First spaniel trial held at Shotesham Park
Club: The Utility Gundog Society Event: Novice a.v. spaniel stake Venue: Shotesham Park
Judges: Mark Clifford, Andy Waterhouse, Alex Hayes & Lesley Young
Headkeeper: Mark Watson Underkeeper: William Beckerleg Sponsors: Sporting Saint & Kronch
The UGS held a 16-dog novice stake near Norwich by very kind permission of the Bailey family. Fourteen springers and two cockers competed in bramble and water meadow on this beautiful estate in Norfolk. We were delighted to be invited to this ground, and it was the first time a spaniel trial has been held here. The guns Nigel Reed, Phil Askew, Richard Beckerleg and Brian Chesser (shooting his first spaniel trial) shot extremely well to produce pheasant, hare, rabbit, partridge and pigeon for, what was, a very good field of novice dogs. Mark Watson, William Beckerleg and their team of beaters and stops worked really hard to keep the game flowing, and did an amazing job. It was a pleasure to have Ed Bailey in the line all morning watching the dogs – he now knows what his keeper does in his spare time!
Thank you to all who helped, too – without those who give up their time to come along and game carry, steward, and so on, where would the club be? And substantial thanks must also go to our sponsors for their ongoing support.
This was the last UGS Spaniel Trial of the season and, as ever, my estate/shoot owners have been amazing. We have had five great trials on the most extraordinary grounds, three of which were new to the society this season. There has been some great dog work and some not so great.
The guns have been brilliant, giving up their time and paying to shoot for the dogs. The judges have all been fair and helpful and the band of helpers that I have had this year have made my life much easier. It’s mostly a thankless task being a field trial secretary, but this year has been great and I have thoroughly enjoyed every trial.
Winners and judges included: Mark Watson, William Beckerleg & Lucy, Ed Bailey, Richard Beckerleg, Mike Reader, Owen Russell, John Keegan, Bonny Sadler, Andy Waterhouse, Rod Chapple, Alex Hayes, Phil Askew, Lesley Young, Jason Croft & Mark Clifford.