Novice test for UGS in Suf­folk

Shooting Gazette - - Gundogs - Re­port by: Ju­lia Reed

Club: The United Util­ity Gundog So­ci­ety (East­ern Coun­ties branch) Event: Novice sugar beet test Venue: Cock­rills Farm, Cam­bridgeshire Spon­sors: Skin­ner’s and Sport­ing Saint

Judges: Peter Fulcher and Andrew Mu­timer The beet at Loose Hall is al­ways good and tall, so with that and the dif­fi­cult scent­ing conditions many dogs found mark­ing dif­fi­cult and, in fact, only one dog went straight to ev­ery one of its marks. Sev­eral dogs found the ex­cite­ment too much and ran in, and one or two went ‘off’ in the strong wind; the stop whis­tle seemed not to be work­ing very well for a lot of dogs. Only eight dogs went through in the cut, which was a dif­fi­cult blind across the corner of the beet with a dis­trac­tion thrown fur­ther out at an an­gle. Our thanks must go to all the dummy throw­ers, pis­tol fir­ers, Sarah for the food and the stew­ards.

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