Cold game test for Lincs retrievers
Club: United Retriever Club (Lincolnshire Area) Event: Novice cold game test Venue: Caythorpe
Judges: Pippa Williams and Andy Slingsby Chief Steward: Martin Eveleigh Sponsor: Thomas Bell Country Store REPORT BY: GILLY BELL We thank Mr R. Ward for allowing us to hold our novice cold game test in the huge beet field. With the hot, dry weather we have been having, the sugar beet leaves have not grown to waist height this year, so walking was easier and when it rained after lunch it wasn’t too unpleasant.
The test opened with the standard two rounds: two straight marks in the first round and a crossing retrieve in the second.
Fourteen dogs went through to the third round. Two marks and a blind behind were out and it was pot luck as to whether a dog had blinds or marks for the two retrieves in this round. Each time, the blind was picked first and then the marks.
The judges finally made another cut, this time to five dogs. Each in turn had to go 50 yards across the sugar beet rows to the grass track on the edge of the field where a blind — indicated by a shot along the track — had been placed.
Andy Slingsby, Martin Eveleigh, Pippa Williams, Clair Carvis and Godfrey Lowe.