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Success for Sam Morley and Stauntonvale Hot Toddy of Rushbrigg

Success for Sam Morley and Stauntonvale Hot Toddy of Rushbrigg

The Cambridgeshire Field Trial Society

Today held our last stake of the season, a novice trial which took place on the Birch Estate, Colchester, Essex, by kind permission of Mrs Claire Cottrell.

We thank our sponsors Skinners for supporting Cambridgeshire Field Trial Society with their trials.

Our guns provided by the estate were Mr Nicholas Cottrell, Mr Nick Anley, Mr Russell Miller and Mr Jo Berens. These were a team of superb shots, not failing to miss anything that flew over and providing some interesting retrieves. We had a number of drives to achieve the birds we needed to reach a result.

The team of beaters, led by the keeper Stephen Ismay, did their best to find the game for us. We had some nice retrieves over a rabbit fence, next to a deep ditch into woodland, more from within the maize, the final retrieves were from Green Oats, best described as very tall grass, where the dogs could really show their hunting skills, observed by the watching gallery.

Our Judges were : Mr Rodger Ketley (A2815), Mrs Liz Taylor (B3536), Mr Brian Chesser (NP) and Mr Jim Collins (NP3377)  Thank you all for judging our trial, and choosing the winner, who was also the Guns Choice.

We had a team of game carriers, Arthur Cook, Ben Carter and Andy Waterhouse, marking down game by Rob Cresswell, Dominic Butcher, Paul Wheeler, plus two others whom I don’t know their names. A delightful friend of Kristen Holmes carried our red flag and firstaid kit. We had the wonderful Tracey Chesser as our brilliant dogs steward. Without these helpers the trial wouldn’t succeed, thank you all.

Some of our triallers travelled vast distances, staying locally so they could be with us this morning, thank you for supporting us with your efforts to run today.

I saw dogs who worked well., whose handlers often achieve results at our trials, but today they fell by the wayside.

On the final drive, 4 dogs were in line, hearing the shots ringing out and watching for the birds fall. Tina Habin was sent through a ditch, along a tree line into rough grass, on a very strong runner, Nick Barker backed up, such a strong runner, both rejoined the line. Tess Lawrence, with her dog turned to watch, as did Sam Morley-Riches. Interestingly Sam’s dog sat motionless, facing forward, he hadn’t been told he could turn so he obediently didn’t. The final retrieves were from the Green Oats, lovely to watch,

So here’s the result:

1st Place      – Stauntonvale Hot Toddy of Rushbrigg, owned & handled by Sam Morley-Riches
2nd Place – Hawksgarth Sumatra owned & handled by Tess Lawrence
3rd Place – Pinfeathers Annaastsia, owned & handled by Nick Barker
COM            –   Drumgoose Panther, owned & handled by Tina Habbin

It was dark by the time we finished the awards!

See you all again next year, our first trial is September 14th. And to seeing Sam running in opens next season.

Report by Sue Stonebrige

Cambridgeshire Field Trial Society

Field Trial Secretary 14th January 2019

Today held our last stake of the season, a novice trial which took place on the Birch Estate, Colchester, Essex, by kind permission of Mrs Claire Cottrell.

We thank our sponsors Skinners for supporting Cambridgeshire Field Trial Society with their trials.

Our guns provided by the estate were Mr Nicholas Cottrell, Mr Nick Anley, Mr Russell Miller and Mr Jo Berens. These were a team of superb shots, not failing to miss anything that flew over and providing some interesting retrieves. We had a number of drives to achieve the birds we needed to reach a result.

The team of beaters, led by the keeper Stephen Ismay, did their best to find the game for us. We had some nice retrieves over a rabbit fence, next to a deep ditch into woodland, more from within the maize, the final retrieves were from Green Oats, best described as very tall grass, where the dogs could really show their hunting skills, observed by the watching gallery.

Our Judges were : Mr Rodger Ketley (A2815), Mrs Liz Taylor (B3536), Mr Brian Chesser (NP) and Mr Jim Collins (NP3377)  Thank you all for judging our trial, and choosing the winner, who was also the Guns Choice.

We had a team of game carriers, Arthur Cook, Ben Carter and Andy Waterhouse, marking down game by Rob Cresswell, Dominic Butcher, Paul Wheeler, plus two others whom I don’t know their names. A delightful friend of Kristen Holmes carried our red flag and firstaid kit. We had the wonderful Tracey Chesser as our brilliant dogs steward. Without these helpers the trial wouldn’t succeed, thank you all.

Some of our triallers travelled vast distances, staying locally so they could be with us this morning, thank you for supporting us with your efforts to run today.

I saw dogs who worked well., whose handlers often achieve results at our trials, but today they fell by the wayside.

On the final drive, 4 dogs were in line, hearing the shots ringing out and watching for the birds fall. Tina Habin was sent through a ditch, along a tree line into rough grass, on a very strong runner, Nick Barker backed up, such a strong runner, both rejoined the line. Tess Lawrence, with her dog turned to watch, as did Sam Morley-Riches. Interestingly Sam’s dog sat motionless, facing forward, he hadn’t been told he could turn so he obediently didn’t. The final retrieves were from the Green Oats, lovely to watch,

So here’s the result:

1st Place      – Stauntonvale Hot Toddy of Rushbrigg, owned & handled by Sam Morley-Riches
2nd Place – Hawksgarth Sumatra owned & handled by Tess Lawrence
3rd Place – Pinfeathers Annaastsia, owned & handled by Nick Barker
COM            –   Drumgoose Panther, owned & handled by Tina Habbin

It was dark by the time we finished the awards!

See you all again next year, our first trial is September 14th. And to seeing Sam running in opens next season.

Report by Sue Stonebrige

Cambridgeshire Field Trial Society

Field Trial Secretary January 2019

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