at Loose Hall Farms, Hitcham, Stowmarket by kind permission of Mr Kevin Easey
Judges: Peter Avery, Andy Waterhouse
The Club held a Novice and Open Working Test in Sugar Beet at Loose Hall Farm, Hitcham by kind permission of Kevin Easey. The Judges for the day were Peter Avery and Andy Waterhouse.
After a very hot couple of months I was very worried that it would be far too hot for Spaniels, fortunately it was a cloudy, breezy day with acouple of sharp rain showers in the afternoon. The scent was good, helped by large coveys of Partridge and several Hares!
The Beet was a good size and the judges were able to see the dogs working, the novice had a mark in front and a blind behind but in the Open there were two marks thrown one after another with the dogs having to cross the line to pick the other side’s dummy, this sorted the dogs out as some found it very difficult.
Thanks to Sporting Saint and Kronch for their sponsorship and to my merry band of helpers, the Judges and the Landowner.
at Cavenham/Lackford Estates by kind permission of Robert Gough and Wayne Alford
Judges: Mark Watson, John Keegan
We held our Working Test again on this lovely Spaniel ground by kind permission of Robert Gough and Wayne Alford. Our Judges for the day were Mark Watson and John Keegan. Everyone was exceptional spirits despite the fact that it was a very cold day, the helpers, stewards and dummy throwers doing a wonderful job (except the one dummy that ended up in a tree!). Entries were a little down on last year but the standard was higher with some very nice Spaniels in both the Novice and the Open. The Waterhouse family swept the board in the Open, but it was Karen Hill with a first win that was most delighted.
at Loose Hall Fars, Combs, Stowmarketby kind permission of Mr Kevin Easey
Judges: Rod Chapple and David Gosling
The Beet was tall which made the retrieving especially testing, but the weather was perfect, much cooler than of late with no rain! With a good field of sixteen in the Novice and nine in the open there was good atmosphere and much banter in the gallery. The Judges made the blind retrieve testing in both the Novice and the Open which sorted the dogs out with no need for a run off in either class.
at Cavenham, Suffolk by kind permission of Mr Robert Gough and Mr Wayne Alford
Judges: Julie Cracknell and Dr Lesley Young
The forecast earlier in the week didn’t look good, fortunately it changed and the rain stopped at 8am giving us a cool, cloudy day, perfect for Spaniels. The ground here is great for Spaniels, a bracken bottomed wood. Both Tests were marked as a Field Trial, which meant that the Judges could give advice to Handlers if the dog was put ‘out’. This proved very useful to a few competitors that are very new to the sport, they went away with some helpful tips. We had fifteen dogs running in the Novice, with some very nice dogs amongst them. It was lovely to see some trialers at the Test, there was also some good advice from the gallery. There was a clear winner with no run off required. Fourteen dogs competed in the Open, again there were some really nice dogs. A run off for first place between ‘Margravine Liselle’ and ‘Rosebay Kanute’ was required with ‘Rosebay Kanute’ taking first place.