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.
Yesterday UGS Surrey West Sussex and Hants branch held our Novice trial at Firle Estate by kind permission of Mr Rees and Mr Coleman. Firle’s very own character of their shoot captain Mr P Setterfield organised a fabulous team of guns headed by Mr B van den Bogaerde who shot brilliantly in super weather.
This was a driven trial, with birds landing in stubble for the first drive and a good crop of stubble turnip for the second. The Keeper and his team did a magnificent job at putting the right amount of birds over the guns all day. It takes skill to do this, so thank you Dave!!! The beaters and picking up team were given a bottle of sloe gin each and a tub of chocolates to show our appreciation first thing in the morning.
The 16 dogs were well tested on straight lines, handling and hunting ability, and “trial over” there were 5 dogs left at the end.
Many thanks to the lovely Judges, Barbara Kuen, Diana Stevens, Sue Jordan and Alistair House. Also big thank you to all my helpers and committee for all your support. Laura Carleton, Lindsay Williams, Tracy DP Alice KirkWendy Harrison, Fay DrewryPat Geary, Victoria Rose, Jane Gray, Kate Wheatley, Jane Fenner, John Malcomson, Sue Convery, Arthur Gosdon, John Debnam. Without all your help the day would never of run so well, so sincere thanks from the bottom of my heart!! Also our sponsors, as always, your so generous and greatly appreciated Skinners dog food, George Barclay dog beds and Nash Dog coats. Many thanks also to Rosemary Saddler for taking photos of the day which can be found on our club website.
16 Dog All Age Stake for AV Retrievers on Thursday 21st November 2019 at Castle Goring, Nr Worthing, West Sussex by kind permission Clem Somerset
Judges: Mr Roger Wade (A1704) Mr Graham Stanley (B1920) Mrs Julia Smith (NP3634) Mr Kelvin Nettleingham (NP2993)
Trophies: The Gregson Challenge Cup for the Winner The Ohlenschlager Perpetual Challenge Cup for Second Place The Charrinton Cup for best novice handler in awards The Lochmoy Perpetual Challenge Bowl for best novice (excluding the winner) Owner/handler resident in branch The Simpson Perpetual Challenge Cup for best dog/bitch owned by gamekeeper or professional handler The Nookshot Trophy for best looking dog/bitch in awards The Somerset Trophy for Guns Choice