NEFRA held a Working Retriever Assessment at Garstang today, by kind permission of the Fitzherbert-Brockholes family. The weather was warm but not unpleasantly hot for the dogs and they were working in the woodland and water so remained cool.
Our judges were Chris & Caroline Hewison with assistance from Tom Backhouse, Charlotte Smith, Mags Brayfield and Anne Haley.
We would like to thank Simon Fitzherbert-Brockholes for arranging the venue for today’s event and for entering the oldest dog in the assessments ‘Moss’ Midsummer Mustardseed.
In the Novice level passes were awarded to Charlotte Smith and Castlerock First Glance at Whirleymere Simon Fitzherbert-Brockholes and Mosstarn Maiden Chris Hewison and Casblaidd Mirror Lake Mags Brayfield and Keamarola Private Dancer
A good training day at the wonderful venue of Alderford Lake
Excellent hospitality as always from Jane and Charles Bebbington, the sun shone all day and the dogs certainly enjoyed the water!
Huge thanks as always to the trainers for giving up their day to help everyone – Garry Ellison and Warren Jones took classes all day, Gill Awty took a puppy class this morning, and Chris and Caroline took a novice class this afternoon.
Trainers choices were awarded to Sue Rodgers and Drummer, Sue Groome and Maude, Rachel Birch with Tali AND Ziva. Well done to all, and a big thank you to everyone for coming along and supporting the day
NEFRA hosted the Minor Breeds Working Test today at Upper Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton, Shropshire, by very kind permission of Joy and Kevan Fox. Super hospitality, and a super venue with absolutely everything you could need for a working test.
Thank you to Warren Jones for judging and for setting the tests for us, and thank you to Garry Ellison for throwing dummies for us all day, in the rain this morning, and lovely sunshine this afternoon. Skinners were our sponsors, and many thanks to Caro Dell from Workingline Images for coming along as well. Her photos can be viewed here
Along with the flatcoats we welcomed the Curly Coat Retrievers, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and the Irish Water Spaniels with three dogs in each team. Each team did five tests including a team test at the end of play.
1st place and winners of the Shooting Gazette trophy. Flatcoated Retrievers Al Moore with Shiraz Pebble who was also awarded top dog on the day (and also won a photography session with Caro – thank you Caro!) Julie Matthews with Ollersett Shining Nymph (also 2nd place overall) Caroline Hewison Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd
2nd place Curlycoated Retrievers
3rd place Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
4th place Irish Water Spaniels
Thank you all for coming, and it’s the turn of the Curlycoats to host next year
Class 15 – Junior Bitch – 5 entries (1 Absent) 1st – 59 Walker’s LIZZLOG NUN ON THE RUN 2nd – 46 Romeo-Dieste’s HOPEVALLEY MORNING RAINBOW JW 3rd – 17 Haley’s SKYBROOK HONEY HONEY Res -23 Hedges’ SATINBAZE CIRQUE DU LUMIERE (AI)
Class 16 – Yearling Bitch – 3 entries (0 entries) 1st – 25 HEWERDINE-MILLER’s LIZZLOG WEE DROP OF MISCHIEF
Class 17 – Novice Bitch – 3 entries (1 Absent) 1st – 54 Trevor’s TREVORSILK GALAXY AURORA 2nd – 10 Colson & Fox’s Blacktoft Dancing on Ice with Windyhollows (AI)
Class 18 – Graduate Bitch – 3 entries (0 Absent) 1st – 30 Jones’s BLACKTOFT SAPPHIRE ICE AT BENVELLYN (AI) 2nd – 57 Walker’s LIZZLOG HARPY’S GOLD 3rd – 7 Collins’ ANNBECKS ISLA MAY AT STEEPLEHOUSE
Class 19 – Post Graduate Bitch – 3 entries (0 Absent) 1st – 16 Gale’s WILLOWSWIND NETTE LARK JW 2nd – 52 Stott’s BITCON GIRL IN BLACK WITH LOROSIETTIE 3rd – 44 Richards’ HAMELDOWNTOR MOON RIVER IN MANHATTAN (IMP)
Class 20 – Limit Bitch – 2 entries (1 Absent) 1st – 12 COLSON’s BLACKTOFT FROZEN IN TIME BY WINDYHOLLOWS (AI)
Class 21 – Open Bitch – 5 entries (1 Absent) 1st – 58 Walker’s LIZZLOG ANNIE GET YOUR GUN JW 2nd – 33 Joyce’s SH CH STRANFAER SOLITAIRE JW 3rd – 24 Hedges’ BLACKTOFT QUICKSTEP OF SATINBAZE Res – 14 Finlay’s IR SH CH ANNBECKS AILIS AT AUGHNALECK IR JUN CH CW16’17 CJW’16
Class 22 – Veteran Bitch – 3 entries (1 Absent) 1st – 13 Colson’s Eskwinds Driving Miss Daisy to Windyhollows 2nd – 45 Richards’ LUSS KISS IN THE DARK
Class 23 – Special Veteran Bitch – 2 entries (1 Absent) 1st – 6 Collin’s STEEPLEHOUSE GIFT OF THYME
Class 24 – Special Liver Bitch – 1 entry 1st – 54 Trevor’s TREVORSILK GALAXY AURORA
Reserve Best Bitch Gale’s WILLOWSWIND NETTE LARK JW
Best Puppy Bitch Place’s WISTASTON HAPPY GO LUCKY
Best Veteran Bitch Colson’s ESKWINDS DRIVING MISS DAISY TO WINDYHOLLOWS
Best In Show Walker’sLIZZLOG ANNIE GET YOUR GUN JW
Reserve Best In Show Stevenson’s SH CH CACI’S JUST A GIGOLO AT STEELRIVER (IMP SWE) JW
Best Puppy In Show Scaife’s’ FLATCHARM MR FIX IT FOR SHENNANJOY
Best Veteran In Show Colson’s ESKWINDS DRIVING MISS DAISY TO WINDYHOLLOWS
Best Liver In Show Trevor’sTREVORSILK GALAXY AURORA
Thank you to the committee for inviting me to judge at this most welcoming, efficiently run show. It was a good venue and a pleasing entry of quality dogs. Thank you to my stewards for keeping me organised and allowing the ring to run smoothly. And finally to all the exhibitors for entering under me and supporting my decisions with a sporting attitude. I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
MPD(2,1a)1. Stevenson. Ronevorg Im A Believer In Steelriver. 7 month old baby, a lovely one piece head , good length to muzzle and dark eye. Ample bone and looking balanced. Good front angulation moving okay PD(2) Two handsome puppies and similar comments refer to both. They are correct in size with quality bone. Proper front and rear angulations, moving freely for youngsters holding straight toplines. Later found out they are brothers. 1 Scaife. Flatcharm Mr Fix It For Shennanjoy. Preferred his overall balance at this stage, and square short loin. He moved out positively straight and true winning him BPIS. 2. Holland. Flatcharm Mr Brightside. Slightly rangier but with the preferred, more refined head. JD(3,1a)1. Bright. Hopevalley Morning Twister. A decent youngster, at the inbetween stage. His front angles, lay of shoulder and length to upper arm I preferred. Heavy enough in head. Stood on adequate feet. Needs to drop in chest and fill out over the loin. Maturity will tighten up his overall movement. 2. Walker. Lizzlog Shotgun Harry. An elegant looking young dog with a super shape to head and almond dark eye. His overall construction is okay and movement was steady. Just not the reach in front movement as first and feet could be stronger. YD(2)1.Bright. Hopevalley Morning Twister. First in junior. 2. Hammersley. Steelriver Country Garden. An up to size youngster. Okay in head shape, correct length of neck in to well laid shoulders. Decent feet. Slight over angulation in rear quarters, therefore not quite as positive in overall movement. ND(2,1a)1. Hammersley. Steelriver Country Garden. GD(2)1.Joyce. Stranfaer Get Over It JW. Liked this boy of correct size and ample bone. Good head shape and eye, decent length to neck . Balanced both front and rear with sufficient width to thigh a square short loin and solid topline, standing on well padded feet. He covered the ground accurately on the move both fore and aft. 2. Hammersley. Steelriver Country Garden. PGD(4,2a)1. Stevenson. Plainfire’s The Captain Of My Heart Is Steelriver(imp che). This lad had a typical flatcoat attitude with a forever wagging tail a mischievous look in his eye and a elegant head. He is still a bit raw and needs to drop in chest and body up. In super condition and everything in the correct place, stood on good feet. His construction enabled him to cover the ground effortlessly and with efficiency. 2. Hedderwick. Torwood Paw Trait. A liver dog of correct size, sufficient bone, short over loin and good topline. Heavier all through, not a typical flatcoat head and the raciness of winner. LD(5,3a)1.Adams. Fordingham Viking Warrior. This boy had a classical head and kind dark eye with well set on ears. Proper length of neck, and excelled in front angles, super lay of shoulder and upper arm. Quality bone, accurate depth to brisket, good length of rib and closed couplings through to strong muscled rear quarters. He projected a balanced picture without exaggerations and moved accordingly with positive effortless power. A promising youngster and I will watch his future show career with interest. RBD. 2. Jones. Arminzeras Informania By Benvellyn (imp nor). Another lad in good condition, more mature than my winner and another good head and eye. Balanced and moderate all through, preferred his feet however not the tailset and accurate strong movement of one OD(1).Stevenson. SH CH Caci’s Just A Gigolo At Steelriver (imp swe)JW. A 5 year old in his prime, out of coat but nothing exaggerated here, each piece flowing into the other. A good typical male head and preferred scissor bite, cheeky expressive eyes and expected flatcoat happy disposition. His overall construction is accurate showing balance while standing and enabling ease in his free flowing positive movement, striding out with the required reach and drive, using his energy with efficiency enabling him to do a days work. BD and RBIS. VD(4,2a)1. Joyce. Stranfaer Makunudu. This 7 year old presented a more typical flatcoat outline. Good head, mouth, bone, depth to chest and topline. Would have liked more length to upper arm and power in rear movement. Moved ok. 2. Tierling. Llantrussa Rum Ba Ba At Karaholme. A lovely 10 year old boy with a kind eye and expression. Made on good lines with proper angles both front and rear. Super strong feet for his age. Depth to chest, length in loin and topline all sufficient. His movement wasn’t as positive to due age and injury. SPVD(2,1a).1. Holland. Ch Calzeat Causa Commotion At Flatcharm(imp). 12 years young, excelling in Flatcoat exuberance and personality and trying to move around the ring like a 5 year old. This dog matured well, correct size and moderate all through. His determination to stride out with reach and drive won him BVD, but lost out to the bitch in the final challenge due to his rear quarters showing his advanced years. SLD(2,1a).1. Hedderwick. Torwood Paw Trait.. 2. Holland. Flatcharm Mr Brightside. Slightly rangier but with the preferred, more refined head.
MPB(1). 1.Place. Wistaston Happy Go Lucky. Promising 6 month old baby, with typical flatcoat character and enjoying her first time out in the ring. Feminine head and dark eye, good neck and shoulders and pleased to see length in upper arm, equally decent rear quarters and neat feet. She held her topline on the move and was covering the ground well for such a youngster. PB(2).1.Place. Wistaston Happy Go Lucky. First in MPB.2. Haley. Skybrook Honey Honey. Mature one year old. Pretty head and eye, ample bone and decent front angles. Longer over loin, hence not the strength and drive behind I preferred in my winner JB(5,1a).1. Walker. Lizzlog Nun On The Run. This young bitch has a super one piece head and dark almond eye, decent length to neck and well laid shoulders. Good depth to brisket ,correct over loin and bend to stifle carrying adequate muscle, with neat feet. She moved out straight and true.2. Romeo-Dieste. Hopevalley Morning Rainbow JW. Not as mature as first at this stage and needs to fill out. Correct size, a naughty flatcoat expression, solid throughout with straight topline, moving okay.3.Haley. Skybrook Honey Honey YB(3,2a).1.Hewerdine-Miller. Lizzlog Wee Drop Of Mischief. Nearly two years with quality bone, pretty head and eye, decent neck into okay shoulders. Correct depth to brisket at this stage and good length of rib into neat couplings. Would have liked more angle and depth to rear thigh and stifle. Moving steady NB(2,1a) Two sound bitches in this class, unfortunately unable to assess the movement of second, she wasn’t happy striding out today.1.Trevor. Trevorsilk Galaxy Aurora. A dark liver with a pleasing dark eye, taller than 2 and needs to body up. She moved well, proving her construction is good both front and rear, working on correct feet and well muscled .BLB and BLIS.2. Colson & Fox. Blacktoft Dancing On Ice With Windyhollows(ai). Disappointed this young lady wasn’t on form today. Preferred her size, bone and body shape at this stage. Feminine moulded head and dark expressive eye, construction was balanced and correct without exaggeration and she is in super condition GB(3)Three pleasing bitches.1.Jones. Blacktoft Sapphire Ice At Benvellyn(ai). Pretty head, good length to muzzle, correct neck into decent lay of shoulders and upper arm, with ample bone. Ribs flat into short loin, okay bend of stifle and padded round feet ,moving out well covering the ground as required.2.Walker. Lizzlog Harpy’s Gold. This bitch has a super classical head and eye. Slightly larger and longer throughout. She moved well but would have liked a little more strength behind.3.Collins. Annbeck’s Isla May At Steeplehouse. A good bitch and moving well, just not the overall balance I was looking for PGB(3).Another three nice bitches.1.Gale. Willowswind Nette Lark JW. This bitch just says Flatcoat to me. Correct size, very good leg to body proportions, quality bone with the substance our breed requires and super feet . Looking like she could easily take on a days work , moving soundly with sufficient reach and drive proving her construction is true and accurate.RBB. 2.Stott. Bitcon Girl In Black With Lorosiette .A good bitch balanced and with decent front angles, liked her size and bone. Longer through the loin and not quite the power of one while moving.3.Richards. Hameldowntor Moon River In Manhatton(imp). Another decent bitch throughout, was looking for more angulation in the fore quarters. Moved okay LB(2,1a).Colson. Blacktoft Frozen In Time By Windyhollows(ai) .A mature two year old lady in super, well muscled condition. Elegant head, dark eye, adequate bone, neat feet and square over loin. She held her topline on the move and covered the ground well with enough power and drive OB.(5,1a).These 4 bitches were good representatives of the breed, all constructed on lines ready for a days work. I have similar comments for all, correct in size, length, height and bone with tight feet. Solid toplines, depth to chest and brisket, good length to rib and short coupled. Well lay of shoulder and length to upper arm enabling necessary reach whilst moving. Good width, angle and strength to thigh with well let down hocks providing sufficient drive and power at the rear. 1.Walker. Lizzlog Annie Get Your Gun JW. Won on her overall projection of balance, without exaggeration neither standing or on the move. Super topline, tailset and powerful rear quarters. Mature, in her prime and in tip top condition presenting Flatcoated Retriever to me from every angle. BB and BIS. 2.Joyce. SH CH Stranfaer Solitaire As above, very good front, not as much power behind. JW.3.Hedges. Blacktoft Quickstep Of Satinblaze. As above, very balanced, not the substance of first two.4..Finlay. IR SH CH Annbecks Ailis At Aughnaleck IR JUN CH CW16’17 CJW’16.As above, not the maturity of first three VB(3,1a).1.Colson. Eskwinds Driving Miss Daisy To Windyhollows .A super lady who is completely balanced. She strides out with efficiency as one piece, looking like a days work would be no problem. Proving her angulations, leg to body proportions and overall construction is accurate and true. No hesitation in awarding her BVB and BVIS. 2.Richards. Luss Kiss In The Dark. Good head and eye on this bitch and handled very well, getting the best out of her. Not the overall construction and angles I was looking for SVB.(2,1a).Collins. Steeplehouse Gift Of Time. Nearly 11 and full of life and flatcoat personality. Feminine pretty head and a naughty expression, good lay to shoulder, and rear angles with correct bend to stifle presenting a pleasing picture on the move covering the ground well for her age. SLB.(1)1.Trevor.Trevorsilk Galaxy Aurora Brace(2,1a).Miss K L Holland .Handled exceptionally well considering it was Grandad and Grandson , I think the puppy calmed Grandad down!!! Very similar in head and body, just obviously the difference in maturity but both moved together accurately and in unison.
NEFRA held a training and Working Retriever Assessment day at Carburton, by very kind permission of Robert Bower and the Welbeck Estate. Photos were taken by Caro Dell from Workingline Images – keep checking her website for images of your dog… some may be selected for the 2020 calendar.
Thank you to our trainers Garry Ellison, Andy Sweeney and Malcolm Peacock for taking the classes. Andy and Caroline judged the novice assessments, and then Garry and Chris judged the Intermediate dogs.
Thank you also to those who helped throw dummies during the day.
Passes were awarded in the Novice assessments to Jane Calverley and Gwenadillo Helga Geerhart Cherry Wood and Woodfinch Cherith – who was awarded her third pass today and also her Novice Working Retriever Certificate
Well done all, and many thanks to all who came along.
UPDATE: Denise Jury’s funeral details: 7th May 1.30pm Chesterfield Crematorium.
The NEFRA committee are deeply saddened by the news that Denise Jury passed away on 10th April 2019. Denise was a founder committee member and served as our Hon Working Secretary for many years. She devoted her life to her Torwood kennel of flatcoated retrievers and miniature dachshunds. We will post funeral details when they become available.
Many thanks to all who came along to our spring working test, we had a fabulous entry from all over the country (and beyond)!
The Belvoir Estate near Grantham proved to be a wonderful venue and we thank our kind hosts for allowing us to visit. I am sure you will agree a lovely ground for a test.
The tests themselves were very well thought out and set by our panel judge Dan Higgs. Our other judges were Sharon Kitson, Pat Bell and Elaine Whittaker who got through the 49 entries in good time.
A vote of thanks was given by Gill Awty, who won the open test, to thank everyone who answered our appeal for help, we haven’t ever had quite so many willing volunteers and this was definitely appreciated!
A big thank you is also due to Malcolm Awty as chief steward who did a lot of work on the day to keep things running smoothly.
Puppy (7 entries) 1st Steve Ashby with Hwarthow Archer of the Moors at Tunnelwood
ND/NH (7 entries) No awards made
Novice (19 entries) 1st Amber Nicholls with Featheringay Raven Prince 2nd Julie Matthews with Ollersett Shining Nymph 3rd Helen Ford with Percuil Dasher 4th Steve Ashby with Flatgold’s Hot Child in the City COM Julie Matthews with Ollersett Rainbow COM Colette Greenwood with Tawnywood Jollification
Open (16 entries) 1st Gill Awty with Venetian Red at Maddistream 2nd Garry Ellison with Ollersett Sparkling Nymph 3rd Caroline Hewison with Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd 4th Helen Ford with Percuil Nuvolari Tazio COM Charlotte Wear with Keveral Hen Harrier
Further photos can be found on this link (thank you to Tom-S-N) and thank you to our sponsors Skinners Pet Foods.
Thank you to all members who chose to renew their membership to NEFRA for the new year by bank standing order. This is very much appreciated and does make the Treasurer’s job much easier.
SUBSCRIPTIONS NOT RECEIVED BY 30th APRIL 2019 WILL HAVE THEIR MEMBERSHIP TERMINATED
If you haven’t paid your ‘subs’ yet please do so. Please send payment to our Treasurer – Mr David Taylor, Cooks Lane House, Cooks Lane, Bradnop, LEEK, ST13 7HA (email@example.com Tel: 01538 383946)
At the twenty fourth Annual General Meeting of the Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association the following amendments were made to the officers and committee:
Honorary Secretary (3 Years) – Miss H. Walker Deputy Chairman (3 Years) – Mrs K.Trevor Committee Vacancies (4 posts, 3 years each) – Mr S.Jubb, Mrs K.Jubb, Mrs M.Melrose, Mrs M Salt (plus 1 post co-opted for 1 year with agreement of the committee – Mr D.Orme.
The following awards were presented with our annual trophies:
President’s Cup – Smitherman’s Seaheart Cecilia JW (61 points)
=2nd Smitherman & Roberts’ Seahart Crian At Gloi (56 points)
=2nd Fox’s Satinbaze Crackeman For Blacktoft (56 points)
Gill Smitherman being presented with the Presdient’s Cup by Mr R Allen and Mrs V Orme