Saturday 13th May saw me take the short trip up the road into Leicestershire for East Midland Gundog Club’s first retriever working test of the year. Having been invited to sponsor EMGC and support their events for both field trials and working tests I am always keen to attend if I can, not only to show my support but also because I thoroughly enjoy watching the dogs and handlers at work.
There were around forty dogs running across three categories including Puppy, Novice Dog/Novice Handler and Veteran and after a warm welcome and a briefing from test secretary Lesley, the day was under way.
The weather kept fine and with some lovely ground at Hall Farm everyone appeared to be having a great time and the day was running like clock work. It was a bonus for me that I was able to help out in the form of a not so glamorous assistant to one of the judges and had the job of throwing dummies. It is a great position to be in as you are up close to the picking area and are able to observe the dogs working from an angle that you would not normally be seeing at the handling end of things.
There were some great dogs on show, young and old and the judges had reached their verdict by early afternoon. The day was concluded by a run off and after a short deliberation the winners were agreed upon. The presentation of prizes commenced shortly after everything wrapped up with a cup of coffee and sandwich.
The day was captured by resident photographer Tessa of Mad Dogs & Englishmen Photography and to you ca view of purchase shot from the day at the below website.
1st – Laura Hill – Stauntonvale Moose Milk
2nd – Brian Barker – Barweston Osprey
3rd – Mr N Barker – Pinfeathers Anastasia
Com – Clare Rasell – Copperlights Mae
Novice Dog Novice Handler:
1st – Sally Pepper- Lilleburne Slopestyle Sand
2nd – Miss S Jones – Douburr Foxy Lady
3rd – Andrea Paduano – Spice Vilandal
Com – Suzie Hefford – Griogaraich Gorse of Goscote
Com – Hayley Lewis – Wintergate Cepheus
1st – Ian Glover – Hammish of Dear Meadow
2nd – Georgina Chattaway – Cons Grove Harry
3rd – Laura Hill – Jobeshill Lotta of Stauntonvale
Com – Carol Probert – Levenghyl Puffin of Corsenalzie