be possible.

In this, my first season as Test Secretary I cannot thank you enough for your guidance and support .

Howard Feltham