Tricky team tests at retriever fi­nals

Shooting Gazette - - Gundogs -

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.

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