2018 Na­tional Re­triev­ing Trial Cham­pi­onship

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Field & Game Aus­tralia (FGA) is again a ma­jor spon­sor of the Na­tional Re­triev­ing Trial Cham­pi­onship to be held this year from Septem­ber 14 to 16 at Alexan­dra in Vic­to­ria.

Kate El­tring­ham and Noel El­tring­ham have been ap­pointed as judges for the 49th Na­tional Cham­pi­onship, which will be a test over no less than eight runs with at least 17 items of game to be re­trieved.

Trial man­ager Wayne Po­holke said the re­gion of­fered a va­ri­ety ter­rain but rain would be a de­cid­ing fac­tor. “We are wait­ing pa­tiently for Mother Na­ture to do her thing. There will be wa­ter to swim in, but the weather will de­ter­mine how much; we like to in­clude long swims,” he said. “We have a num­ber of prop­er­ties with tus­sock and grass­land cover and some bil­l­abongs, but the de­ci­sion on the fi­nal lo­ca­tions will be made closer to the event.”

The Vic­to­rian State Cham­pi­onship Re­triev­ing Trial for Gun­dogs will be held in the same area on Septem­ber 7 and 8. Robert and Gareth Taw­ton have been ap­pointed judges. Wayne Po­holke said spec­ta­tors were wel­come, es­pe­cially hun­ters who trained and worked their own gun­dogs. “Peo­ple can get up close to the ac­tion and a lot of the com­peti­tors have been do­ing it for years; they are al­ways happy to help with some ad­vice, and to pass on their knowl­edge,” he said. Trial com­peti­tors can en­ter on­line at www.ezy­dog.com.au while up­dates on lo­ca­tions and sched­ules will be posted on ankc.org.au

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