EC – Judges Training Weekend

In memory of Peter Johnson, who left us a legacy, the UGS Eastern Counties branch are running a judging weekend on the 20th and 21st August.

The Saturday will be a practical day “in the field” at Hintlesham by kind permission of Kevin Doughty and will be a “scenario” based day giving “trainees” the chance to experience “sending”, “decision making” and “assessing” a number of usual and unusual situations that may occur when judging.

The day is aimed primarily at non panel judges (but panel judges will be welcome to attend), especially those about to start their judging career. This day will be overseen by seven experienced A panel “educator” judges, Kevin Doughty, Steve Polley, Phil Askew, Sara Gadd, Mike Tallamy, Rodger Ketley and Phil Highfield.

The Sunday will be a presentation and examination of the J Regs by Kevin Doughty and will be held at Woolpit Village Hall at a cost of £30. Applicants can choose to do one or the other or both. There will be spaces for 36 trainee judges on the practical day at a reduced cost of £20. Current members of Eastern Counties Branch will have preference.

We will also need 16 dogs and handlers of a good standard (at least open WT award winners) that are able to “hunt” their dogs in a specified area. Dogs\Handlers will be free of charge but will be able to listen in on the discussions but without input.

Please contact me, by email on julia.nigel@btinternet.com if you are interested. Help on the day would be appreciated especially if you’re a good dummy thrower!!

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

25 Sept 2021 – K&ES Novice Stake

On Saturday the 25th Sept 2021 UGS K&ES held our Novice Trial at Orsett. Three drives produced some great shooting for the guns, who gave us a plentiful amount of game on the ground, which in turn made for some skilful retrieving. Thank you to keeper Sid and his team for working so hard and making us feel so welcome, the guns for shooting so well and supporting our event and my wonderful team of helpers who kept the day running smoothly. I am extremely grateful to our Judges, Rodger Ketley, Graham Stanley, Julia Smith and Alistair House, who did a top job.

First Place to Bellspadle Hillbilly handled by Sharon Dingle
Second Place to Kilodelta Echo handled by Kevin Warburton
Third Place to Lavanthill Lucy handled by Mike Fleming
Fourth Place to Brindlebay Annet handled by Mike Tallamy
Guns Choice to Mitforton Quarrel of Cadenzahill handled by Carly Madgwick

21 August 2021 – UGS Area Finals

UGS Area Finals 2021 held by UGS HBB on Saturday 21st August at Woodhall Park, Watton-at-Stone by kind permission of Mr Abel Smith.

Judges: John Stubbs and Nick Clitheroe.

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. Thank you to Ray Hood for the fabulous photos! https://www.country-trail-images.co.uk/

1stHerts, Beds and Bucks and winning the Halday Cup

Lesley Crompton with Catcombe Cygnet
Andrew Wright with Wadesmill Kite
Mike Lawrence with Brockaghs Fianait
David Sworder with Mistybrook Ebony

2nd Place – Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire

Rob Smallman with Caitlin Primrose
Sue Jordan with Tullysedge Incas Gold
Jacqui Crew with Hanans Kertis
Beth Rayner with Abbey Affinity

3rd Place – Eastern Counties

Peter Abbs with Howeparks Starstruck At Scarningvale
Stewart North with Northglen Crumble
Jim Crooks with Brindlebay Mika
Keith Foster with Overthwarts Bilton

4th Place – Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Beverly Baldwin with Keepersholme Texas
Susan Hedge with Castlemans Cook
Marianne Copp with Pointhill Peregrine
Jo Voke with Priesthill Diamond Harry

Top Dog winning the Westernash Trophy: Lesley Crompton with Catcombe Cygnet.
Judges Choice winning the Tilly Trophy: Rob Smallman with Caitlain Primrose.