Forthcoming Events

Shows, Working Tests and Training Days

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.

Walked-up training in Leicestershire

A walked-up training day will be held on 5th March near to Sibbertoft, MARKET HARBOROUGH, Leicestershire.

This is for novice and open standard dogs. Class sizes will be limited, so do let us know if you want to book a place.

Details of directions and timings etc, will be emailed directly to attendees once we know the level of interest.

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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Subscriptions

Notice is hereby given of the 22nd Annual General Meeting of the Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association which is to be held at 11:00am on Sunday 19th March 2017 at Gallery Suite, 1st Floor, Fenton Manor Sports Complex, City Road, Fenton, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2RR.

Nominations are sought for the following

Chairman (3 Years)
Mrs Karen Joyce is prepared to stand for re-election with the support of the committee.

Hon. Show Secretary (3 Years)
Mrs Paula Goulette is prepared to stand for re-election with the support of the committee

Treasurer (1 Year balance of term)
Following the resignation of Mr Ian Bott for the balance of his term of office of one year. Mr David Taylor who was seconded by the committee, to temporarily fulfil this post in July is prepared to stand with the support of the committee.

Committee Vacancies (5 posts)
There are five vacancies on the committee.

Mrs V.Orme, Mrs K.Jubb, Mrs H.Fox, and Mrs D.Brooks have completed their term of office. With the support of the committee all are prepared to stand for re-election for a futher 3 year term .
Mrs S.Wells has resigned from the committee due to her continuing ill health. There is, therefore, a vacancy for her remaining period of office of 2 years.

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 17th February 2017. 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 no later than Friday 17th February 2017. Only matters on the agenda can be discussed at the meeting.

Should you require a postal voting form please apply to the Honorary Secretary, 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 2017 SUBSCRIPTIONS WERE DUE ON 1ST JANUARY 2017 AND IF PAYING BY CHEQUE SHOULD BE SENT TO:

MR D.TAYLOR (ACTING HON TREASURER),
Cooks Lane House,
Cooks Lane,
Bradnop
Leek
Staffordshire ST13 7HA

MEMBERS WHOSE CORRECT SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOT RECEIVED BY THE AGM WILL BE UNABLE TO VOTE

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

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

Working Retriever Assessments

NEFRA members were welcomed to the lovely Castle Howard Estate today, to hold the Novice and Intermediate Working Retriever Assessments.

In the Novice section, passes were awarded to
Cherry Wood and Woodfinch Cherith
Debbie Smith and Donascimento Carlos
(Judges Garry Ellison and Caroline Hewison)

In the Intermediate section, passes were awarded to
Val Orme and Elmstock Thyme to Dream
Peter Griffin and Eskwinds Ebony Jay
Julie Matthews and Ollerset Shining Nymph
Caroline Hewison and Donasimento Danilo from Casblaidd
(Judges Gill Griffin and Chris Hewison)

Thanks to everyone for coming, and also to those who helped by throwing dummies for us, and thank you to Castle Howard for allowing us to visit.

Learn more about the Working Retriever Assessments Here

Autumn Working Test 2016

Sunday 25th September 2016 saw NEFRA hosting their annual Autumn Working Test at the grounds of 
Bannister Hey, Claughton-On-Brock, near Preston by the very kind permission of Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes & Jeremy Hunt.

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Photo Courtesy of Caro Dell – Workingline Images

This is the second time the Association has visited this ground which offers many opportunities for putting dogs through their paces.   The judges for the test were Mr Philip Smithies, Mr Paul Dixon & Mr Jeremy Hunt assisted by our 
Chief Steward Mr Garry Ellison.

A night of persistent rain prior to our arrival left the ground somewhat damp underfoot so mud was the order of the day.

Prizes awarded were as follows:

Puppy (4 entries)

1st Sue Sinnott Millola Handsome Man
2nd Vicky Sullivan Autumnal Flame over Wyrebeck

Novice Dog/Novice Handler (5 entries)

1st Rose Barker Mahinda Sweet Bay
2nd Rob Ashcroft Keepersway Adele
3rd Vicky Sullivan Rocknroll Star by Wyrebeck

Novice (17 entries)

1st and Judges Choice Pat Bell Gowran Hesperis at Pallingforth
2nd Andy Sweeney Norfolkflyers Rosie’s Thorn of Wolfthistle
3rd Peter Howson Devonbank Dare to Dream

Open (11 entries)

1st and Judges Choice Caroline Hewison Maddistream Indigo Jack at Casblaidd
2nd Peter Griffin Eskwinds Chaffinch
3rd Rachel Holt Croftcloses Lucrative Boy

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Vicky Sullivan, Rob Ashcroft, Andy Sweeney, Rose Barker, Paul Dixon Philip Smithies, Sue Sinnott, Jeremy Hunt, Pat Bell, Peter Howson.  Photo courtesy of Caro Dell Workingline Images

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Peter Griffin, Caroline Hewison, Rachel Holt