Heavy going for retrievers at mavis enderby
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.