Clwyd Retriever Club 2018 Spring Test Results


By Bronwyn Roberts 


1st Philip Brown with Abbottshall Mosquito

2nd Neil Dutton with Crosstone Baccart

Certificate of merits –

  • Neil Dutton with Artistryn Glencamus Oshen Warrior
  • Carole Hopper with Clayneal Chicago of Ronorabrook
  • John Benyon with Hulton Wood Hazel
  • Bob Clay with Laura Tara Tiara of Oncote



1st Stephen Le Voi with Maderablanca Amarillo

2nd Devina Long with kentredecim Sunset Dream

3rd Jacqui Eyre with Highhouse Bran

Certificate of merits –

  • Suzanne Bailye with Artistryn Usha
  • Wesley Travis with Brackenbird Lucas
  • Paul Brown with Tewellers Freya of Fenway

The winner of the Ernie Bradshaw memorial trophy for scoring the highest mark on the day is Stephen Le Voi with Maderablanca Amarillo scoring 75 out of 80

Thanks to our hosts Mr & Mrs R. Davies-Cooke for allowing us to use their beautiful ground.

Also a big thanks to our wonderful judges John Yarwood, Ken Littlemore, Mervyn Dixon & Mike Bradbury and to all the dummy throwers and helpers who made it all run smoothly.

Also a big thank you to our sponsors CSJ canine feeds

Well done to The Wales Team at the 17th Skinners’ Retriever World Cup

IMG_1175 (1)By Alan Rees

The 17th Skinners’ Retriever World Cup event took place at Hamstead Park,
over last weekend, with 15 International Teams competing, including Russia
for the first time.

It was a keenly contested competition of extremely challenging retrieves,
over two days. Scotland ran out winners for the very first time, Ireland
took second place with England in third place.

Wales had mixed fortunes and ended up in 8th place overall, with:

  • Alan Rees’ young dog Fendawood Ecclestone at Delfryd amassing 161 points
  • Haydn Willmott’s Stykes Boy Llangynidr on 158 points
  • David Thomas’ Morglesmissy on 149 points – in his first international competition
  • Jamie Bettinson’s F.T.Ch. Cynhinfa Ladislav on 128 points.

As we now look forward to the Four Nations Challenge at Scone Palace, Perth 
and the Game Fair at Ragley Hall, I would like to express a big thank you,
on behalf of the Welsh Team, to Ceri, Phil and CSJ for your continued

Alan Rees
Wales Gundog Team Captain

CSJ Charity Test for Strathmore Working Gundog Club

By Alison Sorely

Strathmore Working Gundog Club held a charity test on 12th May 2018  on behalf of CSJ for Hearing dogs for deaf people and the Scottish gundog fraternity are in full support of this event. It  is really good to see Ceri & Phil  when they do come up, but sometimes due to work commitments they are unable too , but they still  donate all the prizes to the winners and judges many thanks again.

The Total raised was £570 thanks to all the committee and members who came along and supported this charity .



1st I Lohour – Auchencloch My Way

2nd T Smith -Lousenga Bud of Craighorn

3rd G Spacey – Gallowridge Craggie


1st L Sanaghan – Julval Ava

2nd K McLeod – Moonziehill Beannach

3rd A Downie – Hawksgarth   Minnesota of Muirdrum


1st J Nicol- Belniden Delta

2nd  L Jackson -Danny

3rd E Munro-Ferguson – Levenghyl Jacana of Abbottshall


Well done to all !

 Alison Sorley


Wales announce the Spaniel Team for the following forthcoming International events…

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Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland, the four nations challenge and
The Game Fair, Ragley Hall, the Home International.

The Team  –

  • Aled Jones E.S.S.  Dog Barcudwen Mambo
  • David Williams E.S.S.  Dog Edwardiana Howdee
  • Aled Jones E.S.S. Bitch Barcudwen  Molly
  • David Williams E.S.S. Bitch Edwardiana Breeze
  • Paul Roberts E.S.S. Bitch Chrissy Brookrea

A very big thank you to our judges Dai Lloyd and Nick Davies.

A huge thank you to Ceri, Phil and CSJ for their continued support.

Alan Rees
Team Captain

Arfon Working Gundog Test Reports April 2018


Photo shows L-R
Open – Kelly Rogers-Davison, Catherine Allsop, Val Oakley (Judge), Wendy Manning, Vicky Stanley (Judge), Judith White, Bob Clay (Judge), Kim Dutton

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.

As well as our recent test, we have a further two tests in May & August with Novice and Open classes and are hosting the Inter Club with Clwyd Retrievers in June where we will have thee classes. We also plan to hold four trials in shooting season.


Wales have named their team for the Skinner’s World Cup Retriever Working Test to be held on 12th & 13th May 2018, at Hamsted Park, Berkshire.

After dogs and handlers were put through their paces at Bridgecroft Kennels on two separate occasions, overlooked by Mark Bettinson and Roger Phillips, the team was announced as follows –

  • 1 Hayden Willmott
  • 2 David Thomas
  • 3 Alan Rees
  • 4 Jamie Bettinson
  • A big thank you to Ceri and Phil, of CSJ, once again for sponsoring the Team

Alan Rees (on behalf of the team).

Scottish Gundog Association 2017 Field Trials


By Dougie Gibson*

Here are the prize winners of the three field trials you kindly supported:



Shows winner, Willie Drummond, making his dog up to a FTCh, with 2nd Andrew Cunningham, left and 3rd Davie Wilson right with judges Richard Claydon and Jim Adamson


Shows winner Billy Sankey (his first ever win at a trial), 2nd Dougie Gibson right (me) and 3rd Alan Sankey with Judges Eddie Scott and Willie Drummond


Shows winner Kim Varty with handler Ian Openshaw and judges John Dickson and Richard Claydon


A big thanks for supporting the trials.

*Dougie Gibson has taken on the task of Spaniel Secretary for the Scottish Gundog Association (SGA) as well as secretary for the Highland Gundog Club and SGA.