4 November 2019
By Gwilym William
The Arfon Working Gundog Club held its One Day Open AV Retriever for 12 Dogs at the Llys Dulas Estate, Dulas, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr Alec Pickering and Mr Nathan Midgley – Head Keeper.
This was the first time we had held a Retriever Stake at the Llys Dulas but we have held Spaniel Stakes there some years ago and have also held tests on the ground.
The Judges were:
- Lynn Mitchell
- Jamie Bettinson
- Wendy Glue
- Victoria Stanley
Nathan Midgley was our Beat Steward.
The Guns were:
- Leanne Deering
- Rob Jones
- Ken Owen
- Gerallt Wynn
- Eurwyn Roberts
- Tomos Wynn
The estate is situated on the North Coast of Anglesey with views over the sea. The first drive of mostly partridge with a few pheasants provided some testing retrieves, the second drive saw the beaters bring round a headland with three guns standing on the beach and the others standing at the base of the headland. This drive provided sufficient retrieves for the remaining dogs and when they had been retrieved the judges consulted and announced Trial Over.
I would like to thank our hosts for allowing us to hold this trial on the ground and to Nathan and his team of beaters for their patience, also our judges and guns and helpers and the clubs pickers up. Our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.
After the awards the judges and contestants commented on the quality of the ground with plenty of game and a proper trialing ground.
- First – Artistryn Usha handled by David Field owner Suzanne Bailye
- Second – Gwynteg Fyne – Stuart Arch
- Third – Greenbriar Tame – Stuart Marland
- COM – Jenkmosside Ghylll of Banjak – Tim Merrill
Photo Shows L-R – Victoria Stanley (Judge), Tim Merritt, David Field, Scott Marland, Jackie Owen (F.T.S.), Stuart Arch, Wendy Glue (Judge), Lynn Mitchell (Judge), Jamie Bettinson (Judge)