The test took place in beech woods and pines on a very warm and sunny day. The ground was thick with dead bracken and bramble, new shoots and bluebells just appearing.

Judges Ben Randall and Steve Russell were charged with judging 50 dogs that were running in puppy, novice and open classes.

Every dog was tested for steadiness and hunting ability, with shots and two retrieves.

chiltern gundog society novice winners

The novice winners, from left: Ron Henry, Maureen Smith, Lawrence Dewis and Alison Cotton. Photograph by Sandy Pond-Jones.

1 S. Quinn with Simonseat Swift

2 John Keegan with Shot to Fame in Geordieland

3 Alison Cotton with Grouseseeker Bailey

4 Sharon Groves with Glencush Flush

CoM Jane Campton with Trederwen Nant Wechan

1 Maureen Smith with Balisla Mac

2 Alison Cotton with Jeremiah Jake

3 Ron Henry with Gold Seabright of Bucks

4 Lawrence Dewis with Recent Rocket of Cundriebrook

1 Eric Smith with Nederscot Eirwen

2 Alison Cotton with Cundriebrook Lightning

=3 Jacqui Ward with Breezybrook Wonky

=3 Jacqui Ward with Henocto Dreamboat of Breezybrook