Working Test Results 2017.
Photo - Steve Magennis.
Retriever Open Cold Game Working Test.
Words - Barry Dutton. Photos to follow.
Today saw the curtain fall on Dove Valley W.G.C. Working Test Season with an
Open Cold Game Test for Retrievers. By extremely
kind permission of Mr J.D.Leavesley, the test was held at Brook Farm, Milton,
Round two was just one retrieve each dog leaving in at the end of this round 18
dogs. After this round the judges had a get together and reduced the field to 12
dogs. For round three, the line was then moved 90 degrees round and a slightly
downhill run faced the 12 dogs. The retrieves were again a mixture of either
blind or marked in front or marked behind the line. Each dog having two
retrieves each. At the end of this round, the judges then re convened and
called up the following four dogs for the final round. Stephen Le Voi, Dawn
Scott, Stephen Newitt and Neil Dutton. The line was then moved onto fresh ground
and a number of Partridges were “shot” in front of the line with all four
handlers and dogs looking and marking keenly. What they didn’t know was that the
judges had placed out some blind partridges on a second beet patch 90 degrees to
the right of the line. The handlers in turn then had a mixture of marked and
blinds to retrieve. Dawn and the two Stephens made steady work of their
respective retrieves but unfortunately Neils dog could not locate its marked
bird. A final get together of the judges ensued and within a few minutes Tim
called and end to proceedings and everyone tracked back to base camp. In summing
up, Judge Carol Probert commented on the high standard of the competitors in the
days test and told the unsuccessful competitors not to feel down as due to the
high standard the judges had to really nit-pick to decide on the prize winners.
Sunday June 11th.
Words and Photos - Barry Dutton.
Judges - James Murphy, Vanessa King and Peter Goddard.
Sponsored by Skinners Dog Foods, Countryman Fairs and B.A.S.C.
New grounds for Tests and Trials are always a bonus for Gundog Clubs
The tests were set in woodland and open pasture and, with a lovely
Results - Novice.
First place went to Chris Cadman (below) with
SABELLWOOD ESME OF RAVENVALLEY. Chris takes the Novice Rose Bowl, the Cup for
Highest Placed Dove Valley Member, a cut glass tumbler from
Second place (after a run off) was Danielle Turton with
Third place went to Jan Hennig with WRENMARSH UNIQUE OF KAPILANO.
Fourth place went to Dave Boardman with RIBBLESDALE REAL MCCOY
Certificates of Merit were awarded to Helen Cadman with Copperwheat Star,
Novice Winners and Judges - L to R.
Novice Winners and Judges - L to R.
Results - Puppy.
First place went to Mike Cox (below) with GASHEATH SLOEBERRY
Mike is presented with The Dove Valley Shield by our Host, Mandy Berrisford.
Second spot went to Club stalwart and the Chef behind the clubs marvellous buffets, Ann Blake with BROMLEYWOOD ROMEO who took a Countryman Fairs Glass, a bag of Skinners Dog food and a club Salver.
A Happy Ann Blake with Mandy, James and Becky.
Third place went to Tim Brain with DIGLAKE MUSKETEER
Fourth place went to Marie Fletcher with PRIDEPARK ARI taking the Countryman Fairs Glass and a club salver.
Certificates of Merit were awarded to Marie Butcher with BROMLEYWOOD CALYPSO
L to R. James Murphy, Tim Brain, Mike Cox, Ann Blake, Peter Goddard and Vanessa King.
So another brilliant day for Dove Valley under the leadership of
The Scores on the Doors.
More info and photos on our Dove Valley Gundogs Facebook page.
(If anyone left a Jack Pyke Game Bag behind, please give Guy a ring)
A/V Retriever Open Working Test.
Yoxall Lodge, Sunday, May 14th
Words and photos - Barry Dutton.
Judges - Linda Partridge, Derek Capel (left) and John Yarwood.
This Working Test was very generously Sponsored by Skinners Dog Foods,
The results were as follows:-
In First place was Kim Dutton (below)
with her 3 yrs old Lab bitch SHADY ACRES TEARDROP. Kim takes the Connies Trophy,
a bag of Skinners Dog Food, an engraved cut glass tumbler from Countryman
Second was Ian Glover with his 5yrs old Lab dog MISTIGRIS CABE. Ian takes the Yoxall Trophy, Skinners Dog Food, Countryman Tumbler and Club salver.
Third place went to Geoff Dobb with his 8yrs old Lab Dog
WOODCOCKHILL MADOQUA winning a bag of Skinners Dog Food, Countryman Tumbler
Fourth went to Stephen Le Voi with his 3yrs old Lab Dog
Certificates of Merit were awarded to James Murphy with
So another great day for our members and well done TEAM DOVE VALLEY.
The Scores on the Doors.
(IF ANY ONE LOST A SILVER COLOURED PENKNIFE CAN THEY CONTACT BECKY PLEASE)
Any Variety Novice Spaniel Working Test,
As it normally does for the righteous, the sun shone down from start to
finish giving handlers
Todays Judges were Mr James Starkey and Mr Ryan Kay. I was
privileged to be in line with both
First place awarded to Scott Bendikas with DERBYSHIRE DAISY OF HOLSAN
Second place to a gob smacked Liz Davenport with VERSTONE DAIRINE.
Third place to Stephen Shimwell with PEPPERCREST BEWITCHED taking The
Dove Valley Trophy,
Fourth place went to Dave Gallimore with BOGGWATER CHARLTON STAR OF
Certificates of Merit went to - in no particular order - Linda Shipley
with Rakesfire Combsdale.
The judges congratulated everyone who took part in the test today adding
that the prize winners
CoM - Paul Johnson.
Once again, well done TEAM DOVE VALLEY.
A/V Retriever Novice and Young Handlers Working Tests.
Words and photos - Barry Dutton.
Very Generously Sponsored by Skinners, BASC,
Judges - Charlotte Smith, Kerry Juba and David Ross.
The first three tests were held in the morning and following a short lunch break
which was provided by Ann and Brian Blake, 3 more tests were held in the
afternoon. The tests were well structured and evenly judged by the 3 judges.
First place went to Billie Jo Wagstaff with MAY. Billie Jo took the Dove Valley Young Handler Trophy and also a bespoke hand carved Antler thumbstick which was kindly made and presented by Tom Ramm to whom we are extremely grateful. Tom also made an antler and leather lanyard for each of the young handlers.
Second place went to Ben Cox with EDDIE. Third place also to Billie Jo Wagstaff with JESS. Fourth place went to William Ingham with PIPPA. Certificate of Merit went to Kaitlyn Bunning with JAZZ.
All four prize winners received a Silver Plated Salver from the club, An engraved Glass sponsored by Countryman Fairs a Bag of Skinners Dog Food donated by Skinners Dog Foods and a Bag of goodies sponsored by B.A.S.C. by courtesy of Matt Dutton from the Game and Deer Department at BASC. Each bag Sponsored by Chudleys Pet Foods contained, Chudleys Dog Food samples, A boot bag, a 12 Bore Gun Cleaning Kit, A baseball Cap, Lanyard, Whistle, Torch, BASC Badge and other BASC literature. They also received an Easter Egg each. Well done to all of the Young Handlers. Our sport is safe in your hands.
Following the run off First place went to Leon Hart with his 5yrs old Labrador Retriever Dog SLIGO DAN. Leon won the B.A.S.C. Northern Region Trophy along with a BASC Bag.
Second spot went to Danielle Turton with her 2yrs old Lab Ret Dog STOKES OF GEORGE AT ASHWYND. Danielle took the Tutbury Gunrooms Shield.
Third place went to Chris Cadman with his 5yr old Lab Ret Bitch SHASTA DAGGER OF RAVENVALLEY.
Fourth spot went to Ian Glover with his 2 yrs old Lab Ret Dog BEARBRACE GLOVEIAN.
All 4 prize winners received a Silver Plated salver from the Club, an Engraved Tumbler donated by courtesy of Countryman Fairs and a Bag of Dog Food by kind courtesy of Skinners Dog Foods.
Certificates of Merit were awarded to :- Chrissie Thomas with ROUGHBEAT MELCHOIR. ( Apologies to Chrissie as we missed her off the prize presentation) Simon Whitehead with EMMANYGAN ZULU, Geoff Dobb with WOODCOCKHILL STEIN BOK and also with WOODCOCKHILL HIROLA, Sally Plant with FLASHMONT CRACKET.
In summing up Working Test Secretary Becky Wilkinson thanked all of the Sponsors for their superb Prizes, to the Judges for their time given freely to attend and to the landowners Mr M Samworth for allowing us to run our tests on such brilliant land. Finally once again a big thank you to TEAM DOVE VALLEY led by Becky Wilkinson for all the hard work put in today to ensure a brilliant working test.
The Scores on The Doors courtesy Chris Cadman.
Novice, Open and Young Handler's Spaniel
By kind permission of David and Carol Dale.
Judges. Open - Bob Lowe, Ian Bogaki. Novice - Paul Seaman and Nick Powell.
Well today saw the start of Dove Valley W.G.C. Working Test programme. Today’s
Test Ground was at Park Farm, Bagots Park, Abbots Bromley by
Our judges today were Ian Bogacki and Bob Lowe with the Open Test
So to the awards and presentations .
OPEN A/V SPANIEL SECTION
First place to Alastair Ross with GLANHOWY LARK OF GREENBUSH.
Certificates of Merit went to Lily Kay (aged 14) with BROADMEAFARM CHARLIE and Nik Howe with JAYCOTTAWAY MURPHY.
All the above dogs were E.S.S. save for Broadmeafarm Charlie which
Open Winner Alistair Ross with Novice Winner, John Parr and Mrs Parr!.
NOVICE A/V SPANIEL SECTION.
First place awarded to John Parr with his Cocker Bitch GLENUGIES RUFF DIAMOND. For this John also received the same prizes as the Open winner.
Second was Scott Bendikas with his ESS Bitch DERBYSHIRE DAISY. Again Scott received the same prizes as the Open second place.
Third place to Keith Onions with his ESS Bitch CRESSETT ENNIS OF KANREITH, giving him the same prizes as the Open Third award.
Fourth spot went to Peter Bell with his ESS Bitch WHIPMAN STORM also taking same prizes as his open counterpart.
Certificates of Merit went to Alan Cox with his Cocker Dog Chyknell Tim and Phil Smith with his ESS Bitch Joyful Jessy Jo.
Novice Test Winners.
YOUNG HANDLER award was won by 14yrs old Lily Kay with her 4 yrs old Cocker dog Broadmeafarm Charlie. For this win Lily won a host of prizes including Chudleys Food, Acme Whistle, Dog Lead and a Dummy. Well done to Lily who tells me that she and Charlie share the same birthdays of 15th of March. Lily’s aim now is to work up to competing in Novice Field trials within the next 2 years so look out everyone.
So once the prize winners were announced it was the turn of the Winner of the Open Test to face the winner of the Novice test to decide the Overall Champion Spaniel and take home The Pat Horobin Memorial Trophy donated to Dove Valley by former Chairman, Tony Horobin. So Alastair with Glanhowy Lark of Greenbush faced John with Glenugies Ruff Diamond in head to head run off in cover without dummies. Following a short run off the judges decided that the winner was John Parr with GLENUGIES RUFF DIAMOND.
David Dale presents John Parr with The Pat Horobin Memorial Trophy for
the Top Dog Overall.
This was without doubt the best Spaniel Working Test I have ever been to. The ground was absolutely perfect, the weather was amazing with 16 degrees of sunshine and the sponsorship was exceptional.
Thanks again go to HORTECH CLEANING SYSTEMS, CHUDLEYS PET FOODS, COUNTRYMAN FAIRS, G.T. LEADS and to ACME for their extremely generous sponsorship.
Finally a big, big congratulations to Jane Burton for orchestrating such a brilliant days Tests and to her huge team of helpers. On behalf of Dove Valley WGC……THANK YOU.