Ken­nel Club opens cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for gun­dogs

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The Ken­nel Club cel­e­brated the of­fi­cial open­ing of its Em­ble­hope and Burn­grange es­tate in Northum­ber­land ear­lier this month, with the aim of de­vel­op­ing the site into a cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for work­ing dogs.

Ken­nel Club chair­man Si­mon Lux­moore de­liv­ered an in­tro­duc­tion to as­sem­bled guests, fol­lowed by a tour of the 7,550-acre site and its fa­cil­i­ties. At­ten­dees then had the op­por­tu­nity to ac­com­pany a mock field trial, held by the Scot­tish Field Tri­als As­so­ci­a­tion.

It is hoped that the es­tate will sup­port a wide range of work­ing dog and shoot­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at a time when there are fewer pieces of suit­able land avail­able to hold field tri­als and gun­dog train­ing.

Caro­line Kisko, Ken­nel Club sec­re­tary, ex­plained: “The Ken­nel Club aims for Em­ble­hope to be­come the premier site for all work­ing dog ac­tiv­i­ties in the north of Eng­land. Work­ing dog and shoot­ing clubs that wish to train their dogs and carry out ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing gun­dogs are find­ing it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to find suit­able land to hold ac­tiv­i­ties, and we want to of­fer Em­ble­hope as a so­lu­tion to this.

“Gun­dogs are some of the fittest and most men­tally stim­u­lated dogs in the UK, car­ry­ing out func­tions that they were orig­i­nally bred for, so it is im­por­tant that they are able to be worked on suit­able land. The of­fi­cial open­ing of Em­ble­hope and Burn­grange es­tate has given work­ing dog clubs the op­por­tu­nity to visit and see first-hand all that it of­fers,” she added.

Em­ble­hope and Burn­grange is a 7,550-acre site in Northum­ber­land

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