Saturday, 31 October 2009

Field Assessment Day

WGAA's annual Field Assessment Day was held on Sunday 25th October. This is the fourth year we have conducted this event which requires dogs to complete three basic tasks - a field run, a land retrieve and a water retrieve. The retrieving assessment was under the guidance of Wayne Phelps and Barry Oliver took care of the field assessment. Once again the event was held on an excellent property at Daylesford due to the efforts of Wayne and Kevin Phelps. The club is indebted to landowners who kindly make their properties available for our use. This is an interesting and enjoyable activity open to all breeds of gundogs of all abilities. A large and enthusiastic group of handlers and their dogs took part in the day’s activities. This event has become established as a highlight of the club’s calendar and next year bigger plans are in place to further test and extend the program for the more experienced handlers as well as cater for those new to the concept. The weather was a little inclement but the rain held off and it was a happy group of people that eventually gathered around the campfire for lunch. Due to the success of the morning’s activities the event was extended into the afternoon. This day is part of the Hunt, Point & Retrieve (HPR) sub discipline program and is organized by the WGAA Vice President, Kevin Phelps.

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