Com­pet­i­tive times for Dove Val­ley retriev­ers

Club: dove Val­ley Work­ing Gun­dog club Event: Open cold game test Venue: Ash­more brook Farm Judges: John Yar­wood, Scott mar­land, Vanessa King and Sharon Kit­son Spon­sor: Skin­ner’s

Shooting Gazette - - Gundogs - Re­port by: Barry DUT­TON

We held our fi­nal work­ing test of the sea­son near Lich­field in Stafford­shire by kind per­mis­sion of Richard and Sarah Bai­lye.

Twenty-seven AV retriev­ers took part in a hotly con­tested open cold game test, held in a field of shin-deep fod­der beet which proved an ex­cel­lent venue.

The first two rounds were walked-up in line with the Guns, with each com­peti­tor hav­ing two re­trieves in front of the line. Round three was on sim­i­lar lines but this time the dogs needed to re­trieve one from the op­po­site di­ag­o­nal and, by and large, made a good show of it. Fol­low­ing lunch, the judges made the cut to 14 dogs to con­test round four. This time we were still walk­ing in line but the Guns and throw­ers were a good 150 yards down the line and slightly down­hill from the dogs and han­dlers. Each dog had to re­trieve two blind “rab­bits” dropped ei­ther in front or be­hind the line. At the end of the drive the judges called for a two-dog run-off for first and sec­ond place. This run-off was a straight seen re­trieve 60 yards away, but the dogs had to ne­go­ti­ate a fence prior to re­triev­ing.

Award win­ners, from left: Bob Clay, Neil Dut­ton, Stephen Le Voi, Carol Probert, Lewis But­ler and Amy Col­lier.

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