re­ports, re­sults, com­ment and news Ire­land comes out on top on an­gle­sey

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event: 26th An­nual In­ter­na­tional re­triever match Venue: An­gle­sey Agri­cul­tural Show Judge: ron­nie Far­relly and robin Lloyd The match this year was held dur­ing the An­gle­sey Agri­cul­tural Show with teams from Eng­land, Ire­land and Wales. The com­pe­ti­tion was held on an area of nat­u­ral cover of rough grass and reeds sur­round­ing a small lake, with fences sep­a­rat­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the ground.

The con­test started with a short walk-up with two marked re­trieves, both seen with a shot. The first, at some 20 yards, was fol­lowed by a longer re­trieve over a fence, and they were taken al­ter­nately by the two dogs in line. The com­peti­tors then moved around the lake for the sec­ond task.

This con­sisted of two fur­ther re­trieves with a shot. First, a mark was thrown to the left of the han­dlers over a fence in cover. This was fol­lowed by a shot for a blind in front over the wa­ter, again in cover, with the blind to be taken first.

Judges and the win­ning Ir­ish team, from left: ron­nie Far­relly, derek wil­liams (Basc), matty lamb­den, John Barr, an­drew rooney and robin lloyd.

Han­dler di­rect­ing the dog over fence and wa­ter to col­lect the re­trieve be­hind the Basc ban­ner.

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