Forthcoming Events

Shows, Working Tests and Training Days

Introduction to Working Tests Training Day

NEFRA are hosting an Introduction to Working Tests Training Day
Saturday 18th August 2018
Venue is Glasson Dock near Lancaster
Start time 9:30am

This day is aimed specifically at people new to gundog work and particularly Novice Dog/Novice Handlers who may be interested in learning what a Working Test might involve.

The morning will be spent training on a number of scenarios that you might encounter in a working test. Help and guidance will be given as required.
In the afternoon, the same scenarios will be run as a mock test where you will be assessed and scored as you would be in a test.

The cost will be £10 for the day
Ideally for 10 to 12 handlers max
Download a form and post to Caroline to book a place

Working Retriever Assessment Day

A Working Retriever Assessment has been arranged for Sunday 22nd July near Garstang. The novice assessment will be in the morning, 10am start. The Intermediate will follow on afterwards. Contact Caroline if you’re interested in taking part.

NEFRA Open Show 2018

Best In Show - Val Orme - Freddie

Best In Show – Orme’s Elmstock Thyme to Dream

Best Puppy In Show Smitherman & Roberts' Seaheart Crain at Gloi

Best Puppy In Show Smitherman & Roberts’ Seaheart Crian at Gloi

Reserve Best In Show Walker & Roberts' Mistledawn Spring Breeze by Gloi JW

Reserve Best In Show Walker & Roberts’ Mistledawn Spring Breeze by Gloi JW

Best Veteran In Show Joyce's Stranfaer Lucy Locket JW

Best Veteran In Show Joyce’s Stranfaer Lucy Locket JW

Best Liver In Show Colson's Windyhollows Winnipeg

Best Liver In Show Colson’s Windyhollows Winnipeg

5th May 2018 at Thorpe Willoughby Village Hall, Leeds Rd, Thorpe Willoughby, N Yorks YO8 9PA

Judge: Mr R F Douglas (Greenbayhill)
Show Manager: Mrs M Melrose
Chief Steward: Mr R Allen
Show Secretary: Mrs P Goulette

Class 1 – Minor Puppy Dog – 1 entry
1st – Williams’ Wistaston Jet’s Legacy (AI)

Class 2 – Puppy Dog – 2 entries
1st – Smitherman & Roberts’ Seaheart Crian at Gloi
2nd – Hewison’s – Casblaidd Island in the Sky

Class 3 – Junior Dog – 3 entries
1st – Smitherman & Roberts’ Seaheart Crian at Gloi
2nd – Hewison’s  Casblaidd Island in the Sky
3rd – Hardy’s Mistledawn’s Hawkeye

Class 4 – Yearling Dog – 2 entries
1st – Nicholson & Brown’s Chanangel U’got the Look
2nd – Bligh’s Ravencrag Great North Star

Class 5 – Novice Dog – 4 entries
1st -Smitherman & Roberts’ Seaheart Crian at Gloi
2nd – Bligh’s Ravencrag Great North Star
3rd – Hedderwick’s Torwood Paw Trait
Res – Hewison’s Casblaidd Island in the Sky

Class 6 – Graduate Dog – 5 entries (1 Absent Batcheler’s Aricdell Aesir)
1st – Savory’s Hopevalley Morning Arizona
2nd -Hammersley’s Castlerock Magical Shadow for Nellspeace JW
3rd – Joyce’s  Stranfaer Get Over It JW 
Res – Hedderwick’s Torwood Paw Trait

Class 7 – Post Graduate Dog – 1 entry
1stMullin’s Seaheart Byron

Class 8 – Limit Dog – 2 entries
1st – Fox’s Black Mica’s Likes It Hot at Blacktoft JW (Imp Swe)
2nd – Joyce’s Stranfaer Makunudu

Class 9 – Open Dog – 1 entry
1st – Orme’s Elmstock Thyme to Dream

Class 10 – Veteran Dog – 2 entries
1st – Tierling’s Llantrussa Rum Ba Ba at Karaholme
2nd – Romeo-Dieste’s Hopevalley Morning Mayhem JW ShCM

Class 11 – Special Veteran Dog – 1 entry
1st – Hammersley’s Levelmoor Dr Devious for Nellspeace

Class 12 – Special Liver Dog – 1 entry
1st – Hedderwick’s Torwood Paw Trait

Best Dog – Orme’s Elmstock Thyme to Dream

Reserve Best Dog – Fox’s Black Mica’s Likes It Hot at Blacktoft JW (Imp Swe)

Best Puppy Dog – Smitherman & Roberts’ Seaheart Crian at Gloi

Best Veteran Dog – Tierling’s Llantrussa Rum Ba Ba at Karaholme


Class 13 – Minor Puppy Bitch – 1 entry

1st – Williams’ Wistaston Forzen Love (AI)

Class 14  – Puppy Bitch – 3 entries (1 Absent Griffiths & Newtown’s Cae Haidd Call Me Crazy with Layersway)
1st – Smitherman’s  Seaheart Cecilia
2nd – Hewerdine-Miller’s Lizzlog Wee Drop Of Mischief

Class 15 – Junior Bitch – 6 entries
1st – Jones’ Blacktoft Sapphire Ice at Benvellyn (AI)
2nd – Colson & Fox’s Blacktoft Dancing on Ice with Windyhollows (AI)
3rd – Colson’s Blacktoft Frozen in Time by Windyhollows (AI)
Res -Nelson’s Cuillinoir Lunedale at Byeways
VHC -Trevor’s Trevorsilk Galaxy Aurora

Class 16 – Yearling Bitch – 4 entries
1st – Walker & Roberts’ Jade Vom Wildforstersee at Gloi (Imp Deu) JW
2nd – Colson & Fox’s Blacktoft Dancing on Ice with Windyhollows (AI)
3rd –
Colson’s Blacktoft Frozen in Time by Windyhollows (AI)
Res
– Nelson’s Cuillinoir Lunedale at Byeways

Class 17 – Novice Bitch – 6 entries (1 Absent Barnett’s Annbecks Emmy Lou)
1st – Jones’ Blacktoft Sapphire Ice at Benvellyn (AI)
2nd – Colson & Fox’s Blacktoft Dancing on Ice with Windyhollows (AI)
3rd – Colson’s Blacktoft Frozen in Time by Windyhollows (AI)
Res – Smitherman’s Seaheart Cecilia
VHC – Collins’ Annbecks Isla May at Steeplehouse

Class 18 – Graduate Bitch – 6 entries (1 Absent Batcheler’s Aricdell Fjorgyn)
1st – Williams & Goodwin’s Wistaston Another Love JW
2nd – Ashcroft & Long’s Stranfaer Take it Easy to Keepersway
3rd – Gale’s Willowswind Nette Lark JW
Res – Romeo-Dieste’s Hopevalley Morning Dakota
VHC – Colson’s Blacktoft Frozen in Time by Windyhollows (AI)

Class 19 – Post Graduate Bitch – 3 entries (2 Absent Goulette’s Annbecks Brenna at Bobbinmill, Welch & Deverall’s Stranfaer Lyin’ Eyes)
1st -Walker & Roberts’ Gloi Dubh Gigha JW

Class 20 – Limit Bitch – 6 entries (1 Absent Griffith’s Castlerock Cosmic Hattie)
1st – Walker & Roberts’ Mistledawn Spring Breeze by Gloi JW
2nd – Joyce’s Stranfaer Solitaire JW
3rd – Trevor’s Dark Devotion Zuccess Hip Zone at Trevorsilk (Imp Nld)
Res – Hedges’ Blacktoft Quickstep of Satinbaze
VHC – Hewison’s Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd

Class 21  – Open Bitch – 2 entries
1st – Gale’s Willowswind Maias Wish
2nd – Finlay’s IrShCh Annbecks Ailis At Aughnaleck

Class 22 – Veteran Bitch – 5 entries (1 Absent Finlay’s IrShCh Lamintone Aine Runs Riot at Aughnaleck Ir Jun Ch JD CJW 11)
1st – Joyce’s Stranfaer Lucy Locket JW
2nd – Colson’s Eskwinds Driving Miss Daisy to Windyhollows
3rd – Barnett’s Pajanbeck Welcum to my World at Annbecks
Res – Arnold’s Casanjay Gaelic Dancer

Class 23 – Special Veteran Bitch – 1 entry
1st – Orme’s Elmstock Thyme to Remember

Class 24 – Special Liver Bitch – 2 entries
1st – Colsons Windyhollows Winnipeg
2nd – Trevor’s Dark Devotion Zuccess Hip Zone at Trevorsilk (Imp Nld)

Class 25 BRACE – 1 entry
1stGale’s brace

Best Bitch Walker & Roberts’ Mistledawn Spring Breeze by Gloi JW

Reserve Best Bitch Williams & Goodwin’s Wistaston Another Love JW

Best Puppy Bitch Smitherman’s  Seaheart Cecilia

Best Veteran Bitch Joyce’s Stranfaer Lucy Locket JW


Best In Show Orme’s Elmstock Thyme to Dream

Reserve Best In Show Walker & Roberts’ Mistledawn Spring Breeze by Gloi JW

Best Puppy In Show Smitherman & Roberts’ Seaheart Crian at Gloi

Best Veteran In Show Joyce’s Stranfaer Lucy Locket JW

Best Liver In Show Colson’s Windyhollows Winnipeg

Alderford Lake Water Training Day Open for Booking

We are now taking entries for our training day with our kind hosts the Bebbington family at Alderford Lake.  We always welcome handlers and dogs of all abilities and try to cater for everyone.  We do limit numbers where necessary to ensure that those who come can get the best out of the day and for this reason we need advance booking.

The date for your diary is 16th June: Booking Form Here

If you have any queries about this day please contact Caroline Hewison.

Hesketh Bank Training Days Open for Booking

We are now taking entries for our two training days at Hesketh Bank this year.  We always welcome handlers and dogs of all abilities at these days and try to cater for everyone.  We do limit numbers where necessary to ensure that those who come can get the best out of the day and for this reason we need advance booking.

The two dates for your diary are 2nd June and 4th August.

Booking forms here: JUNE & AUGUST

If you have any queries about either of these days please contact Caroline Hewison.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – RECONVENING

As a result of the extreme weather conditions experienced on 18th March 2018 notice is hereby given of the reconvention of the twenty third Annual General Meeting for the Association to complete the financial and outstanding items from the agenda.

The reconvened meeting is to be held at 10:30am on Sunday 8th July 2018 at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2RR (Gallery Suite 1st Floor).

Minutes of last year’s AGM (2017) and the 2017 accounts will be distributed at the meeting.

AGENDA

  • CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS
  • HON. TREASURER’S REPORT
  • ADOPTION OF ACCOUNTS
  • HONORARIA The committee proposes that there be no increase in honoraria for 2019, the last increase was in 2007. Proposed Mr L Geoghegan, Seconded Mr D Orme.
  • SUBSCRIPTIONS The committee proposes that there be no increase in subscriptions for 2019, the last increase was in 2007. Proposed Mr L Geoghegan, Seconded Mr D Orme.
  • APPOINTMENT OF AN AUDITOR
  • LITTER RECORDER’S REPORT
  • REPORT FROM THE K.C. LIAISON COUNCIL MEMBER

    Members wishing to attend the AGM must be fully paid up members of the Association.

Spring Working Test 2018

Held at Manor Farm on the Welbeck Estate by kind permission of Robert Bower and the estate.
8th April 2018

A big thank you to everyone who came along and supported the NEFRA test.  Thanks especially go to our lovely host Robert Bower, to our judges Malcolm Peacock, Alan Richardson and Harvey Richardson who set some challenging but doable tests and all the helpers who stepped up and helped and made the day possible

Puppy
1st Jan Egginton handling Pajanbeck Georgy Girl.
COM Heather Harley handling Blouet Noelle at Arrowhill.

Novice Dog Novice Handler.
1st Dave Locking handling Blakanis Wyken Pippin.
2nd Al Moore handling Shiraz Pebble.
COM Claire Gould handling Miranda Mermaid.

Novice.
1st Caroline Hewison handling Venus in Transit over Casblaidd.
2nd Caroline Hewison handling Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd.
3rd Colette Greenwood handling Tawnywood Jollification.
4th Anne Kitching handling Selloana Angel’s Dream.
COM Derek Bull handling Keepersway Alana.
COM Matthew Hopkinson handling Latournette Myrtille.
COM Rob Ashcroft handling Keepersway Adele.

Intermediate
1st Suzi Price handling Ruddleberry Songbird.
2nd Caroline Hewison handling Venus in Transit over Casblaidd.
3rd Andy Sweeney handling Portledge Belle Amy of Wolfthistle.
4th Graham Clelland handling Necessares Sorrel.
COM Pat Bell handling Gowran Hesperis at Pallingforth.

 

Well done everyone, and thank you for supporting NEFRA

Puppy test winner Jan Egginton and Pajanbeck Georgy Girl

Puppy test winner Jan Egginton and Pajanbeck Georgy Girl

Puppy test winner Jan Egginton and Pajanbeck Georgy Girl

Puppy test winner Jan Egginton and Pajanbeck Georgy Girl

Novice Dog novice handler winner Dave Locking with Blakanis Wyken Pippin

Novice Dog novice handler winner Dave Locking with Blakanis Wyken Pippin

Novice Dog novice handler winner Dave Locking with Blakanis Wyken Pippin

Novice Dog novice handler winner Dave Locking with Blakanis Wyken Pippin

Intermediate Winner Suzi Price and Ruddleberry Songbird

Intermediate Winner Suzi Price and Ruddleberry Songbird

Intermediate Winner Suzi Price and Ruddleberry Songbird

Intermediate Winner Suzi Price and Ruddleberry Songbird

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1st and 2nd prize winners in Novice: Caroline Hewison’s Venus in Transit over Casblaidd (right) and Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd (left)

Annual General Meeting and Annual Awards

At the 23rd 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.
Sadly, due to the severe weather on the morning of the meeting neither our President, Membership Secretary nor our Treasurer were able to be in attendance. As a result NEFRA will be holding an Extra-ordinary General Meeting on July 8th to hear the Treasurers Report and agree the accounts.


Annual awards were announced as follows:

President’s Cup – Jones’ ShCh Seaheart Anneliese by Benvellyn

President’s Cup winner

President’s Cup winner

2nd Walker and Robert’s Jade Vom Wildforstersee of Gloi JW
3rd Bellamy’s Woodfinch Hydra JW

Ceilidh Cup – Wendy Battison’s Donascimento Ramires

Donascimento

Donascimento Ramires

2nd Wendy Battison’s Donascimento Bebeto
3rd Wendy Battison’s Torwood Ice Conqueror at Donascimento

Inca Trophy – No points submitted


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT MEMBERS SUBSCRIPTIONS NOT RECEIVED BY 30TH APRIL 2018 WILL HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP TERMINATED.

NEFRA Championship Show – 2017

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.

Best In Show

Best In Show

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:

Best in Show and bitch CC, Sh Ch Flatcharm Chelsea Whopper ; Best Veteran in Show, RBIS and Dog CC, Sh Ch Steelriver Blazin Hot at Blacktoft JW ; and Best Puppy in Show Deringwood English Oak

Best in Show and bitch CC, Sh Ch Flatcharm Chelsea Whopper ; Best Veteran in Show, RBIS and Dog CC, Sh Ch Steelriver Blazin Hot at Blacktoft JW ; and Best Puppy in Show Deringwood English Oak

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.


Bitch Judge’s Critique:

Sue Pingree’s report has been taken as a scan from Our Dogs. Read it here

Dog Judge’s Critique:

Jim Irvine’s report has been taken from the online edition of Our Dogs Read it here

Referee’s Critique:

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).
3. Sullivan’s.

Junior Handling.

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)

Working Retriever Assessments – Castle Howard

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.