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October 2016

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Successful Open Ferret Show

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The Kendal and Cumbria Ferret show, sponsored by Alpha Feeds, proved to be a hugely popular event with tourists, local pet owners and working ferreters.

Held near Kendal, in the Lake District the annual ferret show attracted competitors from as far afield as North Yorkshire, The Wirral and Chesterfield.

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TRAINING CLASS TEST RESULTS 18th September 2016

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TRAINING CLASS TEST RESULTS
18th September 2016

The Training Class Test brought the season of training on dummies to a close, ready for dogs and handlers to move on to picking game in the shooting field. Mr Robert Bower again invited us to Manor Farm, Carburton, Notts where we had varied ground for judges David Bellamy and Anna Wagland to test the dogs. As is usual this test is unclassified and divided into three separate classes. The day was sunny and pleasant, and the undulating ground included pasture, a block of maize, and mixed woodland dissected by rides. Three different breeds took part in a friendly atmosphere, with the tests designed to reflect the different stages of training for the three classes.
The awards and prizes of Alpha dog food were presented by our host Robert Bower and the awards were as follows:

Results:-
PUPPY & BEGINNERS
1st. Mandy Minshall’s Lab d “Connor”

NOVICE
1st. Nessa Thompson@s Lab d “Pepsi”
2nd. Paul Williams’ GR d “Macy”
3rd. Caroline Hewison’s FCR d “Reef”
4th. Marlene Dobson’s Lab d “Spice”
CoM. Cherry Wood’s FCR d “Raven”
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OPEN
1st. Christina Robinson’s Lab d “Eddy”
2nd. Phil Robinson’s Lab d “Quin”
3rd. Terry Dobson’s Lab d “Brigadier”
4th. Nessa Thompson’s GR d “Willow”
CoMs: Polly Morten’s Lab d “George”
Mandy Minshall’s Lab d “Flynn”

NGRA FIELD TRIAL RESULTS and TROPHIES 2016-17 Season

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price line up18th September 2016. 14 dog Novice stake for AV Retriever at Broughton, North Lincolnshire by arrangement with Mr Gordon Holt and NGRA team of guns. Judges: Mr David Probert, Mr Philip Smithies, Mr Steven Burns & Miss Sharon Kitson. Sponsors Alpha Foods.

1st and Guns Choice Dave Sidwell Oakshot Aragon
2nd Sandra Halstead Drakeshead Alfie
3rd Philippa Williams Castlemans Sonoran
COM Kristian Bredahl Olesen Blackthorn Quango
Best Golden Retriever Alan Richardson Gortons Roaring Thunder

The first NGRA field trial of the season was held at Broughton, North Lincolnshire. The weather was dull with drizzle. Most of the trial involved a walk-up through a large field of sugar beet with a fairly steady supply of red-legged partridges. There were 11 Labradors, two Golden Retrievers and one Flatcoated Retriever running. Our seven guns shot accurately and walking the beet produced marked retrieves. One dog ran in, one failed on a runner, and two were eyewiped. With one further failure nine dogs progressed to the third round.

However a long retrieve to the far field boundary saw four dogs eyewiped by the judges. With the remaining five in close contention during the third round, the judges asked for a sixth retrieve. A drive at a maize plot proved barren, so after a lunch break we walked up a swathe of thistly rough ground towards a duck pond. After good work and an earlier eyewipe Alan Richardson’s Golden unfortunately failed to find, yielding an eyewipe for the eventual winner. The four Labradors sharing the awards included one from Denmark. The prizes were sponsored by Alpha Feeds.

Phil Wagland (FT Secretary)

Photo shows Judges and Award winners

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Northern Golden Retriever Association Open Field Trial

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The steward of the beat was Kevin Hughes supervising the walk-ups through fields of stubble turnips or fodder beet, with adjacent deep ditches, and blocks of maize.

Pheasants and partridges flushed regularly giving good shooting to the guns: David Bellamy, Tim Broad, Vincent Wilkinson, Denis McDonnell and David Savory. Phil Wagland and Ronnie Gent judged on the right, with Gaynor Gent and Sue Low on the left.

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NGRA Novice Field Trial for Golden Retrievers

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It was a fine, dry day for the trial at Bevecotes Park Shoot, near Walesby, Nottinghamshire.

Fourteen Golden Retrievers were competing, with handlers from as far away as Dorset, Scotland and Switzerland.

The two keepers Dave Goodall and Nigel Metcalfe had organised a day of mixed shooting, walking up set-aside cover and farmland with dykes and hedgerows for pheasants, together with an extended drive from a long duck pond in the middle part of the trial.

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Report of the NGRA Novice Field Trial for Golden Retrievers at Walesby, Nottinghamshire.

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Walesby-awards1st October 2016. 14 dog Novice stake for Golden Retrievers at Bevercotes Park Shoot, Walesby, Nottinghamshire by kind permission of Mr D Goodall & Mr N Metcalfe.
Judges: Mr Keith Helliwell, Mr Graham Bird, Miss Angie Cooper & Mrs Caroline Hewison.
1st & The Boltby Cup for the Winner : Mr G & Mrs J Hay’s Golden Retriever dog SOINNEANTA GORSE OF HOLYWEAR. (Handler Mr Gordon Hay).
. Also the Millennium Tankard to the youngest dog in the awards
2nd : Mr Daniel Higgs’Golden Retriever dog ABBOTSHALL PIONEER OF HIGGSCROFT.
3rd & The Castletown Rosebowl for the Guns’ Choice: Mr Jim Gale’s Golden Retriever dog SIUSIGOLD KITE.
CoMs : Mrs Nessa Thompson’s GR dog WATERFALL WILLOW OF HAVENTRENT, Mr S & Mrs AM Crookes’ GR bitch MISTYBROOK MAIVE OF MOSCARGRANGE (Handler=Anne Crookes), Mrs Mary Palk’s GR dog TALLYGOLD BLACKTHORN, Mr Andrew Wright’s GR dog WADESMILL SACOME (Also Millennium Tankard for the youngest dog in the awards).

It was a fine, dry day for the trial at Bevecotes Park Shoot, near Walesby, Nottinghamshire. 14 Golden Retrievers were competing, with handlers from as far away as Dorset, Scotland and Switzerland. The two keepers Dave Goodall and Nigel Metcalfe had organised a day of mixed shooting, walking up set-aside cover and farmland with dykes and hedgerows for pheasants, together with an extended drive from a long duck pond in the middle part of the trial. With few failures it proved a long day to test all the dogs and the judges Keith Helliwell, Graham Bird, Angie Cooper and Caroline Hewison eventually made seven awards. Fortunatel the weather stayed fine all day until the awards and prizes of Alpha food were presented by Dave Goodall with lightning flickering as a storm approached.