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Lily wins first place in the Dove Valley Novice A/V Spaniel Test

On Sunday 12 April 2015, Boundarymoor Lily of Merebrow, handled by Paul Johnson, won the Dove Valley Novice A/V Spaniel Test at Walton Hay, Derbyshire.

Judges - Eric Elwick and Kevin Richardson.

We had a fine but windy day at Walton Hay. The ground cover was quite heavy bramble, bracken and fallen trees. We ran 21 novice dogs and because there were only four open dogs, the test was run as one, with the work for the open dogs adjusted accordingly. The dogs were put through their paces by Judges Eric and Kevin with the novice dogs having a seen and a blind retrieve whilst the open dogs had a memory retrieve and a blind. For the novice dogs, those achieving above 60/80 marks in the first run were given a second run from which the final winners were chosen.  The judges pointed out that the first two dogs placed in the Open and the Novice had only one point between them and were good to watch being handled. Eric and Kevin also made some comments that were very interesting. Eric said it had been a while since he had judged a Working Test and he noticed specifically that handling had become noisier. Too much verbal communication and too much whistle, saying that if the dog is trained correctly then all that should be necessary is to walk behind it!!  As Working Tests are the forerunner to Trials, then it is only right that this noisy handling be curbed as the handler, in a Trial, will be penalised.  Jean Gledhill, Chief Steward.



First - Boundarymoor Lily of Merebrow, handled by Mr Paul Johnson. Second - Double Six Domino Lad handled by Mr N Howe. Third - Mr J Thompson with Samsir Dagda (Cocker). Fourth - Mr A Ratcliffe with Colebeuich Buster. Certificates of Merit - Mr N Howe with Jaycottaway Murphy and Dameon Moore with Eskylane Ross.

"Reproduced with permission from Dove Valley Working Gundog Club".