Breed Population Analyses

The Kennel Club have today made available on their website a population analysis for each of the Kennel Club registered breeds.

Click the following link to view breed reports from the KC website and a number of other resources:

These reports comprise an analysis of pedigree information held by the Kennel Club over the period 1980-2014 for each breed to determine the rate of loss of genetic diversity within each breed. The reports aim to be a useful resource in the management of the genetic diversity of breeds in order to maintain a good balance between inbreeding and genetic selection.

NEFRA Autumn Working Test 2015

The NEFRA autumn working test was held on September 19th at Stapleton in Shropshire with the very kind permission of Mr & Mrs K Fox on the very pleasant surroundings of Upper Shadymoor Farm where the committee and competitors were made most welcome.

The judges were Mrs Kate Smith, Mrs Jennie Menage and Mr Warren Jones.

Many thanks to all who helped to ensure the day ran smoothly.

The award winners were as follows:

Puppy (4 entries)

1st Eskwinds Ebony Jay, handled by Peter Griffin
2nd Gowran Isolde, handled by Vivienne Gatter



Novice (16 entries)

1st & Judges’ Choice Donascimento Santos, handled by Keith Aldred
2nd Norfolkflyer Rosie’s Thorn of Wolfwhistle, handled by Andrew Sweeney
3rd Tallistar Midnight Skye, handled by Christine Spalding
4th Eskwinds Drake, handled by Gill Griffin
COM Ollerset Rainbow, handled by Garry Ellison
COM Ollerset Shining Nymph, handled by Julie Matthews


Open (10 entries)

1st & Judges’ Choice Venetian Red at Maddistream, handled by Gill Awty
2nd Maddistream Indigo Jack at Casblaidd, handled by Caroline Hewison
3rd Ollerset Sparkling Nymph, handled by Garry Ellison
4th Pepsmark Jet Stream at Casblaidd, handled by Chris Hewison


Eye testing in Scotland

At the Flatcoated Retriever Club of Scotland’s Breed Open show on Saturday 17th October they will be offering eye tests including gonioscopy with Mr Tony Wall and another ophthalmologist officiating.

Costs for Flatcoated Retrievers will be £35 for the general test and £35 for gonioscopy. Spaces may be available for other breeds and these will be £40 for each test.

Forms and details are on the FRCS website.

You will need to bring registration forms and copies of “old” certificates if you have any. Flatcoats over eight years old who have already had gonioscopy can have the test redone at no charge.

Closing date to apply for test is 30th September.Worth remembering that since January 2015, the BVA/KC recommendation is that gonioscopy be done every 3 years.

Working Retriever Assessments

Yesterday saw another working retriever assessment day held in Delph near Oldham where 12 dogs were put through their paces on testing ground (and water) under the scrutiny of our assessors Gill Griffin and Chris Hewison.

Three of the handlers present were able to gain another pass on the tests set for their dogs bringing them one step closer to passing the certificate.

We would like to thank the landowner, Jean Buckley, the assessors and those who helped on the day.

Further details of this assessment scheme can be found here

Inter Area Team Challenge Winners 2015

NEFRA again attended the Inter Area Team Challenge, which was hosted by the Flatcoated Retriever Society on August 22nd near Loughborough.

We were lucky to be able to send two teams this year and one of our teams came out on top and won the competition. We have come very close on several occasions previously, but this is the first time that a team from NEFRA has won. Well done!

Our puppy Castlerock First Angel, handled by Dr Lewis Holton was Best Puppy and also had the highest overall score. Gill Awty ran her open dog Venetian Red at Maddistream, Garry Ellison ran his novice dog Ollerset Rainbow and Caroline Hewison ran her novice dog Venus in Transit over Casblaidd who won the Best Novice trophy. A great day and well done to all involved.

The winning team

The winning team

Working Retriever Assessment day

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Dogs and handlers awarded their assessment passes

NEFRA members had a good day yesterday at a lovely venue near Garstang, doing the novice and intermediate working retriever assessments.
Congratulations to Garry Ellison and Ollerset Rainbow who were awarded their 3rd stage and novice WRA. There were 5 other passes in the novice level, and also 4 passes in the intermediate level.
Thank you to our wonderful hosts Kim & Tony, our judges Den Orme and Chris Hewison, and all our lovely helpers

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

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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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Working Retriever Certificate Assessments

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.