Herts, Beds and Bucks win at Woo­ley Hall

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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.

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