Annual Retriever Test

Our Annual AV Retriever Novice and Open Working Test was held on Saturday 14th May at the Wood Farm Codsall by kind permission of Mr Francis Yates.

Great ground and great weather.  The ground did prove challenging for many of the dogs as the cover was fairly heavy in places with a mixture of bramble, bracken and fallen trees. However It was dry with sunshine and clouds and a some breeze for scenting. Almost perfect conditions.

We had an exceptional entry this year, particularly in the Open. We had a slight delay at the start due to an accident and local road closures but thanks to good judging and stewarding we kept thing more or less on schedule.

Our thanks to the judges Ms Linda Partridge, Mr Sean McGrath , Mr Kevin Turner and Mr Garry Ellison and The Chief Steward Mr Warren Jones . We were fortunate to have many helpers some of whom had travelled quite some distance to be with us. Grace Brown, Chris Brown, Malcolm Awty, Jayne Day, Robert Fisher, Rachel Holt, Fran Gosling, Maureen Bullock, Mark Bullock, Jane Holmes, Paul Tranter, Julie Shaw, Harry Shaw, Chris wall and Linda Wall A huge thanks to them because without them there would not be a Test!


  • 1st   Mr Eirwyn Roberts  Courtpark Britannia (Lab)
  • 2nd  Mrs Karen Vere-Hodge  Copperbirch Cassidy (Lab)   (Best Retrieve)
  • 3rd   Mrs Wendy Battison Donacimento Ramires (FCR)    (Judges Choice / Best Flatcoat)
  • 4th   Mr Lee Howells Jealous Noir
  • Com Mr John Mead  Plato Erin
  • Com Mr Dave Clayton Plato Elek


  • 1st    Mr Barry Prescott  Kipperidge Rita  (Lab)
  • 2nd   Ms Nicola Reynolds  Waysgreen Comet (lab)
  • 3rd    Mrs Jean Fisher  Paid in Full   (Lab)          ( Best Retrieve/ Judges choice)
  • 4th    Mrs Victoria Stanley Patanavac Brough  (Lab)
  • Com  Mr Roger Colver  Artistryn Usain  (Lab)
  • Com  Mrs Judith White  Minstead Axel ( Lab)
  • Com  Mr Mike Cox  Cuttlestone Leonardo  (Lab)
  • Best Flatcoat  Mrs Rachel Holt Croftcloses Lucrative Boy

Thanks to our sponsors Skinners Pet Food, Balfours Estate Agents, and Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors We were also fortunate to have Caro from with us.

Many of the pictures have been uploaded onto their website and more will follow.  Hope you all enjoyed the day……… and as a friend always reminds me ‘ We all took the best dog home!’ 

A raffle was also held on the day raising a fantastic £148 for our charity “Midlands Air Ambulance”.RettestOpen winners


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