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 www.workinglineimages.co.uk 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”.