Bench and Field


Bench and Field - A long and hard day on the heather at Croglin Estate by David Hudson The Kennel Club held an all aged any variety retriever stake on the Croglin Estate in Cumbria on August 25. This trial is something of an annual special event because the grouse are not walked up but shot over pointers and setters.
The 2014 Pointer and Setter champion stake was scheduled for August 10-11 on the Duke of Roxburghe’s Byrecleugh Estate in the Scottish borders. The weather forecast ahead of the trial was atrocious: the remnants of Hurricane Bertha were supposed...
Lagotti Romagnoli and Spanish Water Dogs prove their gundog skills by Paul Rawlings When new breeds are imported into the UK it can be extremely frustrating when they do not fit neatly into a particular group. If they are already recognised in their country or region of origin by the FCI or their own kennel club...
A spring trial for Pointers and Setters at Six Mile Bottom by Paul Rawlings The Kennel Club Pointer and Setter spring trial took place at Six Mile Bottom in Cambridgeshire on April 18-19 by kind permission of John Latham and Richard Clarke.
Experts and novices keep field trials alive in 2013 by Paul Rawlings The last year, beginning with my appointment judging the BASC gamekeepers classes, has certainly been varied and it is always great to look back at the very memorable events and of course at the successes of those quality dogs that reach the top...
Some cracking dog work at the 2014 Cocker Spaniel Championship - report and photos by David Hudson The Cocker Spaniel Championship for 2013/14 was scheduled to be run on the Duke of Buccleuch’s beautiful Queensberry Estate on January 15-16 and judged by Steve Bolton, Andrew Cunningham, David Rayner and Steve Russell. As will become clear, the...
Bench and field: The KC English Springer Spaniel Championship Stake at Dunira Estate by Paul Rawlings The Enggard family from Denmark, bought the Dunira Estate, Perthshire in 2008 and since then it has been transformed into a fine shooting and stalking venue.
Bramble, bracken and brashings: three Cocker trials to see out 2013 by Paul Rawlings THE KINTBURY Working Gundog Club held their 16 dog open Cocker Spaniel stake on November 26 2013 at Eling Park Estate near Newbury by kind permission of Christopher Spence and the head gamekeeper Steve Vale...
Spaniels SGWC by Paul Rawlings Ten years ago I had the pleasure of judging show spaniels working in the field attempting to attain their show gundog working certificate (SGWC) at Barham near Stamford, on that occasion out of 14 dogs taking part nine failed to retrieve when the...
No shortage of game for the Mid Sussex Working Spaniel Club by Paul Rawlings The Mid-Sussex Working Spaniel Club held its first trial of the season at Holride Farm, Ripley, Send in Surrey, on Thursday October 3, by kind permission of Sir Rocco Forte and sponsored by Skinner’s.
Wildfowlers Association novice and open gundog tests by Paul Rawlings The Ely and District Wildfowlers Association held their annual gundog working tests at Stags Holt in Cambridgeshire by kind permission of Michael Deptford and Deptford Farms Ltd, the home of the famous Sovereign Quarter Horses...
Hard on the feet, but so much to enjoy at the CLA Game Fair by Paul Rawlings My annual pilgrimage to the spectacle of the CLA Game Fair began just after dawn on Friday July 19. From previous experiences if there were going to be any issues with the traffic resulting in long delays getting in it is usually that first...
Some hot competition at the CLA Game Fair Euro Challenge by Paul Rawlings The 2013 CLA Game Fair was held in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside at the magnificent setting afforded by Ragley Hall, the home of this year’s hosts Lord and Lady Hertford.
Flatcoats show their colours at Society’s open and novice test By Paul Rawlings I have always had a soft spot for the lesser known, or should I more correctly say the more unusual, gundog breeds. Through several years as a professional trainer I have encountered many different breeds and crosses.
Education and fun at the KCAI weekend by Paul Rawlings The Kennel Club building at Stoneleigh provided an excellent venue for the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme (KCAI) to hold its second national members’ event over the weekend of June 7-9, entitled ‘Try Out, Take In and Teach’...
Bench & Field: Novice and open working tests – the joy of taking part by Paul Rawlings With May bank holiday looming, the season of gundog working tests around the country was in full flow. These competitions, which are normally held outside of the shooting season, are probably more numerous and attract more gundog owners than field...
Something for everyone in the forthcoming months by Paul Rawlings I had planned to report on the Kennel Club spring pointer and setters trials scheduled for mid April, but due to a very poor start for the winter cereal crops in Suffolk, following the extremely difficult weather conditions during winter, these...
Bench and Field: Four busy days at the KCAI Career Zone by Paul Rawlings The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour (KCAI) set another very significant milestone in its history at Crufts 2013 with the launch of the new KCAI Career Zone which was set up in association with...
Swapping the open field for the green carpets of Crufts by Paul Rawlings As Chairman of the KCAI (Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog and Canine Behaviour) I was delighted with the new KCAI career zone at Crufts and after working on the stand for three full days I was absolutely exhausted.
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