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through­out the day. Four dogs from the team of six pro­duced some fan­tas­tic birds for the guns.

The top three dogs of the day – Dom Goutorbe’s English set­ter bitch FTCH Up­per­wood Hera, Ger­ald Devine’s English set­ter dog FTCH Bal­lyellen Cody and Steve Lound’s pointer dog Frosted Elfin of Fleet­stalk – were out­stand­ing and it would have been a plea­sure to fol­low them all day with a gun. FTCH Up­per­wood Hera’s ex­cep­tional game sense and her quiet, re­laxed game pro­duc­tion with min­i­mal han­dling made it look so easy.

The guns were asked to pick their choice from each of the teams and they were: Dom Goutorbe’s English set­ter FTCH Up­per­wood Hera; Sara Chich­ester han­dling Gill Tru­man’s Gor­don set­ter White Paws of Gaw­cott; Steve Robin­son with Ir­ish set­ter FTCH Rapid Meg; and Steve Lound with pointer dog Frosted Elfin of Fleet­stalk, who also won the keeper’s choice of the day.

Fi­nally, at the end of the day the es­tate pro­vided a won­der­ful BBQ for ev­ery­one and a col­lec­tion was made in aid of The Game­keep­ers’ Wel­fare Trust. Con­grat­u­la­tions must go to all those who took part. It was a won­der­ful trib­ute to Mrs Town and she would have been very proud. Although best known to many peo­ple for her achieve­ments and in­volve­ment in field tri­als, she was first and fore­most a shoot­ing per­son. It was a priv­i­lege for all those who shared this spe­cial day to be able to watch th­ese very spe­cial dogs do­ing what they were bred for in such a stun­ning lo­ca­tion. Pointer team guns’ & keep­ers’ choice Frosted Elfin of Fleet­stalk, owned & han­dled by Steve Lound.

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