Field Trial Results 2019.
All our Trials Generously Sponsored by Skinners, BASC and Bagshaws.
The 138th Field Trial Meeting.
Novice Stake for 18 Cocker Spaniels.
The Osmaston Estate, by kind permission of Mr Paul Smit.
January 20th 2020.

Our last Trial of the current season was our Novice Cocker held at The Osmaston Estate by kind permission of Shoot Captain, Paul Smit on a fabulous bright, crisp and sunny day. Britain's chaotic roads and inevitable delays claimed one member who sadly never arrived so we started the day with 17 eager handlers. Under the guidance of Headkeeper Oliver Jones ably assisted by his Underkeeper, Jack Chapman, we all loaded up in to two shoot buses and made our way to an area of this wonderful estate known as "The Snipe Bog"! Oliver quickly sorted out the line and with Judge, Adrian Slater on the right and Andy Fisher on the left the Trial started. As you would imagine, it's quite wet in a Snipe Bog but we did find game albeit no Snipe! Things got off to a good start with birds coming steadily to hand. It's a fact of life that if you own a Cocker you know, or very quickly find out, that at some point, usually when you least expect it, the wheels are going to come off! We did lose a few wheels today but as I have discovered over the years, Cocker Owners are a different breed and when the worst happens, they just take it on the chin and move on! Once we reached the end of The Snipe Bog we moved into a belt of mature conifer woodland with a nice bracken base and a few light brambles. Again, birds came steadily and our Guns, Jonathan South, Ben Shreeve, Steve Kelsall and Dave Walchester performed well. Adrian on the right was finding more game than Andy and was quickly in to his second round. As most of you will know, we are never short of helpers at Dove Valley so today we employed two Number Board Stewards which were a great help for obvious reasons. Working our way through the wood we eventually arrived at one of the main drives with similar ground cover and noticeably more birds. Adrian maintained his lead and finished his second round with Andy still needing four dogs to finish. A couple more wheels came off as the last dogs had their runs and with the Sun not too far over the Yardarm, the Trial was declared over!

This had been an interesting Trial with a large variation in abilities, both on the part of the dogs and the handlers! The best partnerships did show their metal but not quite enough to secure a Win - or a Second place for that matter.  So sadly, only Third, Fourth and one CoM were awarded but it has to be said that this does not reflect on the day as a whole. It was a very good Trial on an outstanding ground (quote from Adrian Slater) and the sportsmanship and camaraderie displayed made it an enjoyable day for everyone. Long may it continue.

With Sponsorship from Roger Skinner Skinners, BASC and Bagshaws the results were announced.

Third place was Paul McGregor with Dakotagun Shaw. Paul was awarded the Ormewood Trophy donated by Paul Rawlings. Paul also received the Mossy Brooke Trophy donated by Ricahrd and Pat Wild for The Gun's Choice, a bag of Skinners and a Welly Bag from BASC.

Fourth was awarded to Garrett Marson handling Lee Marson's Smallbrook Sky. Garrett was awarded the Bedford Cup donated by former Spaniel Secretary, Liz Bedford, a bag of Skinners and an Alan Paine Gillett from Bagshaws.

A Cerificate of Merit was awarded to Stephen Fisher handling Eightwalks Bullfinch. Stephen was awarded a bag of Skinners and a Hip Flask from Bagshaws.

Our thanks go to everyone concerned for helping make our last Trial a success. 

(Photos to follow courtesy John Jeffrey - Shirebrook Photography)

The 137th Field Trial Meeting.

Novice Stake for 18 A/V Spaniels.
The Cubley Estate, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Legh.
December 11th.
Words - Guy.  

We have held several Retriever Trials at Cubley over the years and, in our
early years, we held regular Training Classes there too. Mrs Legh was one of our first members when we formed the Club in 1994 and she was keen to help us as we started out on our exciting journey 25 years ago! This, however, was our first Spaniel Trial at Cubley and Headkeeper, Shane Wood was keen to ensure that it was a success. Shane demonstrated his enthusiasm to help us and other Gundog Clubs when we visited Cubley in the Spring for a Spaniel Working Test. He had spent a couple of weeks before the Test mowing rides and a car park area, erecting fences and putting up signs. The effort and work he has put in over the past months in preparation for a Trial was just as evident. Shane has a lot of experience when it comes to Spaniel Trials and he had prepared a block of mature woodland especially for the purpose. Foot bridges and styles have been put in place around the wood to make it easier for handlers to be in the right place at the right time and rides have been cut in the wood itself. For this Trial, Shane led us to the top end of the wood showing the Judges and Guns exactly where to start. It wasn't long before we were into Game and Shane's experienced Flag Men and Stops managed to keep the Birds in the wood. Our Novice dogs were all rewarded with a reasonably constant supply of Birds and our Guns, Dave Walchester, Rob Bell, Ben Shreeve and Yours Truly managed to deliver the goods and put Birds on the deck!
This isn't an easy wood by any means and with a good covering of bramble in parts, the hard hunting dogs really showed their metal. The First Round was completed in the wood fairly quickly with some nice work being seen. The Second Round started with our right hand Judge, Roy Ellershaw, working his first three dogs in quite high Game Cover. We then walked a short distance to a small narrow strip of woodland which, despite it's size, held a good number of Birds. Roy managed to complete his Second Round here but his Co. Judge, Jonathan South still had 5 dogs to see so we returned to the original wood where we quickly finished the Trial. This had been a very good Trial on an exceptional ground helped in no small part by an extremely helpful and interseted Gamekeeper. Our thanks to go Mr and Mrs Legh, Shane and his Team and The Dove Valley Team for making this a Great Day's Sport.

First - Ryan Tomlinson handling Nathan Laffy's Cornermarsh Flout Moor Girl. Ryan was presented with The Liz Bedford Trophy, a bag of Skinners and a set of 5 Shooting Glasses donated by BASC.

Second -
Morgan Griffiths with his Bolehill Relentless Morgan was presented with The Dove Valley Trophy donated by Melissa Stubbs, a bag of Skinners Dog Food and a Gun Cleaning Kit from Bagshaws.

Third place was awarded to Craig Gilbert with his Merovigian Serrano Pepper winning a Bag of Skinners Dog Food and a very nice Scarf from Bagshaws.
Craig also won the Woodmagic Trophy donated by Melisaa Stubbs for Guns Choice. To cap off an excellent days work, Craig was also presented the Keeper's Award which was a Cut Glass Tankard donated by the Cubley Estate and chosen by Shane Wood.

Fourth place was awarded to Mark Hancock with his Teignsed Kansas Thunder. 
Craig was presented with a Training Pistol by B.A.S.C.

Certificates of Merit and B.A.S.C. Merchandise gifts were awarded to 

Mr and Mrs J Jeffrey's Cocker Bitch, Lendevers Aromatic Herb at Shirebrook handled by Kate Jeffrey,

Joe Pickett with Boundarymoor Forbes and Martyn Elliott with Kerdat Firebird.

Photo - Barry Dutton.
L to R. Kate Jeffrey, Joe Pickett, Martyn Elliiott, Morgan Griffiths, Ryan Tomlinson, Craig Gilbert
and  Mark Hancock.
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The 136th Field Trial Meeting.

Open Stake for 18 Cocker Spaniels.
The Hales Estate, by kind invitation of Mr Alexander Hall.
December 3rd.
Generously Sponsored by Skinners, BASC and Bagshaws.

Photos - John Jeffrey, Shirebrook Photography.

First place to Gareth Davies making his bitch up to F.T.Ch. HEOLYBWLCH BEST MATE taking the Open Cocker Trophy donated by Tony Horobin, a bag of Skinners Dog food and a Game Bag donated by B.A.S.C.

Second place to Ian Openshaw with ENDOWOOD FLORENCE taking the Tissueman Trophy donated by Rob and Karen Smith and also the Mossy Brooke Trophy donated by Pat and Richard Wild for Guns Choice. Ian also received a bag of Skinners dog food.

Third place went to Roy Ellershaw with FERNMOSS BLACK ROSE taking a bag of Skinners dog food.

Fourth place to Jim Thompson with F.T.Ch. BRILLSCOTE BLACKBERRY.

Certificates of Merit were awarded to:-


Martyn Elliottt with KILTONBECK IRON

Andrea Perrett with F.T.Ch. CORONDOWN SILK of CLEARWAYS.


Paul Stirzaker with NORTHGLEN GEM

John Sexton with CWMCEILIOG SKID

Stewart North with TOADSPANNEL FOXEY at NORTHGLEN also winning the Tasco Trophy donated by The Late Mary Rowntree for the best Retrieve of the day.

Once again thanks to everyone for supporting our raffle which made £97 and two donations from picker up Steve Roach and Alex Badger took our total after 5 trials to £1000 which will go towards this years chosen charity Macmillan Nurses.

Once again well done Team Dove Valley.

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The 135th Field Trial Meeting.
Novice Stake for 16 A/V Retrievers,
The Dunstall Estate, by kind invitation of Mr Simon Clarke.
November 14th.
Generously Sponsored by Skinners, BASC and Bagshaws.

Simon Clarke presents Winner Nigel Barton with The Staftly Trophy in memory of Pat Taft and The Hawkslow Cup for the best Yellow Lab donated by Sally Antram.

Winner, Nigel Barton, Karen Pinker,Pat Dixon and Phil Goulden - CoM, Second, Andy Fisher and CoM, Pete Whelan.
Andy won The Merriwych Trophy in memory of Dennis Stevens and Phil Won                     The Springfield Trophy presented by Steve and Angie Lomas for The Gun's Choice.
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The 134th Field Trial Meeting.
All Aged Stake for 14 A/V Retrievers
The Foremark Shoot, by kind permission of Mr Philip Bishop.
Monday, November 4th.
Generously Sponsored by Skinners, BASC and Bagshaws.
Judges - Roger Kyte, Chris Aston, Carole Clarke and Wayne Skett.

Photo Olivia Art and Photography.
First Place and Gun's Choice, Russ Hodgen with Leacaz Octavia. Russ was awarded The Gossmount Trophy donated by Kev and Jan Marriott and The Thorpe Cloud Clary Trophy (Gun's Choice) donated by Grahm and Diane Barrett.
Ellena Swift
Nunneley was awarded a CoM with Swiftlands Dora. Ellena received The Roston Cup for The Best Lady Handler donated by Gregg and Carol Shaw and The Spirit of Blythe Trophy donated by John Cartwright.
Our Raffle raised £150 for MacMillan Nurses
taking the total after 3 Trials to £744.00

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The 133rd Field Trial Meeting.
Open Stake for 18 A/V Spaniels (except Cocker)
Bagots Park, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs David Dale.
October 21st.
Generously Sponsored by Skinners, BASC and Bagshaws.

Our 133rd Field Trial Meeting was our Open A/V Spaniel (except Cocker) at Bagots Park. We have a long history with this ground and our Host, David Dale, always makes us extremely welcome. Headkeeper Dean Stephens got the day started in mature mixed woodland with varying degrees of brambles and bracken. With the change in seasons over recent years, we were possibly a little early. Warm weather and late cover growth made it hard work for the dogs as keeping the birds in the wood is a constant battle for a lot of Keepers. That said, game did come to hand steadily as we progressed and some nice work was seen. Our Judges, Nick Powell on the right and Steven Forster kept the Trial ticking along nicely and by the end of the first round we had lost 6 dogs. Our Guns, Jonathan South, Steve Kelsall, Dave Walchester and Ben Shreeve, all keen Trial Guns, coped well given the cover and only missed a couple of birds all day. After the second round and the loss of 5 more dogs, the Trial was declared over.

Following our Raffle which raised £94 and an auction for a very nice illuminated Decorative Bottle which David Dale bought for £30 - all proceeds to Macmillan Nurses - the winners were announced.

First Place, following a run-off, winning the Westray Trophy donated by John Duke, The Jeff Maidment Memorial Trophy donated by David Ross and The Moss Trophy for Best Hunter donated by Rachael Briggs was Kev Richardson with Willowsaul Whizz. Kev also won a very nice Game Bag from BASC and a bag of Skinners.

Second place winning The BASC Central England region Trophy, a smart multi use Cartridge Bag from Bagshaws and a Bag of Skinners was Barry Faley with Dawsonlee Honeysuckle of Lindrob.

Third was John Cook handling Flintwood Fizzy. John won a BASC starting pistol and The Wanfield Trophy donated by our President, The Rt Hon The Earl of Shrewsbury & Talbot DL for Gun's Choice.

Cetificates of Merit were awarded to Ian Flint with Dunnbrigg Banksia, litter Sister, Dunbrigg Daffodil owned by Karen Pinker and handled by Ian Flint, Ft Ch Murrayeden Brandi handled by Andy Skinner and Triggerjac Confection handled by Stuart Blackwell.

This had been a hard Trial on an outstanding ground (Nick Powell's words) where the cream came to the top.

Our thanks to everyone involved, especially my hand picked team of Mikki Deville, Mark Ball and Louise Allen.

Our guest photographer, Liv Lawton was on hand to capture the day so keep your eye open for her images.

Good luck to Kev Richardson at The Championship.

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The 132nd Field Trial Meeting.

2 Day Open Qualifying Stake for 24 A/V Retrievers.
The Osmaston Estate, Ashbourne.
By kind permission of Mr P Smitt.
October 14th and 15th.
Sponsored by Skinners, BASC and Bagshaws.
Photos - John Jeffrey, Shirebrook Photography.

Judges - L to R.
Tom Lowe, Gun Chris Burrows, Guy Bennett, Phil Highfield and Kim Jinks.


First Place awarded to Stuart Arch with his Lab Bitch GWYNTEG FYNE winning the Klato Cup donated by Mr David Clayton and the Flaxfire Trophy Donated by Mr C P Walker. Stuart also won The Marshflight Trophy presented by 
Mr KJ Morton for Guns Choice. They also took a Bag of Skinners Dog Food and a Cartridge Bag donated by Bagshaws.

Stuart was presented with his awards by Headkeeper Oliver Jones.

Second place awarded to Lisa Coates, who stepped in at last minute as reserve with her Lab Dog TILDAROSS BERGAMOT OF OSIACASTLE taking the Derrity Trophy presented by Charlotte Jeffrey and also a Bag of Skinners Dog food plus a Blank Firing Pistol from BASC.

Third place awarded to Jennie Dimmock with her Lab Dog MILLERISE LEO AT LYANMORESHOT taking a bag of Skinners Dog food and a Pair of Shooting Socks donated by Bagshaws.

Fourth place awarded to Adam Holmes with his Lab Bitch TAGABEA PIPPIN OF RIVERRUSH. 
Adam kindly donated his prize money to our Charity Appeal.

Cerificates of Merit were awarded to

Tony O'Hare with BURRENDALE ACE.
Suzanne Bailye with ARTISTRYN USHA who also took the Delfleet Trophy presented by Jane Jacombs for 
the Best Yellow Labrador.

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