Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Beretta raffle

The 2008 Beretta Raffle is on now! For your chance to win click on
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1st Prize: $4,000 Beretta Australia Shopping Spree Retail Value $4,000 You will be able to choose from a wide range of Beretta Australia products. Proudly Supported by Beretta Australia.
2nd Prize: Holiday Package. Retail Value $2,000
3rd Prize: Home entertainment Package. Retail Value: $1,000
Tickets are only $5 each and can be purchased on-line via the SSAA (Vic) website or by calling the State office on (03)8892-2777.
Don't wait any longer! Buy your tickets NOW!

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Ph. (03) 8892 2777
F. (03) 8892 2700

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Forthcoming events

Over the next few months WGAA will be fairly active with the following events:

  1. 20/7/08 Training day - Melton
  2. 17/8/08 Training day - Melton
  3. 23/8/08 Celebration dinner, Royal Mail Hotel, 519 Spencer St West Melbourne. 7pm.
  4. 31/8/08 Field Assessment Day - Daylesford
  5. 21/9/08 Training day - Melton
  6. 19/10/08 Training day - Melton
  7. 24/10 - 29/10/08 Rick Smith Foundation Seminar - Balliang East
  8. 16/11/08 Training day - Melton
  9. 21/11/08 AGM williamstown RSL

10 Year Celebration dinner

As mentioned in the last WGAA News, WGAA (Vic) is celebrating its 10th birthday. In that time we have helped train hundreds of dogs and conducted events too numerous to mention. To mark the occasion we are organising a celebration dinner on Saturday 23rd August at the Royal Mail Hotel, 519 Spencer St West Melbourne, commencing at 7 pm. (Plenty of parking available.) All WGAA members, past & present, are invited to attend. Guests can choose from the set menu at $30 per head. This includes a main meal with a choice of either entree or sweets, and a glass of wine. Details of the menu will be published in the July-August WGAA News.
Come along and join us for a night of celebration and good company. Those members who have maintained continual membership for our first 10 years will be presented with a lapel badge to mark the occasion.
Contact Lyn Foster or phone 95095245 to confirm your attendance.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Litter of Pups - Working Labradors

Litter of Pups - Working Labradors
4 Females and 2 Males - All black
Whelped 22nd June 2008
Will be wormed, vaccinated and vet checked
$350 each
Mother available for viewing
Ph: (03) 5331 9474 or 0418 319 409

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

SSAA National Pointer & Setter Field Trial 2008

Judge: Bill Cross (Vic) Assistant Judge: Robyn Gaskin (NZ)
1st - D&A Everard's Irish Setter Bitch - F Ch & FT Ch RUSSETRAY TULLAMORE (Tara)
2nd - B&K Oliver's Pointer Bitch - WINGFIELD DAME (Imp NZ) (Jaeger)

H&L Foster’s F Ch (CS) KORAM KRIS AT INNISTONA (Imp Ire) (Major)
B&K Oliver’s F Ch YWURRIE JED (Striker) & WINGFIELD DAME (Imp NZ) (Jaeger)
T. Ozsehitoglu’s F Ch & FT Ch WHITESMOKE (Rusty) & WHITESMOKE DIESEL
A. Willey’s F Ch YWURRIE RANI (Abbey)
R Clay's Kilsheelan Paprika (Imp NZ) & Kilsheelan Quill (Imp NZ).

The 2008 SSAA WGAA National was a hard fought affair marked by freezing weather but plentiful game. Thin stubble and vast native grass patches made up the venue for 14 of the country’s best pointers and setters to fight it out. At the end of round one 6 dogs were brought back – Dielsel, Major, Jaeger, Striker, Diesel & Tara. Four dogs proceeded into the third round – Striker v Major and Tara v Jaeger and as the heats progressed it was left to Tara & Jaeger to vie for trial honours. An extremely long final heat saw multiple finds, hard running birds and good productions. At around 4pm a halt was called with the Irish Setter Bitch Tara being given the nod over the Pointer Bitch Jaeger.
This was a great event, characterised by some excellent dog work and a phenomenal number of finds. The standard of all dogs was high, and judgement was accordingly very difficult on occasions. Judging is never easy, and at times I had to rely on my assistant judge in order to help me make some tough decisions. I am thankful to the WGAA committee for the opportunity to judge such a hard fought affair.
Generous funding was again provided by the SSAA for this event, a sign of the association’s ongoing commitment to field sports in this country.
Many thanks to those who put together the necessary infrastructure for this major event and especially the landowners who generously make available their properties on which we are able to run our dogs. I must also thank my assistant judge Robin Gaskin from New Zealand for her efforts on the day.

Bill Cross

Vince Pino & FT Ch Rocca Diesel

Judges: Robyn Gaskin & Bill Cross

A section of the gallery

Barry Oliver & Wingfield Dame (Imp NZ)

Bob Whinnen & Quailbanders Double Rise

Joe Camilleri & FT Ch Walteera Vulcan

Henry Foster & F Ch(CS) Koran Kris At Innistona (Imp Ire)

Bob Whinnen & Quailbanders Double Rise

Alan Willey with F Ch(CS) Ywurrie Rani & Panos Papas with Similax Brio

Vince Pino & FT Ch Rocca Diesel watched by Bill Cross

Taner Ozsehitoglu & Whitesmoke Diesel

Denis Everard & F Ch&FT Ch Russetray Tullamore

Barry Oliver & F Ch Ywurrie Jed

Winners are grinners

John Nash Memorial Pointer & Setter Field Trial

Thanks to WGAA for inviting me over to judge the John Nash P&S trial in Victoria and for providing paddocks with such good numbers of birds in them. The conditions were very tough for the dogs and handlers, with strong blustery winds and twitchy birds that ran furiously and often lifted a long way in front of them. I took six dogs (from a field of eleven) through to the second round, and of these, my two top dogs were well in contention for the win. In particular, Barry Oliver's PD FCh Ywurrie Jed shone with his accurate location and production of birds in the testing conditions. Vince Pino's PD FTCh Rocca Diesel was the other to impress, with excellent ground treatment and stylish backing. Unfortunately, the competition pressure pushed all dogs over the limit in the last round and I could make no awards. But I compliment the handlers and dogs on their performances and for taking my decisions with good grace. It was a pleasure to judge you all.
The Bael Bael Trophy (Best Finding Dog) - B&K Oliver's F Ch Ywurrie Jed
The Brodruggan Plate (Best Setter) - D&A Everard's F Ch&FT Ch Russetray Tullamore

Robyn Gaskin (New Zealand)