Con­cen­tra­tion re­quired for retriev­ers in Notts

Shooting Gazette - - Gundogs - RE­PORT BY: PHIL WAGLAND

Club: United Re­triever Club (North Mid­lands Area) Event: Open cold game test Venue: Ed­win­stowe, Notts Judges: John Day and Alan Richard­son

Chief stew­ard: Mal­colm Pea­cock Spon­sor: Al­pha Feeds Our test was held by kind per­mis­sion of Robert Bealby and the card of 30 in­cluded three breeds of re­triever. The ground con­sisted of 30 acres of su­gar beet, bor­dered by a field of maize to the west and part of Sher­wood For­est to the north.

In the morn­ing the beet was walked-up in line gen­tly up­hill fol­low­ing the rows. Each judge had two dogs in line at a time, with re­trieves saluted by Guns on ei­ther flank. For­ward marks ei­ther side or be­hind the line re­quired dogs and han­dlers to con­cen­trate on mark­ing, with two or even three birds out at once or in quick suc­ces­sion. In the sec­ond round dogs were sent for cross re­trieves or for blinds be­hind.

Af­ter three re­trieves in the morn­ing, 12 dogs were called in af­ter lunch. This time the dogs were tested on a long blind through the beet to­wards rough grass bor­der­ing a ride along the for­est mar­gin. This re­trieve was into a stiff breeze and only five of the 12 re­trieved suc­cess­fully. The tro­phies, five awards and prizes were pre­sented by area pres­i­dent Elaine Wel­burn.

Judges and award win­ners, from left:J. Cardno, C. Hewi­son, A. Richard­son, S. Cor­den, C. Al­bone, J. Day and H. Richard­son.

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