The Novice ESS trial was held at Halston Hall, Nr Oswestry by kind invitation of Mr & Mrs Rupert and Harriet Harvey, on an unseasonably warm, but dry, day.
The woodland cover was thick brambles which all the dogs faced well, with pheasant trying their best to out-run the dogs.
Judges Geoff Devine-Jones and Jeff McAndrew had a full card of 16 dogs working to a high standard and 10 dogs in the awards.
- 1.NATCARW WOODCOCK Bitch owned by Roger Wooldrige.
- 2. AELFRYN BENSEZA Dog owned by R B Jones.
- 3. SUREFLY WADEY GIRL Dog owned by J Thatcher.
- 4. YARKDALE SAINT Dog owned by M Jacques.
- SYNCERUS SPARKLE, B Lowe.
- WISP OF MOSS, Mrs P Baker-Farmer.
- HAWKSMEADOW CYCLONE, D Massey.
- PANTFARM LITTLEHARBOUR, S Fellows.
- EDGEGROVE OPAL, A Faulknar.
- POOLGREEN CRACKER OF SELLSUR, N Wright.
Thanks to Robert Betts, the keeper, for his well-placed stops, every dog had the chance of a retrieve and one neat woodcock in the bag.
Thanks also to the guns, Johnathon South, Kevin Humphries, Ken Jones and Dave Bishop who shot well considering the difficult terrain, finally thanks to all the helpers and to our sponsors “Skinners”.
The raffle raised £35 for our charity.