FIELD TRIAL RESULTS 2016
Judges: Mr David Chudley and Mr David Sowerby
This trial is one of the highlights of the Cocker Club season. Our host, Mr Padley stays with us for the whole trial and loves watching the dogs work. He provides us with a warm beaters room with refreshments for everyone at the start and end of the trial. Half way round his staff bring out hot soup and sausage rolls for everyone which is much appreciated. Even water for the dogs was transported out and given out to the thirsty dogs.
The ground is superb spaniel ground and the birds were evenly spaced ensuring that the dogs had to show their hunting ability to find the birds, but there were plenty of them for them to find. All competitors had similar terrain ensuring a fair result. The trial was held in woodland with low bramble. The cover was thicker than previous years owing to the mild weather and some of the more inexperienced dogs did not want to face the cover, so in some cases more experience was needed by the dogs. The winning dog had a superb retrieve on a runner and showed her experience and training by having two almost perfect runs, so very well done Roy.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to Mr and Mrs Padley, all the helpers, Glynn the keeper and his team of guns for giving us a very enjoyable day. The food and hospitality was very much appreciated by everyone and it was good to see all the competitors thanking the host, keeper and guns at the end of the day. There was a lovely atmosphere amongst everyone which all goes towards making an enjoyable day trialling, whatever the result.
THE OPEN AND NOVICE TRIALS 18th & 19th OCTOBER 2016 AT ROSEDALE
RESULTS OF THE COCKER SPANIEL CLUB OPEN
1st Mrs E Kennard's dog BEAEBEATE AMOK
RESULTS OF THE COCKER SPANIEL CLUB NOVICE
1st The Duke of Buccleuch's bitch BUCCLEUCH ILANA (handler D. Lisett)
Judges: Martin Deacon and Alan Hopkins –Young
We were honoured and privileged to be allowed to again hold our open and novice stake on Rosedale Moor. Thank you to David Ross and Jim Chattaway for inviting us back to this superb venue.
The open stake was held on moorland with a very plentiful supply of game for every dog. The game consisted of pheasants, rabbits, hares and grouse. All the dogs had similar cover and numerous flushes. The guns, who were the estate pheasant keepers, shot superbly, exactly as is required for shooting over dogs. The standard of the dog work was exceptional with 11 awards and even the COM dogs on two straight A's. The trial was won on skill not luck, and it was a fantastic achievement to win this trial against some of the best handlers and dogs in the country. Congratulations to Buzz (Elizabeth Kennard) for your win. Buzz also took the award for the best hunting dog and the most stylish retrieve and her win has qualified her for the British championship.
The novice stake proved to be more problematic for some of the dogs. Again there was a very plentiful supply of game for all the dogs. The game consisted of rabbits, hares, pheasants and numerous grouse. The grouse keepers shot for us and, again, the shooting was superb with hardly anything missed. Retrieving proved the downfall for many of the dogs as there was a blustery wind affecting the scenting conditions, and many of the dogs had not encountered grouse before. The ground had not been shot this season and the game was tucked into the cover and needed a very consistent dog to find it. The top three dogs obviously had experience of working on this type of moorland terrain, and the experience showed through in the end. David Lisett took the top award and also the award for most stylish retrieve. Steve Winspear was close behind with his two dogs at second and third.
Judges: Andy Robinson and Dai Ormond
1st Breckmarsh Coco of Leeglen, Graham West
RESULTS OF THE OPEN COCKER STAKE
1st Priorsmeadow Shina M. Wills (handler S Morgan)
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