Novice and Open GWTs 15 May 2016The Novice and Open working tests were held at Moor Farm, Godshill, IW. After a cloudy and somewhat chilly start to the day, the sun finally emerged to bath the merry band of competitors that took part in the tests in warmth and sunshine.
This was new ground for the club, and was a lovely venue for the 5 tests that. Test 1 was a blind out across the reeds, with a shot for the novice, as well as a slightly shorter distance. This open test proved a challenge for the open dogs, with the wind and the reeds proving more of a barrier than looked likely at first glance.
Test 2 was a mark and memory across a field for the novice and through reeds for the open.
Test 3 was a double blind for both the novice and open, with shot for the novice, in a nice sheltered field and ran through well.
Test 4 was the walk-up. 3 dogs ran in the novice at a shorter distance than the open, that ran in pairs. The open was approx. 180 yds, and again proved testing. The longer grass proved difficult for scenting for both novice and open dogs.
Test 5 was a rabbit distraction with an unseen at different distances up a short track for both the novice and open.
Thank you to our lovely group of judges of Kieran Smith, Keith Broomfield, Robert Worrall, Sue Searle and Lindy Higham, for their very fair judging, and for coming over to the Island to judge for us. Well done to all in the awards.
1st Fenway Damson, Lesley Collins
2nd Ranwolf Andvari, Derek Widgery (highest placed IW Novice)
3rd Opataz Lancelot, Sheila Rapley
COM Ranwolf Arvak, Terry Souter and Sugarsnap Susie, Lucy Collis
1st Winston via Rhylstone, Tony Sweatman (highest placed IW Open)
There were no other awards for the open test.