Herts, Beds and Bucks win at Wooley Hall
The Winner’s Trophy in the hands of Finland’s Mari Koivisto. Team Ireland, from left: John Williamson, Sean Diamond, Declan Boyle (captain) & Tony Rodgers. THE EASTERN Counties Branch of the Utility Gundog Society hosted the open area working test cup final this year at Wooley Hall by kind permission of Terry and Jenny Prentice, writes Julia Reed. This ground is exceptional for retrievers, with jumps, lakes and ditches on beautiful grassland, and the retrieves were testing.
There were four teams from each of the branches competing, with four in each team. As always at the Utility Gundog Society’s tests, there was an extremely good atmosphere with much good-natured banter. The retrieves set by Terry Prentice and Peter Fulcher soon sorted out the handlers and dogs and there was no need for a run-off.
The winning team was the Herts, Beds and Bucks Branch, comprising Alan Ward, Jim Collins, Liz Ingram (who also had top dog) and Doug Laflin.
Sporting Saint and Skinner’s kindly sponsored the event, with Roger and Wendy Skinner coming along to watch. Thanks to all who helped and to the judges Glynnis Hillier and Tom Lowe who did a great job. Thanks, too, to our WT Secretary Peter Fulcher who works very hard.
Wendy Skinner, Liz Ingram, Doug Laflin, Jim Collins & Alan Ward.