HWVA HPR Field Trial AA Stake, Saturday 13 August 2016
The Association were thrilled to able to hold its HPR Field Trial on grouse so close to the Glorious Twelfth. Once again the Trial was held on the Coniston and Grassington Moors in North Yorkshire and was hosted very generously by the Keeper Mr Harvey Wiggins.
The Judges for the day were Mr John Naylor ( A Panel) and Mr Geoff Saint (Non Panel) and they had a full card of twelve HPR bitches including three HWVs. The card was fully made up of HWVA members which is very encouraging. The Guns for the day were Mr Lee Loveridge, Mr Robert Houghton and Mr Mike Pilling. The Working sub committee of the HWVA are very grateful for the generous support of all three guns who pay to shoot over the dogs.
Some of the early runners were ‘distracted’ by rabbits and others ‘pressured or bumped birds’. Fourth to run was Garry Everitt and his lovely HWV Molly-Garamparty (SVK imp), she hunted well and was put through for a second run. Jayne Herbert and her GSP Peersofdales Highlander, Louise Holmes and her GSP Ladyhawke Perdita and Paul Bennett and his HWV Zoldmali Szarka also went through for a second run.
Sadly only one went through to the water , Garry Everitt and Molly who had a lovely water retrieve after having done a hunt, point and retrieve on their second run.
The judges awarded Garry a CoM. The Guns gave their ‘Guns Award’ for the second year running to Louise Holmes and Ladyhawke Perdita.
Thanks also to the HWVA FT Secretary Hazel Drew who puts a great deal of work in to organising these events and making sure that they run smoothly on the day.
HPR FIELD TRIAL AA STAKE, JANUARY 2 2016
Saturday 2 January was a milestone in the history of the HWVA and the result of hard work by members of the association’s committee particularly the current FT Sec Hazel Drew, it was the day that the Association held its first HPR Field Trial All Aged Stake.
The Trial was held on the Ammerdown Estate, Kilmersdon in Somerset by kind permission of the Kilmersdown Gentlemans Club Shoot. The Judges for the day were Ms Jennifer Hurley and Mr Rob Gould. Chief Steward for the day was previous Association Chairman and someone who put the working side of the HWVA ‘on the map’, Mr Richard May and Steward of the Beat was Mr Jon Roberts. Hazel Drew was Red Flag and her lovely HWV Fizz was the picking up dog.
The weather forecast for the day said that there was a 50/50 chance of rain and there was quite heavy rain for periods during the day but the sun also made an appearance.
The first three runners although working the hedges and very wet field borders well did not find any game but were guaranteed second runs. Fourth to run was Jason Froome’s lovely Vizsla, Russetmoor Gold Big Ben. He had the first retrieve of the day. Mark Firmin’s GSP Sigourney Teasel ran next and although her classy points produced birds they flew towards a nearby road not allowing the guns a safe shot.
A couple of dogs were then ‘lost’ when birds were shot with one landing in the river and one on the far bank. Although one of the dogs, HWV Gunnerwood Moo’s Snoop retrieved the one from the river he wasn’t keen to cross it for the second retrieve. Showing them how to do it was Simon Kirby’s GSP Lady Gypsy Rose at Helwyrcwm, she didn’t hesitate when asked to cross the river for the retrieve.
‘Mac’ Mattravers stepped forward with his HV Hunterstone Uno and virtually his whole run was through very heavy undergrowth and a copse meaning the gallery saw very little of him! However, he had a great retrieve which eventually meant he was awarded one of two Guns Awards. Ian Jones and his GWP Kenine Derring Do had to work hard to try and find a ‘runner’ which although they failed to do the Judges decided he had worked enough to earn a second run.
A number of dogs came forward for their second runs. Mention should perhaps be made of Shirley Mattravers HV Hunterstone Artemis who was sent for a retrieve, not off her point and out of sight of her handler. On the way she found a bird and immediately went on point, still out of sight of her handler! She was therefore sent in to flush the bird which she did and then went for the retrieve. Not a situation you want too often in a FT. The Judges asked some dogs to come back for a third run leaving 4 dogs to go to water. All the dogs completed the water test.
Mention should be made of the guns for the day, John and Marcus Roberts, Gavin Hendy and Lee Loveridge who provided plenty of game ensuring that all dogs who hunted and pointed had retrieves.
In summary the first All Aged Field Trial run by the HWVA appears to have been a success with competitors saying that they had enjoyed the day and everyone competing ensured that it was run in a true sporting spirit.
The Judges made the following Awards:
2nd Lady Gypsy Rose At Helwyrcwm (GSP) Handled by Simon Kirby
3rd Russetmoor Gold Big Ben (HV) Handled by Jason Froome
4th Sigourney Teasel (GSP) Handled by Mark Firmin
CoM Hunterstone Artemis (HV) Handled by Shirley Mattravers
Hunterstone Uno (HV) Handled by Thomas Mattravers ( Retrieve)
Sigourney Teasel (GSP) Handled by Mark Firmin