Working Test Results 2016.
Background photo - Lily Kay
Wins Young Handler at Chatsworth Spaniel Test.
Open Cold Game Working Test, Castle Hayes,
by kind invitation of Mr J Major
Sunday, September 11th.
Judges Mark Bettinson, Jamie Bettinson and Sue Berman.
Stanley with Minstead Maigret.
Second, Ian Glover with Mistigris
Third, Allan Bexon with Fieldcrest Moonbeam.
pictured) Ken Littlemore with last years Winner,
Labdom Scoter of
Huge thanks to Becky Wilkinson and "The Team" for a
Thanks to Roger Skinner and Skinners Dog Food
for their generous
Novice and Puppy Retriever Working Tests held at Hill Top Farm,
Sunday, July 24th by kind permission of Jane Hall and Family.
Generously Sponsored by Skinners.
Judges - Sharon Kitson, John Yarwood, Vanessa King and James Barnes.
Puppy winners left to right - Tim Brain Second with Killyrudden Surefoot of
Flypatch. Sally Morewood
COM with Pherlotte Summer Solstice.
COM with Bearbrace Georgina. Ian Glover, First with Bearbrace Gloveian.
Doug Ingall, Third with Stauntovale Teasel of Conisbrook.
Burns, Fourth with Elderbay Fastnet at Jollybrow
COM with Suthcharic Freya.
Novice Winners left to right - John Mee COM Koromos Briar Josey.
Chris Cadman Fourth with Shasta Dagger of Ravenvalley.
with Chemsell Artemus of Onecote. Dove Valley Chairman
Mike Thompstone Second with Killyrudden Papaveraceae. Jan
Hennig COM with Wrenmarsh Unique of Kapilano. Winner Julia Deeming with
Gortons Ruby Red Sky
and also COM with Roughbeat Gabriella of
A/V Retriever Open Working Test, Yoxall Lodge,
by kind invitation of
Mr Richard Featherstone.
Sunday, May 8th.
Generously Sponsored by Skinners.
Judges - Dorothy Walls-Duffin, Carol Probert and Kevin Turner.
This was the first time we had been to Yoxall Lodge and we were made
extremely welcome by our Generous Host who was very interested and
watched the 33 dogs for most of the day and presented our awards at
the end of some interesting but quite demanding tests.
Happy Winner, Keith Aldred.
Test 1, judged by Dorothy, was a long mark uphill in a Parkland type
with another, un-seen but saluted bird in the same
place for a second
Test 2, judged by Kevin was a picking-up excerise for a lost bird
under the shade of a tree down the side of a wood.
This was a 140
yard retrieve but all the dogs did well with a
few straight line
specialists standing out.
Carol was judging test 3, a water test for a marked, shot bird over a
corner of the lake. Not easy to mark but the thoughtfully placed Gun
attracted the dog's attention and most did well.
Regular readers of our results pages will know that our days would
not be complete without one of Ann Blake's lunches and, as the first
3 tests had gone well, Chief Steward, Becky Wilkinson called a halt to
proceedings whilst we fed and watered our team.
Test 4, a Walk-up for 2 dogs was judged by Dorothy.
With a Gun
in-line, a long going away bird was shot with a
bird tucked up in the grass at the base of
some hawthorn bushes off
to the right. Good marking dogs
did well here but some useful
handling was also evident.
Test 5, also for 2 dogs and arguably the most artificial of our tests
terms of shoot day scenarios was a long mark with shot off to
the left and an un-seen, un-saluted bird directly in front up a
woodland ride. Handlers were asked to pick the mark first and
the second dog was sent for the blind. The handlers were
rotated on the pegs and the test was repeated.
If a test was needed to sort out the dogs, test 6 was it although
that wasn't the intention when the test was set.
Judged by Kevin,
handlers were asked to send their dogs for a shot,
falling in the lake about 20 yards out from some quite tall bullrushes.
With a 40 yard cast to the waters edge, and the gun on the
of the lake to pull the dog, dogs were unsighted by their
until they swam clear of the rushes.
It has to be said that this
test claimed a few casualties.
The main problem was that although every dog entered the lake well
and crossed the 5 or so yard wide strip of rushes, as soon as they
hit clear water, they turned back and started hunting
the rushes. In
a few cases handlers were able to push their dogs back
wouldn't handle and were called up.
The dogs which stood
out marked well, acknowledged the shot,
and, un-handled, went where
they were sent.
First - Keith Aldred with his very stylish
Flatcoat, Donascimento Santos.
Keith was presented with The Connie
Trophy, donated by Jed Booth.
Second - Ann Blake with Flypatch Lima.
Ann was awarded The Yoxall
Cup for the Runner-up
to mark our first visit to this wonderful
Third - Suzanne Bailye, with Artistryn Usha.
Fourth - Sally Morewood, with Hackie Sack Hattie.
L to R -
Dorothy Walls-Duffin, Ann Blake, Keith Aldred, Carol Probert,
Our Generous host, Richard Featherstone, Sally
Morewood, and Kevin Turner.
Massive thanks to our fabulous team of stewards and helpers.
couldn't do it without you!
Thanks also to Roger Skinner of Skinners Dog
their Generous Sponsorship.
Novice and Open Spaniel Working Test,
permission of Mr J Ward.
Sunday, April 10th.
Generously Sponsored by Roger Skinner, Orvis of Bakewell,
Countryman Fairs, Sporting Saint and Paul Gascoyne of
The Trialling Spaniel Magazine.
Judges - Paul Gascoyne and Andy Bennett.
L to R -
Ian Sowter with
Bishopdale Lad, CoM.
Mrs A Cooke, Third with Barley Nine.
Mr J Hilton,
Fourth with Tailorsdrift Dark Knight.
Mrs J Righton with Cundriebrook
Damon Moore with Eskylane Ross.
Mr L Marsden with Corrib Amigo.
Nik Howe with Jaycottaway Murphy. (not
L to R -
Louise Allen with
Merovigian Flamenco Dancer, CoM.
First - Steve
Kim Varty with
with Sharmesvale Stuka, CoM.
Third - FTCH Churchview
Chimes. Mr T Frost. (not pictured)
Novice and Young Handlers Retriever Working Test,
Bradley Old Parks,
kind permission of Sir David Samworth and Family.
Sunday, April 10th.
This was an emotional day for us as we remembered Pippa Player,
the former owner
of this wonderful estate who sadly passed away
last year and who had been
such a generous supporter and
Host over the past ten years.
Happier Days - Pippa (right) presents Ann Blake with
The BASC Trophy
We felt very priveledged to be allowed to continue to hold our Spring
Working Test here by kind permission of Sir David Samworth and Family.
Sir David is a keen shooting Man and very interested in the dogs,
is Shoot Captain, Robert Hiddeley who had been
in securing our return.
The Tests comprised of the usual shoot scenarios of marks, blinds,
walking-up and watework. Our Judges, all keen competitors
pickers-up, were very patient and helpful and
the day progressed
It was great to see three very competent Young Handlers although
it would be nice to see more of them!
Judges - Maurice Fitch, Dawn
Scott and John Iacono.
1st Ben Thompson (below) handling Routengill Acer.
(The BASC Trophy)
2nd Carol Probert - Turpingreen Acuna of Corsemalzie.
Tutbury Gun Rooms Shield)
3rd Nicky Waddington - Wyenor Golden Delicious.
Chrissie Thomas - Kenine Can’t Go Back. (Gol
(Carol, Nicky and Chrissie were all involved in
a Run-off for Second)
Certificates of Merit.
Dave (Bear) Brown - Minstead Rocksavage of
John Mee - Koromas Briar Josey.
Anita Jarvis - Simandem Wild Thyme.
- Dave Clayton.
L to R - Ben Thompson. Carol Probert. Nicky Waddington. Chrissie Thomas. Anita
Dave Clayton. Dave Brown. Josh Goodwin. (in front of Dave)
Ben Cox and Will Ingham.
1st Ben Cox (below) handling Ed. (after
a run-off with Will Ingham)
Ben was presented with The Gilken Trophy.
2nd William Ingham handling Brodie.
3rd Josh Goodwin handling Brig.
L to R - Will, Josh and Ben.
One Boy and his Dog!
Our thanks go to Sir David Samworth and Family for allowing us to use
their fabulous ground.
Novice, Open and Young Handler's Spaniel
Chatsworth. Sunday, March 20th.
Judges - Alan Hopkins-Young and John Sexton.
Generously Sponsored by Skinners, Orvis of Bakewell,
Fairs and Sporting Saint.
Open Test Winner Nik Howe (above) with Double Six Domino Lad.
Nik was presented with Dove Valley Shield and The Pat Horobin Memorial Trophy
Top Dog Overall after a Run-Off with Novice Winner, Craig Gilbert.
Above. L to R - Judges, Alan Hopkins-Young and John Sexton.
John Eyre (2nd) Nik Howe (1st) Ryan Kay (3rd) Garry Watson (4th)
Graham Burton and Louise Allen (both COM's)
COM - Mr N Vernon (not
pictured) with Buccleuch Implex Off Limits.
Novice Winners. (above)
L to R
- Judges, Alan Hopkins-Young and John Sexton.
Nik Howe (2nd) Damon
Moore (3rd),Craig Gilbert (1st with Cornermarsh Tweed) Richard Cole
(4th) Ian Sowter (COM) Lily Kay (Young Handler
with Charlie) Dave
COM - Mr J Hilton (not pictured) with
Tailorsdrift Dark Night.
Craig Gilbert handling Cornemarsh Tweed.
Lily Kay handling
Novice A/V Spaniel Test.
Hassop Hall. Sunday, February 28th.
By kind permission of
Mr and Mrs Stephenson.
Steward - Jean Gledhill.
Judges - Mr T Skelly and Mr A Kirk.
Sponsored by Skinners, Orvis of Bakewell,
Countryman Fairs and
First - Kim Varty with Delphaven Domino (Cocker)
L to R -
Third - Scott Bendikas with Derbyshire Daisy.
Second - Nik Howe with Jaycottaway Murphy.
First - Kim Varty wiyh Delphaven Domino (Cocker)
Fourth - Phil Smith with Joyful Jessy Jo.
Certificates of Merit were awarded to -
L to R -
Mr S Fricker with Westonway Gambler.
Mr S Brookes with Griffinwell Martha May.
Mr R Cole with Kenquartz Dhijans.