NEFRA Autumn Working Test, Shropshire – 22nd September 2019

NEFRA were delighted to be invited to hold our autumn working test at Upper Shadymoor Farm, near Stapleton in Shropshire. We had previously visited this venue in June to host the Minor Breeds Team Test and our hosts Kevan and Joy Fox are very welcoming every time we visit. The venue has absolutely everything you could possibly need for a working test.

Our judges for the day were: Glenys Caldwell (B Panel), Jennie Ménage, Wendy Manning and Anne Sparkes who all worked very hard with 47 entries to get through.

A huge thank you is extended to everyone who responded to Caroline’s pleas for help whether stewarding, throwing dummies, placing blinds, catering, and keeping the tea and coffee flowing, and thanks to Val and Den Orme for all the food! These days can’t run without helpers, so thank you!

A huge thank you also goes tour chief steward Malcolm Awty for all the organisation on the day itself and keeping everything flowing well all day. Even the weather was kinder than expected and we escaped the torrential rain and the storms that were forecast.

Thank you also to our sponsors Skinners, and also Caro Dell from WorkingLine Images who braved photography in the rain again!

Puppy (3 entries)
1st Sue Rodgers and Wolfthistle Mr Miracle
2nd Louise Peers and Tweedisle Lindores

Novice Dog/Novice Handler (12 entries including 2 NFC)
1st Lisa-Jane Mappin and Casblaidd Valdoonican
2nd Lindsay Swan and Swantonwood Gold Leaf
3rd Mags Brayfield and Keamarola Private Dancer
4th Anne Haley and Castlerock Return to Sender at Skybrook
COM Vicky Davis and Pajanbeck Young at Heart

Best Newcomer was awarded to Lindsay Swan winning the Yonsaff Trophy

Novice (20 entries, 1 abs)
1st Hilary Rosser and Mahinda Pompoko
2nd Jane Calverley and Gwenadillo Helga Geerhart
3rd Hilary Rosser and Mahinda Fester
4th Julie Matthews and Ollersett Rainbow
COM Sue Rodgers and Wolfthistle Mr Miracle
COM Graham Clelland and Trevorsilk Andromeda of Necessares
COM David Savory and Hopevalley Morning Arizona

The winner of novice scored full points 80/80
Judges choice awarded to Julie Matthews

Open (12 entries, including 1 NFC)
1st Garry Ellison and Ollersett Sparkling Nymph
2nd Caroline Hewison and Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd
3rd Caroline Hewison and Venus in Transit over Casblaidd

Judges choice awarded to Garry Ellison

Well done everyone!
Thanks to all for taking part and lovely to see so many having a go at their first working test, you’ll be bitten by the bug now!