1st Autumn European Weimaraner Cup

“It was an amazing experience!” Andrea Wright

1st Autumn European Weimaraner Cup from the Weimaraner Club of Great Britain

By Sally Morgan

Thank you to everybody who offered support and encouragement for the WCGB team. It was a fabulous experience and we are so pleased the WCGB decided to enter a team and support the inaugural event.

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I arrived with Adrian and Bolt on Wednesday to bright blue skies. The Tuscan location was amazing – the farmhouse complex was perched on a hilltop with panoramic views and the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. Arriving early we were able to do some training with the Swedish team, while Kimm, Chris and Andrea arrived on Thursday.

We were all made very welcome by the Italians, including Simone Superbi, the Italian Club President and Sophia Joly the vice president. The atmosphere of the weekend was great – friendly and supportive and we loved the welcoming ceremony with the flags and national anthems – a great start to the event.

The first day was a pointing test in the morning (up steep slopes!) with the dogs allowed to run for 15 mins or so. Unlike our own pointing tests, dogs don’t get a second run so a lot rested on the single run, with some handlers getting cover crop and others fields of rough grass and thistle. The interesting bit at the end was the barrage where the qualified dogs ran in pairs on a cover crop so the judges could determine the ranking. The qualifications in the field gained points for the individual and team.

Group 1: judges Piva, Modonese, Sjostrom
1VG Snaiper Missy – Ted Karlsson
2VG Semper Adamas Shark Superb – Giulio Rigamonti

Group 2 :Junior Championship Cup judges Bachini Crudeli Lombardi Wilkinson
1VG Fala Love’a Albus Severus at Powershot – Cristina Soldati

Group 3: judges Frangini, Barzanó, Kugel
1VG Powershot C Altair – Martina Magnani
2VG Snaiper’s Thelma – Kadi Harjak
3VG Jekill – Pino Giancotti
CQN Skyttens Nektar Silver – Fredrik Jonsson

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Mylo and Andrea – conformation test

The afternoon was a morphological verification (conformation test). Interestingly, for those who show, the judge sat ringside and scored each dog on head, general morphology and angles and occasionally asked a dog to move around the ring. Each of the three aspects is worth 4 points, so a maximum of 12, which is then divided by 10.


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Italian dog – conformation test. Judge sitting by ringside

Last test of the day was the water test comprising a simple seen retrieve of pheasant from deep water for which Bolt, Tara and Mylo gained full marks (2 marks)

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Water retrieve – Adrian and Bold waiting

Day 2 was a bit like a shot over day with two guns following each dog. Dogs had to find, point and flush birds. If the guns failed to shoot the bird, the judge threw cold game for the retrieve.

Group 1: Judges Piva, Modonese, Sjostrom
1exc Skyttens nektar Silver Fredrik Jonsson
2 exc Jekill Pino Giancotti
3 vg Snaiper’s Thelma Kadi Harjak
Group 2: Judges Bachini Crudeli Wilkinson
1 exc Semper Adamas Shark Superb Giulio Rigamonti
Group 3: Judges Frangini Lombardi Kugel
1exc Powershot C’Altair Martina Magnani – overall individual winner
2mb Felisin Diosa Deidre Tamara Van den Dam

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Day 2 shot over – Andrea & Mylo

By the end the Italians won the team event and the individual dog, with the Swedes in second.

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Day 2 – shot over. Andrea & Mylo working down steep side hillside cover crop grass and bramble thickets

A fascinating two days

Dogs trialling in the UK are expected to hunt well but be under control, steady on flush, have soft mouth and return the bird gently to hand. The Italians favour a hard hunting dog that covers a lot of ground and can work independently of its handler (something UK judges tend to refer to as self-employed) and they don’t seem to mind the dogs running in after flush or damaging the bird. We were frustrated by the fact that the handlers and observers did not follow the action in the gallery, but remained by the cars until called forward, so we didn’t see many of the dogs work. Hence most of my photos were taken with a very long lens from 300-500m distance!

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Still Andrea’s run — worked pond margins and now on strip of cover crop

It was a truly sociable weekend and, for me, the best bit was meeting other Weimaraner handlers from across Europe.






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Andrea Wright and Mylo

Many thanks to the Italian Weimaraner Club for running this great event and for the support from the other teams, without which the event would have never got off the ground. Following discussions between the Italian, Dutch, Swedish and GB representatives, it was agreed that the next event will take place in the Netherlands in 2020.

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Team at the end, with thanks to sponsors CSJ, Field and Trial, Harbour Vetinary Services

Weimaraner Club of Great Britain

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Pointing test – Croatian dog hunting hillside of grass and thistle








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Andrea & Mylo on cover crop



Debra Harker Open Show


Debra Harker

Here are couple of photographs from our Open Show which CSJ sponsored in July.

Also to give you an update on Hector (Hernwood Achilles at Ettrick) – he has now enough points for his Junior Warrant, and continues to win all his classes at Open Shows and Championship Shows. He gained Best of Breed at Paignton Championship Show (we don’t have CC’s at this show but meant he got into the big ring) and topped a very successful weekend by winning the Junior Stakes class at National Gundog Championship Show.

Hector also continues to be the top puppy in the breed at over half way through the show year.


Many thanks for your continued support.

Best wishes



The Game Fair – Ragley Hall 2018

By Alan Rees

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Friday turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year, with dogs in the Euro Challenge experiencing difficulties due to the conditions in the International Arena.

Saturday was another difficult day with humidity and heat in the morning and gale force winds, torrential rain, thunder and arc lightening during the afternoon.

Sunday was mainly dry until the presentation, which had to be postponed and moved into the marquee, due to the heavy rain.

The Spaniel course for the International proved very difficult and challenging with one straightforward mark retrieve and the others being very difficult long blind retrieves over fences, including a very tempting diversion in the form of a simulated rabbit.

The Retriever course, set by Richard Price of Usk Valley, was excellent but challenging.

The results showed England making a clean sweep of the prizes, Top International Team, Top Retriever and Top Spaniel Team. Wales ran out a very creditable second in the Spaniel international event whilst Wales also ran out second in the International Retriever Team event, providing a challenge to the extremely strong English team.

There were excellent individual performances from Nigel Probert and Haydn Willmott, second and third respectively in the individual retriever category. In addition, David Williams was third overall individual  Spaniel, also winning the team run off against David Lisett of Scotland. This was again a very good performance from the team –

Aled Jones – Molly, Paul Roberts – Rea, Dave Williams – Ruby, Aled Jones – Frano and Dave Williams – Sid, Vicky Stanley – Pip, Barney Williams – Duke, Nigel Probert – Angus, Haydn Willmott- Will and Alan Rees – Magnum.

A huge thank you to Ceri, Phil and Wendy of CSJ for your generous support of the Welsh International Team over the two days of competition.

Alan Rees

Wales International Team Captain

Report from the Clwyd Retriever Club Annual Open Working Test

By Bronwyn Roberts

Results of our Annual Working Test for Open

We held our OPEN Annual Working Test today (8th July 2018) at Hendre Llwyn Y Maen Farm By kind invitation of Mr Robin Crossley.

We would like to thank our judges for the day Glenys Caldwell, Mrs Thelma Draisey, Mr David Robertson & Mr Neil Appleton.

Well done to all the competitors and many thanks to all the helpers who came it is very much appreciated and we would not be able to run our tests without you.

And a big thank you also to our generous sponsor C.S.J

Open Results are as follows

1st Catherine Allsop with Glasybont Springing Teal

2nd Victoria Waterfield with Brenjon Harry

3rd Judith White with Minstead Costello

C of M Scott Marland with Greenbriar Tame

A photo of all the winners and the judges


 A photo of catherine Allsop the winner of the Mary Roberts trophey for the Top Dog


Results of our Annual Working Test for Puppy & Novice

Held on Sunday 24th June 2018 at Plas Isaf, Halkyn By kind invitation from Mrs Price & Mr Ian Jones .Our thanks go to the judges Mr P Smithies, Mr S North, Mr P Travis & Mrs G Hargreaves-Jones.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to all the helpers that came on the day and to all those involved in setting the tests before hand as without you we would not be able to run our tests.

And a big thanks you also to our generous sponsor C.S.J

Well done to all who competed and to all in the awards.

Puppy 6-12 months

1st Lee Murphy with Shadows Arch

2nd Frank McAdams Poters Wood Tormund

3rd Keith Porter with Porterswood Missandei

Puppy 12-15 Months

1st Gareth Lewis with Gwrychbedw Cherokee

2nd Linda Scott with Brocklebank Carson

3rd Ian White with Malty Ucha of Minstead


1st Neil Dutton with Glencambus Oshen Warrior

2nd Gareth Lewis with Brackenbird Dragon of Gwrchbedw

3rd Bob Clay with Siyah Sambucus of Oncote

C of M Karen Parkinson with Torrisdale River

The winner of the Whitter trophy for being the highest scoring dog on the day  was Lee Murphy with Shadows Arch scoring  77 out of 80

A photo of the winners & judges