Best of the ba­sics for retriev­ers in Wilt­shire

Shooting Gazette - - Gundogs - Re­port by: WENDY BARDSLEY

Club: United re­triever Club Hants & South West Area Event: Puppy/spe­cial puppy, novice dog/novice han­dler and ju­nior work­ing test Venue: Cleeves Farm, Chilmark

Judges: Sarah Miles, Jill Gard­ner, An­nie buck­ley and Julie Kelvie

Or­gan­is­ers: Sarah Win­ter, Jackie Davis, Nick Coates and Jane Man­ley

A va­ri­ety of four tests were set which chal­lenged the 44 dogs on their ba­sics. Julie Kelvie en­joyed judg­ing a test which in­cluded heel work and a mem­ory re­trieve with shot. She high­lighted the im­por­tance of heel work. “Some of the dogs and han­dlers failed on the heel work to­day. It’s es­sen­tial to get the foun­da­tions right be­fore mov­ing on.” An­nie Buck­ley as­sessed a test which in­cluded a dou­ble marked re­trieve to shot, one be­ing in long grass and the other on a slop­ing bank. She said: “I’ve seen some great dogs to­day and some fan­tas­tic re­trieves. How­ever, the ground­work needs to be in place so they can get it right. The tests were seem­ingly sim­ple but they chal­lenged the dogs on their ba­sics.”

A two-dog run-off was nec­es­sary to de­cide sec­ond and third place for the ju­nior han­dlers and puppy cat­e­gory. Many thanks to our hosts for al­low­ing the club to use the ground and to the judges, helpers and com­peti­tors for mak­ing the day a suc­cess.

URC Hants & South West award win­ners, from left: Alex Harmer, Eliska Lynn, Ella Bardsley, Kate Green, Keith Townsend, judge An­nie Buck­ley and Sarah Miles, Ian Noyes, Julie Kelvie, Chrissie Wal­ton, Si­mon Pullin, Wendy Brown, Tr­ish Con­stan­tine, Liz Jones & Paula Grey­stone.

Ju­nior han­dler win­ners, from left: Ella Bardsley with Peter­spond Meadow, Eliska Lynn with Lam­lodge Sum­mer­skye & Alex Harmer with Tanaw­drew Tom Thumb.

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