19 SEPTEMBER 2021
NOVICE AV SPANIEL COLD GAME TEST
A Novice AV Spaniel Cold Game Test on partridge, the first held by the club, proved a great success. The test was held at Hall Farm, Molland by kind permission of the Molland Estate and the Franklin family. A lovely autumn day but not too hot for the dogs or their handlers. It was pleasing to see many of the competitors taking part who had come through the summer training classes. The test was judged by Dave Kent and Alice Wise who made some very complimentary remarks about the standard of the entries at the end of the day.
The hunt up was in some lovely rushy ground with a seen retrieve of a partridge, under each judge. For some dogs this was their first experience of game in their mouths, but all successfully completed the retrieves, much to the relief of their handlers. The ground was ideal for novice dogs, light hunting cover with a clear view of marked retrieves.
A separate test involved a blind retrieve, not too far but with plenty of distraction along the way which proved the undoing of some. And to finish the day, the judges came up with a novel test with a marked retrieve over a jump, but first the dogs had to acknowledge another mark immediately behind them, before being sent for the first. Almost all cleared the jump first time and some absolutely flew back over the fence.
A very enjoyable day for all with Kit Williams running her ESS Calderbridge Buchanaille bitch taking first place and the Clum Setter and Perdiu Shield, very generously donated by Nigel and Lisa Franklin.
|First||Calderbridge Buchanaille||ESS bitch||Kit Williams|
|Second||Fizzy Whizzy Woo||Cocker bitch||Tim Williams|
|Third||Nicarus Spica||ESS bitch||Rachael Headon|
|Fourth||Penwills Frankie||ESS bitch||Kit Williams|
|Certificates of Merit||Tremarde Teaser||ESS dog||Nicky Chapman|
|Clumsetter Peskipiksi||Cocker bitch||Becky Franklin|
|Holsworthy Magic||ESS dog||Ellie Scott|
|Gentle Georgie Girl||Cocker bitch||Tim Williams|
|Moelfamau Upcott||Cocker bitch||Sue Turner|
Spaniel Working Tests – Sunday 29th August 2021
Today we held our annual working tests at Hall Farm, Molland, by kind permission of Molland Estate. Our thanks go to our judges Graham West, Nick Gregory and Maurice Stanbury and not forgetting all the helpers without whom these days could not go ahead. One final thankyou to the competitors who offer themselves up to be judged!
1st. – Caroline Rawlings – Nicaris Total Eclipse
2nd. – Val Brookes – Whitedown Whimbrel
3rd. – Lavinia Lindley – Teakan Black Nightshade
4th. – Nicola Chapman – Tremarde Teaser
Commended – Tim Williams – Fizzy Whizzy Woo
Commended – Sue Turner – Moelfamau Upcott
1st. – Paul Urquhart – Misselchalke Apollo
2nd. – Maurice Stanbury – Stockingford Schakon
3rd. – Morwenna McNally – Woodabudge Onyx
4th. – Alice Wise – Esgob Floss
Commended – Tim Williams – Gentle Georgie Girl
A big thank you to our Spaniel Working Test Secretary Nigel Franklin for organising a great programme of Spaniel working tests and hosting them at Hall Farm
Thanks always to Roger Skinner Limited for their generous sponsorship of these events.
8 AUGUST 2021
NOVICE AV RETRIEVER WORKING TEST
This test was held on the 8 August 2021 at Spa Wood, Filleigh, by kind permission of Mr Gordon Hewitt and the Castle Hill Estate together with Head Keeper, Mr Brian Mitchell
After an initially damp start the day proceeded well with 18 competitors enjoying the varied tests on this lovely ground. The Club were grateful to Skinners for sponsoring this event.
A very enjoyable day was had by all especially as it was our first event after the easing of lockdown restrictions. The judges were Mr Tim Shipp, Mrs Trish Watson and Mrs Geraldine Davis, with results as follows:
1st Ashport Plum of Mowbarton (Victoria Pitcher)
2nd Zennawood Tinkers Moon (Jessica Latham)
3rd Greenbriar Witch (Maureen Jennings)
4th Zennawood Mystic Meadow (Jessica Latham)