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
Alan Rees
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

CSJ Charity Test for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

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By Alison Sorley

I held a charity test on Saturday on behalf of CSJ Dogfood for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, a lovely day and raised £1200.00. This wouldn’t be possible without the help of all the members of the Scottish Gundog clubs coming along and supporting these charities and also all the persons donating prizes for raffles, auctions etc.

I have to add a huge thank you to Mike Henderson from the Hillend Tavern who donated a hidden malt whisky bottle, which had to be guessed by individuals at £1.00 a go. This raised £100, also 4 x 24 packs of Best beer for auction. Much appreciated Mike!

Thanks to Ceri and Phil for prizes – we missed your presence this year. The judges J. Douglas, D. Sorley, E. Munro Ferguson and G. Spacey, Laura, Jean and Elinor for their help with the admin etc. Especially for the dummy throwers who put themselves forward every week. Thank you and especially to our speaker Mr Fred MacAulay.

The £1200.00 was absolutely brilliant – thank you again to all who contributed to help raise this amount for this amazing charity.

Results

Puppy

1st – A. Adamson – Rumbleton Zak of Witchmyre

2nd – A. Fairweather – Craigmillour Venus

3rd – J.Nicol – Belneiden Delta

Novice

1st – A. Adamson – Rumbleton Zak of Witchmere

2nd – C. Johnston – Nellsecundus River Drive

3rd – J. Hood – Polmaise Fala Crow

Open

1st – G. Buchan – Misty Longa

2nd- C. Johnston – Nellsecundus River Drive

3rd – C. Court

Thank you,

Alison Sorley

 

Arfon Working Gundog Club Club AV Retriever Test – 4 June 2017

DSC_1457The Arfon Working Gundog Club held a working test on the 4 June 2017 for AV Retrievers. This was held at Bodrida Farm, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Peter Rogers.

Judges were Glenys Caldwell, Gareth Lewis and P Wesley Travis. Many thanks to the helpers and sponsors CSJ & Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.
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Results
The lady handlers came to the fore with a clean sweep in the Novice and first and third in Open

Novice

First – Mrs Jackie Owen with Muggleswick Cha Cha of Marianbach lab b
Second – Mrs Jackie Owen with Kentrecim Chooting Star of Marianbach labb
Third – Mrs Elaine Chapel with Crooksber Lark lab b
Fourth – Mrs Elaine Chappel with Wapsac Wagtail lab b
Open

First – Mrs Kim Dutton with Shady Acres Teardrop lab b
Second – Gary McCarthy with Muggleswick Samba lab d
Third – Victoria Waterfield with Brenjon Harry lab d
Fourth – R Harvey Jones with Ty Newydd lab d
COM – Ryan McKnight with Loughgasher Nifty Nick of Gunnarah lab dog

First Picture – P Wesley Travis (Judge), Gareth Lewis (Judge), Victoria Waterfield, Kim Dutton, Gary McCarthy, Harvey Jones, Glenys Caldwell (Judge), Ryan McKnight, Jackie Owen.

Second Picture – Jackie Owen & Kim Dutton

Arfon’s Retriever Test Report

By Gwilym Williams

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The 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.

Results

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

Novice
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

Open
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