Saturday, 9 January 2016

TRAINING DAYS BEGIN AGAIN IN 2016


WGAA’S first training day for the year is on Sunday 21st February

This year there will be a greater emphasis on puppy and beginner dog training. The plan is to have a number of smaller classes taken by experienced club members so that we can tailor the training to the specific needs of the new dogs.


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

Head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Travel 13km then turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that road.



If anyone gets lost please ring Steve 0408 334 427 or Kevin 0407 091 221



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



2016 Memberships are due. Thanks to all those who have already renewed their memberships.

Anyone with a gundog is welcome. Any queries please contact our Training Officer, Kevin Phelps – 0407 091 221.

Hope everyone enjoys the day.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

New venue for WGAA training day Sunday 15th November



This month's WGAA training day is Sunday 15th November.

This month is our Water Test and Christmas Breakup.


As we'll be running a 'Water Test', we'll be moving to a different venue nearby that has a fantastic amount of water on it. Perfect duck hunting simulation.

Newcomers and beginners will still be catered for.

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

Head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Travel 13km then turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that road.
We will be meeting here at the bridge in Clarkefield and we'll depart in convoy to the Water Test venue at 8.30 am.

If anyone gets lost please ring Steve 0408 334 427

Also, as per previous years, brief meetings will be held to elect our sub discipline representatives (Retrieving, HPR, Pointer & Setter and Spaniel)

Memberships are now due.

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

Hope everyone enjoys the day!


Tuesday, 20 October 2015

RETRIEVING TRIAL - 18 October 15




The retrieving trial held at our October training day was a great success.
The weather was great, the venue was great and the attendance was great.
Thanks to everyone who pitched in - before the event, during the event and after the event.
We had 25 dogs competing in the Intermediate & Advanced stakes.
The judge Andrew Yeomans put in a sterling effort.
The results were:
Intermediate - 1st Alex Jevric & Buddy (Brittany), 2nd Joseph Camilleri & Ollie (GSP), 3rd Steve Luck & Meg (GSP), 4th Barry Oliver & Kio (Pointer)
Advanced - 1st Sam Heyes & Nellie (Lab), 2nd Kevin Phelps & Aussie (Lab), 3rd Nick Guida & Marley (Pointer), 4th Henry Foster & Riley (Pointer), 5th Shane Emond & Angus (Lab), 6th David Heyes & Pippa (Lab).


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

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Training day - Sunday 18th October 2015

This month's WGAA training day is  Sunday 18th October.

The October training day will be held in conjunction with a retrieving trial for Intermediate and Advanced Stakes. Entries will be taken on the day.
Newcomers and beginners will still be catered for.

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. Travel 13km then turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that road.

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!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Field Assessment Day - 27th September 2015





On a fantastic spring day WGAA Vic’s Field Assessment Day was held at the Daylesford property that has hosted the event for many years. This property is perfect for this family friendly event and many members camped overnight in order to help set up runs for the next day.
Special thanks to Wayne Phelps who is instrumental in organizing this day.
Each of the 25 dogs was given 3 runs – a land retrieve, a water retrieve and a field run.
The dogs were  scored in 5 categories in each run, categories that related closely to actual field work.
Certificates were awarded to all participants.


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

Friday, 4 September 2015

Field Assessment Day Sunday 27th September 2015



Date: Sunday 27th September               
Venue: Daylesford
Starting time: Be there and registered by 8.30am
Entry fee: $10 per dog

Bring your own lunch.
Barbeques will be available - bring your own meat to cook.

Please note: Handlers are advised to wear gumboots.
This is the 9th year this event has been held. Dogs are required to complete three basic tasks – a field run, a land retrieve and a water retrieve.
Certificates will be awarded.
The Field Assessment day is open to all breeds of gundogs of all abilities, young or old. The field and retrieving runs bear a direct relationship to real life hunting over your gundog. Every encouragement is given by experienced trainers to help you and your dog improve even more.
This day is part of the Hunt, Point & Retrieve (HPR) sub discipline program.

For further details and to confirm attendance please contact: 
Kevin Phelps 0407 091 221, Luke Warner 0423 499 020 or
Steve Luck 0408 334 427  

Come along and bring the family.

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