Thousands of visitors flocked to the Dorset County Show last weekend. This year marked the 15th year of the ever popular lake side scurry in the Country Sports arena with the Twistmount Gundog Team. The aim of the timed scurry was to test the dogs in water. A dummy was thrown out to an island and the dog had to swim through the water to retrieve the dummy and deliver back to the handler.
Twin brothers Neil and Nigel Varney managed the event and both were dedicated in providing family entertainment and educating people on the world of dogs. As the scurry got under way you watched and listened to the dynamic duo and within minutes it was easy to see why this event was so popular.
“Everyone likes a clean bum but no-one likes a smart ass!” yells Nigel as the twins captivate the audience with their sharp wit, smooth sarcasm and passion for country life. Their playful and teasing commentary was infectious and the distinctive brotherly banter could not be ignored. There was no doubt this nail biting timed event had you gripped from the start and encouraged a variety of breeds to enjoy the scurry.
"We’ve had labs, spaniels, pointers, terriers and collies have a go today" Neil added. " We have all sorts of dogs enter and it’s great to see the dogs enjoying themselves." Neil who is the international recognised gundog trainer of Twistmount Gundogs travels the country giving demonstrations, holding training sessions and seminars and judging competitions. Both brothers said "It’s just dogs being daft and having fun!"
Neil who is the keeper of a successful shoot at Somerset smiled as he recalled a lakeside memorable moment. "A dog came off the island, didn’t pick the dummy, spotted a poo bag on the outskirts of the lake, picked it up and headed back towards the crowd. He then proceeded to shake and not everyone made cover!" Neil and Nigel laughed. "The crowd love it when things going wrong! Especially when the dog goes out and picks the dummy and then comes back the long way, going all around the outside of the lake and gets everyone wet. It's great entertainment!"
The Varney Brothers were in their 15th year of delivering demonstrations at the show. It may sound obvious but the key to getting noticed is to make sure you have something fresh to share. Neil and Nigel have that certain something. They embraced their unique talent and with their knowledge, experience and friendly approach they delivered a fun scurry which was second to none.