The Utility Gundog Society is divided into four autonomous branches spread throughout the Home Counties and East Anglia, these are Eastern Counties (EC), Herts, Beds and Bucks (HBB), Kent and East Sussex (K&ES) and Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire (S,WS&H).

The Parent Body is responsible for the Society administration and each year hosts Spaniel Events including The Open English Springer Spaniel Field Trial, The Open Cocker Spaniel Field Trial, and two Novice Spaniel Field Trials.

The branches take turns to host the annual Two Day Open Field Trial, the inter branch All Age Field Trial Finals and the Team Working Test Finals each year. The branches also organise a series of Retriever Field Trials and Working Tests. Training events, classes and seminars are also occasionally available, see the individual branch pages for more information.

Non-members can enter any advertised event, but members will get preference in the draw. Please note that membership of one branch does not confer membership of all branches and there is a separate joining fee for each branch. To participate and gain preference in Spaniel events, membership of only one branch is required.

We hope you enjoy visiting our site and look forward to welcoming you at one of our events.

Branch event secretaries are always in need of volunteers to help during tests, trials and training events. Contact a branch for more information.

Society News

  • 24 January 2023 – UGS Novice AV Spaniel Stake

    The UGS held our final trial of the season the Novice AV Spaniel trial at Shotesham Park, Norfolk by the very kind permission of the Bailey family. Our judges for the day were Alan Hopkins-Young and Marion Emery.  Head keeper Mark Watson run the line superbly with his team of helpers and made sure we were into game all day. The winning dog ran an outstanding trial, finishing by taking an exceptional running Pheasant on its second run.

    The results are:-

    (L to R: Peter Avery, Ray Clarke, Mark Reader, Debbie Robertson, Marion Emery (judge), Paul Seaman & Alan Hopkins Young.)

    1st Pixiefen Penny, handled by Paul Seaman
    2nd Athena Ivy, handled by Debbie Robertson
    3rd Purlodge Hot Love Holly, handled by Ray Clark
    4th Deepfleet Jagger, handled by Peter Avery.
    CoM’s to :
    Shallowoak West Frazier, handled by Mike Reader
    Cudannsa Taransay, Handled by Daniel Plumb
    Skronedale Yew of Dudalen, handled by Mark Page.
  • 3 January 2023 – UGS Open AV Spaniel (ex Cocker) Stake

    The UGS held our Open AV Spaniel (except Cocker) trial at Shotesham Park, Norfolk by the very kind permission of the Bailey family. Our judges for the day were Gerry Meehan and Steve Lewis. Head keeper Mark Watson run the line superbly with his team of helpers and made sure we were into game all day.  

    After a two dog run off for first place the awards were:-

    (L to R:  Peter Avery, Aubrey Ladyman, Steve Lewis (judge), Harry Martin & Gerry Meehan (judge))

    1st: Rosebay Meadow, handed by Aubrey Ladyman.
    2nd: Deepfleet Yoko, handled by Peter Avery
    3rd: Moonreed Ugly Terri, handled by Harry Martin
    4th: Deepfleet Malin, handed by Peter Avery.
    CoM: Skronedale Grappelli of Dudalen, handed by Mark Page

    A special congratulation goes to Peter Avery with his young dog who gained 2nd in its first ever trial. Peter stepped in to run the youngster after a competitor failed to show that morning.

  • 10/11 October 2022 – UGS Two Day 24 Dog Open Stake

    Held at Ampton Estate, Great Livermere

    The first day of the trial involved a damp start, a scorching sun, some difficult scenting conditions and impressive eyewipes from Laura Hill’s Ft Ch Stauntonvale Lemon Posset and Jon Halsted’s Buccleugh Bridgeknowes of Chatsworth. The 9 dogs left in the trial continued into day two.

    On day two the 9 remaining dogs melted down quickly to the 4 dogs in the awards. Credit was given to some good eye wipes in thick cover. Laura Hill’s Ft Ch did a fabulous retrieve that will stay long in our memories! And the dog work that Buccleugh Bridgeknowes of Chatsworth produced over the 2 days was absolutely fantastic.


    The Manymills Salver and President’s Trophy to
    The winner – Buccleugh Bridgeknowes of Chatsworth Handled by John Halsted

    Second – Brindlebay Mead Handled by Michael Tallamy

    Third – Ft Ch Mistigri Finn of Featherfly Handled by Phil Highfield

    Fourth – Ft Ch Stautonvale Lemon Posset Handled by Laura Hill

    Skinner’s Trophy to the Best Marking Dog
    Ft Ch Stauntonvale Lemon Posset Handled by Laura Hill

    UGS (K&ES) Shield for the Guns’ Choice
    Buccleugh Bridgeknowes of Chatsworth Handled by John Halsted

    Meadowville Cup for the Best-Looking Retriever in the Awards
    Brindlebay Mead Handled by Michael Tallamy

    The Berry Trophy for the Best Retrieve of the Day
    Ft Ch Stauntonvale Lemon Posset Handled by Laura Hill

    We are grateful to:
    Peter Rushbrook for allowing us to have a trial at the Ampton Estate, Allan Hammond for thoughtful management of the line. And I’m sure he’s grateful for Sue Stonebridge’s mentioning his fruit pastilles in her trial report! Our judges Phil Askew, Roger Ketley, Jo Rollinson and Julia Reed for being dedicated and fair. Our guns organised by John Keegan who all shot superbly. Thank you again for supporting our sport. Our sponsor Dale Watson from Sindermill Dog Food who came to watch the trial on the 2nd day. Our photographer Jordan Brooking. Our Game carriers: Craig, Arron, Alistair, Gill, Amanda and Jenny. Our judges steward: Tammy White. Our dog steward, red flag, first aider: Gill Davis.

  • Eastern Counties Field Trial Schedule posted

    Please visit the Eastern Counties Events page to see the field trials scheduled for the upcoming season. Linked below is an update the Kennel Club rules.

    EC Events Page

    KC Rules Extract

  • 10 April 2022 – HBB Special Puppy, Novice Test

    UGS HBB held a Novice and Special Puppy Working Test on Sunday 10th April at Easneye Estate, Ware by kind permission of The Buxton Family.

    Judges: Rodger Ketley, Mark Polley, Sue Berman and Charlotte Wilkinson.

    We were very kindly sponsored by Skinner’s Field and Trial and Sporting Saint. A big thank you to the landowner, judges and helpers for all your hard work and for a great day.

    Special Puppy
    1st place – Jessica Webster with Lucky Billy Boy
    2nd place – Jane Trowell with Ingdalehowel Himalayan Musk Of Janfran
    3rd place – Roy Jarman with Winners Avenue
    1st place – Tammy White with Birdsgreen Lyric
    2nd place – Gill Davies with Fleetbelmont Calla Lilly
    3rd place – Andy Ince with Naughtland Popcorn
    4th place – Jacqui Crew with Casblaidd Chizel
    COM – Fay Drewry with Think Twice One Shot