Tricky team tests at retriever finals
Club: United retriever Club (midland Area) Event: URC Area Finals 2018 Venue: Cottesbrooke Estate, Northants
Judges: Tony Parnell, Phil bruton, Jennie Hankey, Lisa Harris and Charlotte Jeffrey
Stewards: Cath Elsey and Jackie Smith Sponsors: Westaway motors of maidwell, Skinner’s, maurice Fitch Tree Works, Heygates of bugbrooke mills and Sporting Saint Report by: Sarah JAGGARD The 2018 Area Finals were held by kind permission of Alastair Macdonald-buchanan.
The tests had been set by Steve Newitt and Dave Probert, but Dave unfortunately developed some health problems and Pete Goddard stepped in to work with Steve.
Nine teams of three dogs represented the nine URC Areas and worked their way round the tests. Test one was a walk-up with marks and blinds in front and behind interrupted by a bolting rabbit which proved too tempting for some dogs. Test two had simultaneous marks with blinds placed on the edge of the bay of the big lake. Dog one had to pick the first mark, dog two the first blind, dog three the second mark, dog one the second blind and so on.
The third test was a pickingup exercise in an area of beech woodland.
Test four took place across an area of parkland to an unfenced spinney, and marks were thrown to the left and right of the spinney with blinds in the spinney itself. The ground was deceiving as it dropped away giving a false horizon to the dogs who could only see the dummies in the air, and nor could they see where the previous dog had picked its blind.
Test five was marks including across the Lady’s Lake where the dog had a deep gullied stream to cross out of sight of the handler before reaching the lake.
When all the teams had completed the tests everybody moved to a group of barns where tables and straw bales had been set out to seat guests and helpers for a pig roast, followed by a large selection of homemade cakes — thanks again to our great cooks. This made an ideal setting and Alastair Macdonald-buchanan presented the awards.
The Midland Area would like to say a big thank you to all the fantastic helpers.
The winning individual.
The winning team.
The five judges.