Monday, 30 October 2017

Retrieving Trial 29 October 17

Summer is almost here! WGAA’s retrieving trial on Sunday 31st of October was … warm. Byron Kendall, our Advanced judge on the day, gave some sage advice in his opening remarks when he said to bring dogs to the starting pegs wet and to keep an eye out for snakes and grass seeds. Both Byron and Intermediate judge, Bill Allen, toiled manfully all day under difficult conditions, conditions that made thing very difficult for dogs and handlers. A good sized brown snake necessitated changing the first run in the advanced stake, while logs and low water levels combined with thick vegetation made things interesting for dogs in both stakes.
At the end of an intense day both judges made reference to the difficult conditions and the handling errors that confounded dogs and handlers alike. Trials are always tricky affairs, and runs that appear to be simple can suddenly throw up problems resulting in frustration for handlers and confusion for dogs. This was certainly the case in the Advanced stake and Byron was unable to award any placings, However, in the Intermediate stake Bill filled the podium with Sam Hayes’ lab, Samirya Field Scout (Scout) in first place, Angie Bloomer’s GSP Kobidan Justice Endures (Ishtar) as runner-up and Shane Emond’s lab Samirya Slim Jim (Slim) in third place.
Many thanks go to the committee who laboured away on the Saturday, Sunday, and in the weeks preceding the trial to make the event happen. To our judges Byron and Bill, who, as always, blended diplomacy, knowledge and application to the task, to the property owner and to everyone else who pitched in on the day to ensure a successful and memorable event.    

 Intermediate judge Bill Allen & Andrew & Bass
 Phillip & Bella
 David & Miss Hurley

 How's that!

 Andrew & Archie line up for Advanced Judge Byron Kendall

 Intermediate winner Sam Heyes & Scout
 It's here somewhere.

 Angie & Ishtar at the start line.

 A tough swim back.

A big thank you for Byron Kendall

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Retrieving Trial Schedule 29 October 17

WGAA Vic Branch Retrieving Trial  
 Intermediate & Advanced Stakes

TRIAL DATE:              Sunday, 29 October 2017
TRIAL MANAGER:     Sam Heyes       0418 512 780
                                    Steve Luck        0408 334 427
ENTRIES:                    Entries close Friday 20 October – Draw 21 October      
EVENTS:                     Intermediate and Advanced Stakes                                            

ENTRY FEE:              $20.00 per dog Advanced and Intermediate stake. 
                                  Entries online via or
                                  Completion of trial entry form via

VETTING:                    Vetting will take place at 8.30am 
JUDGES:                     Intermediate – Bill Allen
                                    Advanced – Byron Kendall
TROPHIES:                 Trophy and Sash for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters. 
QUALIFICATIONS    INTERMEDIATE is a stake confined to gundogs that have not won       any stakes other than two Intermediate Stakes.
is a stake confined to gundogs that have not won four Advanced Stakes or one Open Stake
VENUE:                    Nagambie area. 
CATERING:              Club barbeque will be available for everyone to use – bring your own  food.    
                                     Important Information
                       ..  All competitors must obey Trial Managers' directives.
..  No one is permitted to revisit the trial site under any circumstances.
¨      No alcohol to be consumed by handlers during runs.
¨      Bitches in oestrum will not be permitted on the trial grounds.
¨      All competitors must produce a current shooting licence.
..  All persons attending the trial must sign the Range Member Book.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

October Training Day

The next WGAA training day is  Sunday 15 October.
The address of the training venue is on a property near the Emu Creek bridge, Clarkfield.

To get to the Emu Creek bridge head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Travel 13km then turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that road to the bridge.

Start time will be 9.00am but if you would like to help with setting up we will be there from 8.00am. There will also be a BBQ lunch at 12.00pm.

Anyone with a gundog is welcome. We cater for beginners, puppies and experienced handlers.

Any queries please contact Kevin Phelps - 0407 091 221

Friday, 22 September 2017

Field Assessment Day 17 September 2017

What a day! Sunny, nice breeze for the dogs – weatherwise this was one out of the box. Participating dogs seemed to enjoy it also with some excellent work in the field run, water retrieve and land retrieve. Overall the handlers were pleased, very pleased, with their dogs. The venue looked a picture after recent rains, and seemed to add to the relaxed atmosphere.
Handlers were presented with certificates covering all aspects of the retrieves and field work – style, obedience, marking, eagerness, staunchness, game finding and steadiness. This was the tenth year that WGAA has conducted a Field Assessment Day at this site and Sunday’s event was probably one of the best. 
The judges Kevin Phelps – Water retrieve, Angie Bloomer – Land Retrieve and Barry Oliver- Field, were all unanimous in their assessments, all three praising the dogs, especially the big improvers. There is no doubt that if handlers put in the work in a dedicated manner their dogs can and do improve markedly.
Another top WGAA event.