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 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:-
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.
The UGS held our Open Cocker trial today at Audley End by the very kind permission of Mrs Louise Newman and the Audley End Estate.
We were in the very capable hands of head Keeper Geoff Garrod while his son Justin, run the line. The dogs had to work hard to find game and a mixed bag of Pheasant and Hare was shot. We saw a high standard of dog work but number of the dogs fell by the wayside, leave 5 dogs at the end.
Our Judges for the day where Guy Stubbings and Paul Seaman.
After a 2 dog run off for first place the results were:-
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.