Forthcoming Events

15th August 2015

NEFRA Training Day – Hesketh Bank, nr Preston – Click here for more information

31st August 2015
NEFRA Working Retriever Assessment – near Oldham – Click here for more information
19th September 2015
NEFRA Working Test – near Stapleton, Shrops. – Click here for more information
15th November 2015

NEFRA Health Seminar – near Huddersfield – Click here for more information

Working Retriever Assessment day

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Dogs and handlers awarded their assessment passes

NEFRA members had a good day yesterday at a lovely venue near Garstang, doing the novice and intermediate working retriever assessments.
Congratulations to Garry Ellison and Ollerset Rainbow who were awarded their 3rd stage and novice WRA. There were 5 other passes in the novice level, and also 4 passes in the intermediate level.
Thank you to our wonderful hosts Kim & Tony, our judges Den Orme and Chris Hewison, and all our lovely helpers

Health Seminar – Sunday November 15th 2015

Our speakers have been confirmed at our health seminar this autumn.

  • Andy Torrington BVMS CertSAO MRCVS (orthopaedics)
  • Sue Roberts BVMS CertVC MRCVS (cardiology)
  • Tom Clarke BA, VetMB, CertVR, CertSAS, MRCVS (soft tissue surgery)
  • Neil E Palmer BVSc, MSc (Clin Onc) MRCVS (oncology)
  • Rhona Warnock BVMS(hons) MRCVS CCRP CertSCVA (physiotherapy)

It will be held the day after the Gundog Breeds of Scotland championship show, giving some people in the south two good reasons for traveling north.

The venue is the Pennine Manor Hotel, near Junction 23 of the M62 to enable flat coated retriever owners from across the north of England to attend.

There is ample parking and convenient grounds and adjacent moorland to exercise dogs although dogs are not permitted in the rooms.

A delegate rate has been secured if you would like to stay in the hotel overnight.

Tickets are £30 and this includes a Sunday Carvery lunch, teas and coffees.

Click here to download a flyer

Booking Form

To book – simply fill out the form below.  An email will be sent giving details of where to send your cheque.

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Special dietary requirements

Question for Andy Torrington

Question for Tom Clarke

Question for Rhona Warnock

Question for Sue Roberts

Question for Neil Palmer

Working Retriever Certificate Assessments

31st August 2015
NEFRA Working Retriever Assessment – near Oldham 

10am start for Novice, Intermediate will commence after novice. Contact Caroline if you want to come along and for directions to the venue.

Hesketh Bank Training Day

Thank you to everyone who came along to the ever-popular NEFRA training day at Hesketh Bank today. We hope  you all had a good day!

A big thank you to our trainers Pat Robertson, Steve Burns, Derek Miller, Den Orme and Garry Ellison.

Thank you to everyone who helped out, and especially Val Orme for doing all the catering.

Minor Breeds Test 2015

11050310_1019901761372242_4627326731202579256_nWell done to the flatcoat team of Rachel Holt with Croftcloses Lucrative Boy, Stephanie Hurstfield with Stac Polly and Julie Matthews with Ollerset Shining Nymph who won the Minor Breeds test on May 2nd 2015 against the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curlycoated Retrievers, the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers and the Irish Water Spaniels.

Well done team

Our New President

Bob Allen - our new President

Bob Allen – our new President

NEFRA are pleased to announce that Mr Bob Allen (Darillens) from Sheffield has agreed to be our new President.

Bob will be well known to those in the showing world,  he was our first Chairman when NEFRA was founded and has judged for us at our second championship show and frequently helped us  as ring steward.  One of Bob’s dogs also won Best In Show at our 1998 Open Show at Worsall.

If you want to read a little about Bob’s early career in flatcoats you might want to read a résumé he wrote in 2012 before a judging trip to the Czech Republic, just one of many prestigious judging appointments which also included judging our breed at Crufts in 2004.

Bob has written a thank you note to NEFRA members for his appointment as our president.  You can read it here Bob’s Thank You Note

Annual Awards 2014 (awarded at the AGM 2015)


Sandra Stevenson with Wendy Blain’s Rotherfield First Request awarded the NEFRA President’s Cup 2014

1st (51pts) Blain’s Rotherfield First Request  
2nd (44pts) Stevenson’s Sh Ch Steelriver Heatwave ShCM JW
3rd (39pts) Kilminster’s Sh Ch Withybed Blue Jeans
4th (38pts) Brady’s Sh Ch Llantrussa Head over Heals to Bordercot
4th (38pts) Walker and Robert’s Gloi Dubh Enchantress JW
6th (36pts) Fox’s Blacktoft Burlesque JW
7th (34pts) Laird’s Sh Ch Branchalwood Tamdhu of Daicheil ShCM JW
8th (32pts) Walker and Robert’s Gloi Dubh Eriskay
9th (31pts) Egginton’s Ch Glendarual Sea the Stars with Pajanbeck


Wendy Battison and Donascimento Bebeto

1st (491pts) Battison’s Donascimento Bebeto
2nd (301pts) Fox’s Blacktoft Ever Blazin
3rd (297pts) Battison’s Donascimento Ramires
4th (200pts) Battison’s Mystical Eclipse of Donascimento
5th (156pts) Hewison’s Maddistream Indigo Jack at Casblaidd
6th (151pts) Fox’s Blacktoft Burlesque JW
7th (140pts) Orme’s Elmstock Thyme to Dream
8th (132pts) Awty’s Venetian Red at Maddistream
9th (129pts) Hewison’s Venus in Transit over Casblaidd
10th (120pts) Holt’s Croftcloses Lucrative Boy
11th (71.5pts) Hewison’s Donascimento Danilo


Pat Round’s ‘Teasel’ Pebblebed Rainbow Chaser Beg Ex….awarded the Inca Trophy at the AGM

1st (28pts) Round’s Pebblebed Rainbow Chaser Beg Ex
2nd (24pts) Perry’s Casanjay Browneyed Girl

Tributes to a gentle man

Peter Forster

It is with great sadness to report that our President Mr Peter Forster passed away at his home in Staffordshire last night. Peter was a long-term supporter of the Association and was a familiar face to many of us.

Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Details of funeral arrangements and an obituary will be published soon.

A tribute to Peter Forster by NEFRA Committee Member – Dennis Orme

We first met Peter in the late 70`s. Having just lost our family Labrador we were looking to get another dog and a friend told us about her vet who had these beautiful black dogs, which was our first introduction to Audrey and Peter. Audrey, a lady who said it as it was, and Peter, a quiet gentleman, and as we found out the perfect team.

Audrey once told me that with Peter “What you see is what you get “just how wrong she was, there was much more to Peter than met the eye. He was a font of knowledge and would give help and advice whenever he was asked for it, he was always an unassuming man who shunned the limelight.

Peter was always there for anyone at any time. He was our introduction to working the dogs. On many a wet dark evening, after a training session, he would still be talking at midnight having brought flasks of coffee and cups. He would never be rushed. His patient and gentle way with animals amazed us and many others whom he has helped over the years. I have seen him separate two beaters dogs, intent on killing each other, by kneeling down and talking to them. He took time out to treat injured dogs and would accept nothing in return. He arrived on the shoot one day and was limping and very withdrawn but wouldn’t tell us why. I phoned Audrey that evening to see how he was. She said that it was only his pride that was hurt because for the first time ever a horse had kicked him.

Whenever Peter judged we were interested to see what he looked for in a dog. When talking to him afterwards he admitted he never knew who the owners were but recognised the breeding lines and pedigrees of the dogs he put up.

I served as his vice-chairman on the NEFRA committee and learned much from him. He was always prepared to listen and help anyone. Our committee will be the poorer without him.
Val and I owe much to Peter and I am pleased that I had the opportunity to speak to him on the telephone a few days before his passing. I will miss a good friend and mentor and Val will miss her ‘Second Dad’.

The breed will be the poorer without him and if we can only know just a small percentage of what he knew we will be much wiser.
Our thoughts are with Claire, Alison, Louise and their families at this sad time, the world is a richer place because of him.

Peter, a true and irreplaceable GENTLE – MAN, who never had a bad word for anyone.
Rest in peace with Audrey, God bless, you will never be forgotten.


Members may not be aware that the Kennel Club require notification if your dog has had surgery that might alter the appearance oth their dogs. This is a BVA leaflet highlighting the various surgeries that are included.