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AV Retriever

The Norfolk Gundog Club held it’s 142nd AV Retriever Novice Stake today at Ampton. The weather was dry windy and we saw some sunny spells! As always at Ampton there was plenty of game and this, coupled with excellent shooting, gave us all the chance to see some outstanding dog work. Once again, all handlers and helpers came with a positive attitude determined to make the Trial a success despite the restrictions placed on us by Covid – thank you all!

We would like to thank Peter Rushbrooke and Family for kindly allowing us to hold our trial on their land. The Judges Keith Bedford – Sam Morley-Riches – Andrew Mutimer and Julian Williams for their thorough, professional, and fair judging. Alan Hammond and his beaters Christopher and Conny for ensuring a consistent flow of game. Phil Parkin and his team of guns for their excellent shooting to provide a fair chance for every dog. Skinners for their continued support of our Trials and thank you to Tim Hankey and FTMS always on the end of the phone and a great support without whom this job would be a great deal more complicated!


The result as follows:

1st – No11 – Geordieland Wolfie – Lab. Ret. Dog – owned and handled by John Keegan.

There were no other awards given.

Despite the restrictions placed on us by the Covid Pandemic this was the 4th Trial Norfolk Gundog Club have managed to run on this year – so a huge thank you to all hosts, Judges, handlers, and helpers from all 4 Trials for following the Covid procedures and adhering to the guidelines in such a positive and flexible manner.




The Norfolk Gundog Club held it’s 145th 15 Dog AV Retriever Novice Stake at Waterhouse Farm East Barsham Norfolk on Monday 18th October.


The weather was mixed with a fine but warm morning followed by rain in the afternoon. There was not an abundance of game in the morning, so the dogs had to work hard for their retrievers. We walked up through sugar beet, rape, and a very tall, dense cover crop. The dogs were in line for a long time and, as is normal for Norfolk, there were a lot of hares this gave us all the chance to see young dogs working under pressure - their steadiness and heel work was outstanding. There was an interesting situation when a handler, in line, was hit by a muntjac running blind – it attempted to go between the handler and their dog and hit the handler in the knee – although there was some, understandable yelps of pain and hopping around the dog never moved, maintained his concentration, then immediately retrieved his bird in exemplary fashion.

Our thanks go to Jimmy Goodley for hosting the trial. Our Judges – Tim Brain– Richard Beckerleg – Peter Fulcher and Jo Denise Avery for their fair consistent and professional judging. Nigel Reed and Steven Day’s team of guns who shot exceedingly well. To our sponsors Skinners who continue to support our sport. Finally, a huge thank you to our helpers who give freely of their time to ensure these events can go ahead.


The results are:

1st and winner of The Keswick Silver Pheasant - Lowsommer Story of My Life owned handled and bred by Sue Lowe.

CoM. – Ben’s Radiance owned and handled by Gwenda Weeks. Also awarded The Presidents Salver for The Youngest Dog.

CoM. -Hollowgate Red Grouse of Rufriver owned and handled by Allie Hogsbjerg. Also awarded Stonedower Trophy for Guns Choice.


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