Concentration required for retrievers in Notts
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.