The Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of South Wales Assessment Test

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Our ‘wonder’ days continue

Our ‘wonder’ days continue. After beautiful weather for our 2011 and 2012 tests, for our Funday, for our Christmas parties and for our training days, we were blessed with another corker for our 2013 Assessment Test at Pentyrch on Sunday 26th May.

wsscsw_test_may13_800The sun shone all day with ‘ne’r a cloud in the sky’. Despite the good weather we were grateful for the use of a large, clean barn to keep food cool and to sit out of the sun.

This was an unusual day in so many ways. Our judges, Allan and Sue Hender from West Berkshire Gundogs, set some different tests: those running in Intermediate worried as they saw the unprecedented length of the ‘seen’ retrieve. Frowns turned to smiles as dog after dog went straight out bringing every dummy in to hand. The judges had hoped that the water test would sort out the tight marks at the top but, when the top two dogs (Menstonia Misty Dreams and Sycharth Catrin) had finished every test, only a run-off would separate them. These two dogs only dropped 1 mark in the total (4 test elements worth 25 marks each) with the third place dropping only 3 marks. Here we had a very experienced judge wandering around muttering “Minor breeds, my a***” as the ‘seens’ were marked and the ‘unseens’ found. Dogs were steady; dogs listened; dogs didn’t miss game.

Two good Clumber puppies (Magiriaght Vindicator and Sedgehurst Paddy) had very high marks in the Puppy test and congratulations to working committee member Alison Evans with Ryan (Coedybrain Ryan ar Nantlle) winning in a close run-off for Novice against Fiergen Steamy Windows.

We have so many ‘thank yous’: our judges, our catering team, our stewards and helpers; those who gave raffle prizes, those who bought tickets.

Our biggest thank you goes to our sponsor CSJ. They’ve been our rock over the last few years. It’s so important for competitors to have recognition of their efforts. The generous ration of Fish Cuits (my dogs think they’re very yummy) on top of the winners’ sacks and winners’ packs meant that no-one went home empty handed.

We have another congratulatory message. At the SEWSSC Working Assessment on 19th of May, newly co-opted committee member, Ann Lyon, with Millie (Bushwacker Hotspot) came out of Novice forever with a wonderful 1st in Open.

Working Committee of WSSCSW

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