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.

Results:

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.

25 Jan 2022 – Novice AV Spaniel Trial

Novice AV Spaniel Stake held at Shotesham Park, Norfolk
Judges: Martin Deacon & Dave Gosling

First Place & Gun’s Choice: Mark Stephens – Shiveck Boss of Wateravens
Second Place: Marion Emery – Palmarrion Promise
Third Place:  Peter Avery – Deepfleet Malin
Fourth Place:  Julie Cracknell – Julzcrackers Moana
CoM: Paul Rogers – Purlodge Cherry Pip of Tippasheath

18 Jan 2022 – Novice Cocker Spaniel Trial

Utility Gundog Society Novice Cocker Spaniel Trial at Shotesham Park Estate, Norfolk.

Judges for the day were Wayne Greig and Arthur McGregor

First Place and Gun’s Choice: James Luxford’s Howesyke Silk
Second Place: Mark Page’s Uncleby Matilda
Third Place: Derek Lee’s Sky of Wellbank handled by Will Clulee
Forth Place: Martin Deacon’s Woolpitts Lossie
CoM: Jonathan Nightingale’s Heathcroft Candy
CoM: Mike Rivett’s Peanut Toffee

04 Jan 2022 – Novice Stake

UGS Herts, Beds and Bucks held a novice trial on the 4th January 2022 at Ampton Shooting Estate.

In Allan Hammond’s capable hands we were let through Fodder Raddish which kept the birds tight and brought them in a perfect position for the guns to shoot. The guns shot solemnly for the dogs and with challenging marks we took 9 dogs into the third round.

Longer retrieves and an unfortunate 4 dog eye wipe by the judges left us with the award winning 3 dogs.

Our gratitude goes to: the guns, the judges, Jim Gale, Phil Allen, Peter Fulcher and Jim Collins. Tammy White was judges-steward, Alistair Todd, Len Herbert and Chris Guest were the game carriers. Nicki Hunter was our picker upper!

First: Lyebreach Golden Plover of Galicombe handled by Harriet Newcombe
Winning the Jason Memorial Trophy and also Gun’s Choice

Second: Ghostwood Cruiser @ saxthorpe handled by Karen Hurst
winning the Geoff Hicks Memorial Trophy

Third: Highroost Cedar handled by Roger Ketley

30-12-2021 – UGS All Aged Retriever Finals

UGS Kent & East Sussex Branch held The All Aged Retriever Finals Trial on the 30th December 21 at Wotton, Dorking, by kind permission of Laurence Matthews & Keeper David Smart.  We were very privileged to be invited to join the shoot syndicate on their fabulous ground. 

We started with a heavy drive on mostly open ground, which meant a lot of birds in area’s that needed skilful handling to pick the right bird.  The second drive saw the eventual winner pick a fantastic 250 yard runner, which was a over a ditch & where the dog had to work his nose onto the scent first.  We finished on a woodland drive, with the remaining 6 dogs needing to hunt in some very thick bramble cover & where the judges were able to conclude the trial. 

My special thanks go to Judges Robert Worrall, Barbara Kuen, James Bailey & Louie Robertson & to all our amazing team of helpers, you certainly make my role a much easier job.  Thank you to Laurence & David along with your guns & helpers, we are extremely grateful to all of you for allowing us to be there & for making us feel so welcome. Also congratulations to all of the competitors for qualifying for the stake & showing us some brilliant dog work, it was lovely to spend the day in your company.  We were also very lucky to have keen photographer Tony join us for the day who will forward photographs once he has had chance to go through them all.

With a lot of silver ware up for grabs the awards were as follows –

  • First Place to Isleoman Gorse of Wylanbriar handled by Di Stevens also winning Trophies for The Best Labrador, Best Retrieve of a Runner, Best Game Finder of the opposite sex to the best game finder & Best Lady Handler at the trial
  • Second Place to Ftch. Brockaghs Forba handled by Jim Collins also winning the Trophy for Best Looking Labrador competing in the finals
  • Third Place to Annington Bay Maddi May handled by Mell Brooks also winning Trophies for The Best Opposite Sex Dog to the Winner & The Best Game Finder at the trial
  • COM to Hollowgate Red Grouse of Rufriver handled by Allie Hogsbjerg
  • COM to Ftch. Ticefield Dazed N’Confused handled by Reuben Corbett

20-10-2021 – K&ES All Age Qualifier

UGS K & ES held our All Aged Qualifier Stake on the 20th Oct at Hawkhurst. Despite some pretty horrendous weather at times, keeper Frannie produced some fantastic shooting for our excellent team of guns.

The trial was walked up in some nice cover, with HPR’S working in front of the line & flushing the game. It was really good to watch them work & made for a really interesting trial. We ended with a bit of a drive for the remaining dogs, with some lovely long retrieves & a fabulous strong runner which really lifted our overall winner. It was so enjoyable to watch some spectacular dog work.

Huge thanks must go to Frannie & his team, our guns & to Wendy Harrison our chief steward together with my amazing team of helpers. We are so grateful to our judges Roger Wade, Di Stevens, Mark Polley & Kelvin Nettleingham who kept the day moving so smoothly. Thank you also to Skinners for sponsoring the event.

1st Place Awarded to Anningtonbay Maddi May handled by Mell Brooks
2nd Place Awarded to FTCH Ticefield Dazed N’ Confused handled by Reuben Corbett
3rd Place Awarded to Isleoman Gin Handled by Vicki Ruston
4th Place & Guns Choice Awarded to Northglen Crumble Handled by Stewart North
COM Awarded to Gospelash Hot Eddie of Philchris Handled by Sarah Winter
COM Awarded to Roundcopse Flora Handled by James Brindley

Congratulations to everyone & look forward to seeing the top 3 dogs competing in the All Aged Final in December