At the weekend the teams travelled over 7 hours to the BSSF British Championships rounds 3 and 4 at Pembrey Country Park South Wales.
Due to flooding of the trail the race distance was cut to 2.6 miles the trail was a mix of twisty turns ,sand dunes and fire roads.
Gonzo was out first on the bike and he ran well to be in 3rd place after race 1 8 secs behind first place after further heavy rain on the Saturday night the course was really muddy and cut up and Gonzo ran another great race to finish 3rd overall and take his second bronze of the series.
Next out was Jane Lothian with Diamond and Granite it was a tough course for the 2 girls but they ran 2 great races to finish in 4th place overall a great improvement from 7th in the first 2 heats.
Dexter was next out in the 1 dog scooter and he struggled with the hard surface of the fire road but still managed to lie in 2nd place after day 1 we put booties on him for run 2 and he handled the conditions better to hold onto 2nd and collect a silver medal his second of the series.
A huge thank you to CSJ specialist canine feeds for their continued support.
Our next race is the SHCGB race at Aviemore on 25th and 26th January.
Will Clulee is a CSJ sponsored gundog handler.
This season’s wins –
Tink – Championship Winner 2020 F.T.CH Trochry Eau Rouge of Poolgreen – made up to Champion this season.
- Placed 1st – West Midland Field Trial Society open cocker 22/11/19 Open Cocker
Sam – F.T.CH Poolgreen Griffin – Gained diploma of merit at the 90th Cocker Spaniel Championships 2020. Made up to a champion in 4 trials.
- Placed 1st Scottish Spaniel Club 1/10/19 Novice
- Placed 1st – Glamorganshire Field Trial Society 26/11/19 Open Cocker
- Placed 1st – Essex field trial Society 4/12/19 Open Cocker
Richy – F.T.CH Mallowdale Rocky of Poolgreen – qualified for the championships made up to Champion this season.
- Placed 1st & guns choice -Kent Working Spaniel club 20/11/19 open cocker
- Placed 1st & guns choice – Coventry & district 10/10/19 open cocker
Jess – F.T.O.W Poolgreen Grace – qualified for the championships
Placed 1st Welsh & English Counties Spaniel Club open cocker 14/12/19
Pepper – F.T.O.W Poolgreen Hubba – qualified for the championships.
- Placed 1st Pembrookshire Working gundog society open cocker 5/12/19
Stevie – F.T.O.W Skronedale Stephen of Poolgreen – Black & white springer – Qualified for the Springer Championships 2020.
- Placed 1st novice – Glamorganshire Field Trial Society 5/11/1
- Placed 1st open – welsh & English Counties Spaniel Club 30/11/19
Another great year for Poolgreen Gundogs and thank you for sponsoring us.
All the best and Thank you once again for your support.
Sue & Will
By Mary Carter
We just headed down to the BSSF British Champs..
Our dogs were entered in 7 classes (one of which, our second 4 dog team, was just for experience for the yearlings) and came away with 6 podium placings.
Gold for John Carter in the 8
Silver for me in the 6, with less than one second away from gold.
Joint Gold in the 4. First time ever this happened… with my time exactly the same as our friend, Keith Hutchon, who has one of the yearlings we bred on his team… His team also fed on CP30!
Bronze for JC in the 2-dog scooter with the first race for one of our yearlings.
Gold for George Carter in the 2-dog junior class
And Gold for Anna Williams with our boy Paddy again, in the ladies veteran Bikejor class.
See more photos from the 25.11.19 – BSSF Thorpe Forest by Matthew Shin
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)
From the Lothian and Borders Gundog Association
Judges: Stephen Winspear and Ben Watkins
1st – Mallowdale Shine (Endowood Cork x Mallowdale Georgi) – Ian Openshaw / Steve Stephen Charlton
Making the dog up to FTCH – congratulations to Ian and Steve
2nd – Wolferton Drama – Ian Openshaw / HRH The Queen
3rd – Heolybwich Goose of Buccleuch – David Lisett / Duke of Buccleuch
4th – Mallowdale Quad – Wendy Openshaw
Matrixglen Aphrodite – William Brooks
Emblehope and Burngrange Estate Northumberland