THE KENNEL CLUB SHOW GUNDOG WORKING CERTIFICATE
FOR AV SPANIELS (EXCL IWS)
15th November 2013
Judges Paul Rawlings & Mary Ward
United Spaniel Association ran their Show Gundog working Certificate on 15th November and had 10 dogs running including 6 Welsh Springers, two Clumbers, one American Cocker and one Field Spaniel. The Venue was Norton Farm in Evesham by the kind permission of Norman and Sandra Onens, with fields of mangel wurzels (this is a form of fodder beet) on which English and French Partridge are the main game available. Both are ideal for Spaniels to hunt, flush and retrieve.
The Judges were A Panel Paul Rawlings and non Panel Mary Ward and these knowledgeable dog people allowed the dogs the best chance to fulfil the requirements of the Show Gundog Working Certificate. Andy Gudger brought his able team of guns to shoot the birds and again they gave a good account of themselves and there were few missed birds.
The first dog was a Field Spaniel Mishules to Boldly Go at Vraibleu was first in line, but she was concerned by the closeness of the gallery and didn't hunt. She was taken out of line and brought back in after the second dog had run. She flushed a bird which was shot but fell the other side of a hedge, but couldn’t be found. When she went back in line the same problem with the proximity of the guns occurred and she was put out.
The fifth dog was Wolliebourne Voom Voom, a Clumber Spaniel who hunted with drive and a successful flush of partridge was shot and though it was unsighted by the dog it was directed to the bird and completed a successful retrieve.
Next was the Welsh Springer, Isfryn Lickety Split, who hunted steadily and when a bird was put up and shot was sent to retrieve it. It took a little persuasion to pick the bird as she was distracted by the game on the ground but successfully retrieved to
Sandy White had a second Welsh Springer Spaniel, Fierglen Private Dancer running and she hunted well and found a bird but sadly the bird was damaged by the time it was retrieved.
This also happened to the next Welsh Springer, Menstonia Misty Dreams who hunted well and had a good flush but damaged the bird.
By the end of the runs six dogs were still in the running for their SGWC and the event moved to the lake for a simple retrieve of a dummy from the water. Sadly three of the dogs wouldn't enter the water and that left just three dogs passing on the day.
The qualifiers were
Isfryn Lickety Split - Tina Smith (WSS)
Wolliebourne Voom Voom - Heather C Mayes (Clumber)
Bodlon Star Attraction by Bushwacker - Ian Ian Dixon (WSS)
Best performance of the day: Wolliebourne Voom Voom
Gun's choice: Bodlon Star Attraction by Bushwacker
New Farm, Norton, Nr. Evesham, Worcs