Assessment Day 2018
Another very successful Assessment day with around 45 entries. Despite it being a very warm day there is plenty of shade on this ground and everyone brought loads of water so dogs and people stayed well hydrated. I hope everyone enjoyed the day and all stayed for the prize giving which was great, thank you.
The day consisted of three tests for each of puppies, beginners and advanced dogs in both Retriever and Spaniel groups so there was lots of opportunities to win one of the rosettes or trophies and many congratulations to those who did, it shows that all the work pays off in the end.
To anyone who hasn't been to an Assessment Day, please try to join in next time, it is fun and you won't be asked to do anything you haven't already tried in training and the chances are your dog will surprise you.
Of course we have to thank our testers on the day who were Henrietta Fletcher for the retrievers and David and Diana for the Spaniels, thank you for giving up your Sunday.
1st, Fleur Broderick with Moss, 2nd Jenny Gribble with Robbie, 3rd, Pete Dally with Bracken.
1st, Barbara Lidbury, Berry, 2nd Mark Jones, Loki, 3rd, Heather Smith, Timba, 4th, Jenny Beard, Lexi, 5th, Kevin Rockett, Jasper.
1st, Lin Howlet, Ella, 2nd, Anne Law, Beamish, 3rd, Pat Hulme, Rufus, 4th, Anne Dally, Fern, 5th,Fleur Broderick, Riv.
1st, Jane Taylor-Ball, Fizz, 2nd Lee Cunnah, Loki, 3rd, Adrian Lewis, Alfie.
1st, Mark Petty, Jet, 2nd, Dougie Grieves, River, 3rd, Barry Juniper, Lara, 4th, Michelle Gormley, Bella, 5th, Matt Hayfield, Kes.
1st, Debbie Hobbs, Mia, 2nd, John Bradley, Murphy, 3rd, Kathy Cleary, Pootle, 4th, Andy Green, Poppy, 5th, Paul Fisher, Floss.
The retriever that the judge wanted to take home was Dyills, Malcom Smith and the spaniel was Jet, Mark Petty.
Bog Farm Away Day 7th October.
Once again our thanks to Julie for the use of her farm to hold an Away Day.
Nearly 40 members attended and I hope all had fun. The classes this time combined Retrievers and Spaniels in the various abilities and it was nice to have a chat and a laugh with the people we don't often meet.
Some of the exercises were quite challenging but I think we were surprised how well the dogs coped, and it taught the handlers a lot as well, 'trust your dog'.
Many thanks also to Julie for providing copious sausage rolls and a little 'pick u up' at lunchtime.
Those of you who couldn't make it missed a good day. Hope to see you next time.