April Report for the Arfon WGC Retriever Test

DSCF0737The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their first test for AV Retrievers on Sunday 9th April 2017 at an excellent new venue Plas Llanddyfnan, Talwrn, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr Paul Hogarth and the headkeeper Mr Steve Cadman.

The judges were Mike Allen, Dave Gallimore and W F Williams. Many thanks to our hosts for allowing us to use the ground the, judges and all the helpers and the competitors for their support who all contributed to making it a successful day, also CSJ and Gary McCarthy our sponsors.


Puppies up to 12 months
  • 1st – Christopher Joseph Pilkington with Shadeoak Major lab dog 29.5.16
  • 2nd- Jackie Mchugh with Teeshot Nesta lab bitch 20.4.16
  • 3rd – Harvey Jones with Skiffle Legend lab dog 6.5.16
  • 4th – Gill Awty with Higgscroft Cedrus Libani lab bitch 22.5.16
  • COM – Paul Murphy with Elsmore Paige lab bitch 2.6.16
Puppies up to 18 months
  • 1st – Christopher Pilkington with Shadeoak Major lab dog 29.5.16
  • 2nd – Jackie Mchugh with Teeshot Nesta lab bitch 20,4.16
  • 3rd – Gill Awty with Higgscroft Cedrus Libani lab bitch 22.5.16
  • 4th – Danny Wells handling Ian Griffiths’ Mossborough Flint lab dog 29.11.15


  • 1st – Paul Murphy with Lady Emma of Shamrock lab bitch
  • 2nd – Kim Dutton with – Shadyacres Teardrop lab bitch
  • 3rd – Victoria Waterfield with Kenquartz Dame Sibyl lab bitch
  • 4th – Elaine Chappell with Wapsac Wagtail lab bitch
  • 1st – Paul Murphy with Lady Emma of Shamrock lab bitch
  • 2nd – Victoria Waterfield with Brenjon Harry lab dog
  • 3rd – Paul W Travis with Brackenbird Lucas lab dog
  • Coms – Harvey Jones with Ty Newydd lab dog, Morwenna Hext Howe with FTCH Labdon Lewis of Minstead lab dog
Photo: L-R back D Gallimore (Jundge), W F Williams (Judge), Paul M Travis, R Harvey Jones, Morwenna Hext Howe, Mike Allen (Judge), Victoria Waterfield
Front Paul Murphy, Jackie McHugh

Berwyn wins best puppy in breed at Crufts

by Sarah Finch

Field Trial secretary for the Brittany Club of Great Britain.

We’re a big fan of your food – its pretty much the only thing my boy will eat. He’s finishing off a bag of Fit and Fast!, then he’ll be moving on to Hike On! as we increase our training before the shooting season. Brittanys hunt wide and fast, so they cover a lot of ground. Plus my boy only has a small appetite, so he needs the calories. He’s also having the Salmon Oil, and he gets some of the Kronch Bar if we’re out all day. He’s a picky sod, but he loves the salmon food – so it’s nice to have a range of options that are all salmon-based. He’s doing really well on the food too – going nicely in the field and looking good for the show ring, he got best puppy in breed at Crufts.

My boy’s name is Jassendue Manet’s Medley, pet name Berwyn. He was 10 months at Crufts and 8 months in the hunting photos.

Find out more about about berwyn’s favourite CSJ products:

Fit ‘n’ Fast

Hike On!

Salmon Oil


24 DOG OPEN STAKE – 10-11/10/2016


Paddy Merrall with FT secretary Willy Spacey

By Kathy Bouch

  • Judges: Mr E Finn, Mr M Larkin, Mr J Henderson & Mr A Kennedy
  • Steward of the Beat: Pete Smith
  • Dog Steward: Brian Paxton

As with our three trials, we were again, generously sponsored by CSJ Specialist Dog Feeds. They have provided goody bags for all our trials. We thank them very much for their kindness.

By kind permission of Mr D Wallace, our 24 dog open stake was once again held at Strathallen, near Gleneagles. We had a super numeric entry again. Sadly one of our appointed judges, Mr Alan Rees had to pull out of the appointment at the last moment as his wife had suffered a badly broken arm in a fall, we were fortunate that Mr Mike Larkin stood for him. We would like to wish Mrs Rees a full recovery and hope that Alan may come and judge for us again in the future.

The first day was a lovely autumn day, misty but giving way to sunshine, after a good session we had 7 dogs through to the following day.


LCOS Open Trial Judges

A testing morning was had and our eventual winner was Paddy Merrall with his Touchie Bilko, who was bred by LCOS member Mr G Greig.

With thanks to the guns, game carriers and to Brian Paxton for his skills stewarding. The rain stayed off till after the prize giving.

1st Paddy Merrill – Touckie Bilko

2nd David Logan – Devonvale Shadow

3rd Tony O’Hare – Lettergreen Rover

COM – Stephanie Smith – FT Ch Snowdell Spender


NOVICE FIELD TRIAL REPORT – 24th September 2016


By Kathy Bouch

Glen Quaich Estate

By Kind permission of Lord Cadagon and his keeper Stan Riches, we yet again, had the use of this wonderful piece of ground, fast becoming a favourite with trailers and working test folk alike.


As usual, the Club received a fabulous entry for our first trial of the season with many entrants unlucky in getting a run. Our judges for the day were Mr Roddy Forbes, Mr Steve Hore, Mr S Robertson and Mr L Macneill.

It seems that the reports from Club events at Glen Quaich come with descriptions of dire weather, this day was no better! It is the truth that your Field Trial Secretary returned home from picking up at the grouse not a week previously with sunburn! However, due to the torrential, horizontal rain, our judges were wondering if any game would show itself, but soon hares broke cover and the trial was on, the trail went at a reasonable pace with many hares being shot. It is pleasing the get a full card of winners, so many trials early in the season have either no winner or award just a 2nd or COM.


The eventual winner was Gary Ford with his homebred LAGGENGILL CEDAR, by FT Ch Copperbirch Paddy of Leadburn our of Jocksburn Ellie of Laggengill

1st      Mr G Ford – Laggengill Cedar

2nd     Mr G Slater – Leadburn Quibble – owner – Mrs K Rennie

3rd     Mr I Hollern – Brackenbird Dauntless

4th     Mr A Downie – Muirdrum Ross

COM Mr A Sorley – Junior Joseph – owner – The Hon Mrs J Lindsey Bethune


Arfon Working Gundog Club Novice AV Retriever Stake

The Arfon Working Gundog Club held two Retriever Stakes this season.
On the 5th October 2016 an Open one day AV Retriever Stake was held at the Checkley Wood Shoot, Nantwich, Cheshire by kind permission of Mr Ivor Beavis. The judges were Mike Newsom, Keith Bellamy, Sheila Suzuki and Mike Allen.
No awards were made and Guns’ Choice was awarded to Norman Onens with Kestrelway Freddie lab Dog
On the 15th November a Novice AV Stake was held at The Glasfryn Shoot, Pwllheli, Gwynedd by kind permission of Mr Gwilym Jones. The judges were Kevin Bradey, Lynn Mitchell, Mike Allen and Carol Clarke.
The weather when we started off was dull and drizzly and whilst it dried out it remained cloudy.
It was a driven day and on the first drive four dogs were lost and this is how it progressed and by the end of the third drive, three dogs were left for the run off, these became two and eventually one was left to await the judges verdict.
I would like to thank our hosts for the two venues, the judges, the guns and the helpers for both days. Our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds, Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear and to Derek Williams of BASC Wales who presented the winner with a game bag courtesy of BASC.
Winner was Jason Owens with Avonstream Avor Lab D
Photo 1 show l-r: Carole Clarke, Lynn Mitchell, Mike Allen, Ken Jones  (Gun), Jason Owens, Vaughan Jones (Gun), Colin Torr (FTS), Geraint Owen (Gun), Kevin Brady7, Derek Williams (BASC)
Photo 2 shows: Derek Williams with Jason Owens

Moray Firth Spaniel Trials 2016

Posting by Lorna Gray

The Moray Firth Spaniel & Retriever Club held their Spaniel Trials towards the end of October and are pleased to announce the results.

Our Open ESS Trial was once again held at Altyre Estate by the kind permission of Sir Alastair Gordon-Cumming and head keeper Peter Cairney. As in previous years we had a great day supported by a fantastic team of helpers and guns. The trial was not an easy one with game in plentiful supply but proving difficult to catch up with and the eventual winner worked hard to earn the win. Judges that day were Richard Claydon and Steve Charlton.




1st Duke of Buccleuch’s Cowarnecourt Jonquil of Buccleuch handled by David Lisett 2nd Eddie Scott’s FTCh Broomfield Annie 3rd Richard Wells Pitrahh Dirty Angie 4th Ben Watkins FTCh Simonside Doris of Laysan


  • Spence Waddell’s Gartshore Ardara
  • Julie Thatcher’s Shalloakwest Shadey
  • Steven Blackwell’s Luthmhor Draco
  • William Johnstone’s Buccleuch Katy

The Novice AV Spaniel Trial took place the following day at Glenferness Estate by the kind permission of Lady Balgonie and keeper Terry Bain. Game was in good supply and the day went smoothly, finishing in good time and with everyone in good humour.

Thanks go to our judges, Richard Claydon and Steve Charlton who were both judging for the second consecutive day and Jim Adamson and Stuart Dunn. I am thankful to them for agreeing to judge for us and to our sponsors CSJ Specialist canine feeds, Tain Pottery and D & FM Sporting for their generous and continued support.


1st & Guns Choice: Eddie Scott – Broomfield Hope 2nd Richard Wells – Marketgate Dixie 3rd: Eddie Scott – Broomfield Anna 4th: Jim Clark – Shalloakwest Peroni of Surefly

Thanks again for your sponsorship of our club and trials, the Salmon Oil always goes down well, it certainly keeps the coats on the spaniels looking good. We had a good couple of days and I had loads of help which makes the day much easier. By the time its all over I seem to have forgotten how much work it was to get everything organised and that’s thanks to our committee, great members and those who just want to give their time to help out and see some good dogwork.

English Springer Spaniel Open Trial 18.10.2016

dsc_1351The Arfon Working Gundog Club held an Open Stake for 16 English Springer Spaniels on the 18th October 2016 at Glasfryn Estate, Pwllheli, Gwynedd by kind permission of Mr Gwilym Jones.

The judges were Mr Barry A Jones and Mr Terry Frost. Chief Steward Colin Torr.
I would like to thank our host, the judges, the guns and competitors for helping to make is a successful day. Also thanks to our sponsors CSJ Specialist Caning Feeds for providing gifts for the winner and also to Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for his support.


First – Ian Openshaw handling Simon Dixon’s Rytex Reba ESSB
Second – Frank Wilson with Dawsonlee Gemini ESSB
Third – Ian Openshaw with Rytex Riggle ESSB
COMs – Bill Allen with Edwardiana Mercedes ESSD, Frank Wilson with Clarborgh Rosie ESSB
Huw Jones with Skersmoor Augustus ESSD
Picture shows L-R Huw Jones, Bill Allen, Ian Openshaw & Frank Wilson