Novice & Open GWTs Feb 2017IWGDC first tests of the season were held on 26th February 2017 at Newbarn Farm, Calbourne courtesy of the landowner Mr C Spence. The day promised to be dry with some sunshine, but that was not to be with a couple of periods of drizzle that just managed to make the day damp, with a slight breeze that helped the dogs with scenting.
Test 1 was a blind up the valley side in front of the dogs, with a mark distraction with shot off to the left, with differing distances for novice and open dogs.
Test 2 was a blind past a distracting bolting rabbit, which provided a challenge for the competitors. For novice dogs this was a single retrieve, but for the open on returning to the handler there was then a second blind off to the right.
Test 3 was a double for both novice and open dogs, up the valley side, with both having two blinds in areas of gorse. The novice had the benefit of shot, but not the open dogs.
Test 4 was a double mark across scrub area with the dummy on the right to be retrieved first.
Our grateful thanks go to our judges for the day, Sue Hutton, Chris Hutton, Peter Castleman and Paul Dukes and the many helpers, stewards etc who turned out an helped on the day.
1st Autumn Willow Briar - Ken Green (Thorneycroft Tankard)
2nd Tawnyhill Nature - Tom Brown
3rd Elmertown Special One - Keith Townsend
4th Ranwolf Arvak - Terry Souter (Highest placed IW Novice)
1st Autumn Willow Tag - Ken Green (IWGDC Trophy)
2nd Tayfordwoods Bella - Sue Chapman
3rd Thornsted Tawny Owl - Jane Best
4th Mitforton Nutmeg - Mike Fleming
Huge congratulations to Ken Green in particular for completing the double and collecting all the silverware on the day!