Puppy & Novice award winners
L-R: Paula Diamond, Kim Dutton, Paul Whitley, Keith Welsh, Jackie McHugh, Victoria Waterfield, Elaine Chappell, Judith White, Charlotte Brailsford, Arthur Telfair
The Arfon Working Gundog Club held an AV Retriever Test on the 22nd April 2018 at Plas Llanddyfnan, Talwrn, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr Paul Hogarth and keeper Mr Steve Cadman. The judges were Mrs Vicky Stanley, Mrs Val Oakley, Mr Bob Clay and Mrs Jackie Owen.
The weather was drizzly with a cold wind to start but the weather cleared up as the morning progressed and eventually the sun made an appearance. The ground gives ample scope for a variety of tests with some of the tests held in woods, retrieves through a cover crop/plantation, pastureland and a water test.
We had run offs in the Novice and Open for the awards. The Novice was a long seen retrieve with a shot over pastureland and in the Open the judges send the dogs over stone walls for retrieves.
I would like to thank our hosts for allowing us to use the ground, the judges for giving up their time and for the helpers/dummy throwers who had also set up the test the previous evening. I would also like to thank the competitors for their support and to our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for their continuing support.
Puppy 6 to 12 months
First – Jackie McHugh with Shadeoak Breeze Lab B
Second – Arthur Telfair withUpperaughton Blackberry Lab D 27.5.17
Third – Ryan McKnight with Gunnarah Lord McDuff Lab D 24.4.17
Puppy up to 18 months
First – Kim Dutton with Ashwynd Lemon Spint Lab B 17.3.17
Second – Paula Diamond with Ashwynd Golden Tropics Lab D 17.3.17
Third – Paul Whitley with Onyx Star Emily Lab B 8.1.17
First – Elaine Chappell with Wapsac Wagtail Lab B
Second – Victoria Waterfield with Kenquartz Dame Sybil Lab B
Third – Charlotte Brailsford with Kentixen Sunshine Blossom Lab B
Fourth – Judith White with Minstead Costello Lab D
COM – Keith Welsh with Bob Ametrine Lab D
First – Judith White with Minstead Axel Lab D
Second – Kelly Rogers-Davison with Loveloch Valentine Gold Ret D
Third – Judith White with Minstead Costello Lab D
COMs – Kim Dutton with Shady Acres Teardrop Lab B & Catherine Allsop with Glasbont Springing
Teal Lab B
This year, there have been reports on Arfon Working Gundog tests and trials published in the Countryman’s Weekly and the Shooting Gazette. There is also a full page article about the Arfon Novice Retriever Trial in the Gazette this month.