Luck of the Draw…..Watson and Holmes!!!
I had two dogs withdraw late on Saturday night and working down my reserves list I eventually got M Watson and K Holmes to take a late run in our Open stake.
The sun was shining for our second visit to Herriard this year. We started at the base of the common and despite great spaniel land, the first two handles; John Pay and Mark Watson has very long runs, and it was a credit to both dogs not to make a mistake. The sun had pulled the birds into the warmer part of the woods, and once they reached it, game was plenty.
Talsbrook Shanti handled by Kelly Ward had a great first run; coming out of the Nursery’s drive and into the Common, where the ground changes from bramble to braken, but still in the woods. Goldcombe Moonstar Dancer had a nice short run and Katherine managed to show the bitch’s hunting ability, steady to flush and a fast stylish retrieve. With just 4 dogs left to run, we moved to a new bit of land to finish the trial.
Still in the sunshine the trial was declared over with both Dave Anderson and Martin Ashman happy that they have a winner. This was Mark’s first open win and the Herriard shoot were delighted to be sending him to the Championships.
The results were:
1st M Watson BITEABOUT BETH
2nd K A Holmes GOLDCOMBE MOONSTAR DANCER
3rd N Cox FTCh LOPERWOOD BONNIE
4th H Morgan COEDCAE CADWEN
Com J Pay TARNROAD KAIN
Com A Skinner TALSBROOK SHANTI [Handles by K Ward]
Com M STANBURY BUCKLAWREN BRIGAND OF STOCKINGFORD
The Clive Smith Memorial Shield for the Best Hunting Spaniel when to Mr Mark Watson and Biteabout Beth.