York Open Show

York Canine Association are having their 125th Anniversary Show at Askham Bryan College, York on Sunday 31st July.
NEFRA are sponsoring the flatcoated retriever classes at this show with rosettes.
Entries can be made on line at www.fossedata.co.uk or schedules can be requested from Mrs L.Jameson 01904 765297.
The Judge is Anne Harris (Siancala)

NEFRA Open Show 2016

NEFRA Open Show 2016 held at Thorpe Willoughby Village Hall, Selby
On Sunday 8th May 2016
Judge: Mr A W Laird (Daicheil)

BEST IN SHOW Malone Mrs C J & Mr L J KISSOCK WEESLEEKIT FOR KIRKBECK JW
RESERVE BEST IN SHOW & BEST OPPOSITE SEX Orme Mr R D & Mrs V E Elmstock Thyme To Dream

BEST IN SHOW Malone Mrs C J & Mr L J KISSOCK WEESLEEKIT FOR KIRKBECK JW RESERVE BEST IN SHOW & BEST OPPOSITE SEX Orme Mr R D & Mrs V E Elmstock Thyme To Dream

BEST PUPPY IN SHOW Walker Ms E J & Dr L Roberts Gloi Dubh Gigha

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BEST PUPPY IN SHOW Walker Ms E J & Dr L Roberts Gloi Dubh Gigha

BEST LIVER Orme Mr R D & Mrs V E Elmstock Thyme To Remember
BEST VETERAN IN SHOW Stevenson Miss S ShCh Steelriver Sunny Spell ShCM

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BEST LIVER Orme Mr R D & Mrs V E Elmstock Thyme To Remember BEST VETERAN IN SHOW Stevenson Miss S ShCh Steelriver Sunny Spell ShCM

BEST DOG Orme Mr R D & Mrs V E Elmstock Thyme To Dream
RESERVE BEST DOG Adams Mrs B M Kissock Dark N Dashing

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BEST DOG Orme Mr R D & Mrs V E Elmstock Thyme To Dream RESERVE BEST DOG Adams Mrs B M Kissock Dark N Dashing

BEST BITCH Malone Mrs C J & Mr L J KISSOCK WEESLEEKIT FOR KIRKBECK JW
RESERVE BEST BITCH Harrison Mr E ShCh Glendaruel Black Diamond At Solotown (AI)

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BEST BITCH Malone Mrs C J & Mr L J KISSOCK WEESLEEKIT FOR KIRKBECK JW RESERVE BEST BITCH Harrison Mr E ShCh Glendaruel Black Diamond At Solotown (AI)

BEST PUPPY DOG Huyton P R & C E Hopevalley Morning Oregon for Hightyne
BEST PUPPY BITCH Walker Ms E J & Dr L Roberts Gloi Dubh Gigha
BEST VETERAN DOG Colson Mr E W, Mrs P J & Miss N E Windyhollows Brere Bear
BEST VETERAN BITCH Stevenson Miss S ShCh Steelriver Sunny Spell ShCM

Full Results (pdf file)

Team selection

Nicky Wellfair has received an email from Sandra Onens of Kestralway Gundogs, saying that Norman Onens has been asked to captain the Euro Challenge Team at the game fair at Ragley Hall on the 29th July.

He would like to make up a team of one labrador, one golden retriever and one flatcoat.
He is holding a team selection on Sunday 22nd May at Norton Farm Evesham WR11 4TN for people who would like to enter the team.

The dogs need to be upper novice/open standard, it is a great opportunity to be in a team and to show what the flatcoats can do – please try and go to the selection day – it should be fun.

Please contact Nicky Wellfair if you are interested. nickywellfair@hotmail.com.

Working Retriever Assessment Day

23374576770_b8d649555d_zNEFRA members had a successful Working Retriever Assessment day at Intake Head, Delph, near Oldham today.

Thanks to Chris Hewison for judging Intermediate and Gill Griffin and Chris for judging Novice, and thanks to Simon, Ken, Peter and Steph for helping.

The following dogs passed a stage of the Novice level –

  • Stephanie Hurstfield and Stac Polly
  • Wendy Battison and Donascimento Ramires

The following dogs passed their third stage and were awarded their Novice Working Retriever Certificates

  • Peter Griffin and Eskwinds Ebony Jay
  • Julie Matthews and Ollerset Shining Nymph
  • Colette Greenwood and Tawnywood Jollification
  • Caroline Hewison and Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd

The following dogs passed a stage of the Intermediate level –

  • Ken Rees and Eskwinds Chasing Moonbeams
  • Garry Ellison and Ollerset Rainbow
  • Lewis Holton and Castlerock First Angel
  • Wendy Battison and Mystical Eclipse of Donascimento
  • Peter Griffin and Eskwinds Ebony Jay
  • Colette Greenwood and Tawnywood Jollification
  • Caroline Hewison and Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd

The following dogs passed their third stage and were awarded their Intermediate Working Retriever Certificates

  • Gill Griffin and Eskwinds Drake
  • Caroline Hewison and Venus in Transit over Casblaidd

Well done everyone!

For more information about the Certificates – follow this link
For a full list of the dogs that have gained these awards – follow this link

NEFRA Spring Working Test 2016

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the NEFRA Working tests on Sunday, 17th April 2016.
The event was kindly hosted by Robert Bowers and the Welbeck Estate.

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Left to Right – Caroline Hewison, Malcolm Peacock, Anna Wagland, Garry Ellison, Paul Birkbeck, Gill Griffin, Phil Wagland, Paul Egginton, Colette Greenwood, Casper Jonsen, Christine Spalding.

Thank you to our judges – Phil Wagland, Anna Wagland and Paul Birkbeck for organising sensible and realistic tests, they had a long day to get through all the dogs! And a big thank you to absolutely everyone who helped out and made it a friendly day.

Thank you also to Caro from WorkingLine Images for photographing all the dogs and allowing us to use some of her photos on this page.

Puppy (5 entries)
1st Andy Sweeney with Portledge Belle Amy of Wolfwhistle
COM Paul Egginton with Pajanbeck I Put A Spell on You
COM Cherry Wood with Woodfinch Cherith

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Andy Sweeney with Portledge Belle Amy of Wolfwhistle

Novice Dog/Novice Handler (2 entries)
1st Jenny Jones with Yonsaff Summer Sky

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Jenny Jones with Yonsaff Summer Sky


Novice (23 entries)

1st Gill Griffin with Eskwinds Drake (on his Birthday!)
2nd Caroline Hewison with Venus in Transit over Casblaidd
3rd Colette Greenwood with Tawnywood Jollification
4th Christine Spalding with Tallistar Midnight Sky
COM Paul Egginton with Pajanbeck Heaven Can Wait

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Gill Griffin with Eskwinds Drake

Open (8 entries)
1st Garry Ellison with Ollerset Sparkling Nymph
2nd Caroline Hewison with Maddistream Indigo Jack at Casblaidd
3rd Malcolm Peacock with Rondix Basha
4th Casper Jonsen with Donascimento Peres

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Garry Ellison with Ollerset Sparkling Nymph

Working Retriever Assessment Day

To be held at Intake Head, Delph nr. Oldham on May 2nd.

We will be holding assessments for both Novice and Intermediate stages of the NEFRA Working Retriever scheme.  Would all who are interested in participating please contact Caroline Hewison.

Dearnford Lake Water Training Day

31st July 2016
Dearnford Lake, Tilstock Road Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 3JQ

To book your dog on the training day please fill in your details below.

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Standard of dog PUPPY BEGINNER EARLY NOVICE NOVICE ADVANCED NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE OPEN

Directions and contact numbers are on the website www.nefra.co.uk
Please note we will not be providing catering at this venue as there is an on-site café

Raffle prize donations will be gratefully received.

Arrive by 9:30am for a 10am start

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Then press the link below to pay NEFRA, no need for cheques and post.
Just enter £10 in the payment box (which currently says ‘Pay Chris Hewison’) and reference the payment with your name, Thanks.

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Annual Awards 2015 (awarded at the AGM 2016)


  • PRESIDENT’S CUP
Gloi Dubh Fingal JW Winner of the President's Cup

Gloi Dubh Fingal JW Winner of the President’s Cup, photo courtesy of Sophia Elisou

1st (64pts) Walker & Roberts’ Gloi Dubh Fingal JW  
2nd (47pts) Romeo-Dieste’s Yonstaff Vienna by Hopevalley JW
=3rd (43pts) Stevenson’s Caci’s Just a Gigolo at Steelriver JW
=3rd (43pts) Johnson’s Downstream Fait Accompli JW

CEILIDH CUP

Wendy Battison and Donascimento Bebeto

1st (688pts) Battison’s Donascimento Bebeto KCWGC
2nd (490pts) Battison’s Donascimento Ramires
3rd (475pts) Battison’s Mystical Eclipse of Donascimento

INCA TROPHY

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Serena Green receiving the Inca Trophy

Serena Green receiving the Inca Trophy

1st Green’s Lakemere Man After Midnight RL5.Ex

Animal Health Trust research publication

This article has just been published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology.

Titled “Prevalence of pectinate ligament dysplasia and associations with age, sex and intraocular pressure in the Basset hound, Flatcoated retriever and Dandie Dinmont terrier” it may be of interest to those of you following study of glaucoma in our breed.