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Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards

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.

Sheena Wells was presented with a lovely flatcoated retriever clock as a gift

Sheena Wells was later  presented with a lovely flatcoated retriever clock as a gift of thanks from the NEFRA committee for all her support over the years. 


Annual awards were presented as follows:

President’s Cup – Sandra Stevenson’s Steelriver Sun Kissed JW

Cup Steward Val Orme presents the President's Cup to Sandra Stevenson

Cup Steward Val Orme presents the President’s Cup to Sandra Stevenson

Steelriver Sunkissed

Steelriver Sun Kissed Photo by Mallyfield photography

Steelriver Sunkissed

Steelriver Sun Kissed Photo by Mallyfield photography

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

This Year Three of Wendy Battison's dogs were in the top three places competing for Ceilidh Cup Winner

This year three of Wendy Battison’s dogs were in the top three places competing for Ceilidh Cup Winner Donasimento Bebeto (centre) Donascimento Ramires 2nd (left) and Mystical Eclipse of Donascimento 3rd (right)

Inca Trophy – Jane Hedges’ Blacktoft Quickstep of Satinbaze

The Inca trophy is presented to Jane Hedges

The Inca trophy is presented to Jane Hedges


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MEMBERS SUBSCRIPTIONS NOT RECEIVED BY 30TH APRIL 2017 WILL HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP TERMINATED.

Minor Breeds Team Competition

Well done to the flatcoat team for bringing home the trophy again for winning the Minor Breeds team competition today. The event was hosted by the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers near Wincanton in Somerset, against the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, the Curlycoat Retrievers, and the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.

The Flatcoat team were Helen Ford with Percuil Nuvolari Tazio, Steve Ashby with Tunnelwood Phantom, and Charlotte Wear with Keveral Hen Harrier. Steve Ashby also won the Top Dog award. Well done team!

Walked-up training in Northamptonshire

Trainers Garry Ellison and Malcolm Peacock discuss some training tips with on of the handlers.

Trainers Garry Ellison and Malcolm Peacock discuss some training tips with one of the handlers.

A walked-up training day was held today near to Sibbertoft, MARKET HARBOROUGH.

Thank you to everyone who came along today – special thanks to our hosts Jenny and Richard Jones and family for inviting us along, and for their truly wonderful hospitality in their home and on their land.

This was all very much appreciated by all who attended such and a lovely venue for training our dogs. As ever, a big thank you to Malcolm Peacock and Garry Ellison for taking the training, and also to Malcolm Awty and Chris Hewison for throwing the dummies for us. We hope you all had a good day.

There should be some photos of the day on their way from Emily Bibb who braved the rain with her camera – thanks go to Emily for taking these.

 

Joint Championship Show 2017 (hosted by NEFRA)

This year sees the final Joint Flatcoated Retriever Clubs’ Championship Show.  It is to be hosted by NEFRA at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on 14th May 2017.

Judging the show will be Mrs V Stucke (Penyfells) – Dogs and Mrs Val Jones (Braemist) – Bitches.
Referee Mrs A Brook (Culmquill).

The schedule for the show is available for download on the Fosse Data website and entries can be made there until midnight on 14th April 2017.

We are planning on making this a very special show and hope to meet as many of you there as possible.

KC Working Gundog Certificate Assessment Day

Well done everyone who came along to NEFRA’s Kennel Club Working Gundog Certificate day on 19th February 2017.

Held at Intake Head, Delph, Oldham by kind permission of Jean Buckley, and thank you to our assessors Steve Crookes and Philip Smithies. Thank you to Malcolm, Chris and Jeanette for throwing dummies, and thank you to Val as always for superb catering in the mud and rain.

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The successful dogs

The successful dogs were:

Andrew Baker with Saffronlyn Swift (Labrador)
Evelyn Lee with Garshake Eric at Innisbeck (Labrador)
Stephanie Hurstfield with Stac Polly (FCR)
Simon Fitzherbert Brockholes with Mosstarn Maiden (FCR)
David Bellamy with Flatcharm Chelsea Whopper (FCR)
Peter Griffin with Eskwinds Ebony Jay (FCR)
Gill Awty with Venetian Red at Maddistream (FCR)
Garry Ellison with Ollerset Sparkling Nymph (FCR)
Steve Burns with Eiderbay Fastnet at Jollybrow (Labrador)
Rob Ashcroft with Keepersway Adele (FCR)
Jenny Jones with Yonsaff Summer Sky (FCR)
Wendy Battison with Donascimento Ramires (FCR)
Lewis Holton with Castlerock First Angel (FCR)
Pat Bell with Artistryn York (Labrador)

Well done everyone and thanks for taking part.

 

Annual Awards

At the NEFRA Annual General Meeting we award three perpetual trophies to members.

President's Cup

President’s Cup

These are the President’s Cup – for achievements in the show ring,
the Ceilidh Cup – for achievements in the working field and
the Inca Trophy – for achievements in agility, obedience, flyball, working trials and heelwork to music.

The Ceilidh Cup

The Ceilidh Cup

The President’s Cup is calculated by the association based on championship show wins but the other two awards need members to calculate their points from the previous 12 months.

The Inca Trophy

The Inca Trophy

Please download the Inca Trophy and Ceilidh Cup claim forms and return them to NEFRA by the end of February.

Training in Cumbria

Training in the Lake District

Training in the Lake District

A training day was held on 29th January in the Lake District.

NEFRA members were so grateful for the kind hospitality offered by the Curtis family at their South Cumbria home. The damp start early on cleared to reveal some beautiful scenery surrounding the land we had been offered to train our dogs.

This is the first time the Association has been invited to this land – which offers so much scope for setting up exercises for gundog training. Not only would we lie to thank the Curtis family for allowing us on their land all day, but also thank Garry Ellison, Gill Griffin and Sandra Rees for their help in offering training advice for the Novice and Beginner handlers.

We have planned to have some more of these days catered towards puppies and beginners in different venues around the North. It was lovely to see lots of new people having a go working their dogs.

Congratulations to Liz Branscombe

Liz with her flatcoats (Dog World)

Liz is the Flatcoated Retriever Society’s Breed Health Co-ordinator.  She has just been awarded the Kennel Club Breed Health Co-ordinator of the Year from a shortlist announced earlier this Autumn.

NEFRA would like to pass on congratulations to Liz and thank her for the work she does for the good of the health of our wonderful breed.

Read more here

Championship Show Referee’s report

Jane Jones, our referee at the Championship Show on Sunday, has written a very complimentary letter to our committee:

I write to thank you and your show committee for inviting me to be referee at your Championship show on Sunday 6th November, and for your superb hospitality.
I enjoyed the day immensely, and the little judging I did, and I would like to congratulate you and the whole committee on running such a well organised show. I know how much hard work is involved in making sure everything runs smoothly, no easy task, and I felt that there was a lovely atmosphere throughout the day.

My critique is attached for your records

Kind regards
Jane

Read the report here

NEFRA Championship Show – 2016

This year’s NEFRA Championship show was held on 6th November 2016 at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent.

Best in Show and DCC Holland's Sh Ch Brightmoor Caught in the Act at Flatcharm (Imp)

Best in Show and DCC Holland’s Sh Ch Brightmoor Caught in the Act at Flatcharm (Imp)

Dogs were judged by Dr R Barbour, who chose Kelly Holland’s ShCh Brightmoor Caught in the Act at Flatcharm (Imp) as winner of the Kennel Club Challenge Certificate (Dog). ‘Douglas’ was subsequently awarded Best in Show by both judges together.

Reserve Best In Show and Best Opposite Sex and Bitch CC Fox's Blacktoft Burlesque JW (and Ch subject to KC)

Reserve Best In Show and Best Opposite Sex and Bitch CC Fox’s Blacktoft Burlesque JW (and Ch subject to KC)

Bitches were judged by Miss L E Jones, who selected Helen Fox’s Blacktoft Burlesque JW as winner of the Kennel Club Challenge Certificate (Bitch).

Major Award winners are listed below

Best Puppy and Best Liver in Show

Best Puppy and Best Liver in Show

BEST IN SHOW Holland Miss K L ShCh BRIGHTMOOR CAUGHT IN THE ACT AT FLATCHARM (IMP)
RESERVE BEST IN SHOW Fox Mrs H M Blacktoft Burlesque JW
BEST OPPOSITE SEX Fox Mrs H M Blacktoft Burlesque JW
BEST PUPPY IN SHOW Gale Mrs T & Miss C Willowswind Nette Lark
BEST PUPPY DOG Strudwick Mr R & Mrs L M Burpham Million Love Songs
BEST PUPPY BITCH Gale Mrs T & Miss C Willowswind Nette Lark

Best Veteran in Show Goldberg and Keight's Sh Ch Ballyriver Band of Gold

Best Veteran in Show Goldberg and Keight’s Sh Ch Ballyriver Band of Gold

BEST VETERAN IN SHOW Goldberg & Keight Mrs V & Ms L ShCh Ballyriver Band of Gold
BEST VETERAN DOG Brook Mrs E A Culmquill Makin’  Whoopee
BEST VETERAN BITCH Goldberg & Keight Mrs V & Ms L ShCh Ballyriver Band of Gold
DOG CC Holland Miss K L ShCh BRIGHTMOOR CAUGHT IN THE ACT AT FLATCHARM (IMP)
RESERVE DOG CC Strudwick Mrs L M DOWNSTREAM FAIR AND SQUARE FOR BURPHAM JW ShCM
BITCH CC Fox Mrs H M Blacktoft Burlesque JW
RESERVE BITCH CC Grifffiths  Mr R E & Mrs G Castlerock Cosmic Hattie
BEST LIVER IN SHOW Lutner Mr R F & Miss K M Telurn Better Believe It
BEST LIVER DOG Jacobs & Holmes, Mesdames G & J Charming Melvin Oasis Of Peace (Imp Cz) JW
BEST LIVER BITCH Lutner Mr R F & Miss K M Telurn Better Believe It

For all other results follow this link
View a full set of photos on Caroline Hewison’s Facebook album by following this link

Any errors / omissions please email chris_hewison@yahoo.co.uk