URC North Midland open test in Derbyshire
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.