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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