Wednesday, 24 August 2011

National (CS) Pointer & Setter Field Trial 2011

The final Pointer and Setter trials of the 2011 season were conducted in the NSW Riverina on the weekend of the 13th& 14th August. This weekend’s trials included the Closed Season National Championship – the first time that this event had been conducted outside of Western Australia.
The National was held on the Saturday and attracted an entry of 10 dogs from Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales, all of whom were well tuned up at the end of a long season (the Working Gundog Association conducted a total of 16 Pointer & Setter trials across 3 States this season).
The judge for this important occasion was long time trial stalwart, Vince Guastella. The first round saw some excellent P&S work with a nice breeze enabling dogs to quarter their ground well and find game stylishly. Game was well spaced and each heat produced several birds.
Six dogs were brought back for the second round with the stand out performer being Lyn and Henry Foster’s Rip Rap Marksman. This fast, athletic young dog carded 3 strong finds, backed perfectly and completed the compulsory retrieves well to finish as a deserving winner.
Runner-up was Ferrante Alvarez De Toledo’s English Setter Runanset Luxury Liner. The hard luck story had to be Peter Simmons’s Pointer Quannah Bella Apache which went through to the retrieve but was distracted by some live game and failed to complete.
The following day dawned warm and still, a testing scenario for the dogs, many of whom had difficulty around game that was running hard. The stand out dog was Andrew Melisi’s Pointer F Ch (CS) Similax Conte who was able to find and produce well and was awarded first place. No other awards were made.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Wanted - Irish Setter puppy

If you have a litter of Irish Setter puppies or are planning on one in the foreseeable future could you please contact Liz and Tony on (03)57951021 or by email at

Sunday, 7 August 2011

National (Closed Season) Pointer & Setter Field Trial

The final event on the WGAA pointer & setter calendar for 2011 is the National (Closed Season) field trial weekend on the 13th & 14th of August. This year the event will be held in New South Wales for the first time.
All enquiries should be directed to the Trial Manager, Andreas Melisi 0419 166 965.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

SSAA WA State Championship (Closed Season) Pointer & Setter Field Trial

The Working Gundog WA branch ran the State Championship on Saturday July 30th at Toodyay NE of Perth. The club would like to thank the judge Mr Denis Everard (Vic) for accepting the appointment at short notice, his assistant judge was Sandy Peter’ka. We had a field of seven dogs, two English Setters, two Brittany Spaniels, Irish Setter, Pointer and a German Shorthaired Pointer.
The trial was held in a new crop with old stubble in it, the day was very windy which made the game run and tested the dogs. There was some very good work in the first round and five dogs were put into the second round. Four dogs filled their cards to the judge’s satisfaction and were tested with the land retrieves. The winner was the Brittany Spaniel which had a very good steady day in the field.

1st. Maurizio Casidio’s TOBENLEE ZACHARY BALLOU (Zac) Brittany Spaniel.
2nd. Ferrante Alvarez de Toledo’s RUNANSET LUXURY LINER (Tina) English Setter.
3rd. Alan Willey’s WGAA F.Ch. (CS) YWURRIE RANI (Abbey) Pointer.

The Working Gundog branch would like to thank SSAA WA for donating a Swag to be raffled for the entrants and helpers which was fittingly won by Maurizio Casidio.

On the Sunday we held the Bob Dean Memorial Trophy at South Meckering east of Perth. Denis Everard was the judge again and Sandy Peter’ka his assistant. The trial was again held in a new crop with old stubble and a chance of a thunder storm. The first brace had very good conditions although windy and the IS of Paul Brown had some very good finds and did some excellent roading to produce the game and was steady to shot. But at the end of the second brace the wind and torrential rain came and caused some dogs to be eliminated. The judge asked to see three dogs for the second round, Paul’s IS, Ferrante’s ES and Alan’s Pointer. There were several more finds by the braced pair of the IS & ES and they went on to the retrieves.

1st. Paul Brown’s EVERHEART GRACE (Grace) Irish Setter.
2nd. Ferrante Alvarez de Toledo’s RUNANSET LUXURY LINER (Tina) English Setter.

Left to right in the pic above: Judge, Denis Everard, Alan & Abbey, Ferrante & Tina and Maurizio & Zac

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

August Training Day

The next training day will be held on Sunday 21st August 2011 at Tullidge Reserve, Melton, Melways Ref 337 D 10.Enter the reserve off Collins St. Training commences at 9am and finishes with a BBQ lunch at around 12pm. Anyone with a gundog is welcome. For more details please contact the Training Officer, Graham Hayes on 9743 7402.

Hunt, Point & Retrieve Novice Training Field Trial

Date: Saturday 3 September (Please note change of date)
Venue: Bridgewater area
Judge: Russell Thomas
Entry fee: $10 per dog - payable on the day
Meeting place: Bridgewater Hotel at 7.30am

BYO lunch

A WGAA Novice Trial is open to all HPR dogs, with the following exclusions:
· Any dog that has previously won 2 Restricted Trials or NoviceTrials.
· Any dog that has previously won an Open Field Trial.
· Any dog that has placed in any Championship Field Trial.

This is a non shooting event, run in accordance with the WGAA HPR rules.
Handlers must be members of the SSAA and WGAA and dogs must be registered on the WGAA database.
For more information, including rules and entry details, please contact Kevin Phelps 0407 091 221 or Alex Jevric 0428 998 808

WGAA Pointer & Setter Field Trial Update 2011

Across four States, Western Australia, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria a total of 16 WGAA trials (4 closed season and 12 shooting) have been conducted in 2011. This record number is a reflection of the bumper season that followed heavy summer rains in the Eastern States, a season that had many game bird hunters saying that this was the best season in living memory. Both ducks and quail were abundant – almost excessively so from the point of view of the field trialler, but no one was complaining.
The premier event for WGAA, the Pointer & Setter National, was won convincingly by Ferrante Alvarez De Toledo’s English Setter bitch RUNANSET LUXURY LINER. This dog produced superb performances in both the National and the John Nash Memorial held on the next day.

Results for the Western Australian trials held on the 30 & 31 July and the forthcoming NSW National (CS) trial weekend (13 & 14 August) will be posted when available.

25 June 2011- Vic - Neville Whaley Memorial - All Pointing Breeds

Sponsored by Sportdog (Innotek)
Judge: Barry Oliver (Vic)
1. Nick Guida’s RIPRAP CASHER (PB)
2. Taner Ozsehitoglu’s RUSSETRAY ROYAL FLUSH (ISD)

26 June 2011 – Vic - All Pointing Breeds
Judge: Henry Foster (Vic)
1. Taner Ozsehitoglu’s RUSSETRAY ROYAL FLUSH (ISD)

Judge: Geoff Maudlen (SA)
1. Ferrante Alvarez De Toledo’s RUNANSET LUXURY LINER (ESB)
2. Joe Camilleri’s WALTEELA LITE FIELD (PB)

10 July 2011 – SA - JOHN NASH MEMORIAL
Judge: Geoff Maudlen (SA)
1. Ferrante Alvarez De Toledo’s RUNANSET LUXURY LINER (ESB)
2. Taner Ozsehitoglu’s GAMEMASTER EVANS (ISD)
Jim Oliver Best Finding Dog Award - J. Camilleri’s WALTEELA LITE FIELD (PB)
Brodruggan Best Setter Award - F. A.D.Toledo’s RUNANSET LUXURY LINER (ESB)

14 July 2011 – SA - Inaugural Kangaroo Island Trial
Judge: Lance Bailey-Hill (SA)
No result.

15 July 2011 – SA
Judge: Kathy Oliver (Vic)
No result

23 July 2011- NSW Closed Season – All Pointing Breeds
Judge: Joe Camilleri (Vic)
1. Henry Foster’s RIPRAP MARKSMAN (PD)
2. Cosmo Kostikidis’ PARIS (true to type) (PB)

Best Novice Dog: Peter Simmons' QUANNAH BELLA APACHE (PB)

24 July 2011 – NSW Closed Season – All Pointing Breeds
Judge: Vince Guastella (NSW)
No result.

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