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

Breed Health Seminar

At a recent committee meeting it was decided to hold a health seminar this autumn.

A number of speakers have been confirmed with subject fields including oncology (Neil Palmer), physiotherapy (Rhona Warnock), cardiology (Sue Roberts), soft tissue surgery (Tom Clarke) and orthopaedics (Andy Torrington).

The venue will be 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.

The date is now confirmed as Sunday November 15th – this is the day after the Gundog Breeds of Scotland championship show, giving some people in the south two good reasons for traveling north.

Tickets will be £30 and this includes a Sunday lunch, teas and coffees.

Further details to be released as we have them.

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.