The Open Retriever Field Trial took place at Acton Round by invitation of Mr Hew Kennedy and the shoot Syndicate, with a full card of 12 Labradors.
The weather was rather wet in the morning but cleared up by afternoon. We started with all the dogs in the line as a test of steadiness.
Judge’s Mark Bettinson, Jamie Bettinson, Glenys Caldwell and Mike Allen set some long retrieves on the mixed bag of partridge, pheasant and duck. E
ight dogs remained after the first two rounds and they were given some testing retrievers on the last two drives, such was the high standard of dog work on the day, 6 dogs were in the awards.
The winning dogs were
1. GREENBRIAR SEIGE, Lab D Owner/Handler Nathan Laffy.
2. HITOWN DIAMOND JOE OF FIELDPOINT Lab D Owner/Handler Terry Prentice.
3. GABLEGORST WETHERLAN OF SMITHSTEADS Lab D Owner/ Handler Polly Dunckley.
4. Ft Ch. GARRETHALL QUILL OF BRINDLEBAY Lab B Owner/Handler Mike Tallamy. COM KILLYRUDDEN FITZROY OF FLYPATCH Lab D Owner/Handler Tim Brain.
COM WAYSGREEN COMET Lab D Owner/Handler Nicola Reynolds.
A big thanks to all those who came to help especially Lisa with her picking up dogs, our Sponsors Skinners and to Richard Bates the leader of the syndicate and his team of guns.
The raffle raised £62 for our charity” Grinshill Animal Rescue”.