Working Test, Match, and other results for 2019 are listed here. Score cards are sometimes available as Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Please click on any ‘Scores’ links below to open the chosen file in a new window.
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The results and rosettes awarded are colour co-ordinated as follows:
1st place: RED
2nd place: BLUE
3rd place: YELLOW
4th place: GREEN
Certificates of Merit can also be awarded.
PTA working test results will always be published as soon as possible.
2019 Working Test Results and Match scores – Reverse chronological order
Match PTA competing in The Inter Counties Team Invitation Gundog Working Test – August 31st to September 1st 2019 – Chatsworth
The Inter Counties Team Invitation Gundog Working Test took place within the splendid surroundings of Chatsworth House with thirteen teams once again competing for The Chatsworth Country Fair Challenge Trophy.
The PTA team of Chris Pilkington, Scott Marland, and Captain Gary Collier improved on last year’s third place with an extremely well deserved victory.
The large gallery were quick to applaud and cheer all the teams who put on an excellent exhibition of skilled gundog handling. As usual the event was extremely well organised and lead by Philip Smithies with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers. Judges were Sue Lowe and Will Hales.
“Day 1 – Chatsworth Country Fair Inter Team Gundog Working Test for the Chatsworth Country Fair Challenge Trophy and the Staindrop Challenge Trophy for the best individual.
Thirteen teams of 3 representing gundog clubs and societies from all parts of the country started day 1 of this 2 day test feeling excited and with a little trepidation at what lay in store for them.
Some competitors had run in the individual competition the previous day. This did not give them an advantage as Michael O’Hanlon used a different piece of ground.
The 3 team members all competed at the same time in a 3 dog walk up.
Each member had a mark in front and a blind behind. Each completed all the marks then the blinds.
The natural bunkers soon tested the handler and dog. Unfortunately some dogs did not score on the blind retrieves.
Moving forward again there was a gunshot followed by a dummy thrown to the far bank of the river. This was both a distraction and a memory retrieve, which had to be picked by a nominated team member after the 3 marked retrieves on the water had been picked.
As with the blinds the water proved to be a challenge for some dogs.
At the end of day 1 3 handlers out of 39 returned a perfect score to be joint best individual.
In the order (highest scores) at the end of day 1:
193 – PTA
179 – 3 Ridings
173 – URC (Midland)
171 – Yorkshire
166 – Kent, Surrey and Sussex
166 – Lincolnshire
164 – Dukeries
158 – Dove Valley
156 – Leicestershire
155 – NDLRC
155 – East Midlands
At the end of the day the joint best individuals who had clear scores (60) were:
Andrew Slingsby – Dukeries
Penny Heath – SEG’s
Christopher Pilkington – PTA
Well done to all competitors.
We look forward to day 2. All teams will be wanting to improve their postion in the points table.
Thanks to Wuffitmix for sponsoring these tests.
At lunch time the gallery (which was a full house) greatly enjoyed a gundog demonstration by the Junior Handlers from Dove Valley Working Retriever Club.
Summer, Billie-Jo, Brook, Oliver and Harry demonstrated their handling skills with 3 labradors and 2 springer spaniels.
We started with a steadiness exercise before advancing to the spaniels quartering in front of the line, then water retrieves in the river and to finish the demonstration Summer and Billie- Jo had their dogs retrieving across the river.
The junior handlers were supported by Don and Pat Robertson and all of them received a goody back of assorted dog training equipment generously provided by Gundog Gear.
The 2nd day of the inter club test commenced with all 39 competitors having 2 retrieves, a blind and a mark.
Today all of the action took place in front of the grandstand which was full to capacity. This placed extra pressure on the competitors, some had not competed in an arena with so many members of the public watching their every move and listening to their commands.
The format was the same as the previous day, all 3 team members in line.
The first dog was sent across the river for a marked retrieve, when it had picked and was half way back across the river another dog was sent across the river for the blind. This sequence was maintained until the 3 team members had either succesfully completed their retrieve or attempted a retrieve but were called up by the judges.
Following lunch the judges took the top 6 teams back into the arena in front of the grandstand. Each team knew the scores they had gained over the 2 days and knew what they had to do if they wish to improve their position on the leader board.
In this final run off each competitor would have 1 retrieve. The retrieves being 1 blind with no gun shot and 2 marks with gun shot, 1 thrown to the right and 1 to the left.
The judges asked each team member which retrieve they were going to collect. Picking the wrong dummy would be a 0.
The blind was collected first, when the dog had picked and was half way back across the river the next dog was sent for the mark. Again when this had been picked and was crossing the river the third dog was sent.
The judges had seen enough to ensure a result.
The awards were presented by Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire.
1st – Pennine Training Area of the NGRA.
Gary Collier, Scott Marland and Chris Pilkington
2nd – Three Ridings Labrador Club.
Phillipa Williams, Victoria Stanley and Michael Nelson.
3rd – Dove Valley WGC.
Stephen LeVoi, John Yarwood and Gary McCarthy.
4th – South Eastern Gundog Society.
Wendy Glue, Linda Peake and Penny Heath.
5th – Dukeries (Notts) Gundog Club.
John Cardno, Geoff Dobb and Andrew Slingsby.
6th – Kent, Surrey and Sussex Labrador Retriever Club.
Sarah Mikes, Kim Jinks and Hilly Hoar.
Special thanks to chief steward Michael O’ Hanlon for setting the tests and the Judges Sue Lowe and Will Hales.
Thanks to the event sponsors Wuffitmix.”
Steve Burns. PTA member
Open Working Test for AV Retrievers – Sunday 4th August 2019 – Dalton Hall. (walked-up test in cover crop)
By kind permission of: Mr Mike Taylor
Judges: Mr Wayne Mitchell, Mr Mike Nelson, Mr Wayne Skett, Mr Trefor Richards
Chief Steward: n/a
“It was our last PTA test of the season today, and what a fab day it was. The Walked Up test was held in superb fields of Fodder Crops by kind permission of Mike Taylor. The judges did a fantastic job led by A Panel Judge Wayne Mitchell with Michael Nelson, Wayne Skett and Trefor Richards. Also thanks very much to dummy throwers, Mark Palmer, Scott Hoyle, John Lupton and Neil Whittaker. Our dog steward was Jill Cummings who did a brilliant job. Thanks to Lee-Ann Whittaker who held the 2nd dogs for competitors and also sold the raffle tickets, and thanks goes to Peter Thompson who provided a fab buffet for the judges and had also bought helpers and judges bottles etc.,
A very big thanks to our sponsors, “Wuffitmix” for providing 3 bags of dog food from their brilliant “Active” “range, and to Gundog Gear and Buchans Kennels.
The weather was very kind to us and it only starting raining when we lined up for a photo at the end. The award winners were:
1st Henry Carter with Gallanach Minke of Latushall
2nd Sonja Ludwig with Esheils Tancredi
3rd Peter Thompson with Eiderbay Piper of Dieselbrook
4th Mo Ritchie with Berrylaw Aberlour
COM Karen Parkinson with Torrisdale River”
Karen Parkinson. PTA General Secretary
Puppy and Novice Working Tests for A.V. Retrievers – Sunday 7th July 2019 – Haighton
By kind permission of Mr Geoff Saint
Judges: Mr P Thompson, Mrs K Parkinson, Mr T O’Hare, Mr D Miller
Chief Steward: Mr Gary Lakey
1st place: Adrian Blackledge with Ingdalehowl Orrcus at Turtonmoor.
2nd place: Lynda Illingworth with Jaby Star Apple
3rd place: Adrian Blackledge with Jaycote Firefly at Turtonmoor
4th place: Lisa Marson with Jaycote Fallow
1st place: Phil Goulden with Drumgoose Iceman
2nd place: Jill Cummings with Brocklebank Delight
3rd place: Lisa Wadeson with Auslander Valentine
4th place: John Benyon with Hulton Wood Hazel
“Fab day at our PTA test on Geoff Saints Ground at Haighton near Preston. Thanks very much to Geoff and Robert for letting us use their fantastic ground and also to judges: Derek Miller, Tony O’Hare, Peter Thompson and myself. Also thanks to all the dummy throwers, stewards and helpers who readily help out at our tests and who we couldn’t do without. Thanks also to our Treasurer, Christine Thompson who made the delicious judges lunches and snack packs for the helpers.
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors the winners also received a bag of dog food from Wuffitmix and Phil Goulden won a £25 gift voucher for having the highest score overall, from Gundog Gear.”
Karen Parkinson. PTA General Secretary
Puppy, Novice, and Open Working Tests for A.V. Retrievers – Saturday 15th June 2019 – Lupton
Arranged by Mr G Lakey
Judges: Mr A Fryer, Mr P Thompson, Mr J Benyon, Mr P Goulden
Chief Steward: Mrs Karen Parkinson
Also a big thank you to our sponsors Buchan’s, Gundog Gear, and Wuffitmix for their support and for prizes donated.
“Pennine held their third test of the season at the Lupton Shoot today. Thanks very much to judges; Alan Fryer, John Benyon, Phil Goulden and Peter Thompson. Also thanks to all our wonderful dummy throwers and helpers, and to Christine Thompson whose help was invaluable today, and to Brenda Drury for selling raffle tickets. Massive thanks to our sponsors Wuffitmix, Gundog Gear and Buchan Kennels”.
Karen Parkinson. PTA General Secretary.
1st place: Adrian Blackledge with Jaycote Firefly at Turtonmoor
2nd place: Bill Dewhurst with Claybrow Red Rambler (also won under 12 month puppy award)
3rd place: Gary Lakey with Hawksgarth Garry
4th place: Bill Dewhurst with Claybrow Brisburn Billy
1st place: Chris Kettle with Ristbrow Bertie
2nd place: Phil Gilmore with Lowforge Sally Maclennane
3rd place: Les Earl with Millbuies Gail
4th place: Hilary Richards with Drakeshead Beaver of Tamewater
COM: Victoria Waterfield with Brocklebank Diamond
1st place: Tony O’Hare with Tyrrelison Star Dreamer
2nd place: Steve Townsend with Isle of Man Christon
3rd place: Scott Marland with Greenbriar Tame
4th place: Richard Cawthray with Viking Valentino
COM: Avril Marland with Torrisdale Loch
COM: Bill Dewhurst with Kelmagra Billy
COM: Steve Townsend with Ruby Wishes
Photos have been published on the Gallery page.
There’s also a short video on Youtube
Four Way Match – Saturday 11th May 2019 – Lupton
1st place: Pennine Training Area
2nd place: Burns & Becks Gundog Club
3rd place: Lancs and Mersey Field Trial Society
4th place: Pilling Moss Gundog Club
Well done team:
“Glorious weather, glorious ground and glorious result.
Massive thanks to all today’s dummy throwers – you are absolute stars. Without your help we couldn’t have days like this,one of the best working tests I’ve been to, fantastic camaraderie between teams judges and officials, a friendly atmosphere with good banter.
Well done Peter Thompson first puppy first team and top dog a future super star and together with Gary Lakey’s young dog Gunner, (second in puppy ) representing our pups in the final team test they showed the older dogs how it’s done!!!!
Proof if any needed our training classes are working well !!!!”
Gary Collier. PTA Training Coordinator
Puppy, Novice Dog/Novice Handler, Novice, Veteran Working Tests for A.V. Retrievers – Saturday 13th April 2019 – Aston by Sutton
Arranged by Mr J Murphy with the kind permission of Mr Andrew Talbot and Mr Graham McPherson
Judges: Mr G Collier, Mrs L Marson, Mr G McCarthy, and Mr J Murphy
Chief Steward: Mrs Linda Scott
1st place: Peter Thompson with Lab D Hawksgarth Kokomo Of Dieselbrook
2nd place: Gary Lakey with Lab D Hawksgarth Garry
Novice Dog / Novice Handler Test
1st place: Edith Kreutner (Austria) with GR B Auchencloch Fable
2nd place: Scott Hoyle with LAB B Demeter Honey
1st place: Julie Hunter with LAB B Rexy’s Girl In Frosterley
2nd place: Mike Pilling with LAB B Torrisdale Puddle At Goosedown
3rd place: Julie Hunter with LAB B Smithies Annie
4th place:Hilary Richards with LAB D Drakeshead Beaver Of Tamewater
Certificate of Merit: Danny Astley with LAB D Shadeoak Barley
1st place: John Benyon with LAB B Hultonwood Geisha
2nd place: Joan Pavelyn with LAB B Lady Of Tranquility
3rd place: Paul Murphy with LAB D Magnificent Maximus
“Thanks to the landowner, the shooting syndicate and James Murphy for allowing us to use a venue that offers different and challenging opportunities to test our dogs in superb woodland and arable situations.
Thanks to our sponsors WUFFITMIX, Gundog Gear, and BUCHANS Kennels for their continued support.
Great to see so many committee members in the awards on “tests” set at the correct level to provide a necessary challenge for the competing dogs.”
Gary Collier. PTA Training Co-ordinator
Open Working Test for AV Retrievers – Sunday 31st March 2019 – Hoghton
By kind permission of Mr L Redfearn
Judges: Mr W Mitchell, Mr K Jackson, Mrs B Lawson, Mr P Thompson
Chief Steward: n/a
1st place: Miss Amy Collier with LD Brocklebank Vital
2nd place: Mr Kevin Knowles with LD Greenbriar Waltz
3rd place: Mr Alan Pearson with LD Kenquince Rising Kite
Certificate of Merit: Mr Scott Marland with LB Greenbriar Tame
Certificate of Merit: Mr Robert Tomlinson with GRD Pioneer Teal of Yukon Gold
“Well done the Pennine Training Area!!!!!!
W/test secretary Linda Scott Committee members Gary Lakey, Peter Thompson and General Secretary Karen Parkinson.
You did the club proud in organising a fantastic open test today at Hoghton.
In the words of A panel judge Mr Wayne Mitchell a brilliantly organised day that was a pleasure to judge with great challenging but achievable tests . Committee members not running their dogs together with our team of helpers worked in delivering a thoroughly enjoyable friendly and efficient test.”
Gary Collier. PTA Training Co-ordinator