The stage was set for an interesting day as the assortment of ground provided an excellent challenge for the dogs and handlers. 30 dogs entered and six tests had been set in different parts of the farm to give a variety of terrain and cover.
The six tests comprised a mark picked after a blind; a water retrieve which was a blind on an island with an angled swing to it with a mark thrown in; a double mark in cover; a distraction thrown into the lake and a blind to the left; the final test was a long blind up a slope through lots of bunkered ground and a walk-up to a direct mark.
Judge Steve Cullis who has worked with gundogs for over 25 years enjoyed the day. “All the tests were well organised and sleek and have given the dogs and handlers a challenge today.” The tests were designed by David England and Robert Atkinson.
Competitor Jackie Davis pointed out that the location was perfect test ground and some parts she had not encountered in training. “The challenge for us today was the mixed cover with the long grass, rushes and bunkered ground.”
The way all competitors enjoyed talking about their experience it’s no wonder their aim of working towards a successful test season means so much. The day brought together an exceptionally talented collection of dogs and handlers who clearly all enjoyed the excitement of the URC Open Test day.
The wet conditions failed to dampen spirits as Competitor Ian Ford gave us the last laugh of the day....