Held on the 4th of September at Popes Oak, West Grinstead by kind permission of Mrs Sheila Chessell.
Judges for the day were: Joy Venturi-Rose, Chris Rose, Beth Morgan, Jo Voke and Ben Starns.
A good day was had by all at the last working test for the season. Many thanks as always to the judges, landowner and the band of helpers both on the day and behind the scenes, without whom all of this would not be possible.
1st Hayley Mack with Deringcote Barn Owl 2nd Samantha Taylor with Hurleyhall Cluley 3rd Henny Brown with Mitforton Muir 4th Sam Davis with Wildspirit Nilla CoM Debbie CUllen with Bobwalden Lilan CoM John Malcomson with Dulcet Dora
Special Puppy Result
1st Bryony Hamilton with Welige Lady Sybil of Wight 2nd James Brindley with Easthoath Beatrix 3rd Elizabeth Barnes with Griffin Via Deerbridge 4th Hilly Hoar with Kirbyhall Tegan CoM Tom Walsh with Woodruff Into The Night
Lindsay Williams is the new working test secretary for the Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire branch. You can contact her with any questions about the up coming tests on 24th July and 4th September. Contact details are on the main Surrey page.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. Help on the day would be appreciated especially if you’re a good dummy thrower!!
Yesterday UGS S,WS&H Branch held our AA Qualifier Trial at Castle Goring, West Sussex. We had a full card, the weather was ideal for shooting, overcast and a chilly breeze.
16 dogs started and 5 finished with the ultimate drive over the lakes. All dogs were really tested over the day picking on grass, out of woods and over water. Heavy drives knocked out two or three on the first drive, but as the day went on the best dogs shone.
Many thanks to the Somerset family for allowing us to hold our trial there, the judges: Jamie Bettinson, Roger Wade, Julia Smith and Alistair House. You all did a super job.
Thanks also to our sponsors, Skinners Dog food, George Barclay Dog Beds and Nash drying coats.
My amazing team of helpers: Laura, Tracy, Alice, Faye, Ian and Pat and my mum and Bren van Laun Lesley, Anna, Pat, John, Matt, Jane, Andy and Kim. Couldn’t do this job without you all, your help and support is second to none! Also many thanks to Rosemary Saddler for her photography during the day.
1st – Elmertown if I may – Keith Townsend and guns choice 2nd – Isleofman Gorse of Wylanbriar – Di Stevens 3rd – Ticefield Dazed and Confused- Reuben Corbett 4th – Packmores Pintail- Barry Harvey C of M – Ticefield Ramble on to Elmertown – Angie Townsend Keith and Reuben have already qualified for the area finals, so congratulations to Di, Barry and Angie for also qualifying for the area finals in December.