Forthcoming Events

12th July 2015

NEFRA Water Training Day – Dearnford Lake – Click here for more information
This is now full but names will be taken for a reserve list

19th July 2015
NEFRA Working Retriever Assessment – near Garstang – Click here for more information
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

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

19th July 2015

We are holding a Novice and Intermediate Working Retriever Certificate assessment on Sunday 19th July, near Garstang.

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

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.

The next event is the water training day at Dearnford Lake on 12th July. A form to book is on the website, please book early to ensure a place and avoid missing out.

NEFRA Open Show 2015

Held today in Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby. The results are now listed on the show page.

Our thanks go to our judge for the day Mrs A Bishop and our hard-working committee for running the day smoothly.  Thank you also to all the exhibitors who entered today.

Best Veteran, Best In show, Reserve Best In Show, Best Liver

Best Veteran, Best In show, Reserve Best In Show, Best Liver

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

Four Way Match 2015

The annual Four Way Match Working Test was hosted by NEFRA on 26th April 2015 on ground near Garstang with the very kind permission of Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes.

The tests were set by Garry Ellison and judged by him with his co-judges Neil Parkinson, Stewart Henderson and Steve Burns.  Each judge watched as two puppies, two novice dogs and two open dogs competed from each of the four teams representing NEFRA, PTA, Burns & Becks and Pilling Moss.

This year it was Pilling Moss who took the crown, with a novice dog from Burns & Becks winning the Top Dog title.

Our own Keith Aldred with his dog Donascimento Santos was placed a very respectable 2nd place in the Novice dogs.

NEFRA Team from the 4Way Match 2015

NEFRA Team from the 4Way Match 2015 – Keith Alfred, Andy Sweeney, Gill Awty, Caroline Hewison & Simon Fitzherbert-Brockholes

Spring Working Test 2015

A lovely day at the WoodHall Hotel (well the weather wasn’t, but the atmosphere was!) Huge thanks to the Hotel for allowing us to visit again, our judges – Dave Haycock, Cherry Wood, and Chris Hewison, who judged 44 entries over the day. Huge thanks also to Garry for stewarding, Val (and Sheena) for all the catering, and everyone else who stepped up and helped in some awful weather today!

Full Results and Photos Here

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