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A page devoted to the exploits and adventures of PTA members who have either taken part in non-PTA events, or have their own news stories and views about anything and everything ‘gundog’. This page is here by request so it’s up to all of you to let us know your stories.

Please mail items and photos to or let us know next time you see a Committee member or myself.

2nd September 2016 – Individual Open Gundog Working Test – Chatsworth Country Fair

It was a clean sweep for the PTA. Roz McIlroy finished second, Gary Collier third, and Scott Marland fourth. However first place, and not for the first time this year, went to Junior Member Miss Amy Collier who gave a sublime and composed display of dog handling, followed by a magnanimous winner’s speech served up to an eager and appreciative audience. Amy was presented with the winner’s trophy and Amy’s proud mum Louise was presented with a bottle of champagne. Pass the tissues. Brilliant.

10th July 2016 – Lancs & Mersey Field Trial Society Novice Working Test for AV Retrievers – Meols Hall

Congratulations are due to the winner of the competition – PTA member Mr Sydney Ralphs with his Lab.D Thornyoaks Nightshade who produced a memorable display with a total of 127 points.

I’m sure I can speak on behalf of all PTA members – well done Syd  – a very deserving winner.

8th May 2016 – Dove Valley Working Gundog Club Open Working Test for AV Retrievers – Yoxall Lodge

Keith and ‘Nev’. Photo courtesy Guy Radford.

In his own words PTA member Keith Aldred said that he’d had ‘a bit of an extraordinary day’ on Sunday.

Keith and ‘Nev’ (FCR.D Donascimento Santos) were awarded the Connie Cup for finishing in 1st place in a field of 35 dogs (consisting 32 Labs, 2 FCRs, 1 GR, and including a FT Champion and several FT winners).

There were six tests during the day including two retrieves from water, the second of which saw twelve dogs fail.

More details on the Dove Valley Results page. Their headline reads ‘First – Keith Aldred with his very stylish Flatcoat’. Well done Keith.

Left to right: Dorothy Walls-Duffin, Ann Blake, Keith Aldred, Carol Probert, Suzanne Bailye, host Richard Featherstone, Sally Morewood, and Kevin Turner. Photo courtesy Guy Radford.

1st May 2016 – Lancashire & Merseyside Field Trial Society walked up Open Working Test – Chipping

PTA member Peter Thompson awarded first place. More details required – please mail to: Secretary

17th April 2016 – Northumberland & Durham Puppy Test – Wemmergill Estate

Steve Burns and Eider achieved a third place in a close run competition where only a few points separated the first three places. The event had to be rescheduled at short notice due to waterlogging of the original venue at Scotchcoulthard. The Northumberland & Durham Labrador Retriever Club worked wonders to move the test to a new location and should be commended for their efforts.

17th April 2016 – Clwyd Spring Open Working Test – Gwysaney

Congratulations to the father and daughter team of Gary and Amy Collier for finishing first and second in the 40 dog Open test. PTA Chairman Trefor Richards watched events unfold and commented that the rest of the field had provided stiff competition which made a truly great display from one of our junior members all the more memorable.

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Amy, Ozzie, Gary, and Bramble. Photo courtesy Aidrian Lakey.


10th April 2016 – URC Working Tests – Lazonby

A contingent of PTA members took part with Amy Collier and Ozzie winning the Novice, Gary Lakey and Mick Kay taking first and fourth places in the Puppy, with Emma Haslam and Gary Lakey both gaining a Certificate of Merit in the Open test.

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Happy Hunting at the URC (Northern) Working Test for PTA training members (left to right): Emma Haslam, Amy Collier, Gary Lakey, and Mick Kay. Photo courtesy Adrian Lakey


9th April 2016 – Vale of York Puppy Test

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Steve is far right. Photo courtesy Philip Smithies

A text message told of two of our valiant Committee members venturing over the Pennines – both acquitted themselves well. Steve Burns came fourth and Jim Murphy was awarded a Certificate of Merit.





3rd April 2016 – Northumberland & Durham Puppy Test

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Steve and ‘Eider in action. Photo courtesy Gary Barrett

A grueling round trip to Hexham proved worthwhile for Steve Burns and ‘Eider’ (Eiderbay Fastnet) who were awarded third place.






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