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Working Retriever Assessment October 2018

NEFRA held a Working Retriever Assessment at Intake Head near Oldham by kind permission of Jean Buckley. A very wet day for the hardy handlers!

Chris Hewison and Gill Awty judged the novice level, and awarded four passes

  • Sue Sinnott and Millola Handsome Man
  • Caroline Hewison and Casblaidd Island in the Sky
    (both having achieved their second stage)
    Two handlers achieved their third stage and were awarded their Novice Certificates.
    Well done to
  • Lisa Jane Mappin and Casblaidd Valdoonican
  • Al Moore and Shiraz Pebble

Chris Hewison judged the intermediate level and a 3rd pass and their Intermediate Certificate were awarded to

  • Gill Awty and Venetian Red at Maddistream.

Well done everyone.
Thanks to Malcolm Awty and Peter Griffin for dummy throwing, and thanks to everyone for turning out on a very wet day

Autumn Working Test 2018

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

There was a truly international flavour and a wonderful turnout for our Autumn Working Test at the Castle Howard Estate on Seeptember 30th 2018.

A huge thank you was extended to the Estate and Clive Harrison the gamekeeper for hosting us at such a lovely venue.

The judges who had to work so hard were Mick Newsam (our panel judge), Yvonne Storr and Cath Kitching.  They did an absolutely sterling job

With entries from Holland and a guest visitor from the Flatcoated Retriever Society of Japan it has become clear to us that we must be doing somIMG_7529ething right!

Thanks were also extended to  Garry Ellison (our Chief Steward) for test setting and stewarding, and generally managing to be at one end of the field and the other at the same time keeping everything flowing.

We are blessed by the work put in by our band of helpers who always step up and throw dummies for us, stewarding, firing pistols, and placing blinds, which shows what great team work makes up a successful day!

NEFRA would also like to thank Caro Dell from Workingline Images for all the photography!   Her photos will be available shortly.  It was a very long day, but very worthwhile.

Results
Puppy (6 entries)
1st Caroline Hewison with Casblaidd Island in the Sky winning the Whiteabbey Salver
2nd Jan Egginton with Pajanbeck Georgy Girl
3rd Anne Kitching with Casblaidd Angel’s Landing
4th Gill Griffin with Ravencrag Illusionist

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Puppy Award Winners – photo courtesy of WorkingLine Images

Novice Dog, Novice Handler (8 entries)
1st Amber Nicholls with Featheringay Raven Prince winning the Maddistream Trophy and the Yonsaff Cup for Best Newcomer (and a prize for a free photo session with Caro Dell)
2nd Al Moore with Shiraz Pebble
3rd Mags Brayfield with Keamarola Private Dancer
COM Charlotte Knowles with Mistledawn Manyclouds
COM Mags Brayfield with Contar Skeggles Water
COM Janet Botterill with Chanangel My Swallow
COM Lindsay Kinnaird with Lunar Eclipse.

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Novice Dog / Novice Handler Winner photo courtesy of WorkingLine Images

Novice (16 entries)
1st Derek Bull with Keepersway Alana winning the Strider Plate (and Judges’ Choice)
2nd Caroline Hewison with Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd
3rd Julie Matthews with Ollersett Rainbow
4th Al Moore with Shiraz Pebble

Novice Winners

Novice Winners photo courtesy of WorkingLine Images

Open (13 entries)
1st Gill Awty with Venetian Red at Maddistream winning the Open trophy (and Judges’ Choice)
2nd Caroline Hewison and Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd
3rd Ditmar Diunkerken-Jense with Quail’s Floyd’s Fleurie
4th Keith Aldred with Donascimento Santos
COM Caroline Hewison with Venus in Transit over Casblaidd

Open Winners

Open Winners photo courtesy of WorkingLine Images

Well done to everyone and thank you all for coming.

Working Retriever Assessment Day – Wigan

NEFRA members visited a lovely new venue near Wigan today, by very kind permission of Sarah Marflow.

With wonderful hospitality and gorgeous ground NEFRA held a Working Retriever Assessment for novice and intermediate dogs.

Thanks to our judges Chris Hewison and Gill Griffin, and thanks to our helpers Garry Ellison, Malcolm Awty and Peter Griffin.

Well done to the following dogs who passed a stage of the novice level.

  • Lisa-Jane Mappin and Casblaidd Valdoonican
  • Al Moore and Shiraz Pebble
  • Caroline Hewison and Casblaidd Island in the Sky

Well done to Gill Awty and Venetian Red at Maddistream who passed an Intermediate stage.

Well done everyone and thanks all for coming

Lisa-Jane Mappin and Casblaidd Valdoonican, Gill Awty and Venetian Red at Maddistream, Al Moore and Shiraz Pebble, Caroline Hewison and Casblaidd Island in the Sky

Lisa-Jane Mappin and Casblaidd Valdoonican, Gill Awty and Venetian Red at Maddistream, Al Moore and Shiraz Pebble, Caroline Hewison and Casblaidd Island in the Sky

(Photo courtesy of Lisa)

Introduction to Working Tests Training Day

NEFRA held an Introduction to Working Tests Training Day on Saturday 18th August 2018 at  Glasson Dock near Lancaster held by kind permission of Dave Charnley and his family

This day was 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.

Thank you to everyone who came along . Thanks to our trainers /judges Gill Awty, Gill Griffin, Garry Ellison and Chris Hewison for all the guidance and tips for our novice handlers, and thank you to our helpers Malcolm Awty, Peter Griffin and Val and Den Orme.

We had four different exercises for all the dogs to practice on in the morning, and then the same exercises were repeated under ‘test’ conditions in the afternoon.

1st Mags Brayfield and Contar Skeggles Water
2nd Mags Brayfield and Keamarola Private Dancer
3rd Al Moore and Shiraz Pebble
4th Lisa Jane Mappin and Casblaidd Valdoonican.

An award was also given as the most improved handler during the day to Debs Gourlay.
Well done everyone and hope to see you entering the Novice dog/novice handler class at our working test in September

NEFRA Championship Show 2018

To be held in Stoke on Trent on 4th November.

Judge (Dogs) Mr H Nelson (Byeways)
Judge (Bitches) Mrs J Donnelly (Eskmill)
Referee Mrs H Fox

Schedule published and entries can be made online via Fosse Date Website.

Working Retriever Assessment

NEFRA held a Working Retriever Assessment at Garstang today, by kind permission of the Fitzherbert-Brockholes family.

This is a lovely venue and some good tests were set by our judges Chris Hewison and Gill Griffin. Thanks also to Malcolm Awty and Peter Griffin for throwing dummies.

In the Novice level passes were awarded to
Lisa-Jane Mappin and Casblaidd Valdoonican
Mags Brayfield and Contar Skeggles Water

Mags Brayfield and Contar Skeggles Water

Mags Brayfield and Contar Skeggles Water

Lisa-Jane & Heath

Lisa-Jane Mappin and Casblaidd Valdoonican

In the Intermediate level a pass was awarded to
Gill Awty and Venetian Red at Maddistream.

Gill & Indie

Gill Awty and Venetian Red at Maddistream

 

Well done, and thanks to everyone for coming.

Gary and Elaine Whiting

It is with great sadness that we have recently heard of the loss this month of two of the founder members of NEFRA.

Both Gary Whiting and his wife Elaine (Spenbeck) worked very hard on the committee and treasurer for many years.  The funeral will be held in their home town of Mirfield on a date that has not yet been confirmed.  NEFRA pass on their condolences to their relatives at this sad time.

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Taken from the local newspaper:

WHITING Gary Maxwell 1953 – 2018 Elaine Margaret 1955 – 2018 Gary passed away on Friday 8th June 2018, aged 64 years, sadly followed by his dear wife Elaine on Thursday 28th June 2018, aged 62 years, at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield and of Kitson Hill Road, Mirfield. “Gary and Elaine will be greatly missed by all family and friends.” A service of celebration for Gary and Elaine’s life will take place on Wednesday 11th July 2018 at Christ the King Parish Church, Stocksbank Lane, Mirfield at 1:45 pm, followed by committal and cremation at Huddersfield Crematorium, Fixby, at 2.45 pm, followed by refreshments at Old Bank W.M.C., Old Bank Road, Mirfield. Will friends please accept this intimation. Family flowers only please but donations in lieu, if so desired, for the benefit of the R.N.L.I. may be left in the collection box provided at the funeral service or sent to Richard Fearnley Independent Funeral Directors; 745, Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury. Tel: 01924 494435 for all enquiries

GOdogs Project

GraphicThe University of Cambridge is working on the GOdogs project, investigating the genetics of metabolic disease in dogs. They are currently recruiting Flatcoated Retrievers for their study and hoping we might be able to help.

Recruitment poster

They are investigating the genetics of obesity in dogs, and in particular a change in a gene they identified in Labradors and Flatcoated Retrievers which is associated with them being particularly food-motivated dogs. They are looking to recruit enthusiastic FCR owners to bring their dogs along to Cambridge vet school to take part in a test of their dogs’ metabolic rate. From the dog’s point of view, this involves resting in a transport kennel for a couple of hours but it will allow them to measure how their genes affect metabolic rate and perhaps can predispose them to weight gain.

Understandably the location may be a barrier to NEFRA members participating in the study however, travel expenses and a £50 Amazon voucher is offered as a gratuity to all participants. There are other ways to get involved too – by donating DNA via a saliva swab and posting it to us and by completing an online survey. There’s lots more information on their website http://www.godogs.org.uk

Jodie Wainwright
Research Assistant GOdogs Project
Institute of Metabolic Science
University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories
Level 4, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science
Box 289, Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Cambridge, CB2 0QQ
United Kingdom

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.