Thursday, 19 September 2013

FIELD ASSESSMENT DAY – 15th September 2013

On what turned out to be a fantastic spring day WGAA Vic’s Field Assessment Day was held at the Daylesford property that has hosted the event for many years.
Approximately 40 people made their way across the rickety bridge to the venue, accompanied by 24 dogs of a variety of gundog breeds. Once there the canine passengers strutted their stuff across water, over land and on the pigeon run. The aim of the exercise was to hopefully score well in each of the 5 categories that the judges were looking for – categories that make for a great hunting companion. The certificates assessing the dogs will be awarded at the next Melton training day.
Well done to all participants.

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Sunday, 1 September 2013


The NSW Branch of WGAA conducted this year’s Closed Season National Championship for Pointers & Setters on Saturday 10th August. This event is shared bi-annually between Western Australia and New South Wales.
Closed season events are run identically to open season events with one exception – no game is shot. This format suits those States that do not at the moment have open seasons as all other aspects of pointer & setter field trial work are expected. Retrieving is completed at the conclusion of the field work.
This year’s event was conducted once again in the New South Wales Riverina and was judged by Vince Guastella. For those competitors from States that had very poor trials conditions in 2013 this weekend’s trials were something of a revelation with excellent conditions and plentiful game.
The National was conducted in a canola paddock (something of a novelty) with all dogs having opportunities on game. The winning dog was B. Oliver’s pointer bitch F CH Rip Rap Veeda  NFTW  (CS) who carded 4 nice finds and completed the job with 2 good retrieves. Runner up was H. Foster’s pointer dog F Ch (CS) & FT Ch Rip Rap Marksman CM, NFTW (CS) who has been consistently on the podium this year.
The following day saw the final Pointer & Setter trial for this season, a season which commenced on a warm Anzac Day way back in April. Judged by Michael Zandona in another great trial paddock the standout performer was Andrea Melisi’s pointer dog F Ch (CS) Similax Conte.  Unhappily, he did not complete the retrieve satisfactorily and as no other dog had been brought through a ‘no result’ ensued.

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