Thank you to all members who chose to renew their membership to NEFRA for the new year by bank standing order. This is very much appreciated and does make the Treasurer’s job much easier.
If you haven’t paid your ‘subs’ yet please do so. Please send payment to our Treasurer – Mr David Taylor, Cooks Lane House, Cooks Lane, Bradnop, LEEK, ST13 7HA (firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01538 383946)
Happy New Year to you all.
Notice is hereby given of the 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association which is to be held at 11:00am on Sunday 18th March 2018 at The Fenton Manor Sports Complex, City Road, Fenton, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2RR (Gallery Suite 1st Floor)
Nominations are sought for the following:
- Working Secretary (3 Years)
Mrs C.Hewison is prepared to stand for Re-Election with the support of the Committee
- Treasurer (3 Years)
Mr D.Taylor is prepared to stand for Re-Election with the support of the Committee.
- Committee Vacancies (4 posts)
There are four vacancies on the Committee (all of whom have completed their term of office) all are for a 3 year term. Mr C.Hewison, Mrs H.Buckley, Mrs M.Hammersley, and Mr R.Ashcroft all are prepared to stand for re-election with the support of the Committee.
Nominations for the above posts should be sent to the Honorary Secretary Mr L.Geoghegan from the proposer, together with a letter from the seconder and written agreement from the proposed person by Friday 16th February 2018. Any newly proposed person and either the proposer or seconder must be in attendance at the Annual General Meeting and be prepared to address the meeting.
Propositions for inclusion on the agenda are also invited and again must be received by the Honorary Secretary Mr L.Geoghegan no later than Friday 16th February 2018. Only matters on the Agenda can be discussed at the meeting.
Should you require a postal voting form please apply to the Honorary Secretary Mr L.Geoghegan before the 16th February 2018, who will be pleased to forward one after the Nominations have closed should the positions be oversubscribed.
Members wishing to attend the AGM must be fully paid up members of the Association
PLEASE NOTE THAT 2018 SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE DUE ON 1ST JANUARY 2018 AND IF PAYING BY CHEQUE SHOULD BE SENT TO OUR HON TREASURER
Cooks Lane House
MEMBERS WHOSE CORRECT SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOT RECEIVED BY THE AGM WILL BE UNABLE TO VOTE AND MEMBERS SUBSCRIPTIONS NOT RECEIVED BY THE 30TH APRIL 2017 WILL HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP TERMINATED.
This year’s championship show was held at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent. This year the committee were delighted to be able to offer convenient car parking facilities for the exhibitors which allowed easier access to the show hall.
The judges at the show were Miss S J Pingree (Heatheridge) who judged bitches & Mr J Irvine (Vbos) who went over the dogs. Our referee Mrs R Brady (Bordercot) was needed today to judge the Brace and Junior Handling classes. During the judging of Best In Show the judges agreed to offer the award to Miss A Dyren’s ShCh FLATCHARM CHELSEA WHOPPER KCWGC.
Other major award winners were as follows:
Reserve Best In Show Fox’s SH CH STEELRIVER BLAZIN HOT AT BLACKTOFT JW
Best Puppy In Show Mr M B & Mrs R MacDonald’s DERINGWOOD ENGLISH OAK
Best Veteran In Show Fox’s SH CH STEELRIVER BLAZIN HOT AT BLACKTOFT JW
Best Liver In Show MR R F & MISS K M LUTNER’s TELURN BETTER BELIEVE IT
A full list of the awards in each class are listed in the Results Sheet for you reference.
I was honoured to be given the appointment of Referee for this show, but in the event, all the joint decisions made by the two judges, Jim Irvine and Sue Pingree, were unanimous. I have to admit that I was delighted when their ultimate Best In Show winner turned out to be ShCh Flatcharm Chelsea Whopper, winning her 4th CC, for I had previously awarded her her first C.C. & B.O.B.
Brace (7, 3 abs).
In judging this class I was not just looking for the best matched pair, but also taking into consideration the combined breed quality of each pair. It was a close decision between the first two pairs – these four dogs were all of correct type, pleasing in head and expression, with excellent bone and free in movement.
1. Ross’ males Downstream Face The Music (JW) and Go With The Flow Ebony In Harmony At Qlocontrail (IMP NED) (JW). On the final circuit of the ring, the profile of these two dogs moving together was incredible – absolutely identical (and correct) in size, head carriage, topline and tail carriage and moving exactly side by side. It was like watching one dog and its reflection moving in front of a plate glass window, and that moment decided the placings.
2. Fox’s males Sh. Ch. Steelriver Blazin Hot At Blacktoft (JW) and Black Mica’s Likes It Hot At Blacktoft (IMP SWE) (JW).
My two main priorities in judging these classes were for the handler’s rapport with their dog and for loose leads. I did not ask for any fancy patterns, just simply asking the handlers to do exactly the same as I would ask any exhibitor when I am judging a show class, i.e. once round the ring all together, then, after going over the dog, to move the dog diagonally across the ring and back to me and then right round the ring to join on the end. I did, however, ask each Junior Handler to show me their dog’s teeth themselves. Later, I asked them individually to move the dog diagonally across the ring while I watched from the side, because this scenario can be necessary when a show ring is very small or narrow. Each of the three handlers realised it was necessary to switch their dog to the other side, and I was particularly impressed that the youngest handler, Molly Davis, waited until I was in position before she set off with her dog. All three handlers were polite, well-mannered and looking clean and tidy to complement their dogs; they all had a pleasant attitude, which resulted in their dogs also displaying a happy temperament – a handling skill which is so essential in order to bring out a Flatcoat’s typical breed characteristic for the judge’s assessment in the show ring.
6 – 11 Years (4, 3 abs)
1. Molly Davis. What a delightful rapport she had with her very enthusiastic dog. She spoke to her constantly, calmly and with encouragement, and without embarrassment. For such a young handler she had a remarkable degree of control and co-operation from her dog – they were working as a team. She was clearly well aware of what was required of her in the show ring. She may not have had any competition in this class, but she absolutely deserved to be standing in first place.
12 – 16 Years (2)
1. Lauren Huyton.
2. Georgina Mellor.
It was initially very difficult to split these two handlers. Both of them kept their dogs concentrating on showing when it mattered, both moved them at their correct speed and had them standing when required. I asked them to go round the ring twice together, with each one in turn being in the lead – neither of them moved up too close to the dog in front. It was the way that Lauren Huyton was able to get her dog to free-stand away from her, without it nibbling at titbits, which won her the class. It means that the judge gets a clear view of the head and muzzle and the dog shows its natural stance through the forequarters.
When the two class winners came together for Best Junior Handler, it was a hard choice. At one point, when sending them round the ring together, Molly was in front and unexpectedly had a “hiccup” (I guess simply due to some over-exuberance from her dog). She immediately stopped and, completely unflustered, regained control of the situation and carried on. To my mind, Junior Handling classes are not an obedience competition and dogs do unexpected things; it is the way the handler copes with the situation that is important to me and Molly coped perfectly. The whole glitch was over in a matter of seconds, with Molly unperturbed and her dog remaining happy and once again co-operating with her. She gained a lot of bonus points for that. But……..earning just as many bonus points during the same moment was Lauren. I was so impressed with the fact that she had not only been concentrating on her own dog, but had also been aware of what was happening ahead of her. She stopped immediately, giving Molly not only plenty of space but also the time to recover the situation. Lauren’s thoughtfulness, awareness and kindness was exemplary. So, still a difficult decision between them, but once again, Lauren’s ability to have her dog free standing away from her gave her the edge. Hard to achieve and only successful if there is true rapport between dog and handler.
One final comment….one of the prizes for the overall winner was a tin of confectionery and, standing in first place, on receiving her winner’s prize Lauren immediately turned to Molly and offered to share the sweets with her. What joy it gives to witness such kindness, good manners and sportsmanship from the young generation. A huge credit not only to the youngsters themselves, but also to those who taught them so well how to behave.
Rosalie Brady (Judge)
On the 22nd October we held a day of Working Retriever Assessments in the grounds of Castle Howard by very kind permission of the Howard family and Clive Harrison, the gamekeeper there. Both Novice and Intermediate levels were assessed.
Passes in the novice level (judged by Caroline and Chris Hewison) were awarded to
Sue Sinnott with Merlin (Millola Handsome Man)
Al Moore with Rio (Shiraz Pebble)
Cherry Wood with Raven (Woodfinch Cherith)
Passes in the intermediate level (judged by Gill Griffin and Chris Hewison) were awarded to
Garry Ellison with Tilly (Ollerset Shining Nymph).
Three dogs completed their third stage of the intermediate level and were awarded their certificates
Garry Ellison with Tia (Ollerset Rainbow)
Peter Griffin with Jay (Eskwinds Ebony Jay)
Caroline Hewison with Ripple (Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd)
Thanks to all for taking part, thanks to our hosts, judges and all the helpers for ensuring a successful day.
Held at Upper Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton, by kind permission of Joy and Kevan Fox.
24th September 2017
Judges Mike Allen, Garry Ellison and Gill Griffin.
Grateful thanks to our hosts, our judges and all the many helpers for helping the day run well.
Photos courtesy of Caro Dell, Workingline Images
Puppy (3 entries, 1 NFC)
1st Rachel Pierce with Clocktower Amber.
ND/NH (6 entries, 1 abs)
1st Derek Bull with Keepersway Alana
2nd Aimee Gardiner with Kulawand Kookaburra for Svenjak.
3rd Liz Branscombe with Torinmill Gaelic Aurora
Novice (11 entries)
1st Peter Griffin with Eskwinds Ebony Jay
2nd (Judges Choice) Graham Clelland with Necessares Sorrel
3rd Julie Matthews with Ollerset Shining Nymph
4th Conor McCaffery with Donascimento Dias
COM Sue Sinnott with Millola Handsome Man
COM Caroline Hewison with Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd
COM Caroline Hewison with Venus in Transit over Casblaidd
Open (7 entries, 1 NFC)
1st Caroline Hewison with Maddistream Indigo Jack at Casblaidd
3rd Andy Sweeney with Norfolkflyer Rosie’s Thorn at Wolfthistle
Judges Choice Keith Aldred with Donascimento Santos
Well done everyone, and thank you for supporting NEFRA
Entries are now being taken online for the NEFRA championship show this November, You will find the information you need on our ‘Shows’ page
This year it was NEFRA’s job to host the final Joint Flatcoated Retriever Clubs’ Championship show at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. The final results are listed here
NEFRA would like to thank all the exhibitors for their support of the show and the judges, stewards and committee for their time and effort. We would also like to thank three extra volunteers, Tim Trevor for the car park, Nic Simons for helping with the photography and Stanley Keight for doing a sterling job with the raffle. We hope that everyone enjoyed what was the final joint show. Thank you all.
Main award winners are pictured below. Other photos of the final judging (courtesy of Charlotte Smith & Kathryn Trevor) can be found here, Photos of the Dog Judging can be found here, Photos of the Bitch Judging can be found here, Photos of the Obedience Judging can be found here
13th August 2017
Dearnford Lake, Tilstock Road Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 3JQ
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Held at Ribble Bank Field Sports, Hesketh Bank
With kind permission of Sam Slinger.
Judges Alan Fryer (A Panel), Steve Burns and Caroline Hewison
Puppy (2 entries)
COM Rachel Holt and Brookeoneden Chestnut
COM Vicky Sullivan and Autumnal Flame over Wyrebeck
Novice Dog/Novice Handler (4 entries)
1st Sue Sinnott and Millola Handsome Man
2nd Evelyn Lee and Innisbeck Keep it a Secret
3rd Vicky Sullivan and Rocknroll Star by Wyrebeck
Novice (12 entries, 2 abs)
2nd Julie Matthews and Ollerset Shining Nymph
Open (8 entries)
1st Gill Awty and Venetian Red at Maddistream
3rd Pat Bell and Gowran Hesperis at Pallingforth
COM Rachel Holt and Croftcloses Lucrative Boy
COM Andy Sweeney and Norfolkflyers Rosie’s Thorn at Wolfthistle
Despite a very wet start, the weather improved! Thanks to hosts, judges and especially all the helpers for making the day possible.
At the 22nd Annual General Meeting of the Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association the following announcements were made:
Officials and committee members were re-elected / elected as on the ‘Contact NEFRA‘ page.
The Code of Ethics was modified: details in this link.
Honorary life membership was bestowed on Mrs Sheena Wells following her recent stepping down from long-standing post on the NEFRA committee due to ill health.
Annual awards were presented as follows:
President’s Cup – Sandra Stevenson’s Steelriver Sun Kissed JW
2nd Strudwick’s ShCh Downstream Fair And Square for Burpham
3rd Laird’s ShCh Branchalwood Tamdhu of Daicheil JW
Ceilidh Cup – Wendy Battison’s Donascimento Bebeto
Inca Trophy – Jane Hedges’ Blacktoft Quickstep of Satinbaze
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MEMBERS SUBSCRIPTIONS NOT RECEIVED BY 30TH APRIL 2017 WILL HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP TERMINATED.