Meet Rob Bunning with his winning gundog, Drake and his latest delivery of CSJ

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Rob Bunning has a dog Drake, who runs extremely well in scurries all over England at game fairs, Here are a few pictures from a recent Northern shooting show, where they won the challenge over the weekend as well as other scurries.


“We’re in our 3rd year now and Drake seems keener than ever. He is 3 1/2 and I got him at 17 months, he wouldn’t do anything then… We run in the BASC scurry league, where we ended 2nd in first year and top last year by nearly double the points of second place .

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We also ran in the Countryman’s Chudleys World Gundog Series , and any other competitions we can get in. I have 4 dogs and all compete in working tests etc and  I hope to trial a young dog who’s also coming on well. Most weekends we are out all over the country at game fairs and shows , my daughter also competes…


I get asked all the time what I feed my dogs. I go all around the country competing in working tests and with Drake scurrying. I use CP30 and mix in CP30 for my workers. I also always carry ‘Fruit ‘n’ Mutt bars to boost the dogs through the day and small amounts of Kronch”.

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Retriever World Cup 2019 report from Alan Rees

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Well this year was the first time the Retriever World Cup has come to Wales.

The outstanding picturesque estate at Glan Usk was the venue overlooking some of the most outstanding landscape in Wales.

Nigel Probert, the course designer had done a fantastic job with very challenging long retrieves on Llangynidr moor on the first day. He used the full location of the estate and river Usk for the technical retrieves on the second day. What an excellent job.

At the gala dinner on Saturday night, teams from all over Europe were entertained in the land of song by the Bois Goitre Wen Male voice choir. That was an event in itself.

Now onto the event

The ever consistent Scotland, winners for the second time in succession. England came a very close second and Denmark in third.

Wales trailed this year in 9th place, a big disappointment but things just didn’t go well for the home team. At the end of the first day Welsh dogs were prominent with Vickie Stanley leading the field closely followed by Alan Rees and Hayden Willmott. Mike Jones found things a little difficult for his young dog.

The second day followed much the same pattern with failures for Mike, Hayden and Vickie but on a course like this there were numerous bunkers to be overcome.

Hopefully we all have learnt from the experience and will benefit from it in future events.

A big thank you from the team, we all appreciated the support from numerous gundog people that had turned out to support us as well as some of the best dogs and handlers in the world.

On behalf of the team I would like to thank Ceri, Phil and all at CSJ for their continued support.


Alan Rees

Wales Team Captain

Thank you CSJ from the Irish Setter Rescue Walk

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By Gill Dale

Thank you very much for your very generous donations for our fund raising afternoon on Sunday 5th May, in aid of Irish Setter Rescue & Rehome . 

So far we have raised £1100.00 with more promised. Every one appreciated the goody bags. The oldest walker was a 9 year old rescue Gundog  & very much appreciated his bottle of Salmon Oil ( he will have to share it with his rescue Irish Setter Companion) .

Many Thanks,

Gill DaleCSJ whats in here

Arfon Working Gundog Club AV Retriever test 13.4.19


Photo shows L-R Open awards William Dewhurst, Nicky Waddington, Victoria Stanley

The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their Spring AV Retriever test at Plas Llanddyfnan, Talwrn, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr Paul Hogarth and keeper Mr Steve Cadman

There were over 60 dogs entered with classes for Puppies, Novice and Open and we would like to thank our judges Mr David Field, Mr Mike Allen, Mrs Suzanne Bailye and Mr Wesley Travis for giving up their time and for dealing with the large number of entries in good time.

We would like to thank our hosts for allowing us to use the wonderful ground which allowed us to use a variety of different terrain including water, woodland and grassland to test the dogs. Thanks to the helpers without whom no tests could be held. Thanks for the continued support of our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.

We would also like to thank Victoria Stanley for presenting us with a new trophy for the best scoring dog on the day.


Puppies 6 to 12 months

First –  Arthur Telfair with Claybrow Dark Star Lab B dob 21.6.18
Second – Bob Clay with Spireview Sioux on Oncote Lab B dob 11.5.18

Puppies 12 to 18 months

First – H Llyr Roberts with Arrupe Janet Lab B dob 7.12.17


First – Not awarded

Second – Ian & Nicky Waddington’s (handler Nicky Waddington)  Venvill Major Lab D
Third – Bob Clay with Laura Tata Tiara of Oncote Lab B


First – Ian & Nicky Waddington’s (Handler Nicky Waddington)  Wyenor Golden Delicious Lab B
Second – Victoria Stanley with Minstead Maigret Lab D
Third – Williams Dewhurst with Kelmangro Billy Lab D

Arfon WGC Open AV Spaniels (exluding Cockers) Stake

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The Arfon Working Gundog Club held their Open AV Spaniel (exluding cocker spaniel) Stake on the 22 November 2018 at a new venue for them The Vaenol Estate, Nr Bangor, Gwynedd. by kind permission of Mr M & Mr K Jones. Trials have been held in the past at Vaenol but not for many years.

In his book The Working Springer Spaniel,Keith Erlandson states ” that a Spaniel trial was held at Vaenol Estate in 1871 but not under Kennel Club Rules at the Kennel Club was not formed until 1873. The first official Spaniel Trial under Kennel Club rules was not held until the late 1890’s”

The judges were Mr Steve J Charlton and Mr John L Semmens.

The guns were Rhys Roberts, Eifion Roberts, Glyn Evans and Howard Latham.

Steward of the beat was the keeper Clive Jones

The trial started out on the Tower Drive named after a stone tower at the far end of the drive where you can enjoy view along the Menai Straights onto Anglesey. The area consisted of mature trees with ground cover of brambles which tested the dogs for hunting ability and most dogs had flushes and retrieves. We then moved onto another drive where the cover was mostly rhododendrons and then brambles again in mature woodland the trial was completed in this area, and our hosts generously provided some liquid refreshments for all at the end.

We would like to thank our hosts, the judges,guns, helpers and the competitors for making this such a successful day. Thanks also to our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for their continued support.


First – Mick Walsh handling Stephen Fords Hollydrive Pretty Polly ESSB

Second – Jon Bailey with Andriana Girl ESSB

Third – Ian Openshaw with FTCH Rytex Riggle ESSB

Fourth – Craig Lewis with Happy Boy Harry ESSD

COMs – Adrian Slater handling Robert Fairhurst’ s Rheasmooar Under the Gun ESSD

Liam Griffiths Autumnwillow Ice ESSB

Photo shows Mr Keith Jones our host presenting the winner Mike Walsh with the Bill Williams Memmorial Shield

Arfon Working Gundog Club report Novice AV Retriever Trial


The Arfon Working Gundog Club held its 14 Dog Novice A.V. Retriever Stake on the 13th November 2018 at the Carreglwyd Estate, Llanfaethlu, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr Rickie Roberts.

The judges were:

  • Mr Kevin Bradey
  • Dr Nicola Reynolds
  • Mrs Judith White
  • Mr Phil Brown

The guns were:

  • Mr John Dudley
  • Mrs Leanne Deering
  • Mr Rob Jones
  • Mr Ken Owen
  • Mr Gerallt Wynn
  • Mr Eurwyn Roberts

The weather was bright and dry and with the guns shooting well, with a number of dogs failing we were well into the second round after all the birds were retriever from the first drives. Following the second drive the dogs were tried again and again there were failures and by the time the judges closed their books there was only one dog left.

We would like to thank our host, the judges, the guns the helpers and our sponsors CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for helping make it a successful day.

The judges awarded a second place to Mr Daniel Astley with Shadyoak Rusty a Lab dog he also won the Guns Choice.

Clwyd retriever club working test results – Novice & Open Spring Test

By Bronwyn Roberts

Clwyd retriever Club working test secretary

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Held on 28th April 2019 at Gwysaney Hall, Mold. By kind invitation of Mr & Mrs R. Davies-Cooke

We would like to thank our judges Glenys Caldwell Neil Appleton, Gay Hargreaves-Jones and Thelma Draisey.

Also a big thanks to all the helpers on the day and for those who helped organise and set the tests beforehand, it is greatly appreciated.

The event was Kindly Sponsored by CSJ Canine Foods, Bodfari.

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1st – Lynne Lewis with Gwrychbedw Star of Jatarcon

2nd – Frank McAdam with Porters Wood Tormund

3rd – Chris kettle with Ristbrow Bertie

4th – Paul Edmunds with Kynigos Midnight Magic


1st – Ken Littlemore with Labdom Scoter of Middlebrook

2nd – Christopher Pilkington with Shadeoak Major

3rd – Ryan McKnight with Loughgashel Nifty Nick of Gunnarah

4th – Wendy Manning with Dallagill Bluebell with Overmarsh

The winner of the Ernie Bradshaw Memorial Trophy for the highest scoring dog in both Classes goes toLynne Lewis with Gwrychbedw Star of Jatarcon.

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