Ire­land wins Ken­nel Club in­ter­na­tional re­triever team event at Chatsworth

Shooting Gazette - - Gun Dogs -

A team from Ire­land has won the Ken­nel Club In­ter­na­tional re­triever team event, held at Chatsworth House in Der­byshire by the gra­cious per­mis­sion of the Duke and Duchess of Devon­shire. the judges were Alan Schofield, Gra­ham Slater, mal­colm th­waites, Diana Har­ri­son and Keith barnes. the event is kindly spon­sored by eu­kanuba.

the test saw teams of re­triev­ing breeds tested on their nat­u­ral work­ing abil­i­ties in­clud­ing mark­ing the fall of a dummy and fast de­liv­ery to hand.

the win­ning team con­sisted of: Ftch the New­cam boss, owned and han­dled by billy Lundy; Let­ter­green raz­zle, owned and han­dled by Sean Nolan; Ir Ftch Cop­per­birch man­dell, owned and han­dled by Sean Di­a­mond, and Ir Ftch miller mc­duff, owned and han­dled by De­clan boyle.

tony O’hare, team cap­tain, said: ‘’It has been a great two days and I have re­ally en­joyed it. the tests were ex­tremely well done and very sen­si­ble with the ground be­ing good. the dogs worked re­ally well and ev­ery­one was happy. I would like to say a big thank you to ev­ery­one in­volved.’’

Caro­line Kisko, Ken­nel Club sec­re­tary, said: “the Ir­ish team did bril­liantly to tri­umph over such stiff com­pe­ti­tion. their hard work has ob­vi­ously paid off and the team work and bond we saw be­tween the dogs – all labradors – and their han­dlers was fan­tas­tic.

“to beat eight other in­ter­na­tional teams of ex­cep­tional qual­ity is no mean feat and we con­grat­u­late tony and his team on win­ning the event. the UK and Ger­man teams should also be very proud of them­selves, and we wish them con­tin­ued suc­cess. this com­pe­ti­tion fits well with the Ken­nel Club’s ‘Fit For Func­tion, Fit For Life’ cam­paign and aims

the win­ning team from Ire­land cel­e­brates vic­tory. to as­sess the work­ing abil­i­ties of gun­dogs. It is all about the dogs putting their nat­u­ral in­stincts to good use to work well for their han­dlers, and the Chatsworth es­tate is the per­fect place for it, with wood­land, moors, lakes and walls that can all be used in the re­trieves.”

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