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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.

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.

Pilling

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

NEFRA’s 15th Breed Championship Show

SUNDAY, 5th NOVEMBER 2023

Venue: Biddulph Leisure Centre, Thames Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, ST8 9HL
Judge (Dogs): Mrs Gemma Jacobs (Gemswin)
Judge (Bitches) Mrs Jane Jones (Benvellyn)
Referee Mrs Victoria Goldberg (Madison)

Sponsored by Eukanuba
(held under Kennel Club Limited Rules and Regulations)

BEST IN SHOW Anderson’s SH CH FELDKIRK DIOR OF KAZVAL
Judges Mrs J Jones, Mrs G Jacobs, Referee: Mrs V Goldberg

BEST IN SHOW Anderson’s SH CH FELDKIRK DIOR OF KAZVAL
RESERVE BEST IN SHOW Smitherman’s SH CH SEAHEART CECILIA JW
BEST PUPPY IN SHOW
Curtis’ TALLISTAR MIDNIGHT ASH
BEST VETERAN Egginton & Davis’ GO WITH THE FLOW DYNAMIC FAITHFUL (IMP NED)
BEST LIVER IN SHOW Colson’s WINDYHOLLOWS FLAMING KATY
BEST WORKING IN SHOW Fox’s SATINBAZE CRACKSMAN FOR BLACKTOFT JW SGWC (AI)

Dog Judge’s Critique

Bitch Judge’s Critique

Referee’s Critique

Results

Veteran Dog (5 entries)
1st 121 WALKER & ROBERTS’ SH CH GLOI DUBH FINGAL JW ShCM
2nd 136 OIYOU HARUM SCARUM
3rd 63 STRANFAER GET OVER IT JW
Res 47 CH BLACK MICA’S LIKES IT HOT AT BLACKTOFT JW SGWC (IMP SWE)
Abs 20 LIZZLOG CHICAGO OUTFIT OF HARMARLANDA
Special Veteran Dog (1 entry)
1st 38 DAVIS’ PAJANBECK RUMOUR HAS IT
3. Minor Puppy Dog (2 entries)
1st 115 SULLIVAN’S WYREBECK SHOCKWAVE
2nd 106 VYNESBROOK HOBSON’S CHOICE
4. Puppy Dog (8 Entries 0 Abs)
1st 34 CURTIS’ TALLISTAR MIDNIGHT ASH
2nd 36 TALLISTAR MIDNIGHT OAK
3rd 72 BENVELLYN DENALI AT WILLAURA
Res 77 KAHOKU ENDEAVOUR FROM AYREWYNE (IKC)
VHC 134 KVICKSANS THE MASTER PIPER AT BLUEWATERS (IMP SWE)
5. Junior Dog (5 Entries 2 Abs)
1st 14 BOWEN’S CLANDRIFT BRING ME SUNSHINE JW
2nd 34 Tallistar Midnight Ash
3rd 76 CASBLAIDD GUESS WHO FOR AYREWYNE
Abs 7 GUNOAK ORA’S MYTH
Abs 26 HURSTCLOUGH NIGHT OWL AT FLANOVA
6. Yearling Dog (7 Entries 1 Abs)
1st 32 COLSON’S WINDYHOLLOWS RAGGED ROBIN JW
2nd 133 BITCON ALLIANCE WITH BLUEWATERS (AI) JW
3rd 137 OIYOU MACCHIATO
Res 92 GLENTURRET BUMBLEBERRY PIE FOR CASANJAY
VHC 68 KINGSISLA ISLE OF LEWIS
Abs 86 SEAHEART DAEGAN AT DEXANLUC
7. Novice Dog (5 Entries 2 Abs)
1st 34 CURTIS’ Tallistar Midnight Ash
2nd 72 Benvellyn Denali At Willaura
3rd 68 Kingsisla Isle Of Lewis
Abs 60 DERINGWOOD FIELD MAPLE
Abs 134 Kvicksans The Master Piper At Bluewaters (Imp Swe)
8. Graduate Dog (4 Entries 1 Abs)
1st 25 CHURCHARD’S FLATCHARM GRIFFIN DARK AT CHURCHKING
2nd 92 Glenturret Bumbleberry Pie For Casanjay
3rd 118 TORWOOD GALACTIC FLYER
Abs 123 GLOI DUBH KRISTOFER ROBIN JW
9. Post Graduate Dog (4 Entries 0 Abs)
1st 52 HALL’S ROTHERFIELD JUST THE TICKET
2nd 105 TELURN FAME AND FORTUNE WITH RIVAGE
3rd 116 LIZZLOG MOONLIGHTING AT KARAHOLME
Res 65 BRAEMIST BOOTLEGGER AT RAVENHALL
10. Limit Dog (7 Entries 1 Abs)
1st 122 Walker & Roberts’ GLOI DUBH JUST ONE LOOK
2nd 80 RONEVORG DARK ANGEL AT LUSSAC JW KCWGC
3rd 112 WYREBECK CAUGHT BY SURPRISE
Res 138 RIVERGLIDE SECRET REPRIEVE
VHC 3 KAZVAL BEHIND THE MASK OF FELDKIRK
Abs 85 EVERBLACK BOOZE CRUISE AT DEXANLUC
11. Open Dog (2 Entries)
1st 74 Lutner’s TELURN DONT WANNA KNOW
2nd 109 SEAHEART CRIAN AT GLOI JW
12. Champion Dog (3 Entries)
1st 58 Holman’s SA CH TREVENA MASTERCHEF AT NAMTRESA (IMP ZAF)
2nd 111 SH CH PLAINFIRE’S THE CAPTAIN OF MY HEART IS STEELRIVER (IMP CHE) ShCEx
3rd 11 SH CH WOODFINCH MASQUERADE
13. Special Liver Dog (5 Entries 2 Abs)
1st 115 Sullivan’s Wyrebeck Shockwave
2nd 77 Kahoku Endeavour From Ayrewyne (IKC)
3rd 92 Glenturret Bumbleberry Pie For Casanjay
Abs 120 LEVLIANN WAITED FOR YOU
Abs 129 JIMI CHOO OPTIMUS CANINS (IMP POL)
14. Special Working Dog (1 Entry)
1st 49 Fox’s SATINBAZE CRACKSMAN FOR BLACKTOFT JW SGWC (AI)
DOG CC 122 Walker & Roberts’ GLOI DUBH JUST ONE LOOK
BEST PUPPY DOG 34 CURTIS’ TALLISTAR MIDNIGHT ASH
BEST LIVER DOG 115 Sullivan’s Wyrebeck Shockwave
RESERVE DOG CC 14 BOWEN’S CLANDRIFT BRING ME SUNSHINE JW
BEST VETERAN DOG 121 Walker & Roberts’ SH CH GLOI DUBH FINGAL JW ShCM
BEST SPECIAL WORKING DOG 49 Hall’s SATINBAZE CRACKSMAN FOR BLACKTOFT JW SGWC (AI)
Veteran Bitch (8 Entries)
1st 41 Egginton & Davis’ GO WITH THE FLOW DYNAMIC FAITHFUL (IMP NED)
2nd 98 HAMELDOWNTOR MOON RIVER IN MANHATTAN (IMP)
3rd 70 SEAHEART BRONTE OF EVERBLACK
Res 67 O’FLANAGAN BROGAN’S LEGACY AT RAVENHALL (IMP SWE)
VHC 4 GUNOAK EMERALD
Abs 10 CH WOODFINCH HYDRA JW
16. Special Veteran Bitch (1 Entry)
1st 40 Egginton’s PAJANBECK TEARS IN HEAVEN
17. Minor Puppy Bitch (7 Entries)
1st 78 May’s LUSSAC APRIL SHOWER
2nd 12 BOCHILBARLEY MY GIRL
3rd 100 KIMBERFIELD IN LOVE AGAIN
Res 89 SATINBAZE TEA FOR TWO WITH SHELKARU
VHC 73 VYNESBROOK ULTIMATE CHOICE
Abs 19 RAVENSFORT RISING TIDE AT SOOTSPREN
Abs 130 ARICDELL THIS ONE’S FOR YOU
18. Puppy Bitch (11 Entries)
1st 78 May’s LUSSAC APRIL SHOWER
2nd 22 SEAHEART EFFIE AT HARMARLANDA
3rd 50 FLATCHARM FABULOUS MOOLAH AT BEANIT
Res 81 LEVLIANN RED LOUBOUTIN
VHC 12 BOCHILBARLEY MY GIRL
Abs 19 RAVENSFORT RISING TIDE AT SOOTSPREN
19. Junior Bitch (7 Entries 0 Abs)
1st 44 Egginton & Davis’ PAJANBECK ONE MOMENT IN TIME (AI)
2nd 135 WOODIDREAM FORTUNE COOKIE
3rd 88 HURSTCLOUGH JOY OF THE MOORS AT ELMSTOCK
Res 139 Starworkers Invincible Me [ATC BA48718DNK]
VHC 1 Gloi Dubh Lady Madonna
20. Yearling Bitch (10 Entries 0 Abs)
1st 64 Joyce’s STRANFAER ONE FELL SWOOP
2nd 128 STRANFAER ONE HIT WONDER
3rd 45 BLACKTOFT VENEZA AUGHNALECK
Res 108 SEAHEART DIVA
VHC 44 Pajanbeck One Moment In Time (AI)
21. Novice Bitch (7 Entries 0 Abs)
1st 128 Welch’s Stranfaer One Hit Wonder
2nd 44 Pajanbeck One Moment In Time (ai)
3rd 139 Starworkers Invincible Me [ATC BA48718DNK]
Res 35 Tallistar Midnight Beauty
VHC 6 Gunoak Forever Loyal
22. Graduate Bitch (10 Entries 3 Abs)
1st 83 Mellor’s FLATCHARM GUILTY PLEASURE
2nd 23 HOTOTO PRETTY BALLERINA JW
3rd 113 WYREBECK LIVE FOREVER
Res 59 MANTEAUPLAT MARGAUX
VHC 56 SELLOANA MONOCEROS FOR CASBLAIDD
Abs 27 KAZVAL TURN BACK TIME AT FLANOVA
Abs 21 SEAHEART DORA AT HARMARLANDA
Abs 82 GEMSWIN RIVER OF DREAMS
23. Post Graduate Bitch (10 Entries 1 Abs)
1st 125 Warrington’s WOODAVENS FROZEN FLAME
2nd 43 PAJANBECK GEORGY GIRL
3rd 95 BRAEMIST NEW MOON FOR ESKWINDS
Res 87 HOPEVALLEY MORNING DREAM OF ELMSTOCK
VHC 126 WOODAVENS WEIGELA WIND
Abs 15 PAJANBECK HOW WE LOVE WITH TORINMILL (AI)
24. Limit Bitch (15 Entries 2 Abs)
1st 103 Romeo-Dieste’s HOPEVALLEY MORNING WICKED
2nd 110 BLACKTOFT CARESS OF STEELRIVER JW
3rd 39 PAJANBECK NINE TO FIVE (AI)
Res 37 TALLISTAR CRAZY IN LOVE
VHC 84 MANTEAUPLAT BLACK PIPPIN
Abs 66 HOPEVALLEY MORNING DEW AT RAVENHALL
Abs 90 TWEEDISLE LINDORES
25. Open Bitch (7 Entries 2 Abs)
1st 57 Holland’s WOODFINCH HIGHLAND FAIRY FOR FLATCHARM
2nd 9 MOONTORN GODDESS OF LOVE
3rd 42 PAJANBECK ANGELS ON MY SIDE
Res 79 LUSSAC WINTER WITCH JW SGWC
VHC 30 BLACKTOFT FROZEN IN TIME BY WINDYHOLLOWS (AI)
Abs 102 HOPEVALLEY MORNING RAINBOW JW
Abs 131 EVENING MIST BLACK BRIANTA (IMP CZE)
26. Champion Bitch (5 Entries 1 Abs)
1st 2 Anderson’s SH CH FELDKIRK DIOR OF KAZVAL
2nd 107 SH CH SEAHEART CECILIA JW
3rd 61 SH CH BRAEMIST WITCHES FIRE
Res 48 CH BLACKTOFT DANCING THE BLUES SGWC
Abs 124 SH CH BOCHILBARLEY HEAVEN SENT TO WOODAVENS (AI)
27. Special Liver Bitch (6 Entries 2 Abs)
1st 31 Colson’s WINDYHOLLOWS FLAMING KATY
2nd114 Wyrebeck Shes My Surprise
3rd135 Woodidream Fortune Cookie
Res 81 Levliann Red Louboutin
Abs 119 LEVLIANN WAIT FOR RAINBOWS
Abs 132 JETSTARSKI I’M ON FIRE
28. Special Working Bitch (4 Entries)
1st 51 Haley’s Skybrook If By Chance (AI)
BITCH CC 2 Anderson’s SH CH FELDKIRK DIOR OF KAZVAL
BEST PUPPY BITCH 78 May’s LUSSAC APRIL SHOWER
BEST LIVER BITCH 31 Colson’s WINDYHOLLOWS FLAMING KATY
RESERVE BITCH CC 107 Smitherman’s SH CH SEAHEART CECILIA JW
BEST VETERAN BITCH
41 Egginton & Davis’ GO WITH THE FLOW DYNAMIC FAITHFUL (IMP NED)
BEST SPECIAL WORKING BITCH 51 Haley’s Skybrook If By Chance (AI)
BEST IN SHOW 2 Anderson’s SH CH FELDKIRK DIOR OF KAZVAL
RESERVE BEST IN SHOW 107 SH CH SEAHEART CECILIA JW
BEST PUPPY IN SHOW
34 CURTIS’ TALLISTAR MIDNIGHT ASH
BEST VETERAN 41 Egginton & Davis’ GO WITH THE FLOW DYNAMIC FAITHFUL (IMP NED)
NB: Best Veteran will be selected from winners of Veteran classes only
BEST LIVER IN SHOW 31 Colson’s WINDYHOLLOWS FLAMING KATY
BEST WORKING IN SHOW 49 Fox’s SATINBAZE CRACKSMAN FOR BLACKTOFT JW SGWC (AI)
The following classes to be judged by Mrs V. Goldberg (Madison)
29. Special Members’ Open Dog or Bitch (5 Entries 2 Abs)
1st 107 Sh Ch Seaheart Cecilia Jw
2nd 122 Gloi Dubh Just One Look
3rd 43 Pajanbeck Georgy Girl
Abs 103 Hopevalley Morning Wicked
Abs 123 Gloi Dubh Kristofer Robin JW
Prize money sponsored by Northern England Flat Coated Retriever Association in memory of Mr George Lancaster, for so many years President of the Association
30. Brace (6 Entries 1 Abs)
1st 107 Miss G & Mr P Smitherman
2nd 13 Mrs V Bowen
3rd 23 Miss C J Chambers
Res 127 Mrs F M Welch
Abs 7 Mr D A Ashcroft
Abs 30 Mr E W, Mrs P J & Miss N E Colson
JUNIOR HANDLING
Judge: Mrs V.J. Goldberg (Madison)
31. 6 – 11 years (3 Entries 1 Abs)
1st 81 CLARA MCGEEHAN – age 9
2nd 41 SAM DAVIS – age 6
Abs 60 VERITY JARDINE – age 10
32. 12 – 16 years (1 Entry)
1st 38 MOLLY DAVIS – age 12

Full Day Training : Ribble Valley

Sunday 17th September 2023 – Preston, Lancashire

The training day at Grimsargh, near Preston today was a great success. We had two groups, one for beginners and one for intermediate with trainers Mike Pilling and Steve Burns.

The beginners started with obedience work and then progressed to longer retrieves and incorporating stop whistles and left and right castings. The intermediate group made good use of the large open spaces, jumps and sloping landscapes, and completed their day with a walk up exercise. We would like to thank Geoff Saints for having us and providing such an excellent venue, and our trainers and helpers for giving up their day. The feedback from everyone who attended was overwhelmingly positive.

NEFRA’s Autumn Test Haddon Hall 2023

This autumn NEFRA were delighted to have been offered the prestigious venue of Haddon Hall (near Bakewell) for our working test on the 1st October 2023. This was with kind permission of our Patron Lord Edward Manners.

A big thank you also goes out to groundskeeper Gareth for accommodating us. 

We would like to express another thank you to the 4 judges for for the event, Sue Hales-Lowe, Steve Burns, Guy Radford and Pat Bell. Finally, to the army of people that helped organize the day, catering staff in the restaurant, car park attendants, dummy throwers and committee members.

Results

Puppy

1st – Swantonwood Black Bramble – Handled by Reece Merry
2nd – Ollerset Duchess – Handled by Gary Ellison

Novice Dog / Novice Handler

A well done to all entired in this class, but unfortunately no dogs earned a placement in this class.

Novice

1st – Selloana Callisto Nymph – Handled by Anne Kitching
(Awarded Judges Choice – Best Novice)
2nd – Casblaidd Cuchulain at Sallymount – Handled by Alan Brighton
3rd – Kenynten Styx – Handled by David Foster

Open

1st – Maddistream Black Powder Of Wolfthistle – Handled by Andrew Sweeney
(Awarded Judges Choice – Best Open Dog)
2nd – Maddistream Raj Red – Handled by Malcolm Awty
3rd – Wolfthistle Mr Miracle – Handled by Andrew Sweeney


NEFRA’s training day Nr Blackburn

Nefra held a training day for puppies, beginners and early novice today near Blackburn by kind permission of Lee Hamilton, the gameskeeper for the ground. 

We had 2 trainers for the day, Gary Ellison and Lisa Mappin. Lisa taking the beginners groups and Gary taking the novice group. 

The weather was predicted to be heavy downpours however this held off and was sunny through the session. 

The puppies did confidence building around a small stream which they all did a great job with. Something like this is always good for beginners and puppies learning to retrieve around the water, which is always great fun. 

The novice group retrieved from water and over the water with dummies behind on land and on the water. 

Thanks to the trainers for giving up their day for us and thank you to the keeper for allowing us to use the land. We all had a fantastic day!

Minor Breeds Working Test

NEFRA sent a team to the Minor Breeds Working Test on Sunday 25th June at Upper Shadymoor Farm, Stapleton Hosted by the Chesapeake Retrievers. Super hospitality, and a lovely venue with absolutely everything you could need for a working test.

Along with the flatcoats there were teams from the Curly Coat Retrievers, the Chesapeake Bay Retrievers and the Irish Water Spaniels with three dogs in each team & a reserve.

There were 4 tests, which included 2 team tests and 2 individual tests.

  • 1st place and winners of the Shooting Gazette trophy.
    Irish Water Spaniels
  • 2nd place
    Flatcoated Retrievers with 2 points between 1st and second.

The team consisted of Helen Fox with Satinbaze Cracksman for Blacktoft JW, Caroline Hewison with Casblaidd Island in the Sky KCWGC SGWC & Malcolm Awty with Maddistream Raj Red.

Helen Fox also being awarded judges choice.

Caroline and Malcolm’s dogs were also top scoring joint dogs.

  • 3rd place
    Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
  • 4th place
    Curly Coated Retrievers

Thanks to Mr & Mrs Fox as land owners and judges Rose Lewis & Yvonne Storr.

Many thanks to the Chesapeake Retrievers for hosting.

Membership List

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Many Thanks

The NEFRA committee