The news came through in August that the Hampshire Gundog Society could hold an Open Cocker trail the problem now was finding ground at short notice. ‘Matterley’ to the rescue, a commercial shoot near Winchester owned by Mr Peveril Bruce with the best looking keepers in the business. Matt Silk head keeper and Tom Haynes under keeper.
The shoot is used to running 300 bird days but new to spaniel trialling. The day started in cover crop all 16 dogs had their first run on the same ground. Dai Ormond with his bitch Rowston Stor took a long runner which did not reflect the excellent shooting from Martin Johnson and his team of guns. However the best runner was taken by the winner Jeremy Davies’ bitch Dolbrenin Geisa Girl. She took a line into the woods and we just waited for her to reappear which she did with hen pheasant in her mouth. We then worked through some green bramble which Rod Chapples’ little bitch made easy work of. We eventually worked up to the pen with some kind bracken for the little cockers to get underneath.
Finally Jeremy Organ and Lyn Randall asked to see the top two dogs again and following a short run-off Jeremy Davies’ bitch booked her ticket to the Championships.
1st Jeremy Davies Dolbrenin Geisa Girl
2nd James Starkey’s Iconic Cland Thunder Storm
3rd Howard Kirby ‘s Chyknell Eagle handler Carl Colclough
4th Gareth Davies Heolybwych Sandy
com Dai Ormond Rowston Stor,
com Andy Robinson Byrbwll Apache
com Rod Chappels’ Lowflyer Nougat of Cheweky
com Richard Preest Wonder of Wiltshire at Centrewalk