Busy day for Border Counties puppies, juniors and novices
Club: United retriever Club (border Counties and Cotswold Area)
Event: Puppy, special puppy, junior handler and novice dog/novice handler working tests Venue: rockhampton
Judges: Iris Wright and Sandra Onens Sponsor: Skinner’s The tests were held by permission of Mr and Mrs M. E. Goode. The puppies and junior handlers ran together and the special puppies and the novice dog/novice handlers ran together. Each group did five tests.
Test one was a double seen: the puppies and junior handlers had seens at right angles where the second thrown (closed side) was collected first. The special puppies and the novice dog/ novice handlers had longer distances, a narrower angle and the first thrown (open side) was collected first.
In test two, the puppies and junior handlers had a seen in the water. The special puppies and novice dog/novice handlers had a seen on the edge of an island, with two dogs sat up together.
In test three, the puppies and junior handlers had a heel work exercise, with a stay, a recall and a retrieve. The special puppies and novice dog/novice handlers were sent from the wood over a jump into the field for a seen and a blind in the same place.
Test four was a blind along a track and in a gateway. The puppies did this second and started further along the track.
Test five had two different tests. The puppies and junior handlers had a mini drive, with two birds to be picked out of four from a rough area. The special puppies and novice dog/novice handlers had a two-dog walk-up in a game crop with a seen in front and a seen behind.
Award winners and judges, from left: Debbie Polley, Iris Wright, Allie Murray, Luke Lambert, Sandra Onens, Dave Cox, “Sid” Davis, Glen Lambert, Hilary Hardman and Linda Newnes.