Tuesday, 7 July 2015

North South Interstate Retrieving Trial Challenge.

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A huge group of Queensland triallers, their families and their 12 dogs, all travelled to Nagambie for an interstate retrieving trial challenge with competitors from WGAA Vic.
The Queensland group belong to the United Field & Retrieving club (UFR) and operate nationally under the SSAA Working Gundog discipline.
The Victorian president, Barry Oliver and the Queensland president, Jim Jeffries were in attendance and the SSAA National president, Geoff Jones offered his full support for this prestigious event. SSAA Vic and SSAA Qld also helped out financially and we extend our thanks to them.
WGAA Vic rose to the challenge of putting on such a large trial. WGAA committee members and helpers put in a huge effort behind the scenes and when the day dawned clear and cold the 'Challenge' was on.
The judges were Malcolm McLeod, Robert Price and Margaret Wedgwood from Queensland and Byron Kendall and Andrew Yeomans from Victoria. The trial managers were Kevin Phelps and Luke Warner and the entry was just on 50 dogs both days.
The venue was breathtaking with many excellent water and land retrieves able to be run throughout the weekend. The dogs were tested and tested, some not too impressed with the water temperature. In between runs handlers and dogs came back to the campsite to warm themselves by the camp fire which burned all weekend.
By lunchtime the judges were reporting that some excellent work was being seen and that the atmosphere was extremely friendly. The Queensland branch is a very experienced retrieving trial club and our Victorian members benefited from seeing the quality of the dog work in the advanced and open stakes as well as the many training tips that were passed on to our newer members.
At the end of the weekend the Victorian contingent just managed to edge in front of the Queensland group to win the overall challenge - not that anyone was really counting!
This trial set the benchmark for all such trials in the future and augers well for the continuing success of Working Gundogs.


RESULTS – Saturday 4 July 15
TEST
1  .      1. Barry Oliver – Pointer - Kio – 117 points
2  .   2. Richard Chan – Wei/Lab – Jazz – 103 points
3 .    3. Andrew Beam – Labrador – Pio – 96 points
INTERMEDIATE
1.       1. Henry Foster – Pointer – Riley – 152 points
2.       2. Sam Heyes – Labrador – Tasha – 136 points
3.       3. Jamie Stellini – Labrador – Charley – 133 points
ADVANCED
1.       1. Sam Heyes – Labrador – Nellie – 149 points
2.       2. Rad Miramon-Jeffrey – Flat Coated Ret – Chevy – 143 points
3.       3. Sam Heyes – Labrador – Tasha – 139 points
4.       4. Ron Jackson – Labrador – Rudy – 135.5 points
5.       5. Kerri Underwood – Labrador – Franklin – 114.5 points
OPEN
1.       1. Sam Haigh – Labrador – Errol – 118 points
2.       2. Bryan Pritchard – Labrador – Gunner – 115.5 points
3.       3. Ron Jackson – Labrador – Rudy – 114.5 points
4.       4. Sam Heyes – Labrador – Nellie – 106 points

RESULTS – Sunday 5 July 15
TEST
1.       1. Barry Oliver – Ponter – Kio – 93 points
2.       2. Richard Chan – Wei/Lab – Jazz – 80 points
3.       3. Jason Repacholi – GSP – Toby – 68 points
INTERMEDIATE
1.       1. Rad Miramon-Jeffrey – Flat Coated Ret – Chevy – 135 points
2.       2. Jamie Stellini – Labrador – Charley – 124 points
3.       3. Di Lynch – ESS – Mickey – 119 points
4.       4. Kevin Phelps – Labrador – Aussie – 118 points
5.       5. Henry Foster – Pointer – Riley – 117 points
ADVANCED
1.       1. Ron Jackson – Labrador – Rudy – 144 points
2.       2. Sam Heyes – Labrador – Nellie – 124 points
OPEN
1.       1. Di Lynch – Labrador – Molly – 148 points
2.       2. Sam Haigh – Labrador – Errol – 141 points
3.       3. Ron Jackson – Labrador – Rudy – 138 points



Click here to see photos from Saturday and here to see photos from Sunday

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Training day - Sunday 19th July 2015

This month's WGAA training day is  Sunday 19th July.

The address of the new training venue is:
Emu Creek Bridge
Konagaderra Rd, Clarkfield.

Head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that Rd. It will be well sign posted on the morning.

As usual, kick off is at 9am with a BBQ at midday.

Anyone with a gundog is welcome. Any queries please contact Kevin Phelps - 0407091221

Hope everyone enjoys the day!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

GUNDOG DEMO TEAM




The 2015 SSAA Shot Expo could only be described as a great success and WGAA’s dog demonstrations were an integral part of this success.
The WGAA team put on 4 demos over the two days before crowds numbering 300 – 400 hundred each time. Handlers and dogs all performed up to expectations and beyond. 

Click here and wait for the slideshow to load to see more photos of the day.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

North - South Retrieving Trial Challenge




 WGAA Vic is presenting an Interstate Retrieving Trial Challenge.

The club is   thrilled to announce that several members of the Queensland Branch of the SSAA United Field & Retrieving club will be travelling down south to compete in these trials.

The trials will be held over the weekend of the 4th & 5th of July and will be held in the Nagambie area.

The stakes will be Open, Advanced, Intermediate & Test.
The schedule and entry forms will be circulated soon so make sure you keep this weekend free.
Even if you are not entering remember that we will need plenty of helpers on the day.
This will be a ground breaking event for WGAA and will hopefully lead to triallers making the trip north in future.

Contacts:      Kevin Phelps 0407 091 221
                        Andrew Yeomans 0419 773 508
                        Barry Oliver 0403 380 092

This is a great opportunity to come together as a club for a fun, friendly and social weekend to compete with our dogs in the field doing what we and they love.
It is also a great opportunity to meet with some of our Queensland members.
~ WGAA DOGS – TRAINED TO SUCCEED ~

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

WGAA training day - May 17th 2015 - New training venue.

This month's WGAA training day is  Sunday 17th May.

The correct address of the new training venue is:
Emu Creek Bridge
Konagaderra Rd, Clarkfield.

Head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that Rd. It will be well sign posted on the morning.

As usual, kick off is at 9am with a BBQ at midday.

Anyone with a gundog is welcome. Any queries please contact Steve Luck - 0408334427

Hope everyone enjoys the day!

Friday, 13 March 2015

Next training day - Sunday 15th March 2015

This month's WGAA training day is this Sunday 15th March.  The entry to the Melton training venue has changed.  Our usual entry  has been  fenced off  and access is now via Reserve Rd, Tullidge St and then Lakewood Blvd - see map below (Click to view in Google Maps).
 There is a small carpark on Lakewood Blvd or otherwise park in Lakeside Blvd itself.  To enter the training venue follow the rock park across the waterway. Dogs must be leashed until you reach the training site.

Training commences at 9am and concludes at approximately 12.00 with a BBQ.  Anyone with a gundog is welcome.



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Sunday, 1 March 2015

DUCK OPENING WATER PRACTICE DAY




30 handlers and their dogs participated in the 2015 Duck Opening Water Practice Day. This traditional WGAA event is always extremely successful and this year’s event kept that tradition going.
The 3 runs available were designed to match real-life duck hunting scenarios. Handlers were able to give their dogs multiple runs and Wayne, Kevin and Shane were on hand to help with any problems. It was certainly encouraging to see so many new comers. The wide variety of gundogs included GSP’s pointers, labradors, brittanys, English springer spaniels, a long haired weimaraner and a curly coated retriever.
Luckily cloud cover kept the temperature down slightly for most of the day, and when the sun did come out about 2 o’clock the dogs needed no encouragement to hit the water.
Catering was superb, especially the fresh mango and ice cream. Many thanks to the property owners and the caterers.


To see more photos from the day, click here and wait for the slideshow to load.