Monthly Archives: September 2015

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


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