FOR THE fourth year running, Bill Ironsides American Cocker Combleywood Parti Piece at Belcrum won the Advanced Test at the annual Show Spaniels Field Day, and for the third year, she also took the award of Best Performance of the Day. She had also won BPD in 1999 and 2001.
Julie Revill gained a fifth qualifier with Julita Rustic Ramble, all in direct line of descent. This was the first year of the newly worded Show Gundog Working Certificate (SWGWC) and spaniels had to prove they hunted, faced cover, produced game and retrieved generally to the satisfaction of the two judges.
Testing was on freshly shot, unhandled game and ducks, and a water test was also compulsory.
The event, run by the Midland english Springer society, has been held at the Banholm Estate in Stamford, Lincolnshire, since 1980 by kind permission of land owner, Martin Trollope-Bellew.
Show Gundog Working Certificates (22). Judges Clarence Colclough and Eric Elwick. 1 Sue Long and Malcolm Leemings ESS Tryhard Yorkshire Gold. 2 Ann Moons Sussex Deanway Dance on Air. 3 Gill Pearces WSS Julita Rustic Ramble. Best Performance in SGWCs. Julita Rustic Ramble WSS. Novice Tests. Judge Alec Geddes (Debanza) . Dogs (16). 1 Sue Long and Malcolm Leemings ESS Alanea Merlldes. 2 Gill Pearces Cocker Humbar Crackers with Pearkim. 3 Chris Pages Clumber Micklemess Just George. 4 Phil Guests ESS Larbreck Dark n Delicious. Bitches (10). 1 Trevor Beatons ESS Calvdale in Possession at Summerstone. 2 Sue Long and Malcolm Leemings ESS Tryhard Enchanting Tri. 3 Julia Grants Canouan Absoloodle Doodle. 4 Julia Curries Canouan Rachel Heyhoe. Best Novice Overall. Alanea Merredes, ESS. Novice Teams. 1 Linfit Loonies. 2 Bills Babies. 3 Linfit Astras. Advanced Test (11). Judges Clarance Colclough and Eric Elwick. 1 Bill Ironsides Am Cocker Combleywood Parti Piece at Belcrum, 2 Tina Smiths WSS Highclare Internet at Rockstro. 3 Julie Revills WSS Julita Rustic Ramble. 4 Julie Revills WSS Julita Ruella. Guns Choice. Tryhard Yorkshire Gold (ESS). Best Performance of the Day. Combleywood Parti Piece at Belcrum (Am Cocker).