PresidentRoger Wade
Chairman (Acting)Ian Whitfield
Vice ChairmanSarah Nickels-Hawkins
SecretaryMarianne Copp
TreasurerIan Vaughan
Membership SecretaryJeanette Lithgow
Field Trial SecretaryDiana Stevens
Working Test SecretaryGill Sweeting
Spaniel SectionVicky Payne
Training OfficerSarah Nickels-Hawkins
Spaniel Field Trial SecretaryNicki Hunter
CommitteeJacqueline Mason, Hayley Mack, John Grace, Matthew Hawkins

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Training 2024

Location: Grovelands Farm, Biddenden, Kent, TN27 8JQ by kind permission of Roger and Shelia Wade.
Dates: 14 May, 28 May, 11 June, June 25, 9 July, 23 July, 6 August, 13 August.
Times: Arrive by 6.30pm for 6:45pm start.

£10 per handler per session. Please bring along 2 clean and named large canvas dummies.
Open, Intermediate, Novice and Puppy and Spaniel sessions.

See the Training Programme for dates and details of individual sessions and special training days.

Contact Sarah at with any questions.

News and Results

1 August 2021 – KES NDNH, Special Puppy and Veteran Test

UGS KES held the ND/NH, PUPPY & VETERAN test on 1st August at beautiful Isenhurst by kind permission of the landowners, Mr Clive & Mrs Gilly Nickols.

Huge thanks to our most wonderful judges, I’ve had lovely comments from so many competitors praising your advice and helping our newbies feel relaxed. They were Diana Harrison who came on board at very short notice, Mell Brooks, Jo Voke, Marianne Copp and 1st time trainee judge John Grace.  Also huge thanks to all helpers so many your first time helping, you were all great!

1st Cristine Haggstrom with Garrenwell Tirol
2nd Cynthia Thackwell with Lovatnoir Ouzel
3rd Angela Bridgeman Keraroc Hathor
4th Fay Drewry Isleofman Gretel
COM David Terrell Higgscroft Seiko

There was a tongue biting run off for
1st Michael Crutchley Mitforton Teal
2nd Beth Rayner Rookhollow Dahlia
3rd Penny Morris Kynigos Lily
4th Sarah Burnell Rossclyde Highland Mist at Rotherburn

1st Jane Tydeman (handler) owner Gwen Butcher Hatchfield Larch at Broomwood
2nd Bren van Laun Twitchett Nymph

27 June 2021 – KES Novice and Puppy Test

UGS KES held the novice and puppy test on 27 June 2021.

Wounderful day! Challenging Tests! Thanks to Chris and Sue Ellis allowing us to use this fabulous ground. Huge thanks to the judges. Very challenging tests set.

Judges: Louie Robertson, Jane Fenner, David Breech, James Bailey and Bill Gardiner.


1st Sarah Hawkins, Nevilldown Jelly Bean
2nd Sophie Taylor, Starspring Solo
3rd Penny Heath, Fletchingly Tulla
4th Jennifer Thomas, Gwidigada Ivy
COM Jacqueline Mason, Lovatnoir Raven


1st Mell Brooks Anningtonbay Enchilada
2nd Mell Brooks, Anningtonbay Ellellicious

Huge thanks to our lovely tossers and bangers, as we always say we really really couldn’t do this without you. Ian our lovely vice chair and Covid Officer. Huge thanks to behind the scenes Bren and Lesley. Thank you for lovely pics Charlotte Hammick.

2019/11/23 – Novice Stake for 14 AV Retrievers

Novice Stake for 14 AV Retrievers on the 23rd November 2019 at Horsefrith Farm, Blackmore, Essex by kind permission of Mr Simon Polley and Courtesy of The Horserith Farm Syndicate

Judges: Mr P Allen (A3), Mr G Vidler (B2722), Mrs J Van der Dussen (NP3490), Mr K Nettleingham (NP2993)

Prizes: The John Forsey Guns Challenge Cup for the winner of the Stake, The O’Brien Trophy for the runner up, The Banner Trophy for the Guns’ Choice

On Saturday the 23rd November, we held our last trial of the season which was a Novice Stake at Blackmore. Huge thank you to our judges Phil Allen, Gary Vidler, Josefine Van Der Dussen & Kelvin Nettleingham who did a great job. Also thanks to Keeper Sid & his team who produced plenty of game & the syndicate shoot who got them on the ground for us. To all my helpers, you were amazing & I couldn’t run the day without all of you to support me.


1stIsleofman Gorse Of WylanbriarDi Stevens
2ndPackmores PintailBarry Harvey
3rdLeospring TayJoy Venturi Rose
Guns’ ChoiceFlintsfield Forever FriendMandy Smith

2019/10/21,22 – 2 Day Open Stake for 24 Dog AV Retrievers

2 Day Open (Qualifying) Stake for 24 Dog AV Retrievers on the 21st and 22nd October 2019 at The Crown Estate, Windsor By Gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen and The Crown Estate Commissioners By kind invitation of Mr Gary Vidler and Guns on 21 October and By kind invitation of the BASC Guns on 22 October

Judges: Mr K Doughty (A32), Mr R Wade (A1704), Mr G Stanley (B1920), Mrs D Stevens (B3483)

Prizes: The Manymills Salver and President’s Trophy for the Winner
Skinners Trophy for the Best Marking Retriever
UGS (K & E Sussex) Shield for Guns’ Choice
Meadowmill Cup for the Best Looking Retriever in the Awards
Hoopwick Trophy for the Dog taking the Best Runner
The Berry Trophy for the Best Retrieve of the Day

What a wonderful 2 days UGS K&ES had at Windsor for our Open Qualifying Stake held on 21st & 22nd Oct 2019. We had a steady flow of game thanks to Head keeper Peter & his under keepers, with some great shooting from Gary Vidler & his team of guns on the first day & Clive Gibbons & his team of BASC guns shooting for us on the second day. After 11 dogs went through to day 2, we finished on 8 retrieves for the final dogs. Huge Thank you to my judges Kevin Doughty, Roger Wade, Graham Stanley & Di Stevens. Special thanks to Lorne Kentish for being Chief Steward for both days & also to the rest of my amazing team of helpers who were very efficient & made the days run so smoothly. It was also lovely to see our Vice President Gwen Butcher, who came to hand out the awards.


1st, Best Marker & Guns ChoiceCopperbirch RossLee Hayman
2ndNorthglen CrumbleStewart North
3rdMistigris Finn of FeatherflyPhil Highfield
4thMitforton OnourLouie Robertson
CoMTagabea Pretty Thing of LuddesdowneKelvin Nettleingham
CoM, Best Looking Dog in the awardsLannakers Quest of ToftsGlynis Hillier
Best RetrieveBerryshot BernieJason Mayhew

2019/09/11 – 16 Dog All Age Stake for AV Retrievers

All Age Stake for 16 AV Retrievers on the 11th September 2019 at Mousden Farm Tunbridge Wells Kent by kind permission of Roy Sammons and courtesy of Darren Flood and his Guns

Judges: Mrs H Sully (A2376), Mrs J Venturi-Rose (B1930), Mrs E Barnes (NP2551), Mrs J Tydeman (NP3367)


Being early in the season, the drives were not producing the amount of birds expected despite a lot of hard work from the keeper & beaters. The day was long, but we were able to get enough game on the ground for the judges to reach a decision. I would like to say a huge thank you to my judges Helena Sully, Joy Venturi Rose, Liz Barnes & Jane Tydeman, who dealt with the day efficiently & in good spirits. To the keeper Roy & his team for all their efforts, Darren & his guns for shooting so well & last, but by no means least, to my brilliant helpers, I couldn’t do it without you. Well done to everyone, it was a pleasure to watch your dogs work, hope you all enjoyed the day.


1stBerryshot BernieJason Mayhew
2ndTicefield Redwing of AnningtonbayMell Brooks
3rdPolihale Vodka SurpriseKeith Broomfield
4thLowtrey Lexi of WadeshotRoger Wade
CoMNorthglen CrumleStewart North

2018/12/08 – 16 Dog All Age AV Retriever Stake

All Age AV Retriever 16 Dog Stake on the 8th December 2018 at Horsefrith Farm, Blackmore, Essex by kind permission of Mr Simon Polley and Courtesy of Mr Gary Vidler and his Guns

Judges: Mrs D Harrison (A1870), Mr R Ketley (B2815), Mr J Bailey (NP3250), Mr P Wheeler (NP)


We held our All Aged Trial at Blackmore on Saturday 8th December 2018. It was a very cold, blustery day which made it a bit of a struggle to get the birds on the ground. The judges had a difficult job separating the dogs, which meant we finished just as darkness fell. I am so grateful to Gary Vidler & his team of guns, Sid & his beaters, all the fabulous helpers & to the judges Di Harrison, Roger Ketley, James Bailey & Paul Wheeler who didn’t even take a break & worked so hard along with the competitors to achieve the following results


1stBirdsgreen Thembi of SpurgateBrian Chesser
2ndTagabea Pretty Thing of LuddesdownKelvin Nettleingham
3rdPointhill PeregrineMarianne Copp
4thSpiraline Chardonnay of WittinsmeadPeter Elmy
CoMBrockaghs ForbaJim Collins
CoMBellspaddle JockSharon Dingle
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