Clumbers win at Sussex day
THE Sussex Spaniel Associations recent working tests held appropriately
in Sussex there were 36 entrants; not only Sussex but also Clumbers, Welsh Springers
and Field Spaniels.
For many it was their first time out with their dogs since foot and mouth disease started and it was good to see everyone enjoying the freedom of the private woodland and lake area which was ideal for testing working ability which had not had any livestock on it, so allowing the event to go ahead.
Winner and Best in Test
Mr John Zurick and Sedgehurst Tormentum.
dogs were short on training due to the restrictions, as Shula Shipton from Burton
on Trent bemoaned; but the chief judge Wendy Knight reminded thos present that
there was no excuse not to have the basic stop to whistle and recall perfected,
as those exercises can be practised at home in the garden.
Wendy assisted by second judge John Wagstaff set each test to give the dogs a chance to show their hunting ability as well as a seen and blind retrieve on canvas dummies. Jane Vereker took the water tests by the lake giving the dogs a chance to cool off envied by some of their handlers.
The Zuricks Clumbers dominated the awards with John winning Open and Best in Test with Sedgehurst Tormentum as well as Puppy with his seven month old dog Sedgehurst Hawkridge. Not to be left out Debbie won novice with her bitch Sedgehurst Damascuss. They were delighted to take several bags of Skinners dog meal on the long journey back to Somerset, courtesy of the sponsors.
Judges, left to right, Jane Vereket, John Wagstaff and Wendy Knight
Disappointingly for a Sussex Spaniel Association event only one Sussex was in
the awards with Ann Moons Deanway After The Dance gaining second in Novice.
However the sponsors Skinners, Windmill Feeds and Denes had provided enough
goodies for all those placed.
Puppy. 1. Sedghurst hawkridge, Clumber d. 2. Julita Rustic ramble,
WSS b. Nov. 1 Sedgehurst Damascuss, Clumber b. 2 Deanway After The Dance, Sussex Spaniel d. 3 Drydown Kea, Clumber b.
Open. 1.Sedghurst Tormentum, Clumber d. 2. Julita Ruella, WSS b. 3. Clumberlier Old Speckled Hen, Clumber b.