Summer 2017 Newsletter




Speaker Karl Jones, Vet (physio). Nesscliffe Village Hall, Nesscliffe SY4 1AX. Cost £25 incl. lunch.

 For details contact Wendy Pickup 01244 520073 / 07572 441196



FIELD TRIALS for the 2017 season

A/V Retriever NOVICE trial Friday 13th October at Checkley Wood, Near Nantwich.

A/V Retriever OPEN trial Saturday 14th October at Acton Round Hall, Near Bridgnorth.

For details contact:-Retriever Trial Secretary Grace Brown on

01939 291191 or mobile 07739 250987

 Download the Retriever Field Trial Schedule

Download the Retriever Field Trial Entry Form


Cocker Spaniel NOVICE trial  Monday 23rd October at the Gatten Shoot, Pontesbury, Shrewsbury.

A.V. OPEN Spaniel (ex Cocker) trial Tuesday 21st November at Tregynon, Newtown, Powys.

A.V. Spaniel NOVICE trial Saturday 2nd December at Tregynon, Newtown, Powys.

For details contact Spaniel Trial Secretary Dave Bishop on 01978 710461

Subscriptions -please send all subscriptions to the treasurer Chris Brown, Rangatira, Baschurch Road, Myddle, Shrewsbury, SY4 3RX not to the Field Trial Secretaries.

Our Bankers Order form can be found on our website under the “About Us” tab if you want to arrange payment that way for next year.



Check out our facebook page for up to date results and photos.

2017 AV Spaniel “Spring” Working Test

I’m pleased to report on the 12th March we held our AV Spaniel Spring Working Test at Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton, Shrewsbury by kind permission of Joy and Kevan Fox.

The test was held in extensive woodland with good ground cover, hard going in parts at times this was testing for the dogs, added to this a few pheasants being flushed, and an unplanned water retrieve all added to a great test.

Once again a big thank you to our sponsors Skinners, especially Elizabeth Wooltorton who provided the Certificates, Dog food vouchers for 1st, 2nd & 3rd in both novice and open tests, along with vouchers donated for the raffle.

Thank you to our judges Mr Nick Powell and Mr Steve Brewer who also provided an overview and feedback to the handlers, we had a good entry, 17 for the novice test with awards being presented to the top 3 places, and 10 for the open test with awards being presented to the top 3 places results are detailed below.

The day went well, despite rain being forecasted this held off until last dog had run, weather was perfect for the test, not too hot and dry. The test went smoothly with a run off in the novice novice test for second and third place. A big thank you to all the helpers on the day, without which it would not be possible:-Grace & Chris Brown, Gill & Malcolm Awty, Warren Jones, Gareth Jones, Caroline Beddell, Clare Morris, Paul Woodcock, Neil Davies, Andy Wilson, Jayne Day.

Also an extra thank you to Jayne who made an assortment of lovely sandwiches & Cakes for the Judges and helpers,

A raffle was also held on the day raising a fantastic  £63.00, thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and also to everyone who donated a raffle prize.

Look forward to your entries again next year and doing it all over again.

Caroline Davies – Spaniel Working Test Secretary

Novice Winners

1st Drury Dollar (Cocker Dog)                                Mr J Pope

2nd Rheastmooar Under the Gun (ESS Dog)       Mr R Fairhurst

3rd Edgegrove Ronan (ESS Dog)                            Mr Tony Mason

Open Winners

1st Kirstgo Paperback Writer (ESS Dog)             Mr Philip Sayce

2nd Edgegrove Rafe (ESS Dog)                             Mr Tony Mason

3rd Wilswin Winston (ESS Dog)                          Mr Paul Woodcock



This test was held on Saturday 22nd April at the Walford Campus of the North Shropshire Agricultural College near Shrewsbury. I would like to thank Mr Paul Tranter Shoot Captain of the Walford Syndicate for liaising with the College and for sponsoring our use of the grounds.

It’s has wonderfully varied terrain with woods , water and large areas of grassland. The weather was kind to us giving almost perfect conditions and we were able to run 8 different tests over the day.

Our thanks to the Judges Mr Kevin Brady, Mr Graham Bird, Ms Angela Cooper and Mr Garry Ellison and the Chief Stewards Mr Warren Jones and Dr Malcolm Awty.

We were fortunate to have many helpers which ensured that the day ran smoothly and on time…………..not always easy to achieve.

Grace Brown, Chris Brown, Paul Tranter, Adrian Joint, Peter Joint, ,  Caroline Davies,  Sarah Cox, Fran Gosling, Jayne Day, Maureen Bullock, Mark Bullock, Helen Roberts, Caroline Beddell,  Allen Shore and Nigel ,Vic, Simon and Ross from the Walford Shoot. A huge thank  you to them because without them there would not be a Test!


1st Dave Clayton                Klato Firefly (Lab)   Judges Choice/Best Water retrieve

2nd  Paul Brown                Tennellers Freya of Fenway (Lab)

3rdMr David Boardman  Ribbleside Real McCoy (Lab)

4th Sally Plant                      Flashmount Cracket (Lab)

CoM Dannielle Turton    Stokes of George at Ashwynd (Lab)

CoM Kim Dutton                  Shadyacres Teardrop (Lab)

CoM Ian Glover                 Bearbrace Gloviean (Lab)

Best Flatcoat                       Stephanie Hurstfield   Stac Polly


1st Victoria Stanley               FTCH Patanavac Brough  (Lab)  Judges Choice

2nd Carol Probert                 Turpinggreen Acuna of Corsemaizie  (lab)

3rd Ian Glover                       Mistigris Cabe (lab)

4th Harvey Jones                 Ty Newydd (lab)

CoM David Ross                  Marvellous Mossey (lab )

CoM Kim Dutton                  Shadyacres Teardrop (lab)

Best Water Retrieve          Victoria Stanley    Minstead  Maigret (lab)

Best Flatcoat                         Keith Aldred           Donascimento Santos


Thanks to our sponsor Skinners Pet Food and Walford Shoot and all the competitors for supporting  Shropshire Gundog Society. The raffle raised a magnificent £156 for our charity “National Association of Search and Rescue Dogs”.





Walford College Campus, Baschurch, Shrewsbury, SY4 2HL.

Once again we are very grateful to Skinners for their most generous sponsorship.

124 classes – 177 dogs entered – 12 different judges.

First time at this venue, and what a beautiful setting!  The weather was kind enough for all judging to be held outside on beautifully mown grass.  Exhibitors parked their cars on a slightly higher level bank overlooking the 3 rings, with marvellous views across the sports fields and beyond to the Welsh Hills.

Had it rained the Sports Hall was available for our use.  There was ample space inside for the three rings, and enough room to accommodate everyone comfortably.

We received very many positive comments regarding the excellent catering, which was available in the nearby permanent Refectory building.  There was a very good choice of well cooked breakfast items, then for lunch there was again a good selection, surely something for everyone.

The raffle raised £128 in aid of National Search and Rescue Dogs, the charity chosen at this year’s AGM by members of Shropshire Gundog Society.

Twenty-one breeds were present in the BIS ring, awaiting the attentions of BIS judge Mrs Jill Dixon.  Each exhibit was given a careful examination before Mrs Dixon selected 8 for her shortlist: Cocker, Hungarian Vizsla, Weimaraner, Pointer, Welsh Springer, English Springer, Field Spaniel, Curly Coated Retriever.

BIS – Clarke’s English Springer Ternspringer Band Man at Reulemill.

RBIS – Perkins’ Pointer Ir Sh Ch Kanix Fate of Brent JW, ShCM, CW15.

G3 – Byrne & Egan’s Weimaraner Enryb Prosecco Party JW, ShCM.

G4 – Philipson’s Welsh Springer Menstonia Marksman ShCM.

There were 10 puppies competing for BPIS, 6 were shortlisted for further consideration: Labrador, Pointer, Irish Water Spaniel, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, Hungarian Vizsla, Sussex Spaniel.

BPIS – Byrne’s Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla Aldozovolgyi-Drotos Nador at Enryb  (imp Hungary).

RBPIS – Matthews’ Pointer Millpoint Simply Bootiful with Sonham.

PG3 – Bradbury & Preston’s Sussex Spaniel Serendel Sussex Euphoria at Harasteorra.

PG4 – Perkins’ Hungarian Vizsla Nevedith Strictly Claudia of Brent.

Thank you to everyone who helped at this year’s show, without your input the show could not have gone ahead.

Wendy Pickup Show Manager.



We have had a good turnout of dogs for our training classes this spring. Under the direction of Caroline Davies the Spaniel Classes at Stapleton have encouraged the novice and puppy dogs with some more advanced work for those looking to progress. Caroline added a top-up session which was useful. If you would like to attend further one off sessions please let me know so we can gauge demand.

The Retrievers met at Beckbury and Gill Awty started them off with Warren Jones taking over for the next few sessions. There is another class to go in August so I hope you are all keeping up the practice.

Many thanks to our trainers and the landowners who make it possible for us to put on the classes.

SKINNERS remain one of our main sponsors, and have kindly provided prizes for all our field trials. Laura Peakman, Skinners new representative for our area, is extremely supportive to us and we offer our thanks to her and to Skinners.skinners-logo

Published by:
Grace Brown – Hon Secretary. Tel. 01939 291191 or Rangatira, Baschurch Road, Myddle, Shrewsbury, SY4 3RX. Email :


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