Lancashire Game Fair Weekend

 

ByPilling Moss Gundog Club

On behalf of Pilling Moss Gundog Club I would like to say thank you for the sponsorship donation Vouchers you kindly gave the club for Lancashire  Game Fair weekend, Was a shame we had bad weather on both days but  I’m sure everyone who came and took part in the dog scurries would say they had an enjoyable time. Also may I take this opportunity and thank you  for your kind sponsorship throughout the year at all the tests that the club has held.

Please see our website for results and more information

The Highland Field Sports Fair

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The Highland Field Sports Fair took place in August and both the Novice and the Open Spaniel tests managed to get the best of the sunshine over the 2 days. It was quite a muddy game fair after days on rain in the run up to it and we probably had the best of it up in our corner of the ground.

It was great to have some new faces competing this year and our thanks must go to all of our competitors, Judges Duncan Sutherland & Davy Wilson who gave up their time for us, all those who helped to throw dummies on the day and of course to everyone else who helped to prepare the ground.
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The Spaniel tests this year were sponsored by CSJ Specialist canine feeds, Tain Pottery, D & FM Sporting and Heather Gibson Arts.

We are extremely grateful to them for their continued support this year, the prizes always go down well with our award winners. The Open test was a very close test with there only being 8 points between all of the competing dogs.
 
Awards were as follows:

Novice 

1st Kim Stewart – Delnamer Swinging on a Star at Taykimoor (c/b)
2nd Barry Lamb – Salrowbra Ruby’s Sunshine (ess/b)
3rd Alan Pett – Quickaway Neptune (c/d)

Open

1st Graham Clark – Broomfield Gnat (ess/b)
2nd Nicola Hannan – Skronedale Hansel of Druimmuir (ess/d)
3rd Kate Robertson – Jill Limekiln (ess/b)

Gundog Working Test raises funds for Hertforshire Air Ambulance

By Avis Boreham

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Our first Working Gundog Charity Test and Fun day in aid or the Hertfordshire Air Ambulance was a great success.

Top Winners gratefully received Trophies and a bag of CSJ CP21 and other award winners won trophies and CSJ goodie bags.

The day raised just over £2000 for the charity in honour of our friend Angie McLelland who’s life was saved by the Air Ambulance crew in March this year. Gundog Trainer Angie is now back at home and continues to make good progress in her recovery.
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The Game Fair 2017 – Hatfield House , Hertfordshire.

Home International Team Competition by Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain

Photographs by Polarstar Photography

 

No doubt this is the biggest working test arena in the World, over Saturday and Sunday the 29th and 30th of July, thousands watched England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales go head to head, with 5 Retrievers and 5 Spaniels competing in each International team.

The International course was exceptional, although very challenging, which proved to be the position over the two days of competition. The Gundog Committee and Chief Stewards, along with the arena crews, must be complemented in the set up of this challenging event.

CSJ, our sponsors for many years now, also sponsored the Irish Team, led by Willie Edgar. He felt that he had the strongest team that Ireland had fielded for many years. Wales, on the other hand, had lost Haydn Willmott from the Retriever team just one week before the Game Fair, and, on the Saturday morning of the competition, Dean Melhuish unfortunately had to withdraw his spaniel when she pulled up lame. This meant a quick change in the running order and brought in the reserve spaniel handler, the ever reliable Alastair Ross.

The spaniel test, marked out of 120 points, resulted in the Wales handlers, David Pither scoring 71 (59%), Steven Erasmus, in his first Game Fair scored 87 (73%), Kevin Woods scored 74 (62%), Alastair Ross scored 87 (73%) and an excellent performance by David Williams, running Edwardiana Howdee, scored 98 (82%), ending up at 3rd place overall in the individual spaniel competition. Top Spaniel Team was Ireland, sixty points behind in second place was Wales, eleven points ahead of England and sixteen points ahead of Scotland. This was a good result for the Welsh lads who hung on in there.

The Retriever Team, running over a very difficult track, undulating with a series of fences and thick cover crop of stubble turnip, mustard and rape, caused a few problems. I was delighted with the Welsh Retriever team’s performance; Vikki Stanley’s Minstead Maigret returned a score of 106 out of 120 (88%), Alan Rees with young Ecclestone scored 104 (87%), Barney Williams, running in his first Game Fair with another young dog Duke scored 92 (77%), Nigel Probert and the evergreen Jenny scored 97 (81%) and Vikki Stanley running her Field Trial Champion Patanavac  Brough, anchoring the team, scored 102 (85%).

The Welsh Retriever Team’s total score of 501 was enough to secure the victory for the second year in succession as the Top Retriever Team, retaining the trophy. England were in second place, seven points behind Wales, followed by Scotland 46 points and Ireland 48 points adrift. This was an excellent result from a team that showed a lot of character.

Final placings for the International teams resulted in Ireland running out overall winners with 931 points, Wales an excellent second place, with 918, England in third with 900 points and Scotland in fourth with 847 points. It was a very successful weekend for Ceri, Phil and CSJ, with both their sponsored teams scooping top and second team overall, top Spaniel and top Retriever team.

Once again a huge thank you to all the handlers and helpers that were involved with the Welsh International team this year. The biggest thank you must go to CSJ our sponsor, as the International season draws to a close. As we look forward to next year’s competitions, good luck to all for this coming trialling season.

A big thank you (Diolch yn Fawr) to Ceri and Phil and all at CSJ; without your help and support we couldn’t compete at these prestigious events.

Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain.

 

 

 

 

Report by Alan Rees, Wales Team Captain – Scone Palace Four Nations Challenge 2017

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By Alan Rees, Team Captain
What a venue, the picturesque Scone Palace , the racecourse and the river Tay. The Four Nations had congregated, accepting the invitation to this inaugural event. The format of the competition had each country running 3 retrievers and 3 spaniels and started with introductions after a lone piper’s welcome.
England and Ireland fielded their Game Fair teams while Scotland and Wales were experimenting with a development team, with a number of new faces and new dogs, giving handlers and dogs an opportunity to run at this full international event.
The course for both spaniels and retrievers was long and challenging, over tall jumps, thick cover and with a very challenging water retrieve. The spaniels were marked out of 120 and retrievers out of 100. Wales found the going tough; Jamie Bettinson with 78%, Alan Rees on 72% and Vikki Stanley 68% for the retrievers and Dave Williams with 78%, Dean Melhuish with 68% and Steve Erasmus on 48% for the spaniels were locked in a 3rd and 4th place battle with Scotland, whilst England and Ireland locked horns in a battle for 1st and 2nd.
The competition ended with England in 1st, Ireland 2nd, Scotland 3rd and Wales in 4th place. Compliments go to our Scottish hosts who made us all feel very welcomed and left no stone unturned with regards to the organisation. We look forward to the event’s development.
A very big thank you to Ceri, Phil and all the staff at CSJ who accompanied the team on this trip. Thank you for your support, especially the sponsorship, which allows the Wales team to compete at these prestigious events.
David Rees
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Team Captain

Jo Hipwell at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair

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Joe Hipwell and his Sealpin Gundogs had a busy weekend at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, held at Scone Palace, Perth from the 30th June – 2nd July.

Joe and 12 dogs spent the weekend demonstrating in the main ring each day, giving ‘have-a-go’ gundog lessons at the World of Gundogs area, judging the gundog element of the inaugural Estate Challenge and judging the CSJ sponsored junior handlers event.

The junior handlers competition was very well received with gundog trainers of the future being put through their paces. All the prize winners went away with a bag of CSJ Champ! and hopefully a keen interest to pursue our sport.

After demonstrating at the Royal Highland Show the previous weekend, the Sealpin team were away from home for nine of the last twelve days. It is important at these busy times to keep the dogs in good condition so they were all enjoying an extra scoop of CSJ Champ! whilst on the road.’

For all the Gundog results, please visit: http://www.scottishfair.com/docs/2017/2017%20Gundog%20Results.pdf

“As you know it was the first time I had attended this event and had a thoroughly great experience – finding everyone so warm and friendly.” Ceri Rundle

MFSRC Summer Test Report

summer test 2017By Lorna Gray
Our Summer test took place at Ralia Estate by the kind permission of Mr Alasdair Findlay and Head Keeper Mr Alistair Lyon. In between showers we had blue skies and really quite a pleasant day with a great atmosphere and a few new faces which is always good to see. The spaniel tests were sponsored by CSJ and Tain Pottery, and once again we thank them for their continued support. Several committee members are using CSJ foods and are very happy with how their dogs are looking and going on it.
The tests were judges by Mr Peter Holmes and Mr William Drummond accompanied by a team of dedicated dummy throwers, some of whom did get a bit of a soaking, thanks from the club and the competitors to all of them for giving up their time.
Results were as follows:
Spaniel Puppy
1st Ryan Hoggan – Caulliechat Rosina
2nd Fraser MacDougall – Shiel Wonder
3rd Barry Lamb – Salrowbra Ruby’s Sunshine
Novice
1st Martyn Ryan – Glenugie’s Quickfire
2nd James Groat – Deepfleet Muller
3rd Barry Lamb – Salrowbra Ruby’s Sunshine
Open
1st Graham Clark – Broomfied Gnat
2nd Eddie Scott – Chyknell Golden Eagle
3rd Nicola Hannan – Sealpin Sugar Spun Sister of Druimmuir
Photo L-R: Jimmy Groat; Ryan Hoggan; Peter Holmes; Graham Clark; Nicola Hannan; Eddie Scott; William Drummond & (kneeling) Fraser MacDougall