HWVA Grouse Pointing Test, Roxby Moor 5th March 2017
Judged by Mrs Stevie Allerton & Mrs Jean Baldwin
What a pleasure to be out on this moor, by kind permission of the Roxby Estate and the keeper, Mark Taylor, who was with us all day and made sure we were able to put dogs in touch with the grouse.
Our thanks to steward, Sharon Newman, Mark Taylor, and all those behind the scenes who contribute to the smooth running of these events.
The weather stayed fine and provided ideal conditions for the dogs, although the south-westerly wind caused the keeper a few headaches as it meant we had to run a partial cheek wind or a back wind for the Adults. We ran dogs for a minimum of 10 minutes, in accordance with the published guidelines (even if they had a point very early in their run). to enable us to make a proper assessment of all the elements required of a hunting/pointing dog. We were able to make 6 awards today from a card of 7 Juniors and 9 Adults.
Ekkolanders Indian Summer (LM) handled by Karen Saynor. This 11 month old bitch showed great style and pace from first being cast off to hunt. She covered the ground well and showed an intelligent use of the wind, although a couple of backcasts did lose her contact with the wind on occasion. She had a good find and point on a single bird, was steady to flush, and worked on purposefully again for the rest of the 10 minutes. Graded Very Good.
Parhelis Irulan (Wei) handled by Adrian Morgan. 20 month old bitch demonstrating lovely style and drive from the off. Good ground coverage with minimal handling, always with her nose into the wind. There was a pair of grouse right on the edge of her beat that lifted when she wasn’t in a position to have pointed them. The rest of the 10 minute run was blank so we decided to see her again for another run later. On her 2nd run she indicated scent from a long way back, according to her head carriage. She came on a firm point and the handler worked her in through the long heather, a few steps at a time. She never lost contact with the birds and flushed them just as they reached the shorter heather. A lovely piece of work. Graded Excellent.
Ambermoore Crazy Diamond (HWV) handled by Jan Gough. This bitch had a different style and pace of hunting, but did so very competently and methodically. Ground treatment was good, working a cheek wind with a deep gulley on the edge of her beat. She worked the wind correctly, and drew onto point on the brow of the gulley. A pair of grouse lifted from below her on the bank as the handler approached, and she was steady to the flush. We worked her on and at the end of her allotted time she bumped into a bird as she turned on the edge of her beat (not pointable with the wind) , then had a flash point on the second bird of the pair. Again she was steady to the flush. Graded Very Good.
Oska Croggan (HWV) handled by Ken Hindmarch. This 7 year old dog showed maturity in his intelligent use of the wind. A nice hunting dog that was lovely to watch, reacting to scent and not wasting any time in sorting it out. He found a single grouse in a tiny narrow strip of long heather that would have been very easy to miss, had a tentative point, and was steady to the bird as it flushed. Running on, he subsequently had a good solid point on a trio. Graded Very Good.
Seehof Krysia (GSP) handled by Janice Hawkes. This young bitch runs with a lovely style and head carriage and never turns her nose off the wind. She had a point early on, in the first minute, but a noise from a dog in the gallery caused her to move and she lost contact with the bird. During her run she did have a tendency to point residual scent, but eventually drew on and firmed up on point, taking her handler in a good 30 yards to flush a single grouse. Sympathetically handled. Graded Good.
Morehay Fane (HWV) handled by Colin Hailstone. This dog was presented with a back wind but he hunted it well and covered a wide enough beat. He had a a point on a pair of birds which he held for a long while. Asked to hunt on, the handler cast the dog away but the dog used his intelligence to work back into the large clump of reeds again and produced another three birds. He was absolutely steady to the flush. A nice piece of work. Graded Very Good.
Stevie Allerton & Jean Baldwin.