Show still goes on de­spite lack of sugar beet

Shooting Gazette - - Gundogs -

Club: Util­ity Gun­dog So­ci­ety (East­ern Coun­ties branch) Event: Open sugar beet test

Venue: Loose Hall Farms

Judges: Tom Lowe and Arthur Cook

Spon­sors: Dog & Field and Skin­ner’s Re­port by: Ju­lia Reed We are in­debted to Kevin Easey for step­ping up when the orig­i­nal venue’s sugar beet hadn’t grown suf­fi­ciently be­cause of the lack of rain. Twenty-two dogs ran in rea­son­able con­di­tions. Ground scent wasn’t bril­liant but a good breeze helped the dogs.

The morn­ing con­sisted of long marks, two in front for the first round, one right off the end of the line for the sec­ond round and a very long mark for the last re­trieve of the morn­ing. Af­ter lunch it had warmed up a bit and the com­peti­tors were kept in the shade, go­ing in one at a time un­der each judge for a blind and a mark (Arthur) and two blinds in stub­ble (Tom). Judges and win­ners, from left: Tom Lowe, Arthur Cook, Jo from Dog & Field, Jo Rollinson, Brian Chesser, Jim Collins, Ju­lia Reed and Keith Foster.

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