Working Test Results 2018.
Up-dated Monday, September 10th.
Background photo - Steve Magennis.
Retriever Open Cold Game Working Test.
Sunday, September 9th.
Ashmore Brook Dairy Farm, Lichfield, by kind invitation
Photos - Barry Dutton. Words - Guy.
L to R - Judges Sharon Kitson, John Yarwood and Vanessa King, Test
Secretary, Becky Wilkinson,
Our last Working Test of the year has always been our Retriever Open
Cold Game Test and is a
Our Judges called 14 dogs for the third round and this time each dog was
given 2 Blind Retrieves.
This had been a good Test on superb ground with a very high standard of
L to R - CoM - Bob Clay with Siyah Sambucus of Oncote. Second - Neil
Dutton with Tannyrallt Teddy. Winner and Gun's Choice - Stephen Le
Voi with Maderablanca Amarillo. Third - Carol Probert with Turpingreen
Acuna of Corsemalzie. Fourth - Lewis Butler with Hollowgate Red Flush of
Steve Le Voi was awarded The Merriwych Shield presented to the Club by our
Neil Dutton was presented with The Northash Trophy donated by
The First 4 Handlers were also presented with a Handmade lead kindly donated by Sharon Kitson.
As usual, massive thanks to "The Dove Valley Team",
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Chatsworth Country Fair Retriever Team Working Test.
Generously Sponsored by Wuffitmix.
After 2 Days of competition our Team finished in Second with
L to R - Neil Appleton handling Applebriar Storm, John Yarwood handling Mitforton Outlaw and Stephen Le Voi handling Maderablanca Amarillo.
The Duchess of Devonshire presents Neil with
Our Young Handlers Demo Team -
L to R. Ben Cox, Will Ingham, Harry Worthing, Oliver Robertson,
Thanks to Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for his Sponsorship.
Fantastic weekend and thanks to everyone for their support.
Puppy and Novice Retriever Test, Blythe House Farm, Hamstall Ridware.
L to R - Roy Stone, George Astley, Killy Pennell and James Murphy.
Our Puppy and Novice Retriever Test is always a well supported event
The sun shone right from the off and it was clear that temperatures were going
to keep climbing
Becky Wilkinson welcomed everyone and introduced our Host, George Astley, a keen
Our first Test, judged by Killy Pennell was a reasonably straight forward mark
with shot over the
Test number 2, also over the river and judged by James Murphy was a reasonably
Roy Stone was judging Test 3, the most difficult of the morning's Tests. Two
shots were fired
Test 4, judged by James was a 4 dog walk-up with each dog having 2 marked
The standard of dog was very high despite the heat and some quite difficult
retrieves and the
Following a welcome cuppa and the Raffle, the results were announced as follows.
Second - John Mee handling Middlebrook Flycatcher.
Second - Kevin Hill with Burtheath Cracker.
L to R. Standing - Charlotte Brailsford, John Mee, Lesley Cooper-Shaw,
This was a very good Test on an excellent ground in testing conditions.
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A/V Retriever Open Working Test.
Sunday, May 13th at Yoxall Lodge by kind permission of
Generously Sponsored by Skinners.
Judges - Charlotte Brailsford, Ian Glover and Godfrey Lowe.
Another sunny and beautiful day was in store for our Open Retriever
Working Test which was held
Again I need to point out that we waited for people to turn up who couldn't pick
the phone up
The six Tests were as follows:- Test 1 Charlotte. Two gun shots to indicate two blinds...one over a water course the other to the left of the track.
Test 2 Godfrey. 1 shot to indicate a blind across the pond with distraction dummies placed out en route.
Test 3 Ian. One gun shot to a marked dummy but the dog had to collect 2 blinds instead.
Test 4 Charlotte. A straight retrieve to a long mark.
Test 5 Ian. 1 shot to a long mark approx 180 yds followed by a second shot to a short mark approx 80 yds. Dog to pick the short mark first all in to a back wind.
Test 6 Godfrey. A marked retrieve followed by a second marked retrieve once dog had collected first dummy.
The dogs were certainly put through their paces and following all six test completed the judges called a halt to proceedings to confer with the results.It transpired that after all that there was an equal tie for second and third between Vicky Stanley and Steve Le Voi which needed a run off.
Finally, the results were announced as follows.
First place was awarded to Vicky Stanley with MINSTEAD MAIGRET.
Vicky is presented with her Spoils by our Generous host, Jane Chappell.
Second, after the run off, was awarded to Steve Le Voi with MADERABLANCA
Third was awarded to Vicky Stanley with FTCH PATNAVAC BROUGH winning
Fourth was David Ross with MARVELOUS MOSSEY taking a
L to R - Steve LeVoi, Vicky Stanley and Dave Ross.
In summing up Judge Godfrey Lowe praised the Club once again for it's high
Once again a massive thank you to Becky Wilkinson and TEAM DOVE VALLEY.
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Novice A/V Spaniel Working Test, Foremark,
Today the sun shone on the righteous and saw Dove Valley WGC end its
The weather was glorious in stark contrast to our first Test of the season which
was in 4
Given the heat and the forecasted weather, the Judges made a very sensible and
Now I don't usually dwell on negative points, however it annoys me when we are
So the 20 handlers and dogs that did turn up on time set off into the woods
The Results were announced as follows:-
In first Place was Nik Howe with his 2 yrs old ESS dog RUSHYMOOR RASTA.
Second went to a very excited and delighted Jackie Elliott with TOLLIEFORD
Third place went to Mark Hancock with TEIGNSEDGE KANSAS THUNDER taking
Fourth was David Corner with SWEET ELPIS OF THORNTON.
2nd,3rd and 4th Prize winners also took a Bage of Chudley Dog Food, a GT Dog
Certificates of Merit went to two delighted handlers, Tony Everitt with KENQUINCE PENNY LOVER and Thomas Poole with CASTLEPRIDE MISCHIEF.
In summing up the Judges once again praised the Club and the handlers for todays
So as the curtain comes down on another short but successful Spaniel Working
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Novice and Young Handler A/V Spaniel Working Test, Chatsworth House, by kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
Sunday, April 22nd.
Words and photos - Barry Dutton.
Sponsored by Acme Whistles, Caroline Bridges Photography,
Countryman Fairs, Trover Coats,
Judges - Neale Satchwell and Jamie Smith.
What a stunning setting for a Working Test!
Following a warm welcome to Chatsworth from Spaniel Test Secretary, Jane
First Place was awarded to Caitlin Cook with RUBY.
Caitlin was awarded the Young Handlers Trophy,
Second place went to Bethan Robertson-Ball, also with a dog called RUBY.
First place - Dave Gallimore with his ESS Dog Boggwater Charlton Star of Oncote.
Dave was awarded the Spaniel Secretary's Cup, a £100 Photography
Second Spot went to Nik Howe with his ESS Dog Rushymoor Rasta taking the
Third went to a newcomer to the Sport, Joshua Stubbs with his ESS Bitch,
Fourth place went to Keith Onions with his ESS Bitch Cresset Ennis of Kanreith.
Second, third and fourth prize winners also took a bag of Chudleys dog food, an
Certificates of Merit were awarded to John Robertson with his Cocker Dog,
On behalf of the Judges, Neale Satchwell said what a great day it had been.
Once again thanks must go to Spaniel Test Secretary, Jane Burton, for another
And finally, thanks to everyone who turned up to support the Club,
Full report and more photos on our Facebook Page.
Our Spaniel Team for The Skinners Inter-Club Team Test held at
The Byrds Retreat, Saturday, April 14th.
L to R - John Parr, Dave Ross, Louise Allen and Stephen Littler.
Words and photo - Jane Burton.
What a fantastic day we had!
The Kelly Memorial Shield, The Englefield Estate, Saturday, April 14th.
The Retriever Team. L to R - Steve LeVoi, Lewis Butler and Stewart
Novice and Young Handler A/V Retriever Working Test,
Bradley Old Parks. Sunday. April 8th.
By kind permission of The Samnworth Family.
Words and photos - Barry Dutton.
Judges - Doug Ingall, Sally Morewood and Vicki Stanley.
Generously sponsored by Skinners and B.A.S.C. Central Region.
There were a total of 6 tests in all, 3 in the morning and 3 more after lunch. The mornings tests were 1 - Straightforward marked retrieve down hill. 2 - marked retrieve approx 150 yards out over a ditch and into rushes and a second blind dummy in the same area. 3 - Short walk up with a rabbit crossing right to left. 4 - Blind retrieve across a water filled ditch. 5 - Water Test which included a blind which had to be picked first followed by a mark from the lake.
The results were as follows with prizes presented by Senior Judge Vicki Stanley.
Young Handler was won by Billie Jo Wagstaff handling Jess. Billie had to compete
First Richard Kershaw with WATERGATE SYDNEY taking the B.A.S.C. Trophy.
Second Shannon Wellum with GUNNASOUND SANDY taking the Tutbury Gun Rooms Shield.
Third Cherryl Jones with KLATO FANTOM.
Fourth following a run off was Julia Deeming with ROUGHBEAT GABRIELLA OF GOLDENVINE
The top 3 dogs also won a Bag of skinners dog food, a club salver and a rosette.
Certificates of Merit were awarded to
Audrey Ellis with LOWFORGE ISTABRAQ, Geoff Dobb with WOODCOCKHILL HIROLA,
In summing up on behalf of the judges Vicki Stanley said how the judges had
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Novice and Open Spaniel Working Tests.
Generously sponsored by Countryman Fairs, Trover Coats, GT
Judges - Alistair Ross, Paul Johnson, Ian Bogaki and Martyn Elliott.
Today began the new season of Working Tests and we started off with an
Open A/V Spaniel Test alongside a Novice A/V Spaniel Test. As usual
Spaniel Test Secretary Jane Burton had organised everything down to the
last minute detail and even ordered a moderate covering of snow and a
moderate East wind to replicate the recent Open Springer Spaniel
Championship. However, we were not at Drumlanrig but at an equally
impressive Testing and Trialing ground at Bagots Park Farm, Abbots
Bromley, by extreme kind permission of our hosts Mr David and Mrs Carol
Dale. The ground is superb and you could not ask for better facilities
both on the ground or the hospitality facilities after the event. Thank
you very much David and Carol. Jane began the briefing by firstly
thanking everyone for attending on such a rotten day with special thanks
to the competitors who had travelled a long distance to get here. Todays
judges were Alistair Ross and Paul Johnson for the Open Test
and Ian Bogacki and Martyn Elliott for the Novice Test. Jane thanked the
judges for giving up their valuable time and for travelling in such
conditions. The two groups were split up and headed off to different
parts of the ground. The tests were both run in similar terrain which
was light brambles, bracken and brashings covered of course by snow.
After a few hours of gun shots, dummy throwing, hunting and retrieving
the Judges called a halt to proceedings and back to base for tea,
sandwiches and cakes. And more cakes and then some more cakes....I think
you can see a picture forming here.
First John Parr with his Cocker Bitch GLENUGIES RUFF DIAMOND. John took a bag of Chudleys Dog Food, a Gold Acme whistle, a Trover Dog Coat, a GT Dog lead a Countryman Fairs Whisky Tumbler a Club Silver Salver, a Club Rosette and The Crichflight donated to the Club by Ken Baker.
David Dale presents John with The Crichflight Shield.
Second was David Ross with his ESS Dog FFYNONLAS SMUDGE winning the Dog food, Acme whistle, Whisky Tumbler, Silver Plate and rosette.
Third was Bob Fairhurst with his ESS Dog RHEASTMOOR UNDER THE GUN winning the same as second place.
Fourth went to Angela Atkin with her ESS Bitch, SCARFELL SWIFT also winning same as second and third.
C.O.M,s were awarded to Steve Brooks with GRIFFINWELL MARTHA MAY who also took the award for Stewards Choice, Kenny Hiley with both RHEASTMOOR POCKET ROCKET and KYSHANT KAKA JESTER and to John Robertson with TIMSGARRY ALPINE.
First place to Paul Murray with his ESS Dog TEDDY LOVER, winning a Silver Acme whistle, Chudleys Dog Food, GT Dog Lead, Trover Dog Coat, Countryman Fairs Whisky Tumbler, Club Salver and Rosette and The Wardgate Trophy.
Jane Burton presents Paul with The Pat Horobin Memorial Trophy for Top
Second was Mark Hastelow with his Cocker Bitch PERIJA MY BONNIE WREN winning Dog
Third was Martyn Stevens with his ESS Bitch CHEWEKY FILLET winning the same as second place plus the Pauline Dyson Trophy.
Fourth place to Ian Bainbridge with SCARLET AMID THE WOODS taking the same as second and third.
C.O.M,s were awarded to John Robertson with DONNACHAIDH BLACK OPAL, Dave
Gallimore with BOGGWATER CHARLTON STAR OF ONCOTE, Ricky Knights with TOTALLY
TORTALA. This was the first ever competition Ricky had ever entered and he was
over the moon to take a COM. I have to apologise to him because the photograph I
took of him never turned out.
Once the two First places were announced, John Parr and Paul Murray took their
Winning dogs out to have a head to head run off in some medium white grass to
decide to overall winner.
Trophies Galore !!
All in all an excellent days Working Tests on excellent ground with excellent
Generously sponsored by Countryman Fairs, Trover Coats, GT
Lots more photos on our Facebook Page.