Welsh work­ing gundog cer­tifi­cate day

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THE GUNDOG Club of North Wales held a work­ing gundog cer­tifi­cate day on dum­mies at Over­ton-on-dee. The as­ses­sors for the day were Terry and Gaynor Bai­ley. It was in­ter­est­ing to see two curly coated re­triev­ers and a weimaraner join­ing four labradors.

The dogs were first tested on a drive with re­trieves ahead and blinds be­hind. The next test was a re­trieve re­quir­ing the dogs to jump over a fallen tree on their way to the dummy. Then there was a re­trieve from the River Dee, watched by an an­gler 50 yards down­stream who caught a trout while the dogs swam out for their dum­mies.

The fi­nal test re­quired the dogs and han­dlers to form a large cir­cle, with shots fired and dum­mies thrown into the mid­dle. Han­dlers were then in­structed, one at a time, to leave their dogs at stay and walk for­ward into the cir­cle and re­trieve a dummy them­selves.

Five dogs passed and re­ceived their cer­tifi­cates, and two were as­sessed as not ready. The as­ses­sors’ favourite on the day was a curly coated retriever bitch, Springcurl Pur­plerain, who col­lected a bag of Skinner’s dog food. This bitch did not put a foot wrong all morn­ing and was a plea­sure to watch.

Cer­tifi­cates were awarded to Ray Roberts with lab.b. Sula On The Wing of Ty­d­dyn­brooks; Karen Bugess with lab.b. Ostrowski Bravo; Sue Marg­eri­son with curly coated. b. Springcurl Pur­plerain; Steve Davies with curly coated. b. Springcurl Cameron’s Diaz at Kan­drelli & Mau­reen D’arcy with lab.d. Lan­cas­tria Jack.

From left: Ray Roberts, Karen Burgess, Linda Monks, Sue Marg­eri­son, Gaynor Bai­ley, Terry Bai­ley, Steve Davies, Mau­reen D’arcy & Stephen Bowker.

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