The Arfon Working Gundog Club have held their first two Field Trials of the season at the Glasfryn Shoot, nr Pwllheli, Gwynedd by kind permission of Mr Gwilym Jones.
An Open Stake for 16 English Springer Spaniels was held on the 20th October 2015 . The judges were Mr Adrian Slater and Mr Norman Blakeney.
The weather was dry and overcast with a steady supply of game and after the end of the second round the judges compared notes and three dogs were called for a run off Rytex Riggle, Marchwood Rova & FTCH Chinachgook Roberto and following the run off Rytex Riggle was declared the winner.
1st – Ian Openshaw with Rytex Riggle ESSB
2nd – David Horseman with Marchwood Rova ESSB
3rd – Simon Dixon with FTCH Chinachgook Roberto ESSD
4th – Ken Hilley with Rhestmooar Peppa ESSB
COMs to – Richard Jones with Edwardiana Basantee of Gwrychbedw ESSD, Bill Allen with Edwardiana Mercedes ESSD, John Edwards with Rosebay Hailey, Alan Rubery-Jones handling Simon Ellison & Rob Bowe’s Wingate Royal Mistress ESSB
Guns’ Choice was David Williams with Edwardiana Howdee
On the 27th October an A.V.Novice Retriever Stake for 14 dogs was held with Mr Barry Cooper, Mrs Glenys Caldwell, Mr Gary McCarthy and Mr Peter Thompson judging.
The trial was a driven day but the weather in contrast to the spaniel stake was cloudy initially but we soon had a steady drizzle with some heavier showers.
Eight dogs were called to the third round and after loosing three the awards were as follows:
1st – not awarded
2nd – John Halstead with Drakeshead Alfie Lab D
3rd – David Latham with Ragweeds Aston Lab D
4th – Jim Swindelhurst with Kelmagra Bill Lab D
COMs to – Frank Morrey with Swaine Abruzzi of Tideland lab D and John Drury with Norbeck Harvey Lab D
I would wish to thank Mr Gwilym Jones our host and his helpers, together with the club’s helpers, the judges, the guns and the competitors for making both days a success. Finally I would like to thank our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Mr Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.