Training Day &WRA assessment

13th July

July Training and WRA Day

NEFRA is holding a second training and Working Retriever Assessment (WRA) day on Saturday 13th July – previously advertised as the 14th July – at Burton Salmon, LS25 5JX.  The morning will consist of training for Beginner, Novice Day / Novice Handler and Novice and the afternoon will be a Novice Level WRA.

The NEFRA Working Retriever Assessment is the perfect way to get an understanding of where your dog is with regard to its training; what is working well and what needs more focus.  The format follows that of a working test although in a much less formal way so is the perfect introduction if you want to compete in Tests at some point.  There will be 4 separate exercises to be completed each of which will be marked out of 20; the pass mark will be decided by the assessors, on the day and all tests have to be passed to be successful.  In order to pass the Novice WRA you need to pass 3 separate assessment days.

Online form found here.

Paper Entry and schedule found here.

NEFRA Shared Venue Open and Championship Dog Shows – York

In a first for NEFRA we hosted two shows in one day at one venue.

Held at: The Exhibition Hall, York Auction Centre, York on 5th May 2024

Championship Show Judge Mrs Helen Fox ( Blacktoft)
Fully Marked-Up Catalogue.
Judge’s Critique

Open Show Judge Miss Abby Bellamy (Moontorn)
Fully Marked-Up Catalogue
Judge’s Critique

Our Championship Show major award winners were as follows:

Best In Show77 – Windyhollows English Holly at Llantrussa, (Mrs Ca & Mrs L Price & Nicholls)
Reserve Best In Show44 – Sh Ch Braemist Witches Fire, (Miss L S Jones)
Best Opposite Sex107 – Lizzlog Shotgun Harry JW (Mrs L Walker)
Best Puppy in Show101 – Levliann Big Bang, (Mrs L Varty-Lindsay)
Best Veteran in Show22 – Hoedun Alexandra of Denmark, (Mr P Dunnett)
Best Liver in Show103 – Levliann Waited for You, (Mrs L Varty-Lindsay)
Best Special Working in Show63 – Ronevorg Dark Angel at Lussac JW Kcwgc, (Mrs S May)
Dog Challenge Certificate107 – Lizzlog Shotgun Harry JW (Mrs L Walker)
Reserve Dog Challenge Certificate33 – Ronevorg I Believe in Santa at Montechor (Mrs M Hessing)
Bitch Challenge Certificate77 – Windyhollows English Holly at Llantrussa (Mrs Ca & Mrs L Price & Nicholls)
Reserve Bitch Challenge Certificate44 – Sh Ch Braemist Witches Fire (Miss L S Jones)
Best Puppy Dog101 – Levliann Big Bang (Mrs L Varty-Lindsay)
Best Veteran Dog48 – Stranfaer Get over It JW (Mr D & Mrs K Joyce)
Best Liver Dog103 – Levliann Waited for You (Mrs L Varty-Lindsay)
Best Special Working Dog63 – Ronevorg Dark Angel at Lussac JW Kcwgc (Mrs S May)
Best Puppy Bitch106 – Lizzlog Naughty Nun at Night (Mrs L Walker)
Best Veteran Bitch22 – Hoedun Alexandra of Denmark (Mr P Dunnett)
Best Liver Bitch54 – Gemswin Goody Two Shoes (Mrs S, Mrs G & Mr M Knight & Jacobs)
Best Special Working Bitch62 – Lussac Winter Witch JW Sgwc (Mrs S May)

Our Open Show major award winners were as follows:

Best In Show66 – Hopevalley Morning Wicked, (Mrs M E Romeo-Dieste)
Reserve Best In Show83 – Lizzlog Tittle Tattle, (Miss H S Walker)
Best Opposite Sex in Show90 – Bitcon Alliance with Bluewaters (ai) JW, (Mrs J Wild)
Best Puppy in Show72 – Steelriver Isle View Pippet, (Miss S Stevenson)
Best Veteran in Show71 – Sh Ch Plainfire’s The Captain of My Heart Is Steelriver (Imp Che) ShCEx, (Miss S Stevenson)
Best Liver in Show82 – Levliann Waited for You, (Mrs L Varty-Lindsay)
Best Working in Show40 – Ch Moonstruck Macadamia Sgwc, (Mrs S, Mrs G & Mr M Knight & Jacobs)
Best Dog90 – Bitcon Alliance with Bluewaters (ai) JW (Mrs J Wild)
Best Bitch66 – Hopevalley Morning Wicked (Mrs M E Romeo-Dieste)
Reserve Best Dog41 – Kulawand Callisto (Mr & Mrs R S & Mrs P Lane & Lane-Ridyard)
Reserve Best Bitch83 – Lizzlog Tittle Tattle (Miss H S Walker)
Best Puppy72 – Steelriver Isle View Pippet (Miss S Stevenson)
Best Puppy Dog80 – Levliann Big Bang (Mrs L Varty-Lindsay)
Best Puppy Bitch72 – Steelriver Isle View Pippet (Miss S Stevenson)

WRA and Training

On 11th May NEFRA held a training morning followed by Working Retriever Assessment in the afternoon. It was held near Retford, Nottinghamshire

Passes were Sonya Jenkinson, Helen Fox, Jenny Jones, Anne Kitching and Rochelle Richards. Special thanks go to Andy Sweeney and Garry Ellison for their excellent training, advice and invaluable feedback, to Helen Fox for her excellent hospitality including cakes, sausage rolls, Prosecco and sloe gin, to the landowner for use of their excellent grounds and to Malcolm and Robert for dummy throwing – we couldn’t run these days without all these wonderful people. Thank you so much.

Everyone had a very enjoyable day. We are holding a very similar day in July so keep an eye on the FB page and website – those people who attended yesterday are already looking forward to the next one.

Joyce Ryder

NEFRA was sorry to hear of the death yesterday of Joyce Ryder. She was a member of our committee for a number of years and also held the office of show secretary for the Association.

Joyce is pictured here at our first championship show in 2008

It was Joyce who introduced the NEFRA Pup of the Year competitions and she organised these on our behalf for many years.

The committee and membership send our thoughts and condolences to her husband Arnold.

Good Citizen Testing Day

NEFRA held a KC Good Citizen Testing Day on Saturday 23rd March at a venue in Fritchley, Derbyshire

Fueled by coffee and cake, participants, both members, and non-members alike, engaged in bronze and silver assessments on the grounds provided by Paula Goulette. It’s worth noting that the cake and coffee served surpassed even NEFRA’s high standards, adding an extra touch of enjoyment to the proceedings.

Our assessor for the day was Helen Chambers.

Dogs that passed the bronze assessment were Amanda with ‘Lincoln’, Amanda with ‘Delorian’, Paula with ‘Merlin’, Margaret with ‘Sam’ and Lindsay with ‘Cosmo’

Dogs that passed the silver assessment were Claire with ‘Tilly’, Frances with ‘Skye’, Hilary with ‘Bryn’, Caroline with ‘Linnhe’ and Michelle with ‘Walter’

Many thanks to all who helped make this day a success. Congratulations on all the handlers and their dogs for their richly deserved successes.

Hesketh Bank Training Day

10th August 2024

Back by popular demand, Hesketh Bank Training day.

We will be holding a training day for a mixture of groups from puppies to open. Please fill in the online form and tell us about your training ability.

Enter using the link below followed by payment. This is on a first come first serve basis and places will only be held when payment is received. This is a full day training session. The charge for this training session is £15.

Online form here.

Spring Working Test

Sunday 28th April 2024
Cow Hill, Cowhill Lane, Grimsargh, PR2 5SE
by kind permission of Mr Geoff Saint

Judges: Mrs Gill Awty & Dr Malcolm Awty
Puppy, Novice Dog/Novice Handler, Novice, Intermediate.

Awards: Trophies to winning dogs. Cards and rosettes to 4th place in each class

We would like to thank all the helpers who made this event run so well. Many thanks to all of you.

The winner of the Novice Dog / Novice Handler class was Dawn Woodiwiss with Woodidream Myrtle Moonbeam.

Puppy winner was Garry Ellison with Ollersett Duchess, 2nd was Julie Matthews with Ollersett Nymph.

Our judges did not award a first in the Novice Class, 2nd was Stephanie Hurstfield with Thurwhitt Chiquitita, 3rd was Julie Matthews with Ollersett Black Knight.

There were no awards in the Intermediate class.

Annual General Meeting 2024

NEFRA held their 29th Annual General Meeting of the Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association held on Sunday 17th March 2024 at The Fenton Manor Sports Complex, City Road, Fenton, Stoke -on -Trent, ST4 2RR.

At the AGM the following awards were announced:

Winning the President’s Cup

Clandrift Bring Me Sunshine JW. Winner of the 2023 NEFRA President’s Cup.
  1. Mrs V Bowen Clandrift Bring Me Sunshine JW
  2. Mrs K & Mr D Joyce Stranfaer One Fell Swoop
  3. Mrs V Davis & Mrs J Egginton Go With The Flow Dynamic Faithful (IMP NLD)

Winning the Ceilidh Cup

Mr Andy Sweeney – Maddistream Black Powder of Wolfthistle

Winning the Nellspeace Plate

Mrs Helen Fox being awarded the Nellspeace Plate by Charlotte Simons and Anne Haley

Treasurer (3 years)
Mr D Taylor continues as Treasurer for a further three year term.

Hon. Working Secretary (3 years)
Following her co-option to the post last year Mrs. C. Simons continues as Working Secretary for two more years to complete her three year term.

Committee Vacancies (5 posts)
Mrs. H Buckley, Mr C. Hewison, Mr G Richards, Mrs V. Burroughs continue for a further 3 year term and Mrs A Hayley continues for a two year term.


Cooks Lane House,
Cooks Lane, Bradnop, Leek.
Staffs. ST13 7HA

(£15 joint, £10 single and £7 seniors)



NEFRA was invited to train at Mike Pilling’s land up yesterday at Eagland Hill near Preston. It was our first training session of 2024 and the perfect start to the year. We had seasoned trainers Garry Ellison and Steve Burns along giving guidance and encouragement to all.

Luckily the weather was kind to us and the rain kept off so apart from the chilly wind and it being somewhat soggy underfoot the training conditions were great. The beginners were given a thorough introduction to gundog training by Garry, focusing on the basics while the novice group had a session that concentrated on running the dog out in a straight line.

Feedback from both groups was that the training was great fun, after initial nerves had been conquered, and very informative.

We had fun awards to give out for the Trainers’ Choice in each group; easter eggs won by Vicky Crossley with Riva from the Beginners group and Caroline Hewison with her puppy, Linnhe from the Novice group.

Huge thanks to Mike, Garry and Steve

Schedule here

KC Working Gundog Certificate, Roby Mill, Wigan 10th February 2024


Link to the KC website

Nefra hosted a Kennel Club Gundog Working Certificate on dummies on the 10th February. Our assessors for the day were Mrs Caroline Hewison and Mr Phil Smithies.

We had 8 dogs entered and 5 passed. They were put their paces with steadiness, blinds, heel work and retrieves. A list of awarded dogs are below;

Sonya Jenkinson with flatcoat Skybrook Rock Me

Stephanie Hurstfield with flatcoat Thurwitt Chiquitita

Steve Burns with Labrador Tallamelie Sparkly Ring at Jollybrow

Cath Burns with Labrador Tallamelie Bridesmaid at Jollybrow

Helen Fox with flatcoat Satinbaze Cracksman for Blacktoft JW.