AV Novice 16 Dog Stake12th December 2016 Newbarn Farm, Calbourne, IW.
Many thanks to our judges for the day, Helena Sully, Mell Brooks, Chris Marshall and Mark Polley, especially Mark for standing in at the last minute.
Bob Cooper and his team of guns shot well for the trial and the keeper put some lovely birds over the guns in the drives.
Two birds in the first round on open ground after a busy drive, one in the second on open ground, with 7 dogs going through to the third round which was a duck drive with one retrieve each.
The fourth round drive started quietly, lulling the 6 remaining dogs into a false sense of security, and finished on a great flurry of birds, pheasant, duck, partridge and teal, with a retrieve each into the woods. 5 dogs went through to the final round which was a further retrieve into the woods.
Many thanks to all of the competitors for travelling across to the Island again, and despite the damp day we hope that you all enjoyed yourselves. Huge thanks as always to the team of helpers, stewards and markers.
1st Leaworthy Samuel of Gospelash - Nick Coates
2nd Mitforten Nutmeg - Mike Fleming
3rd and guns choice - Flintsfield Forever Friend, Mandy Smith