Inspired, motivated & pleased! Mark Laker reflects on the European Open

Posting by Mark Laker

Well we’re back from the European Open and recovered from what was a fantastic competition held at a very nice venue in Germany. The weather was hot, the dogs were fantastic and the handlers all supported each other as a strong team. It was great working with them.

Of course we would have loved to come back with lots of medals, instead we came home inspired, motivated and pleased with our performances against some of the top handlers in the World.

This years competition was of a very high standard, particularly in the small dog height category where we saw some of the fastest most exciting agility I’ve ever seen.

Team GB had some very commendable results finishing 5th in the individual large dog category; 9th in the small dog category and 12th in the medium. Out of over 800 dogs this was a great result.

We now reflect on the competition, review our learning points, seek feedback and start preparing for the World Championships in October.

The agility season is in full flow …

Lottie is doing so well. An inch off back & front!

Posting by Rachel
Lottie is still doing so well.  She has lost a further inch off the back end and front.  Everyone who sees her says the difference in her is amazing.

She is loving her walks in the woods with my 2 other dogs Lola and Murphy and she is loving life to the full and wants to be part of everyday family life.

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 10.04.40In this photo she is wearing my eldest son’s rugby shirt.  He plays for Rhiwbina Squirrels as does my youngest son and Lottie loves nothing more than watching them train.We’re hoping she’ll be their lucky mascot.

She is on 100 % Porky Pooch now, and is loving it.  She has her No Ake! too and her Dem bones! too and her life cannot get any better.

She is going to my Mother and Father in Law’s for a week next week as we are going camping and we think it will be too strenuous for her just yet.  Going to miss my little shadow so much.

In one of the photos too she has her favourite toy, a pair of rugby socks tied together.  She carries them everywhere with her.  Lottie is a bit of a sock thief and I am noticing we are missing a lot of socks in the wash… we know who it is.  A good job we love her.

Success for the Wales Gundog Team at Anglesey

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By Huw Jones
Some excellent news for you. Both the Wales gundog teams that competed at the Anglesey show came first in the home International Retriever/Spaniel tests, we also won the top international gundog award as well.
As you can imagine I am one very happy team manager and really proud of both my teams. They have worked hard and it’s now showing that Wales have some of the best gundog handlers in the world.
Both myself and the team would like to thank you for the help and support that you give us and I hope you are pleased to see these teams of mine developing as they are.
The winning Wales Team members were:
Retriever Team
Nigel Probert
Haydn Willmott
Michael Jones
Simon Hagain
Spaniel team
Huw Jones
Dai Pither
David Gregory (2 dogs)
Wales team manager
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FCIIPO 2016 – Wendy and Calli compete for GB in this year’s FCI IPO World Championships

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Report from Victor Pogson

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Wendy Pogson from Ripon will be competing for Great Britain with her German Shepherd Dog, Vytensa Calli in this year’s FCI IPO World Championships which take place in Slovenia from 14th – 18th September.

The World Championships run for four days with teams entered from 36 countries from around the world. Competitors will complete all three phases of the competition: Tracking, Obedience and Protection.

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Wendy has been involved with the sport of IPO (or Schutzhund as it was known) for around seven years. Having owned dogs for over twenty years, she had previously done obedience training and tried her hand at Agility and Flyball, but was encouraged to take part in Schutzhund by the breeders of her older GSD, Kaiser. Having discovered the sport, which is not yet very well-known in the UK, Wendy was keen to progress through the levels, and bought Calli, whose pedigree includes some top working German Shepherds.

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IPO Clubs are quite few and far-between in the UK, so competitors often have to travel long distances. Wendy can often be seen on the M62 heading to training with North West IPO Club in Manchester at the weekend and has taken part in trials and training with clubs as far apart as Fife and South Wales. She has even been known to travel to Belgium for training weekends!

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Calli has progressed through the IPO qualifications, starting with the “BH” temperament test and followed by IPO1, IPO2 and most recently IPO3. She has also completed her Kennel Club Good Citizen Award and the “AD” Endurance test – a half-marathon distance running alongside a bicycle.

Highland Field Sports Fair Report

Posting from Lorn Gray
Open L-R: George Dobbie, Eddie Scott, William Drummond, Gary Vennard, Graham Clark & Spence Waddell

Novice L-R: George Dobbie, Graham Clark, Eddie Scott, Nicola Hannan & Spence Waddell.

The Moray Firth Spaniel & Retriever Club was asked to organise gundog working tests at the Highland Field Sports Fair again this year, the dates were the 5th & 6th of August. It had been a pretty wet week where we were parading about in puddles whilst trying to escape from the particularly fierce midges on the ground just 2 days prior to the event. However, someone must have thought to order sunshine for the event itself as the only wet weather gear we really needed was a pair of wellies.

Our judges for the two days were Spence Waddell and George Dobbie. We would like to thank them for giving up their time along with the ever willing dummy throwers and our generous sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine feeds, Tain Pottery and D & FM Sporting who have all been kind to us over the last several years.

We would like to extend our congratulations to all those in the awards.

The results were:

Novice

1st Eddie Scott & Broomfield Anna

2nd Nicola Hannan & Skronedale Hansel of Druimmuir

3rd Graham Clark & Broomfield Gnat

 

Open

1st William Drummond & Buccleuch Imrigh

2nd Eddie Scott & FTCh Chyknell Golden Eagle

3rd Gary Vennard & Kildabarra Phoenix

Best Hunting Spaniel was Graham Clarks Broomfield Gnat

Thank you again for your sponsorship.

Lorna Gray

The Wales Team sparkle and shine at the Home International

Nigel Probert, of Wales, was awarded best gundog of either breed

The Wales Retrievers walked away with the Northern Goldsmiths Retriever Team Trophy

A posting from Alan Rees, Captain of the Wales Team

THE GAME FAIR

RAGLEY HALL 29th TO 31st JULY 2016

What a weekend, you couldn’t have scripted it any better …

All the hard work of putting everything together for the Game Fair, replacing the CLA Game Fair, was well worth the effort.

It was a resounding success, the Gundog Chairwoman and her crew put on a great show. The arena this year had been well thought out and the tests showed the requirements to simulate the shooting field. On behalf of the Wales team a great big thank you to everyone concerned in the organisation.

England, with their usual strength in depth, ran out overall worthy winners with a total score of 1,090, followed closely by Ireland with a total of 1,086, Wales finished on 1,052 with Scotland on 1,003. Both English and Irish spaniel teams were a joy to watch, consistently individually scoring over the magic score of more than 100 out of a possible 120.

Credit where credit is due to our two lads, David Pither with an outstanding run at 110, followed closely by David Williams at 103. Well done to you both! The rest of the spaniel team held their own and fought for every point.

The Retriever team competition brought together 20 of the best dogs and handlers from the British Isles

This is always a keenly contested international with only the best taking the field watched as usual by an international audience. To say that the competition was ‘Nail Biting’ is an understatement, going into the last quartet of dogs, representing their individual countries, Wales and England were neck and neck, with only a few points separating all four international teams.

The Retriever competition concluded with Wales Retrievers victorious on 561, Ireland on 558, England on 556 and Scotland on 552 – only 9 points separating the four teams out of the total available points for the competition of 2,400. What a fantastic conclusion to the competition!

Wales Captain, Alan Rees, played his card, and came out as the first competitor to go over the track and established a formidable benchmark of 116 out of a maximum 120.

All the Wales Retriever Team, more than held their own in the arena

Simon Hagain with 113, Haydn Willmott kept us in the hunt with 111, Mark Bettinson fought his way to a creditable 104, and then came Nigel Probert, our final dog and handler, with a winning performance of 117.

Well done all, what a fantastic set of results

To add to the suspense, four dogs tied on 116, which resulted in a run off for second and third. For the first time during the competition the judges set a test using the full length of the arena for an unseen retrieve over three fences, into the woods, with no shot. Sadly, one dog failed, and the end result placed Les McLean of Scotland in second and Alan Rees in third. Nigel Probert, of Wales, was also awarded best gundog of either breed.

The Wales Retrievers walked away with the Northern Goldsmiths Retriever Team Trophy, which dates back to the first Game Fair International in 1978

Wales’ first win was in 1992, followed by 1997, 1998, 2001, and now in 2016. Incredibly, Alan Rees has been a member of the winning, International Retriever Team on each of these 5 occasions.

In thanking everyone involved with the Wales International Team, my greatest gratitude must go to Ceri and Phil, of CSJ, who encouraged and supported us every step of the way over this weekend. We couldn’t have done this without you both. A special thank you also to Wendy of CSJ.

We are already looking forward to 2017, having accepted the invitation to compete at the Game Fair at Hadfield House and also the new full Gundog International Event at Scone Palace, Scotland.

Good luck to all for the coming trialing season.

Alan Rees

Wales Captain