Judges Kevin Doughty, Mick Newsam and Peter Darton lined the gun dogs out in sugar beet but, as there was very little scent, dogs were struggling to find birds, particularly if they had run, so picker-up Stan Harvey was kept busy.
The weather was fine and there was a really good atmosphere amongst the competitors, each commiserating when anyone was out.
Several were lost through first dog failures and, on the whole, the marking was not quite as good as it might have been but Peter Hammond’s Upcountry Hawk of Strammers showed the field how it should be done with some extremely slick work.
Ron Jeffery’s Tweedshot Rio of Gablescroft was also going well, but the judges had made up their mind by lunchtime and declared the trial to be over.
Andy Charteris from the generous sponsors Gilbertson and Page limited, kindly presented the prizes.
1. Peter Hammond with Upcountry Hawk of Strammers
2. (& Best Looking Dog) Ron Jeffery with Tweedshot Rio of Gablescroft
3. Laura Hill with Octavia Jobeshill
CoM. Mike Tallamy with FTCh Mansengreen Bizzy of Brindlebay
Guns’ Choice: Jenny Hankey with Ardmuir Lady’s Smock