Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Next Training Day

The next training day will be held on Sunday 15th August at Tullidge Reserve, Melton, Melways Ref 337 D 10. Training commences at 9am and finishes with a BBQ lunch at around 12pm. Anyone with a gundog is welcome. Please contact the Training Officer, Graham Hayes on 9743 7402.

WGAA WA Pointer & Setter Field Trial

The winner, Maurizo with Zac and the judge, Alan Willey

The Grouse Plate All Pointing Breeds (Closed Season) Pointer & Setter field trial was run on Saturday 17th July in Meckering WA in a good stubble paddock with enough game to get a result. There was a field of six dogs - three Irish Setters, two Brittany's and an English Setter. Two dogs went into the second round, Mauriizio Casidio's Britt, Zac and Lesley Store's Irish Setter, Asher. Unfortunately, Asher went out of control at the shot, but Zac filled his card with a back and two good finds and did the compulsory two retrieves successfully at the end of the trial.

Winner: Tobenlee Zachary Ballou, Brittany Spaniel handled by Maurizio Casadio

Congratulations to Maurizio as this was Zac's first win in a field trial.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Sporting Spaniel Association of NSW Inc - Field Trial Notification

Open Stake Field Trial & Novice Stake Field Trial (to be run concurrently)
Date: Saturday 14th August 2010
Judges: Steve Sapseed (2nd judge to be announced shortly)
Entry fee: $25.00 per dog. Entries must be received by 6th August.
All entrants must have their dogs registered with WGAA and must also be members of either WGAA or a SSAA gundog affiliated club.
The trial will be conducted in accordance with WGAA Spaniel Field Trial rules.
For more details email: warren.hardman@bigpond.com

Friday, 23 July 2010

WGAA Vic July training day 2010.

The WGAA (Vic) monthly training day certainly is an institution. For 12 years, rain, hail or shine, the training day has continued on – and believe me, there have been many days of climatic extremes.
On an area of land that will probably be coved by an industrial estate one day, literally hundreds (probably thousands by now) of gundogs have turned up to be trained in the various aspects of gundog work. Through it all the patient trainers have encouraged, instructed, prompted and guided the handlers. The WGAA training day is a unique canine event.
The following slideshow shows a typical training day in action. Anyone wanting to come along to Melton on the third day of each month should contact the training officer, Graham Hayes, 97437402. Email - jeddah@alphalink.com.au

For more photos please click HERE and wait for the slideshow to load.

Sunday, 18 July 2010


The WGAA NSW Closed Season Pointer & Setter trials kicked off on the weekend of the 11th and 12th July in ideal conditions. Great grass paddocks, plenty of game, nice overcast conditions and a good breeze were all available. To the Victorians who attended it was almost unbelievable to see so much game – a real return to the good old days prior to the setting in of the drought. (One of the handlers gave a young pup a run after the Saturday trial and in the space of half an hour put up nearly 60 birds with the pup tallying 30 finds!) Button quail, brown quail and stubble quail were all seen over the two days, along with some spectacular peregrine falcons.
Saturday’s trial saw all of the 7 competing dogs (all pointers) have multiple finds in what was a high quality affair. Finds on running birds, finds on birds that were sitting tight, backs, good productions, some great ground coverage were all on display. The judge, Vince Guastella, called on his many years of experience to select beats that gave all dogs the opportunity to showcase what they could do.
At the end of the event the three dogs that were placed on the podium were: in first place the experienced F CH and F CH (CS) Koram Kris at Innistona (imp Ire) handled by Henry Foster, runner up was Andrew Melisi’s Similax Conte and in third place was the stylish Walteela Blitz handled by John Arsenis.
Sunday’s trial started off in similar fashion to the day before with more high quality work on display. However, as the event proceeded some errors crept in, especially during a warm spell when the clouds cleared and dogs began to put themselves out. Two dogs were left to vie for trial honours, Michael Zandona’s Addum Domino (imp NZ) and Andrew Melisi’s Similax Conte. These two had certainly given an exhibition in round one, but as sometimes happen in trials, especially when tired at the end of two days of competition, they also began to falter and Vince, mindful of the importance of keeping a high standard , called it quits with a‘no result’. The award of Best Novice dog went to Michael’s pointer dog.
Well done to the NSW WGAA group for putting in the effort to make this a very successful weekend. These were both hard fought events that featured some well bred trial dogs and some very experienced handlers – and a judge who has seen it all. We look forward to returning for the August trials on the weekend of 28th and 29th August 2010. For enquiries contact Andrew Melisi on 0419 166 965.

To view photos please click HERE and wait for the slideshow to load.