By Alan Rees
The Skinners Gundog International for Retrievers was held this year at Englesfield, near Reading on the 14th and 15th May, 2016. There were 15 international teams entered, with 4 retrievers per team; Wales, ably lead by Mark Bettinson, had suffered the late withdrawal of Alan Rees, with FTCh Jobeshill Ragnar of Flypatch. The Wales team competing were
- Mark Bettinson
- Jammie Bettinson
- Nigel Probert
- Craig Perry.
After a very difficult and challenging first day Wales rallied on the second day to end up in a creditable 3rd place overall. Winners of the event were Holland on 648 points, second place went to England on 636 points and Wales register a very creditable 620 points. In his first World Cup event Nigel Probert scored 159 points out of a possible 200 (79.5%), Craig Perry scored 156 (78%), Jamie Bettinson scored 153 (76.5%) and Mark Bettinson scored 152 (76%) out of 200. This was achieved on a very difficult and demanding course.
A very big Thank you to CSJ for their continued, invaluable sponsorship of the team.