Open (Cocker Spaniel) Stake Trial
We held our first trial of the season on 4th October at Maristow, Devon by kind permission of the Maristow Shoot and Head-keeper Mr Gary Liddle.
On a day when we were expecting to ride the tail end of hurricane Lorenzo the competitors were treated to a clear, dry, blustery day and stunning Devon views.
Good scent and plenty of birds gave the 16 dogs work to do, the ground and conditions presented challenges so early in the season.
1st and Gun’s Choice – Spritdawn Midnight (Misselchalke Evoke x Glenrussel Promise) – Jonathan Nightingale
2nd – Dolbrenin Otto – Jeremy Davies
3rd – Rootytwo Rocket – Lindsay Corbett
4th – Cragtop Bomber – Alan Watkins
Thanks go to the Judges: Steve Bolton and Jud Lascelles
Photos by kind permission of Maurice Stanbury
With a view like this – trailing is great fun
Competitors wait their turn
Andy Perrett handles her cocker on to a bird
A successful retrieve for Wendy Openshaw
The one that got away but found by the judges
Always time for a cuddle – Lindsay Corbett makes a fuss of her Cocker after a good second run
The guns intently watching the cockers at work
Winners and judges (left to right) Steve Bolton, Alan Watkins, Jeremy Davies, Jonathan Nightingale, Lindsay Corbett and Justin Lascelles