CHRISTCHURCH AND DISTRICT GUNDOG CLUB AWARD SCHEME
Lots of you have been asking for something to aim at to show your achievements in gundog training. As a result the Christchurch and District Gundog Award Scheme has been devised. Certificates will be awarded at three levels Bronze, Silver and Gold and at each level a series of exercises will have to be completed. Each exercise will have to be demonstrated to the satisfaction of three seperate trainers on three different occasions thereby showing that you and your dog can reliably achieve the required standard. The assessments will happen on normal training days probably at the end of a training session. When you have practiced a particular exercise and your dog can perform it reliably talk to your trainer and he or she will be pleased to assess you and sign your record card. When you have three signatures for each exercise you will be awarded an attractive certificate. The tests for retrievers and spaniels are similar but with spaniels working over a slightly shorter distance. All tests will be off lead. The list of tests follows and a pack is available on training mornings which includes your personal record card and a copy of the required tests. There is a small charge to enter the scheme of £5.00 per dog.
Heel - Handler to walk with dog at heel 20 yds off lead, handler and dog about turn and return to start.
Sit - Handler to command dog to sit, leave dog 10 yds turn and return to dog, dog not to move.
Stay - Handler to leave dog 20 yds (15yds spaniel) turn face dog, one command may be given. Dog must remain at sit for 2 minutes handler to return to dog.
Recall - Handler to leave dog 20 yds (15 yds spaniel) call dog, voice or whistle, dog must come without delay, sit in front of handler and on command return to heel. Return to heel not necessary for spaniel.
Retrieve 1 - Straight marked retrieve 10 yds, dog to be sent on command retrieve dummy to hand and return to heel. Return to heel not necessary for spaniel.
Retrieve 2 - Straight marked retrieve 20 yds, dog to be sent on command, retrieve dummy to hand and return to heel. Return to heel not necessary for spaniel.
Lots of you have now achieved your Bronze and very well done to you all.
Why not now have a go at the new SILVER AWARD which is aimed more towards gundog skills? Full details of the tests are in your Yearbook.
We have a few members now who have passed their SILVER and several more who are very close.
After much deliberation we have decided on the GOLD AWARD tests. Full details are in your YEARBOOK. The test will be held at a venue new to the dogs and will consist of five one off test on a pass or fail bases. The tests will be held up to two times a year as demand dictates.
We have arranged an AWAY DAY for SUNDAY 9th APRIL at a farm at Downton nr. Fordingbridge. We have been here before and it is a great day out. All dogs and handlers will benefit and have some fun. All are welcome and the cost is £5 per dog. Full details and entry forms will be at the 'Office' on Training days and will be on here later.
We have a very good entry for this Awayday so I hope you all have fun and note there is water! The location is Downton Farm, If you take the A338 from Ringwood towards Downton, just before Downton Farm there is a gate on your right and there will be our usual signs at the roadside. Please bring your lunch and flask and I suggest something to carry it in as we will be parked a little way from the site. This is an allday event so you will get hungry! Please try to be there for 8.30 so that we can start promptly at 10.00.
This years assessment day was great fun as usual, we had a nice warm day with over forty dogs showing us what they have achieved over the last twelve months.
All ages and levels of training were there including some very promising puppies. Some of the tests for the more advanced dogs were a little bit more testing this year but this is great as I think the overall standard of the advanced dogs is improving all the time. The cake stall and raffle were well supported and thanks to all who brought prizes or cakes and thanks also to Anne with the Burger Van who did us proud as usual. The most important people on the day, apart from yourselves, are the judges of course, and we were very lucky to have two excellent and very experienced judges who were pleased to give us help and advice. Their chioce of the dog they would most like to take home this year were Oscar, Eddie Short from the retrievers and Floss, Paul Fisher from the spaniels.
You will also have noticed a gentleman and his camera, this was Sam Cornelius husband and if you want to see some of his excellent pictures this link should take you to them. https://www.facebook.com/Jax-photography-188015568282691/?tab=album_id=188024704948444 Their were lots of trophies and rosetts to be won and these are the winners.
The 2017 AGM was held as usual at Bransgore village hall and it was good to see that thirty one members attended.
We heard from the Chairman and Secretary about the progress of the club and plans for next year and everyone had a chance to voice their comments and suggestions for the direction their club should take into 2017.
The wine and nibbles where, I hope, enjoyed by all and it was great to be able to catch up with the gossip and hear about everyones achievments since last year.
As usual awards were presented to those dogs and handlers that, in the opinion of the trainers, had progressed particularly well in 2016 and these were as follows;
Most improved retriever handler- David Roberts with Nuala, Most improved retriever- Oscar handled by Eddie Short Most improved spaniel handler- Debbie Hobbs with Mia Most improved spaniel dog- Briggs handled by Doughie Grieve
Anne Dally and Fern were recently invited to join the Wessex team for the Flatcoated Retriever Inter Centre Team Challenge in Warwick competing against teams from other centres all over the UK. Not only did Wessex team win the event but Anne and Fern won the award for best Novice Dog and Novice Handler winning rosettes and a trophy. Very well done. Have a look on the pictures page to see Anne, Fern and their winnings.
See what you can achieve by listening to your trainers!
PHOTOS FOR INCLUSION ON WEBSITE PHOTO PAGE
It is surprisingly difficult to find really good action shots of dogs under going training for use on our website and in our yearbook, so if you have some pictures you are really pleased with and would like them published on this site please email to or hand to me at a training day.
TRAINING DATES FOR 2017
January 8, 22
February 5, 19
March 5, 19
April 2, 16, 30
May 14, 28
June 11, 25
July 9, 23
August 6, 20 (6th is Assessment day)
September 3, 17
October 1, 15, 29
November 12, 26
December 10. (Christmas Funday)
Please note that we are no longer able to accept PAY PAL as a method of payment.