Held at Cunliffe House, Hathersage in Derbyshire, by kind invitation of Mr and Mrs Dickson, the event saw a number of new competitors and their gun dogs attend. The test was generously sponsored by Alpha Feeds.

Judges, Brian Holmes and Cherry Wood had to make some tough decisions, trying to pick out the best handler and dog from each category. There were three sections in all, one for puppies and beginners followed by a novice and an open category.

Three breeds took part and all featured in the awards, where several handlers gained their first ever awards in working tests.

Winners received bags of Alpha dog food, trophies and certificates. The test and lunchtime BBQ made a fitting conclusion to the training season and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

RESULTS

Puppy & Beginners

1. Simon Tucker with lab. Holly

2. Pauline Dickson with lab. Tess

3. Janet Allsop with lab. Melza

4. Steve Crookes with gr. Blade

Novice

1. Bill Smith with lab. Tess

2. Anna Wagland with gr. Hazel

3. Pat Bell with flatcoat Bertie

4. Pat Bell with flatcoat Morse

Open

1. Phil Wagland with gr. Chorus

2. Don Wilson with lab. Bruce

3. Fred Newton with flatcoat Jay

4. Fred Newton with flatcoat Pronto