|United Spaniel Association
Judges John Carter & Will Taylor
The Show Gundog Working Certificate was held at New Farm, Norton Nr 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. Judges were John Carter and Will Taylor.
The third dog was Bill Cadwell's Sussex Spaniel Jubiwell Proper Job who hunted well to the corner of one of the field of mangle worzels and flushed a bird which was shot and fell into a hedge of brambles. Bill's dog gamely went into the brambles to retrieve the bird but it had run. He was called back in later for a successful retrieve.
The next dog was Gill Cooper's WSS Fiergen City Limits who hunted well and as soon as we moved to a new field of beet, flushed a partridge, which was shot and brought safely to hand.
Sandy White's Fiergen Steamy Windows was up next but she didn't like the gallery so close to her and struggled to get going.
Next was Kelly Jefferies whose Clumber Sh Ch Jingle Bells hunted well and flushed a partridge. When sent it was a runner and by the time the bird was retrieved the bird had died. The judges put her out for hard mouth, however the Guns liked her performance and gave her the Gun's Choice Award.
Four dogs went to the water, these were Sh Ch Julita Rezanella of Jacranella, Jubiwell Proper Job, Bushwacker Hotspot and Fiergen City Limits.
We made our way to the pond which had a large number of wild ducks on there and our guns were given the opportunity to have some duck shooting. The water was done with dummies, but a good wind blew the dummies toward the edge where the reeds were and this meant that many of the dogs felt that if they waited they didn't need to get their feet wet with a swim. Only one dog passed the water and this was Janey Sutherland's Sh Ch Julita Rezanella of Jacranella, who received her SGWC and made her into a Champion.
Our resident Picking up dog Trek (Field Spaniel) made short work of the spare retrieves
New Farm, Norton, Nr. Evesham, Worcs