At Great Windsor Park – By very kind permission of Her Majesty the Queen.
What a privilege to be offered these wonderful grounds for our Open Retriever Qualifying Stake. The fodder beat had been lifted the day before the trial and as a result we were provided with a short drive of Pheasant and Partridge which saw us through the first round then after a short break we walked the boundaries which in my opinion is what most shooting should be about, it demonstrates good steadiness from the dogs and memory marking ability for both dog and handler. We finished the trial with a Duck drive and was able to finish in the sunshine. The only draw-back was the cost, unless we could run it on a 16-dog novice or possibly all aged stake we will not be able to go back.
Judges – Phil Bruton, Lisa Harris, John Keeghan and Diane Stevens
1st – Steve Richardson – FTCH Birdsgreen Cluedo of Wedgnock
2nd – Terry Prentice – FTCH. Hitiwngree Diamond Joe of Findpoint
3rd – Clare Baker – The windbreaker Whisper of Arcklebear
COM – – Sally Ashby – Movenne Cogar at Tunnelwood
Guns Choice & Best Retrieve of the Day – Steve Richardson – as above