Bench and Field by Paul Rawlings


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...