Friday, 5 October 2018

Retrieving Trial - 23 September 18

Results – Retrieving Trial 23 September 2018
Intermediate – Judge Wayne Phelps
1. Andrew Yeomans & Archie (Golden Ret) – 173 pts
2. Sam Heyes & Scout (Labrador Ret) – 156 pts
3. Shane Emond & Slim (Labrador Ret) – 155 pts
4. Phillip Coish & Bella (Labrador Ret) – 150 pts
Advanced – Judge Byron Kendall
1. Steve Luck & Meg (GSP) – 118 pts
2. Fred Briffa & Zuzu (GSP) – 114 pts
3. Phillip Coish & Bella (Labrador Ret) – 80.5 pts
                                                                         Kevin & Hoolie
                                                              Sam & Scout (2nd Intermediate)
                                                                            Daniel & GSP
                                                                           Andrew & Ace
                                              Phillip & Bella (4th Intermediate & 3rd Advanced)
                                                                         Richard & Jazz
                                                                           Marc & Lab
                                                                            Ray & Spud
                                                                            Danny & GSP
                                                Shane, Norm & Intermediate Judge Wayne
                                                            Shane & Slim (Third Intermediate)
                                                            Andrew & Bass (First Intermediate)
                                                                            Barry & Kio
                                                                          Angie & Ishtar
                                                              Fred & Zuzu  (2nd Advanced)
                                                  Henry, Advanced Judge Byron, Steve & Meg
                                                               Steve & Meg (1st Advanced)
                                              Wayne & Kevin - back from another river crossing.

A cool, blustery day greeted handlers, spectators and judges for the WGAA trial held on the Lodden River near Serpentine on Sunday 23rd of September.
Two stakes were run – an Intermediate and Advanced, and the Judges Wayne Phelps and Byron Kendall, both knowledgeable in the ways of game birds, set challenging runs
that were both interesting and surprising. Long time hunters, Wayne and Byron always have the knack of creating runs that demand experience and intelligence
from competitors – the team of dog and handler that gets it right makes it look easy. 
Congratulations to all for making the day another great success, and especially to the caterers. Quail soup, beef, venison, chicken schnitzel ... unbelievable!

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Retrieving Trial - Intermediate & Advanced 23 Sept 18

Trial Date:Sunday 23rd September 2018
Trial Manager:Richard Chan 0448 638 243 & Kevin Phelps 0407 091 221
Entries: Entries close Friday 7th September - Draw 9th September
Entry fee:$20.00 per dog Intermediate & Advanced stake
Vetting:Vetting will take place at 8.30am sharp
 Intermediate - Wayne Phelps
 Advanced - Byron Kendall
Trophies:Trophy & Sash for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place getters
INTERMEDIATE is a stake confined to gundogs that have not won any stake   
other than two Intermediate Stakes. 
ADVANCED is a stake confined to gundogs that have not won four Advanced 
stakes or one Open Stake.
Venue:Serpentine on the Lodden River
Catering: Lunch will be on sale, support WGAA by buying food and drinks.

All competitors must obey Trial manager's 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 license.
All persons attending the trial must sign the Range Member book.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Training Day 19 August

Don't forget our next training day is Sunday 19th August.  Bring your wet weather gear and gumboots.
Our training day will be held at Clarkfield.

Meet at the Emu Creek Bridge on Konagaderra Rd, 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.

Beginners class will commence at 10.00am to be run by our training officer Kevin Phelps with the help of some of the other members.

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 our Training Officer, Kevin Phelps – 0407 091 221

Retrieving Trial 5 Aug 18

Steve, Jamie, Judges: Andrew & Bill, Andy, Andrew & Sam
What a great day for our first retrieving trial for the year. Held at Nagambie, we had a good turn out for both Intermediate and Advanced stakes with two land runs and a water run for each stake. Thanks to the trial managers Sam Heyes and Stephen Luck. And also a big thank you to the judges Bill Allen (Intermediate) and Andrew Yeomans (Advanced) for volunteering their time.

Here are the results of the day:
1st place Sam Heyes with Scout on 159 points.
2nd place Andrew McKenzie with Ace on 153 points.
3rd place Andy Krywula with Jayda on 141 points.

1st place Stephen Luck with Meg on 148 points.
2nd place Jamie Stellini with Charley on 144.5 points.
3rd place Andy Krywula with Jayda on 122 points.

Congratulations and well done to all placegetters and thank you to everyone who attended.

National Pointer & Setter (Closed Season) Field Trial Weekend 4&5 Aug 2018

For the third time this season field triallers travelled to the Riverina to compete in the Closed Season trials hosted by the NSW Branch of WGAA. A small field of 7 dogs (2 scratchings) ran in the National Championship on the Saturday. Perfect conditions greeted the competitors – cloudy, cool breeze, good cover and just the right amount of birds.
Judge Vince Guastella knew what he was looking for as the dogs collectively carded approximately 15 birds. At the end of the second round Vince had no hesitation in awarding Surefind Star (Bailey) the blue ribbon for his stylish, all action work. Vince said in his closing remarks that no other dog displayed the quality work that Bailey demonstrated and did not award any other placings. This win saw Bailey become a WGAA Field Champion.
Sunday saw the running of the final trial of the season. Michael Zandona held the judicial honours this time around. The winning dog, Rip Rap Jack, came up with the goods with his unerring finding, speed and overall razzle dazzle that saw this young dog (16 months) propel himself into the status of Field Champion in 6 trials. Not bad for a youngster! Not bad also for Henry & Lyn Foster, owners of both Bailey and Jack.