HWVA Beginer / Novice Training Day – 10 August 2022
Held at Meaton Farm, Meaton Lane, Kinlet DY14 8NT (Kidderminster) by kind invitation of Chris Guest, who was also the trainer for the day. Obedience, Land and Water retrieving.
Training Day at Sholford Farm – 11 June 2022
The HWVA Working Committee put on our first training day for beginners at Sholford Farm, near Taunton on Saturday 11 June 2022. Our aim was to explain and encourage anyone who would like to work their dogs, at any level, but didn’t know where to start.
It was a glorious day, just the right amount of sun, heat and wind. I took each of the two groups for Hunting and Pointing, with a bit of field obedience and whistle work, whilst Chris and Julia took the groups for obedience and basic dummy work.
For the hunting we gave everyone the opportunity to hunt, followed by some explanations of working with the wind and reading the dog; a longer hunt to put all that in practice, followed by some explanation of obedience and whistle work, and a final hunt in turn across the field. A red-tailed kite watched and circled us all morning, a pleasure to see as it’s not a common bird in this area.
For the retrieving everyone was given the chance to retrieve dummies according to their abilities, along with heel work, waits and stays, and steadiness, with additional help to each where it might be of benefit.
About 3pm we all headed off to the water for an introduction to water retrieving, and some great fun for the dogs, and a bit damp for me, standing by the edge, throwing dummies in and having each dog give a good shake on its way out of the water.
A break for lunch and a drink whilst discussing the mornings events, which was repeated at the end of the day, this time with cake.
We had a lot of positive feedback, not least from Gerald Condron, The Chairman of the Braque d’Auvergne Association who attended to learn more about working with an HPR.
A great day, thank you all. Debra Revell – FT Secretary
Mullenscote Training Day Report – 2 June 2022
We held a training day at Mullenscote on 2 June 2022, the first day of the long Jubilee weekend. The weather was very good, warm and sunny with a little breeze. We had a full 12 entrants who enjoyed a go at hunting with a cage and release of a pigeon. There were also various retrieving opportunities, some stop and whistle training and the always popular water retrieves. Although dealing with varying ability levels I think everyone gave it all a good go! Howard Kirby gave various talks about working your dogs, obedience and all aspects of field work. Everyone seems to have gone home happy with plenty to work on and think about.
HWVA Grouse Pointing Test – 27 February 2022
For both days we were blessed with dry and sunny weather, albeit cold and quite windy. It gave all the dogs some challenges, but a plentiful supply of grouse made up for it. Thank you to everyone who attended our days, there was a lot of good work to be seen out there, on the moors.
The Judges Report can be read here.