Field Trial Results 2015.
Background photo - Osmaston Park Lake by Becky Wilkinson.

The 107th Field Trial Meeting.
All-Aged Stake for 14 Any Variery Retrievers at The Stretton Shoot, Donisthorpe, by kind permission Mr A Bown.
Tuesday, December 14th
Judges - Mick Newsam, Dave Gallimore, Sue Lowe and Julie Campbell.
Photos - Kev Marriott.

This was a good Trial on a testing ground and our Steward of the Beet and Headkeeper, Paul Bown, was keen to give us what we wanted to make the day a success. 
All the dogs were in line for the first drive from a Game Strip and with our Judges, Mick
and Dave on the left and our two Ladies on the right, our very capable team of Guns set 
to work. Birds came pretty quickly and fell in reasonably high Rape and on the edge 
of Woodland in white grass. As you would expect in an All-Aged Stake where all the 
dogs had gained a Trial award, the standard was good and our Judges had to work 
hard to sort them out. The drive was stopped to pick and then re-started before 
moving off to walk-up either side of a thick thorn hedge.
With 8 dogs still in contention by the end of the second round, the retrieves became 
slightly more difficult and, with long retrieves in Rape and more white grass, 
and two more casualties, the Judges were able to close their books with six dogs on 
five birds each. Our visit to Donisthorpe brought our Trial calendar to a close for
another season and I think everyone agreed that we had been very fortunate to be
able to Trial our dogs on such a good ground with interested and helpful hosts.

L to R -
Les Venis, CoM with Aledr Angel of Venvil. Dave Clayton handling 
Little Ava of Klato - CoM and Gun's Choice winning a very nice Game Bag Sponsored by Lewis Thornley of The BASC. Judge, Dave Gallimore. 
Dave Latham, CoM with Ragweeds Aston of Fendawood.
Judge, Mick Newsam. Steve Polley, Second with Shallowbeck Baker Boy. Winner, Norman Onens with Kestrelway Freddie - Norman was awarded the Gossmount Trophy presented by Kev and Jan Marriott.
Judges, Sue Lowe and Julie Campbell and Dave Brown, 
Third with Gunslip Insignia of Bearbrace.

Norman receives The Gossmount Trophy from Kev Marriott.

Dave Clayton with Little Ava of Klato and the Coomberry Trophy for Gun's Choice presented by Steve 
and Angie Lomas and a very nice Game Bag very kindly donated by Lewis Thornley of The BASC.

Vernon "The Magnet" Lathwell.

As usual, a Big Thank You to The Dove Valley Team.

The 106th Field Trial Meeting.
Open Cocker Spaniel.
Hales Hall,
by kind permission of Mr A Hall, Family and Guns.
Tuesday, November 8th.
Words and photos - Barry Dutton.


 L to R. Terry Frost, Steve "Rosie" Baker and John Bailey.
Guns were Messrs. Rob Bell, Steve Davies, Ben Shreeve and Guy Radford. 
The stake was run under the watchful and guiding eye of Steward of the 
Beat, Steve Baker. After a hard days trialling through tough cover, the 
eventual winner was Ian English with BROADMEAFARM BEAU. 
Second and  trophy for best retrieve was Andy Kirk with PINSARK ROBERTA. Third and Guns choice was Ian Openshaw with ENDOWOOD BEATRICE.
On behalf of BASC, regional officer Lewis Thornley presented 
Ian with a game bag. Fourth place was Tom Skelly with TIMSGARRY SWIFT. C.O.M's were awarded to John Walker with TAUTAVAVEL KIRSTY at SANAIGMORE and Ian Openshaw with J 
 Tudor's TUDORBRIAR SKYLARK. After all usual thanks and presentations Guy Radford sadly announced 
that after Ten years as Spaniel Field trial Secretaries, both 
Elizabeth Bedford and Melissa Stubbs were standing down. 
A presentation was made to both ladies for their hard work.


Above - Award Winners and Judges.

Below - Guns.

The 105th Field Trial Meeting.
Novice A/V Spaniel Stake.
The Maer Shoot.
Monday, November 23rd.
Words and photos - Barry Dutton.
This trial was run in typical November weather with a good covering of frost. Judges were Martin Deacon and Keith Onions who officiated fairly and consistently. In his summing up Martin said that it was a very keenly contested stake and anyone put out need not feel disgraced.
Taking the top honours today was Ian Clarke with FUSELEA BASHER. 
Second and best hunting spaniel was Anna Holland with EARBSA BREAC. 
Third was Terry Frost with RIP RAP JAKE.
Fourth was Graham Burton with WHIZNIC WAGER.
Guns choice was Lynn De Challan's MEROVIGIAN MOGHUL DANCER handled by Paul De Challans. 
Also a C.O.M. was awarded to T Phillips with MELINWYNT MESSI.

Photo - Barry Dutton.

The 104th Field Trial Meeting.

The Maer Shoot.
Monday, November 9th.

Novice Cocker Spaniel, Maer, Staffordshire. 
Judges -  Mike Williams and Ian Bogacki. 
First - Jeremy Organ's Wetlands Scream handled by
Gill Organ
Second and Best Hunting Spaniel, M Lomax with 
Poolgreen Bolton at Meldarly.
Third and Gun's choice - M Buckley with Selwick Cove Sally.

The 103rd Field Trial Meeting.

 A/V Novice Retriever Stake, The Cubley Estate.

Monday, November 9th.

By kind invitation of The Rt. Hon. Mr D Legh and Mrs J Legh.

Judges - Ged Lesson, Tim Brain, Stewart North and Laura Marsh. 

Winners and Judges. L to R. Les Venis, Stewart North, Clare Baker, Tim Brain,
Laura Marsh, Chris Burrows and Ged Leeson.

With Tim and Laura on the left and Ged and Stewart on the right, the day started with a Duck Drive,
with all dogs in line, from a pond in a small wood and,
although birds fell on open grassland, 
they were not visible and retrieves were not easy. 
It was clear from the start that scent was not
good and, if dogs didn't handle, progression 
would be limited. Having said that, there was not a
lot of over handling and the standard was
very good. Young dogs had to negotiate quite strong 
winds and, whilst we did lose dogs, Lady Luck, or the lack of it, was the main resaon for failure. 
The second drive from a strip of woodland saw Partridge and Pheasant falling in the same grassland
and some good work was seen. As we all know, driven trials take time and our thoughtful Judges 
used the birds very well without asking handlers to tackle silly, un-shoot day like retrieves.
With the second round well underway we decided to break for one of Ann Blake's fabulous lunches
before continuing with a drive from a game and maize crop. Birds flew high and fast on the wind but
our guns shot well and some interesting retrives were available. Our Judges whittled their way 
through the dogs until only 3 remained. The Guns were invited to another drive and, with 
only 2 birds needed, the Trial quickly reached it’s conclusion.

Our Steward of the Beat, Headkeeper Kim Robinson and his team had provided us with an ideal 
platform to test the dogs in a proper shoot day situation and sensible Judges ensured that J(A)3.a  
(you'll have to have a look !!) was adhered to. A Good Day - and thank you to everyone in the 
Dove Valley Team for helping to make it work.


First, Clare Baker (below) with The Windbreak Whisperer of Arklebear, 
winning The Merriwych Trophy in memory of our second Chairman, 
Dennis Stevens. 

Second, Chris Burrows (below) with Drakeshead Wilmer at Wilrose. 

Chris Burrows sends Drakeshead Wilmer at Wilrose for the last bird of the day.

CoM, Best Yellow Lab, winning the Hawkslow Cup, presented by 
Sally Antram and Gun's Choice, winning the Thorpe Cloud Clary Trophy, presented by Graham and Diane Barrett, Les Venis with Alder Angel of Venvil.

The Last Knockins!

Our Winner Clare, and Les, Gun's Choice, were presented with an engraved Chrystal Goblet
by our generous hosts, Mr and Mrs Legh.

The 102nd Field Trial Meeting.

Open Qualifying Stake for 24 A/V Retrievers held at
The Osmaston Estate on October 29th and 30th.

By kind invitation of Mr R Nash.
Judges - Mike Tallamy, Steve Polley, Clare Wood and Philippa Williams.
1st and Gun's Choice - Jayne Coley with Ft.Ch. Waterford Ganton.

Jayne was awarded the Flaxfire Trophy, presented by Colin Walker, the
Klato Trophy presented by David Clayton and The Marshflight Trophy
for Gun's Choice presented by Kerrie Morton.

2nd Steve Newitt with Diglake Charlie.

Steve was awarded the Derrity Trophy presented by Charlotte Smith and
The Delfleet Pepper Trophy for The Best Yellow Lab, presented by Jane Jacombs.

3rd Craig Perry with Ft.Ch. Cynhinfa John.
4th Jamie Bettinson with Cynhinfa Ladislav.
CoM Julia Reed with Redbeards Wild Heaven.

L - R. Craig Perry, Julia Reed, Jamie Bettinson, Steve Polley, Pip Williams,
Clare Wood, Mike Tallamy, Steve Newitt and Jayne Coley.

This was a fabulous Trial on a wonderful Estate.
The dogs were thoroughly tested with Woodland drives and
walking-up in Game cover and marshy white grass.
Massive thanks to the Dove Valley Team and to
Headkeeper Clive and Shoot Captain Roddy.

The 101st Field Trial Meeting.
English Springer Spaniel Open Stake held at the Stretton Shoot,
South Derbyshire,
on Thursday, October 22nd
by kind permission of Mr A Bown.

Judges Mr G Veasey and Mr N Satchwell.
1st Ft.Champion BISHWELL BEEPOP bitch owned 
and handled by Mr S.J. Morgan.
owned and handled by Mr M. Hoskins.
3rd BOOTHSBROW SAM (also GUNS CHOICE) dog owned 
and handled by Mr J. Bailey.
4th BUCCLEUCH HAMISH dog owned and handled by Mr J. Dransfield.
COM WRENMARSH TEMPTATION bitch owned and handled by Mr M. Watson.

The 100th Field Trial Meeting.
Novice Retriever Stake, Catton Park by kind permission of
Mr and Mrs R Neilson.
L to R: Dawn Scott, Judge. Second and Gun's Choice, 
Dave Clayton with Little Ava of Klato. Judges, Sarah Coomber-Smith 
and John Iacono. Winner Andrew Slingsby with Arkglas Taylor.
Best Lady Handler, Lisa Harris with Movenne Bonnie for Hawksthorn 
and Judge, Sean McGrath.

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