Heavy go­ing for re­triev­ers at mavis en­derby

Shooting Gazette - - Gun Dogs -

the Lin­colnshire Area of the United re­triever Club held its open work­ing test at mavis en­derby by kind per­mis­sion of mr and mrs Avery, writes Gilly bell. the heavy cover and criss­cross­ing lines of bushes and trees cer­tainly tested the 21 dogs. Our judges were Char­lotte Jef­frey, brian barker and John Ia­cono, with Sue Lowe as chief stew­ard. Our thanks must go to them, our will­ing helpers, and our spon­sors, mole Coun­try Stores.

test one was a dou­ble mark in a small field of long grass and clumps of reeds, made beau­ti­ful by a host of golden but­ter­cups and plenty of tall cow pars­ley. the first mark was thrown about 50 yards across the meadow to the left and the second was thrown beyond the gap in a line of bushes. both marks were her­alded with a shot and the first mark was picked first.

test two was a pick­ing-up ex­er­cise. three dum­mies were put out in heavy cover and one shot was fired. the dogs had to pick two of the dum­mies.

test three was a marked re­trieve with a shot, but a blind in heavy cover – with just a small win­dow to al­low the han­dler the op­por­tu­nity to see the dog – had to be picked first. thir­teen dogs went through to the next tests.

test four was a two-dog walkup along a grassy track. the first re­trieve for both dogs was to the right, the other side of a dry reedy area and into grass dot­ted with young trees. After a 30-yard walk-up, the second re­trieves were thrown to the right of the track. All marks were her­alded with a shot.

test five was a very long mark into cover, fol­lowed by a blind in the same place.

Fi­nally, there was a run-off for fourth place. A mark, with shot, was thrown to the right into wa­ter 100 yards across a drilled field. A dis­trac­tion was thrown onto the field to the left. Only the dummy in the wa­ter was picked.

Judges and award win­ners, from left: John Ia­cono, Brian Barker, char­lotte Jef­frey, richard King, dan Higgs, mike Bir­chall & Gary wilson.

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