URC North Mid­land open test in Der­byshire

Shooting Gazette - - Gun­dogs -

The United Re­triever Club (North Mid­land Area) held an open work­ing test for a.v. retriev­ers at Cub­ley in Der­byshire by kind per­mis­sion of The Hon. David Legh, writes Phil Wagland. Thirty-two dogs were en­tered and the prizes were gen­er­ously spon­sored by Al­pha. The judges were Derek Capel and Guy Rad­ford with Steve Crookes as chief stew­ard.

The morn­ing tests in­volved a walk-up through a young plan­ta­tion of trees. The two judges had four dogs in line, for three re­trieves each. These were a for­ward mark, a di­ag­o­nal mark and a tricky di­ag­o­nal blind be­hind the line. Af­ter lunch there were two dou­ble re­trieves. Guy judged near a small pond, with the dogs sent first for a blind, fol­lowed by a mem­ory mark across the pond. On rolling pas­ture Derek judged a dou­ble mark, the dog pick­ing one in the mid­dle dis­tance first, then sent back over a brow and out of sight for the more dis­tant one. Dur­ing the day most of the tests had pro­duced their share of fail­ures, so the num­ber of clean dogs was fewer than usual.

Mr and Mrs Legh and head­keeper Kim Robin­son watched the af­ter­noon pro­ceed­ings and were there for the pre­sen­ta­tions.

prize win­ners and judges, from left: paul Birk­beck, Guy rad­ford, Jane Fair­clough, derek capel, Garry el­li­son, char­lotte Jef­frey & su­san cor­den.

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