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Working Secretary

After 13 years in the role of Working Secretary for NEFRA Caroline Hewison has made the difficult decision to step down at our March 2023 AGM, we will be sorry to lose her and thank her for all she has done for the Association.

Photo courtesy of Caro Dell – Workingline Images

Our AGM notification has already been sent to members informing them of the time, date and officer / committee posts up for election. This vacancy for Hon. Working Secretary is in addition to those posts already mentioned.

Hon. Working Secretary (1 year)

Due to our current working secretary stepping down a vacancy has arisen for 1 year (to complete the term of office), nominations for the above post are sought and should be sent to the Hon. Secretary Miss. H Walker from the proposer, together with a letter from the seconder and written agreement from the person proposed. Proposals should arrive by Friday 17th February. The proposed person and either their proposer or seconder must be in attendance at the AGM and be prepared to address the meeting.

N.B. Only people who have been a member of NEFRA for a minimum of 3 years are eligible to stand for officer or committee posts.

NEFRA’s Championship Show – 6th November 2022

NEFRA’s 14th Championship Show
Venue Biddulph
Judge (Dogs) Mrs M Romeo-Dieste (Hopevalley)
Judge (Bitches) – Mr Frank Whyte (Kazval)
Referee Mrs R Bellamy (Woodfinch)

Rosette, sash and the Waterwitch Trophy
Rosette and The Crathorne Trophy
Rosette, sash and trophy
BEST VETERAN IN SHOWselected from the winners of Veteran classes only Rosette, sash and trophy101 Reynolds’ CH WICCANSSAGE HUGO’S DREAM JW SGWC 
Best in Show – Vicky Crossley’s Wyrebeck Caught by Surprise

Here are the results:

Mrs M Romeo-Dieste’s Judge Critique

Thank you to the committee for the honour of judging this show, which was originally postponed due to Covid. Thank you also to the exhibitors for a lovely entry.

I mentioned when I judged in 2018 that mouths need to be watched and this is still the case.  Feet are also a worry. I found many dogs with over long claws which spoilt what was an otherwise acceptable foot. The good feet stood out and they should be the norm. I found fewer short upper arms than previously which is a move in the right direction. 

On the plus side I was pleased to find dogs of the correct medium size and some beautifully moulded heads. I was very happy with my final line up and there were 4 dogs that I was considering for the CC/RCC

My co judge, Frank Whyte, and I were in complete agreement on the main awards. Congratulations to all the winners.

Veteran Dog (4)
This was a lovely class of naughty veterans

1st Reynold’s Ch Wiccanssage Hugo’s Dream JW SGWC
He presents a very balanced outline and is in full coat and hard condition. A lovely head and a very naughty expression. He has quality bone, correct depth and length of rib and correct elbows. He won the class and subsequently the RCC & BVIS on his accurate movement, showing plenty of drive and forward reach.

2nd Fox’s Ch Black Mica’s Like It Hot at Blacktoft JW SGWC (Imp Swe)
Taller than one with more leg length. He has enough depth to his rib and he is correct in loin. He has a good front with pronounced brisket and a moderately turned rear. On the move he was steady and accurate. 

3rd Neilsen’s Multi Ch Starworkers You Keep Surprising Me
This boy is stronger all through than the first two and not as animated on the move. He has a strong topline and well set tail which never stopped wagging. He has a good length of neck and well laid shoulders. 

Special Veteran (1, 1abs)

Minor Puppy Dog (8, 1abs)
This was a lovely class and bodes well for the future, all very close in age.

1st Buckley’s Blacktoft Brindisi By Buckleyhill
7mth old with a beautifully moulded head a sweet expression. He won this class on his well developed front and super tight feet. He is at just the right stage of development for his age with deep rib, short loin and moderately angulated rear. On the move he was a little sluggish at first but he came alive when asked to move a little quicker. 

2nd Campbell & Brown’s Ronevorg Firefly Fantasy
Taller than 1 but not unbalanced. Another with a lovely head and eye. He has a good length of neck and level topline. He has quality bone and tight feet. He moved well in profile but I preferred the rear movement of 1.

3rd Wild’s Bitcon Alliance With Bluewaters (AI)
Completed a trio of good puppies. This boy is a little rangier at the moment but all the essentials are there. His head is very typical. He has clean lines a stands on excellent bone and feet. His tail is correctly set and on the move he was accurate and carries himself well.

Puppy Dog (4)

1st Colson’s Windyhollows Ragged Robin
What a super puppy of almost 11mths. Once settled he presents a super outline with well placed shoulders and correct length and return of upper arm. His topline is level and leads to his nicely set ever wagging tail. He already shows maturity through the body and in coat with plenty of feathering. His rear is moderate showing good width of second thigh. He covered the ground well on the move maintaining a lovely outline. Happy to award him BPIS over his very beautiful sister. I will watch them both with interest. 

2nd King’s Kingsisla Isle Of Lewis
4th in MPD who gave away some in development. He has an attractive head with neat ears. He is moderately angulated all through and is in good condition. I would like a little more animation which would lift his profile. Moved steadily. 

3rd Burrough’s I Know Him So Well at Rokaness 
This boy is stronger all through than the first 2. He has a dark eye and neat ears. He has strength in his neck and shoulders and depth to his rib. He has a thick coat which makes him look a little stuffy at the moment. Moved well.

Junior Dog (3)
This was a difficult class due to all 3 being different in type and size.

1st Bellamy’s Bochilbarley Goblet Of Fire JW 
This young boy has an attractive head and naughty expression. Good length of neck to well placed shoulders and super tailset from his level topline. He has a pronounced forechest and is deep enough in rib and good length to his loin. I would like more of him all through for a male and tighter feel but he was the most balanced and accurate mover here which gave him the class.

2nd Churchard’s Flatcharm Griffin Dark at Churchking
Upstanding dog who is rangier at the moment. Pleasing head and expression with good length of neck. He stands on quality bone and tight feet with good body proportions. He gave his handler a very hard time on the move where is was too busy having fun to show himself off. 

3rd Gulbis’ Blacklake Lysander For Gayplume
A taller dog, this boy not as together as the first 2. He has a good body with short loin, he has enough bone and good feet. He was steady on the move, being straight both ways.

Yearling Dog (5, 1abs)

1st Youens’ Riverglide Secret Reprieve
Lots to like about this boy from his nicely moulded head to his well set tail. He has excellent lay of shoulder and has good length of body. He has correct length and return of upper arm with well placed elbows. His rear balances his front angulation with good second thigh. Quality bone and well arched toes. He is in excellent coat and condition.

2nd Hessing’s Hoedun Daddy’s Eyes at Montechor
A different type to 1 and not so pleasing in head. He is balanced through the body and has enough angulation both ends. Well boned with tight feet. He was a little erratic on the move today

3rd Turner’s Torwood Galactic Flyer
Not has mature as the first 2, this boy will need time. He has moderation in his body and short loin. He has adequate bone and enough coat I would like more width to his rear and tighter feet. Well schooled and handled. 

Novice Dog (4)

1st Prior’s Gemswin Shut Up And Dance
An easy winner of this class. An honest workman like dog. He has a typical head and expression. He is moderately angulated front and rear with a full coat which is in great condition. He covered the ground well on a good stride. 

2nd Turner’s Torwood Galactic Flyer

3rd Burrough’s I Know Him So Well at Rokaness

Graduate Dog (7,2abs)

1st Crossley’s Wyrebeck Caught By Surprise
This boy presents a very typical out line of moderation with no exaggeration. Nicely moulded head, correct shoulders giving good length of neck. He has lovely length and return of upper arm well placed elbows enabling him to move cleanly in front. He shows good length of rib and short loin. His rear is well developed with short hocks which gives him drive. His profile movement is easy and accurate. In the challenge he continued to take my eye and eventually his first CC. I was delighted when my co judge agreed to him being BIS. Congratulations. 

2nd Neilsen’s Black Amandas Xcuse Me Ladies
A liver of good colour who is racier than my winner. He has a lovely head with good eye colour, His rib is deep enough but he is another who will take time to mature and develop but the foundation is there. He stands on good feet and moved well showing good extension.

3rd Campbell & Brown’s Ronevorg Angel Wiv Attitude
A smaller type, in hard condition. He has good eye shape and colour but I would like a little more refinement to his head. His shoulders are well laid and he has a good topline, His front and rear angulation are balanced with good bone and tight feet. He was a little erratic on the move today. 

Post Graduate Dog (4,1abs)

1st Flynn’s Ballyriver Back To Basics
Mature dog in full coat, on the smaller side. He has a beautifully moulded head with dark eye. Adequate lay of shoulder with good angulation to his upper arm. He is very deep through the body with a well developed rear and short hocks. In excellent coat and hard condition. He moved with good extension in profile. 

2nd Protheroe’s Manteauplat Tom Putt For Ynysddu
This dog has to be done over to be appreciated. He has a classically moulded head with correct fill and eye shape. He has great reach of neck and well laid shoulders, showing correct substance all through. His correct angulation was evident in his movement. 

3rd Gulbis’ Blacklake Angelo For Gayplume
Upstanding dog and not as together as the first two. He has adequate angulation at both ends with good depth to his chest. Moved steadily.

Limit Dog (11,1abs) 

1st Flynn’s Finhamspride Kovu Among Rodsdream
Beautifully balanced with mature coat and feathering, He has a good topline leading to his correctly set, ever wagging tail. He is well developed in thigh, but I would like a more moderate turn of stifle. Free standing he tends to spoil himself by pushing his head back which cost him in the challenge. 

2nd Holland’s Flatcharm Mayhem Miller
Of racier type than one and still only young in Flatcoat terms. He has classic head and super expression. Well laid shoulder and correct length of upper arm. Quality bone and tight feet,  good length of back and well set tail. He is full coat and hard condition. He moved out well in profile. 

3rd Neilsen’s Toyota Da Real Corte
A workman like boy who is very moderate all through. Good head with kind expression. He shows good body properties and balance. He was steady on the move. 

Open Dog (4)

1st Macdonald’s ShCh Derringwood English Oak
Quality dog with a lovely head and kind expression. Lovely forehand angulation with a pronounced forechest and a balanced rear. He has super bone and feet and is in full coat. He moved well covering the ground with ease.  

2nd Scaife’s Flatcharm Mr Fix It for Shennanjoy
Another who needs to be gone over to appreciate him. He is moderately constructed all through with good length and return of upper arm. Moved well but I would like to see him outside. 

3rd Bellamy’s Bochilbarley Blue Moon (AI)
A different type, he is a medium sized dog with a pleasing head. He has adequate bone and good feet. Deep rib of correct length. He is in good condition but short on coat today. Moved accurately. 

Champion Dog (2)

1st Reynold’s Ch Wiccanssage Hugo’s Dream JW SGWC
This class gave me a headache with two boys I liked very much. Both very worthy Champions.  1 just had to edge in profile movement which gave him the class. This could easily change on another day. Thank you for bringing them both. 

2nd Macdonald’s ShCh Derringwood English Oak

Special Liver Dog (1)

1st Shepherdson’s Murphy’s Treat
Attractive head with good eye colour. Balanced in angulation. Rich liver coat. Moved steadily and was attentive to his handler. 

Special Working Dog (2)

1st Hewison’s Casblaidd Island In The Sky SGWC
Well grown dog in full coat and feathering. He has an attractive head and eye. Good bone but would prefer tighter feet. Mature body and short loin with moderate rear. He moved straight and true. 

2nd Gardner’s Kulawand Kookaburra for Svenjack SGWC
Stronger dog from the veteran class and enjoying his day. He was just losing his outline and was a bit tired at the end of the day which reflected in his movement. 

Mandy Romeo-Dieste

Mr Frank H Whyte’s Judge’s Critique

It was both a pleasure and an honour to judge this well-run, Club Championship Show and my sincere thanks to my very helpful Stewards, the Club Officials, Committee and helpers, for making the day special.  I found the exhibits on a whole to be well presented, with typical wagging tails, medium sized and confident. Heads as a rule were of good length and nicely moulded but there were one or two thick back-skulls and a few level bites.  Eye colour and shape were good.  To highlight main concerns for this wonderful breed going forward I would have to say, movement, not straight and true, some loose fronts and rears lacking second thigh, width and drive. From previous appointments I found more exhibits to be short in length of leg to body proportions, which gives a longer cast body and more cobby /mature appearance than the required raciness without weediness.  I would like to thank all the exhibitors for being so sporting on the final placings.

These three ladies were both a credit to their owners and of good overall quality, headed by

1st 26 Egginton & Davis’ GO WITH THE FLOW DYNAMIC FAITHFUL (IMP NED) feminine head with good eye, ears and expression.  Moderate neck into good shoulder. Good bone legs and compact feet. Good depth of body, holds firm outline with good tail carriage. Well angled rear and presented in good coat and condition

2nd 73 Knight & Jacob’s SH CH MOONSTRUCK MACADAMIA JWW15 At 9 yrs another in very good condition.  Feminine moulded head piece with good eye.  Liked her type balance and size, good neck into well assembled front.  Strong loin and covered ground with steady action, close to one but just felt winner held slight firmer profile going round today.

3rd 57 Holmes’ WICCANSSAGE VIRTUE AT RYDANAH Feminine head of good shape, nice eye and expression, liked her type and size. Good bone and legs and good rib. Also presented in good coat and condition moved with steady gait and another that has much to like. 


1st 9 Campbell’s RONEVORG MADAME BUTTERFLY Headed this lovely class of young ladies at differing stages of development, feminine head of good length with well-placed dark eye and good ears.  Clean neck into body of good depth, nice rib, well set tail. Good legs and feet and presented in good coat and condition. Moved well with good front reach and holding balanced profile. Lots of promise.

2nd 122 Williams’ WISTASTON ALL ABOUT LOVE (AI) Another promising youngster with good head, eye and expression. Good bone legs and rib, also, stands on good feet.  Tail well set and carried also presented in good coat and condition. Liked her type and shape and moved with steady gait round the ring holding nice top line.

3rd 66 Joyce’s STRANFAER ONE FELL SWOOP Making a quality trio, very slightly smaller cast at this stage, but was balanced, good bone and also has many breed qualities, good head, neck, fore chest, rib and well-set tail. Presented in good coat and condition and moved with steady action, close to one and two.


1st 93 Price & Nicholls’ WINDYHOLLOWS ENGLISH HOLLY AT LLANTRUSSA Feminine head, dark eye of good shape, slight stop and strong jaw and good ears. Liked her size, nice bone, length of leg and in good body condition and good coat. Well-developed rear and tail well set on. Liked her type and holds good outline going round with free steady action. BPB

2nd 66 Joyce’s STRANFAER ONE FELL SWOOP As Previous

3rd 113 Tennant & Duckett’s ARICDELL THE LOVING KIND Feminine head good eye. Liked her size, rib, loin and overall outline. Good tail and feet and presented in good coat. Moved with steady stride.


1st 13 Chambers’ HOTOTO PRETTY BALLERINA JW Very nice type shape and size. Feminine head of good length, dark eye good ears.  Clean neck into well laid shoulder good depth, rib, short loin and well-set tail. Well angled rear and won this class on steady free action. Presented in good condition but not quite in full jacket today.

2nd 77 Mellor’s FLATCHARM GUILTY PLEASURE Also feminine, racy with good head piece and eye, good neck and body shape. Tail well set and has quality bone. Moved with free gait holding nice top line.  Very well presented and close to winner.

3rd 109 Stewart’s ESKSIDE A KIND OF MAGIC Feminine and has lovely balance, good bone head piece and eye. Good legs and feet and presented in good coat and condition. Has a steady action, prefer a bit more drive and needs to come out herself more to show off her qualities.


1st 82 Nielsen’s STARWORKERS FLIP A COIN Feminine racy of good size shape and breed type.  Good head eye and depth of body. Liked her size, legs and stands on good feet. Needs time to fill in the frame, prefer a touch shorter loin but presented in good condition and holds firm outline.  Moved with good rear action and front reach. Promising with much to like.

2nd 97 Rees’ BRAEMIST NEW MOON FOR ESKWINDS Nice head shape and eye with good expression. Moderate neck into body of good depth. Well sprung rib, strong loin. Good legs and feet. Presented in good coat and condition and moved steady gait holding nice top line.


1st 55 Holmes’ RYDANAH DEVILS IN THE DETAIL Medium sized feminine with well-proportioned body, good legs and feet. Good rib and well angled rear. Tail well set. Moved with steady front and rear action holding best profile, Presented in good coat and condition.

2nd 22 Curtis’ OLLIEART’S WILDEST DREAMS A youngster of good type and frame. Good legs and feet, has a feminine head with good eye, clean neck into balanced body. Moved with good gait, needs time to develop and fill in. Lots to like.


1st 103 Richards’ HOPEVALLEY MORNING RIVER THROUGH KIMBERFIELD Medium sized, balanced, nice bone and was the most together on the move to win this nice class. Feminine head of good length and muzzle. Good eye colour and shape well placed ears of good size. Moderate neck into body of good depth with good legs and feet. Presented in very good coat and condition.

2nd 35 Gardiner’s BITCON TAYLOR MADE FOR SVENJAK Very close to winner and may change places on another day. Feminine racy with head of good shape, nice eye and expression, good ears.  Good length neck into well laid shoulder, good bone and straight legs and very well presented. Moved with steady gait and nice front reach

3rd 14 Chambers’ HOTOTO’S POLLY TOODLE Pleasing head with good eye colour. Ears well placed. Good neck into body of good shape and depth, good bone legs and feet. Tail well set and in good body condition.  Moved well just needs a bit more finish to complete the picture.


1st 85 Orme’s HOPEVALLEY MORNING DREAM OF ELMSTOCK Feminine nicely moulded head with good eye and expression.  Good ears well set on. Clean neck into well laid shoulder. Good legs and feet. Good, depth of body and nice rib, short loin and well angled rear. Tail well set and very well presented. Young and just need a little more time and finish to complete the picture.  Covered ground with steady free action.

2nd 10 Campbell’s RONEVORG WHISPERING ANGEL Lovely overall quality and type, balanced well proportioned body and has good bone, legs and feet. Feminine head with good eye and ears, moved with nice rear drive, but, not in her best jacket today, typy and what you see is what you get.

3rd 81 Nielsen’s STARWORKERS ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY Feminine, racy and of good size, good bone. Liked her head shape. neck and depth of body. Moved with good front action and nice outline not quite the rear drive of one and two. Presented in good condition.

CLASS: 24 – LIMIT BITCH 18 (4)

1st 104 Ross’ ISLSTROM AILA Headed this very nice class, Feminine head with good skull stop and muzzle. Nice eye colour and shape. Ears of good size. Clean neck into medium sized body of good depth. Good legs and feet. Tail well set and carried. Well angled rear.  Presented in very good coat and condition, moderate, and held the most balanced picture when covering the ground, at the correct pace, to win this good class & BCC 

2nd 54 Holland’s WOODFINCH HIGHLAND FAIRY FOR FLATCHARM Another who was balanced feminine, good size and of good proportions. Feminine moulded head with good eye. Moderate neck into good body, legs and feet. Moves with nice free action and front reach, holds good top line. In good condition and very close to winner, needs a little more finish and sure she will change places with one on another day.

3rd 117 Walker’s LIZZLOG FANNY BY GASLIGHT Liked her very much for her type size and shape and balance. Good head shape, skull and muzzle. Nice eye and expression.  Good depth loin and tail. Has good straight legs and the very best feet. Covered ground with nice profile and another girl that needs more finish to complete the picture.

CLASS: 25 – OPEN BITCH 10 (2)

1st 52 Holland’s FLATCHARM BIANCA DEL RIO lovely moulded head with good eye and well-placed ears. Good neck into body of good size. shape and depth. Racy with good length leg and good feet. Tail well set and moderate rear. Moved with good free action and nice front reach. Presented in good coat condition and was very close to the top honours, a girl you have to give serious consideration. Also much to appreciate. Res BCC 

2nd 89 Phipps-Baker & Baker’s NEVER SAY NEVER OASIS OF PEACE TO MADDOUSE Moderate, balanced and of good size and shape.  Well proportioned feminine head.  Presented in good coat condition, good bone and legs. Moved freely with nice drive from rear holding nice outline and good tail carriage.

3rd 32 Fox’s SH CH BLACKTOFT DANCING THE BLUES Feminine head, good eye shape and colour. Good neck, legs, feet and depth of body. Presented in good coat condition. Holds nice profile and has nice front action.  


1st 78 Morrison’s GCHG CH IRONWOOD BE QUICK OR BE DEAD Feminine with good head piece, eye and ears. Liked her size, shape, bone legs and feet.  Presented in very good condition and holds a mature, balanced picture with nice profile and good front reach.  A racy lady with many breed virtues, who was a serious contender for the top honours.

2nd 72 Knight & Jacobs’ SH CH GEMSWIN DRESSED FOR SUCCES Another quality girl. Liked her size shape and breed type. Good head shape and eye. Clean neck into body of good depth, good legs and feet.  Well-developed rear and also very well presented in good coat and condition.  Moved freely, also holds nice quality shape but preferred front reach of winner today


1st 19 Colson’s WINDYHOLLOWS FLAMING KATY A feminine youngster of good size, racy with good length leg and body shape.  A baby who needs time, presented in coat od good dark liver colour and good condition Moved steadily.


1st  50 Hewison’s DONASCIMENTO DANILO FROM CASBLAIDD SGWC KCWGC VW Loved hear head, eye and expression. Good size, body shape and in very good coat and condition. Liked her depth, rib, legs and feet. Moved with steady drive holding nice profile. Very good type.

Mrs R Bellamy’s Judge’s Critique:

I would like to thank the Committee of NEFRA for asking me to judge the Special Members Open Dog or Bitch class, the Brace class and the Junior Handling at this friendly Show which has always been ‘special’ to me.   Sadly, there were no Junior Handlers today, but with great rapport between the handlers in the Brace class, I greatly enjoyed my day.   I was not called upon to carry out any ‘Referee’ duties.


1st Mrs J. Campbell’s very well matched girls.  Stood beautifully, wagging in unison and attentive to their handler.   When asked to move, they flowed round the ring completely together, foot perfect.   Well handled. 

2nd Miss V. M. Sullivan’s lovely pair of dogs.  Not quite as ‘together’ as the 1st place, but moving out well and happily wagging all the way.

3rd. Mrs S, Mrs G & Mr M Knight & Jacobs girls.

Special Members Open Dog or Bitch class:  In memory of Mr George Lancaster. 

1st Mrs S, Mrs G & Mr M Knight & Jacobs Sh. Ch. Gemswin Dressed for Success.  Judged this young lady earlier this year and she still oozes quality.  She has the sweetest head with such a gentle expression.  Good length of neck leading into correct front construction.  Tight elbows, good spring of rib and nice short loin.  Lovely topline and tailset.  Once again, she moved round the ring with confidence and drive.  

2nd Ms H. Fox’s Satinbaze Cracksman for Blacktoft JW (AI).  A handsome boy, almost 5 years old.  A classic head and nice dark eye.  Super construction with good bone and feet.  Looked as though he could do a hard day’s work.  Not in the best of coats today, but well balanced and moved with drive.

3rd Ms H. Fox’s Sh. Ch. Blacktoft Dancing the Blues.  

Roslyn Bellamy (Woodfinch)


New Ground for NEFRA Assessments

NEFRA members are always delighted to be offered the use of a different area to work their dogs, with new distractions, sights, sounds and smells to contend with. Today we also had the added distraction of horses to work our dogs around.

The ground, in the village of Burton Salmon, was offered by NEFRA member David Foster. This isn’t far from Ferrybridge and so wasn’t difficult to access. It provided a very useful lake for water retrieving as well as fields with varying cover and grass length which leant itself to simulate a variety of scenarios typical of a working gundog environment.

Our working secretary, Caroline Hewison, thanked Mr Foster for his generosity in offering the ground – we have been invited to return in a couple of weeks to train in a sugar beet crop. Please note this day is now fully booked.

Garry Ellison and Caroline Hewison were our assessors for the novice dogs this morning. The intermediate level dogs were judged by Cherry Wood this afternoon. All three assessors have been long-standing supporters of the working flat-coated retriever and we would like to thank them for their ongoing help at NEFRA events.

There was one Novice pass this morning: Rochelle Richards handling her dog Hopevalley Morning River through Kimberfield.

The three Intermediate passes were awarded to: Julie Matthews handling Ollerset Black Diamond, Garry Ellison handling Ollersett Black Knight and Caroline Hewison with Casblaidd Island in the Sky (who now has gained all three passes to obtain his Intermediate Certificate). All are pictured here with Cherry Wood.

KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme Assessments


NEFRA hosted a bronze and silver good citizens testing session today, at BarkRun by very kind permission of Charlotte Smith. These are always special days – we also got the opportunity of meeting a lovely Löwchen and a spaniel who were participating

We would like to pass a huge thank you to assessor Nigel Woodall who was so good with the dogs, it was a lovely day all round.

A two minute silence was held at the start of the day to remember Her Majesty The Queen.

Well done to bronze award passes:

Paula and Lyra
Anne and Eddy
Carol and Woody

Well done to the silver award passes:

Chris and Coral
Charlotte and both Chance and Wispa
Sonya and Skye.

NEFRA Puppy, Novice and Veteran Working Test 2022

27th August 2022 – held at Roanlodge Gundog Training Centre near Buxton / Leek by very kind permission of Lesley Morgan. Wonderful hospitality as always and so welcoming!

The tests were for puppies up to 18 months, novices and veterans (over 8 years).

Our judges for the day were Malcolm Peacock, Audrey Ellis and Phil Robinson – thank you to them for giving up their day for the flatcoats.

Thank you to our sponsors Skinners and a huge thank you to all that helped, whether that was stewarding, throwing dummies, placing dummies, firing pistols, and generally helping with running the day, very much appreciated!



1st Sue Rodgers with Signy Never Touching Ground (IMP CZE)
2nd Graham Clelland with Necessares Isle of Coll
3rd Sarah McGeehan with Princess Elsa

Puppy Awards


1st Caroline Hewison with Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd
2nd Gill Awty with Venetian Red at Maddistream
After a run off
3rd Derek Bull with Keepersway Alana
4th Garry Ellison with Ollsersett Sparkling Nymph
COM Andy Sweeney with Norfolkflyers Rosie’s Thorn of Wolfthistle
COM Judith Hart with Gayplume Cotton Candy

Veteran Awards


1st Caroline Hewison with Casblaidd Island in the Sky
2nd Garry Ellison with Ollersett Shimmering Nymph
3rd Andy Sweeney with Wolfthistle Mr Miracle
COM Chris Hewison with Casblaidd Mirror Lake
COM Fred Newton with Keamarola Just as Good

Novice Test Awards

Well done everyone!!

Introduction to Working Test Training Day

NEFRA hosted an ‘Introduction to Working Test Training Day’ on 30th July 2022 at Roanlodge Gundog training centre (Leek / Buxton area), by very kind permission of Lesley Morgan. Such a lovely venue for all things gundog and wonderful hospitality from Lesley.

Thank you to our trainers/judges Gill Awty, Lisa-Jane Mappin, Andy Sweeney and Garry Ellison for helping everyone today and for all their hard work, very much appreciated indeed! Also thank you to our helpers for throwing dummies all day – Den Orme, Bob Hart and Darren Brooks, and to our sponsors Skinners.

We split into four groups with everyone working around the exercises in the morning with advice from our judges on what to expect in a test, and to practice the exercises.

In the afternoon, there was the opportunity to repeat those exercises under test conditions and be scored.

Places were awarded for the tests this afternoon –

1st – Lauren Broome and Brady
2nd – Judith Hart and Fern
3rd Rochelle Richards and Doris

Thank you to all for coming, I really hope you all gained something from the day.

Working Retriever Assessment Day

NEFRA held a Working Retriever Assessment today at Garstang by very kind permission of Simon Fitzherbert-Brockholes. We started early and completed the land retrieves of the assessments for both the novice and intermediate dogs while it was cool, and then moved off to the water to complete both tests on the lovely shaded pond. A lovely day with some challenging tests. Thank you to Lisa Mappin and Caroline Hewison who judged the novices, and Chris Hewison judged the intermediates.

Huge thank you also to Alan Jenkinson for throwing dummies all day, and also Garry throwing this afternoon.

Passes of a novice stage were awarded to

Gill Griffin and Ravencrag Illusionist
Garry Ellison and Ollersett Shimmering Nymph

Two dogs passed their third stage and were awarded their novice certificates

Julie Matthews and Ollersett Black Diamond
Mags Brayfield and Contar Skeggles Water

One dog passed a stage of the intermediate assessment

Caroline Hewison and Casblaidd Island in the Sky

Well done everyone, thank you all for coming, and I will get some more dates sorted soon!


Wow! What a wonderful response we had to our long-awaited 25th Anniversary Weekend celebrations.  There was a great atmosphere for our members (and many non-members).  Thank you for all your very positive comments.

Some of the Founder members of NEFRA, with current chairman Karen Joyce

Over the course of two days there were opportunities to participate in so many events: our open show, our novice and open working tests, the stakes classes, gundog demonstration, scurry, quiz, scavenger hunt, rally, fun dog show, KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme, film screening, children’s activities.

There are so many people we wish to thank for the weekend, our judges, stewards, caterers, committee members and of course our fellow flatcoat enthusiasts for making the event so very special.

There were also many unsung heroes, volunteers, family and friends who were roped in to help out – to these people please know that your efforts did not go unnoticed. As we left the site on Sunday evening we were proud to say how tidy everything was and this was thanks to the band of helpers.

There were also donations to support the event – from the large donation from the Flatcoated Retriever Society; Steve and Kate Jubb’s wonderful hog-roast, bubbly and cake; many raffle prizes and rosette sponsorships.

We must extend our thanks to the landowners at both Hayes Farm and Abbeyfields Farm for allowing us to hold our events on their land.

Results from the Open Show Saturday 7th May

Judge Mrs Ros Tierling

Best In Show and Best Dog Hewison’s Casblaidd Island in the Sky KCWGC SGWC
Reserve Best in Show and Best Bitch Gale’s Willowswind Nette Lark JW

Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show with Judge Mrs Ros Tierling

Best Puppy in Show Hewison’s Selloana Monoceros
Best Veteran in Show Fox’s Black Mica’s Likes It Hot at Blacktoft JW (IMP SWE)
Best Liver in Show Hopkinson & Trevor’s Trevorsilk Galaxy Alzato
Reserve Best Dog Fox’s Black Mica’s Likes It Hot at Blacktoft JW

Reserve Best Bitch Haley’s Skybrook Honey Honey
Best Veteran Bitch Hewison’s Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd KCWGC SGWC
Best Liver Bitch Hewison’s Casblaidd Tea Leaf
Best Brace Mrs M Romeo-Dieste

Stakes Classes
Judge Mrs Val Orme

Puppy Dog or Bitch Hewison’s Selloana Monoceros
Open Dog or Bitch Bellamy’s Sh Ch Woodfinch Masquerade
Veteran Dog or Bitch Hewison’s Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd KCWGC SGWC

Well done to all, all the results can be found here

Saturday’s Scurry results

1st Sue Rodgers and Signy  10.96 seconds
2nd Carol Ball and Fell  11.31 seconds
3rd Jo Hewison and Landy 11.61 seconds

Results from the Working Test Sunday 8th May

Judges Steve Crookes, Anne Crookes, Elaine Whittaker
Chief Steward Cherry Wood
Abbeyfields Farmhouse, by very kind permission of Mr Andrew Duffin

Novice (20 entries)
2nd David Foster with Kenyten Styx
COM Andrew Sweeney with Wolfthistle Mr Miracle
COM Fred Newton Jarvo Supermoon

Open (7 entries)
1st Gill Awty and Venetian Red at Maddistream

A huge thank you to all the helpers and to our sponsors Skinners. There was a really lovely atmosphere at the test, thank you to all for entering


A level one Rally competition was also held on the weekend, a first for NEFRA.
Judge Tony Lewenz, Scribe Kate Wykes
27 Entries (19 Worked. 14 Qualfiers. 3 Non-Qualifiers. 8 Aosent)

All the results can be found here

The Rally Award Winners

Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Awards

Gold (2 Awards)

Silver (3 Awards)
Chris Hewison & Mira, Kathryn Trevor & Yvaine, Emma Shepherdson & Murphy

Bronze (8 Awards)
Rochelle Richards & Doris, Scarlet Sisley-Smith & Eeui (Finnish Lapphund), Mandy Romeo-Dieste & Frodo, Mandy Romeo-Dieste & Buffy, Charlotte Smith & Wispa, Charlotte Smith & Chance, Sonya Jenkinson & Skye, Carol Ball & Fell

Gundog Demonstration

Andy Sweeney and Sue Rodgers

Fun obstacle course

1st – 3rd with Judge Michele Elliot

Anniversary Open Show Results

NEFRA’s Open Show
As a part of NEFRA’s (postponed) 25th Anniversary Celebration Weekend
Venue: Hayes Farm, Newstead Village, NG15 0BD
Judge: Mrs R Tierling (Karaholme)

OPEN SHOW CLASSES – Judge’s Critiques

(Stakes Classes critiques: here)

I wish to thank the hardworking committee of NEFRA for staging this fantastic weekend.  My initial invitation to judge the NEFRA Open show goes back over three years to judge the 2020 show and of course Covid struck.  I was then invited to judge the 2021 which would have been the 25th anniversary show and again Covid struck.  I felt very honoured to be invited to judge the 2022 show which also included the 25th anniversary celebration which was a fantastic weekend and blessed by great weather.

Thank you to the exhibitors who took my decisions with good grace and it was lovely to hear classes being applauded.   Also thank you to my two wonderful stewards – Charlotte Smith and Steve Jubb who did a great job.

Minor Puppy Dog – 1 (ab 1)

Puppy Dog – 1 (ab 1)

Junior Dog – No entries

Yearling Dog – 1

1st – Prior’s – Gemswin Shut Up and Dance.  19 months old lovely boy who would insist on pacing when moving however I did manage to see enough movement without pacing. Good head and expression and neat ears.  Nice reach of neck ample bone and lovely feet.  He carried his topline level and with a very happy wagging tail.  Liked his overall balance.  Quite exuberant – well handled.

Novice Dog – 2 (ab1)

1st – Shepherdson’s – Murphy’s Treat.  Liver dog 3 years old.  Finer type.  Nice head and expression with neat ears.  Good mouth with correct bite. Straight front legs leading to good feet.  Nice reach of neck and carried a level topline on the move with an ever wagging tail.  Moved well.  At one with his handler – well handled.

Graduate Dog – 1

1st – Shepherdson’s – Murphy’s Treat.

Post Graduate Dog – 3

1st – Romeo-Dieste’s – Hopevally Morning Circus.  Lovely boy 2.5 years old.  Liked his head and expression, correct bite, neat ears, excellent feet, level topline, well sprung rib cage with good bend of stifle.  He moved well – well handled.

2nd – Buckley’s – Steelriver Hit The Beach With Buckleyhill.  3 years old.  Very masculine head with neat ears.  He had a good front and excellent bone with a good depth of chest.  Level topline with a good tailset and a nice short tail.  Moved ok – well handled.

Limit Dog – 5 (1 ab)

1st – Hopkinson & Trevor’s – Trevorsilk Galaxy Alzato.  Liver dog 5 years old very masculine.  Good head and eye, nice reach of neck, excellent dept of chest and good front.  Ample bone throughout.  Good length of upper arm and laid back shoulder.  Moved true both fore and aft.  Well handled. 

2ndSatinblaze Cracksman for Blacktoft – Good head and expression.  Good length of upper arm and laid back shoulder.  Lovely bone, he had a good depth of chest, correct length of loin, level topline leading into a short tail.  Well muscled – moved ok.

Open Dog – 1

1stCasblaidd Island In The Sky SGWC KCWGC – 4 years old and loving life!  Beautiful masculine head with a dark eye and typical expression, ears well set.  Good mouth.  Nice reach of neck leading into level topline.  Good length of upper arm and shoulder which showed in his reaching free flowing movement.  Lovely bone.  Good depth of chest with his elbows tucked in and a lovely front.  Correct spring of rib.  Good bend of stifle, well muscled.  He moved sound and true both fore and aft.  Fit for function.  Very happy disposition – loved him!  Well handled.  Very pleased to award him BD and BIS.

Veteran Dog – 1

1st –  Fox’s –  Black Mica’s Likes It Hot At Blacktoft.  8 years old – Lovely head with dark eye and neat ears.  Well boned, good front leading into excellent feet.  Good deep chest, level topline leading into a short wagging tail.  Good bend of stifle, well muscled.  Lovely mover and covered the ground with ease.  Pleased to award him BVD, BVIS and RBD.

Special Veteran Dog – 2

1st – March’s – Black Aqua Bjornson.  10 years old coming up for 11.  Very lively and belied his age only the frosting on his chin gave it away.  Lovely masculine head with dark eye and correct ear set.  Good dentition.  Lovely coat.  Good bone and straight front legs.  Correct length of upper arm and shoulder, level topline and tailset.  Moved with drive and enthusiasm.  Well handled by his young handler – who I learned afterward was both hers and his first show.  Well done!

2nd – McQuillan’s – Gemswin Black Majic.  11.5 years old!  Good head and expression.  Lovely quality bone, good depth of chest.  He carried a level topline which went into his happy wagging tail.  He moved steadily around the ring.   He was handled with care by his owner.  Amazing!

Special Liver Dog – 3

1st – Hopkinson & Trevor’s – Trevorsilk Galaxy Alzato – Best Liver in show.

2nd – Hewison’s –  Casblaidd Very Ernest.  6 years old.  Lovely shade of liver.  Good head and eye, lovely front and deep chest, good shoulder and upper arm.  Well boned.  He carried a level topline leading into his wagging tail.  He just didn’t want to show today.  Well handled.

 Minor Puppy Bitch – 4 (2 ab)

Both lovely babies.

1st – McQuade’s – Gemswin River of Dreams.  8 months old.  Very pretty with feminine head, dark eye and small neat ears.  Lovely front leading into excellent tight feet.  Good reach of neck.  Nice lay of shoulder and upper arm.  She carried a level topline and had a good tailset.  Good bend of stifle.  Moved well around the ring true both fore and aft – very confident.  Well handled.

2nd – Harley’s – Friia Lusun Bring Me Sunshine to Arrowhill NAF.  Just 6 months old and at her first show.  Very much a baby. Slightly smaller than 1st.   Very feminine with dark eye, good expression and neat ears.  Excellent feet, good reach of neck and carried a level topline.  Good movement and very happy on the move. Handled with kindness –  I understand her handler wasn’t her owner and had only met a short while before the class.  Only maturity separated these two.

Puppy Bitch – 9 (5 ab)

1st – Hewison’s – Selloana Monoceros.  11 months old and growing into a lovely young bitch.   Very feminine with lovely head dark eye and ears well set.  Lovely reach of neck, laid back shoulder and good length of upper arm.  Deep chest.  Ample bone.  Level topline, good length of loin, nice bend of stifle, well muscled.  Tail correctly set and she carried her tail level when moving.  Moved with purpose around the ring and was straight and true both fore and aft.  She was very happy and at one with her handler.  BPIS

Junior Bitch – 1

1st – Hewison’s – Selloana Monoceros.  

Yearling Bitch – 1 (1 ab)

Novice Bitch – 2 (2 ab)

Graduate Bitch – 2 

1st – Haley’s – Skybrook Honey Honey.  Just 4 years old.  Nice head and expression.  Good bone throughout, straight front legs and excellent feet.  Nice deep chest with good length of shoulder, which was laid back, and upper arm.  Good length of loin and bend of stifle.  Well muscled.  Moved well with precision and drive.  Carried her tail level when on the move.  Well handled.  RBB

2nd – Jones’ – Benvellyn Amethyst Sunbird.  Another lovely bitch.  Feminine head and expression with small neat ears.  She had a lovely coat.  However today she didn’t want to stand (it was very hot) and she was unsettled on the move.

Post Graduate Bitch – 4 (2 ab)

1st – Salt’s – Levelmoor Blackadder.  3 years old.  Very racy in outline.  Feminine head and expression, good reach of neck, nice front and deep chest.  Good spring of rib, level topline, nice bend of stifle and well muscled rear.  Moved well around the ring with a level tail.  Well handled.

2nd – Welch’s – Stranfaer Lyin’Eyes.  Another very femine bitch.  Lovely head and expression excellent bone and fab feet.  Good bone, deep chest, well sprung ribs. Good coat. Level topline. Moved well however she wilted in the heat.  Well handled.

Limit Bitch – 7 (3 ab)

Lovely class – all great movers

1st – Gale’s – Willowswind Nette Lark JW.  6 years old.  Very feminine.  Loved her head and expression with dark eye and good dentition.  Nice reach of neck.  Good length of upper arm and lay of shoulder.  Deep chest.  Ample bone with straight front legs leading into good tight feet.  Correct ribcage – ribs which were well sprung.  Level topline with tail correctly set.  Nice bend of stifle.  She moved round the ring with ease and a happy disposition.  At one with her handler.  Pleased to award her BB and RBIS.

2nd – Salt’s – Levelmoor Acorn Antiques Via Wetnoses.  Finer than first.  Another very feminine bitch with lovely head and soft expression.  Good dentition.  Great front and tight feet.  Good reach of neck.  Level topline which she held when moving.  She too moved round the ring with ease and a happy disposition.  Well handled.

Open Bitch – 5 (2 ab)

Lovely class

1stIR Sh Ch Annbecks Ailis at Aughnaleck IR Jun Ch CW16 CJW16 CW17.  Lovely bitch coming up for 7 years of age.  Lovely head and expression – very pretty.  Good front and deep chest, with straight front legs.  Good reach of neck, well laid back shoulder.  Level topline, good length of loin, well bent stifle.  Moved well and was very happy.  Well handled.

2nd – Jones’ – Blacktoft Sapphire Ice at Benvellyn (AI).    Very pretty five years old bitch with an excellent front, good bone and feet.  She had a deep chest, good ribcage and a lovely coat.  She carried her level topline when moving and good tail carriage.  Showed well.

Veteran Bitch 8 (2 ab)

I have written ‘fab class’ in my notes – I don’t think anyone had told these girls they were veterans!

1st – Hewison’s – Donascimento Danilo From Casblaidd SGWC KCWGC.  9 years old.  Lovely feminine head and expression with dark eye, good mouth.  She had an excellent front, good bone and tight feet.  Good length of upper arm and laid back shoulder.  Level topline, good bend of stifle and length of loin.  Very sound and happy on the move.  Only slight frosting gave the game away.  Well handled.  BVB

2nd – Bellamy’s – Ch Woodfinch Hydra JW.  7 years old who also had a lovely feminine  head and expression with a dark eye and small neat ears.  Ample bone and good tight feet.  Depth of chest, level topline and an ever wagging tail.  Sound mover and very happy.  Handled well.

Special Veteran Bitch – 1

1st – Hewisons’s –  Kywidden Mally Trevisky from Casblaidd.  12 years old wow!  Lovely head and expression with nice dark eye and good ear set.  Great front with good bone and feet.  Good deep chest.  Very sound mover with an ever wagging tail.  Handled with care – fabulous!

Special Liver Bitch – 2

1st – Hewison’s – Casblaidd Tea Leaf.  5th in Veteran Bitch.  Feminine girl with good head and eye.  Neat ears.  Good bone, excellent feet.  She carried her topline level on the move with good tail carriage.  Well handled.

2nd – Trevor’s – Trevorsilk Galaxy Aurora.  – Slightly darker than 1st – again very feminine with good front, ample bone.  Deep chest.  Moved well – just preferred the topline of the 1st.  Well handled.

Ros Tierling (Karaholme)


STAKES CLASSES – Judge’s Critiques

Firstly I would like to congratulate the NEFRA committee and all the helpers for all their effort in putting on such a wonderful event. It was lovely to see everyone enjoying all the different activities with such a lovely atmosphere. 

It was a pleasure to be able to judge the stakes classes and I was very pleased with the lovely entry of quality dogs some of whom unfortunately had to go cardless but could easily have changed places on another day. 


1st. HEWISON`S SELLOANA MONOCEROS  At 11mnths. old this lovely young bitch is showing plenty of promise . Correct size for age with well moulded feminine head, kind dark eye with soft expression and neat well set on ears. Lovely well balanced overall shape with good angulation front and rear. Good reach of neck and level topline. Moved well.

2nd. HARLEY`S FRIIA LUSUN BRING ME SUNSHINE NAF  This 6mnth little girl is still very much a baby, but having said that she was not at all phased by being in the ring and stood very well for me to go over her. She has a lovely head with appealing expression, good construction throughout, level topline and ever wagging tail. Moved well around the ring .


There were some lovely dogs in this class which made it hard to chose and was splitting hairs n my final decisions. 

1st. BELLAMY`S SH.CH.WOODFINCHMASQUERADE A 3yr.old dog who I did well in the virtual Open Show that Nefra held in 2021 so it was nice to be able to put hands on and reaffirm what I had seen last year. He is a well constructed dog with a lovely balanced outline. A handsome young boy with king eye. Prominent forechest with good bone and lovely tight feet . Moved well with drive. 

2nd. GALE`S WILLOWSWIND NETTE LARK JW  6yr.old bitch with a lovely head and soft expression. Good front assembly and gradual spring of rib to well angulated hind quarters with correct bend of stifle. Another with excellent tight feet, moving freely round the ring. 


A lovely class of veterans who belie their age .

1st. HEWISON`S DONASCIMENTO DANILO FROM CASBLAIDD SGWC KCWGC A lovely 9yr. old bitch of correct size. Pretty feminine head with kind eye. Presenting a lovely balanced outline. Well constructed with good front and rear angulation , good depth of brisket and prominent forechest .Well muscled hindquarters.  Moved soundly with drive. 

2nd. EGGINTON`S PAJANBECK I PUT A SPELL ON YOU  Another lovely bitch of 7yrs. She has a lovely feminine head with dark kind eye. Good reach of neck into well laid shoulder and level topline, correct angulation to front and rear with moderate bend of stifle . Moved well but not quite the drive of 1.

Judge- Val Orme