Sherborne Castle Country Fair - 27 May 2019

The Retriever & Spaniel Team Challenges 2019

Sponsored by BASC, Skinners Dog Food & Hi Lost & Supported by Gerald Hallett Ltd

For over a decade the Team Challenges at Sherborne Castle Country Fair have attracted many of the most highly qualified working retrievers and spaniels from the South and West of the UK and even from overseas. In 2019 we are very grateful to again have much appreciated support and sponsorship from Skinner's Dog Food, the British Association of Shooting & Conservation, Hi Lost and Gerald Hallett Landrover Ltd for the Retriever and Spaniel Team Challenges.

For both Challenges, eight teams of highly trained dogs compete in a number of working tests, which are run under Kennel Club rules and regulations and simulate situations likely to be encountered during the shooting season. Using blank gunfire and canvas dummies instead of game, the handlers work their dogs to show their skill and efficiency at hunting and retrieving both marked and unseen 'quarry' over different types of terrain and also from water. The tests are fun to watch and gundog owning spectators can possibly pick up a few useful tips!

The Retriever Team Challenge

(8 teams of 4 Open Standard any variety Retrievers)

In the morning, four tests will be run simultaneously in the Deer Park. Spectators are welcome to park their cars close to the Deer Park and walk from test to test to see the dogs in action. In the afternoon, all the competing dogs head to the lake for a water test in what is always an exciting and challenging end to the day's competition.

Timetable

09:00
Competitors' briefing at the marquee in the Deer Park
09:30
Tests start in the Deer Park
13:00 (approx.)
Lunch
14:30
Final runs by the lake (near the Castle main entrance)
16:20
Parade of teams and Prize-giving in the Main Arena

The Teams

  1. Duchy Working Gundog Club
  2. United Retriever Club - Hants & South West
  3. West Dartmoor Working Gundog Club
  4. Exmoor Gundog Club
  5. Carmarthenshire Working Gundog Society
  6. South Western Golden Retriever Club
  7. Wiltshire Working Gundog Society
  8. Hawker's Hope-fulls
  9. Reserves

  10. USK Valley Working Gundog Club
  11. Roxhard Ramblers
  12. South Eastern Gundog Society
  13. North Devon Working Gundog Club

Judges: Mr M Bettinson, Mr J Bettinson, Ms J Evans, Ms C Wear

Organisers: Joanna Bentley, Robin Fairlie, Christopher Le Hardy, Jane Monk

For further information and entry forms contact: Joanna Bentley: tel 07789 991603 or email jbentley@sherbornecountryfair.com

The Spaniel Team Challenge

(For 8 teams of 3 Good Novice to Open Standard any variety Spaniels)

The morning will begin with a water test at the lakeside near the Castle main entrance. Spaniels will then move to the Old Park (the woods at the top of the track opposite the castle) for further tests.

Spectators are very welcome, and can walk up to the Old Park from the Country Fair car park.

Timetable

09:00
Competitors' briefing
09:30
Water test by the lake (near the Castle main entrance)
Followed by tests in the Old Park with a break for lunch
16:20
Parade of teams and Prize-giving in the Main Arena

The Teams

  1. West Dartmoor Working Gundog Club
  2. Wiltshire Working Gundog Society
  3. USK Valley Working Gundog Club
  4. Duchy Working Gundog Club
  5. Dorset Working Spaniel Club
  6. Carmarthenshire WGDS
  7. North Devon Working Gundog Club
  8. tbd

Judges: Ms A Wise, remainder tbc

For further information and entry forms contact: Julia Birchall-Mann - tel 01884 260910 or email julia.birchall-mann@basc.org.co.uk

Entries (Retrievers & Spaniels)

£12 per dog, which includes entry to the Fair (competitors only). Closing date for entries is Thursday 19th April. All applications will be put in a 'hat' and the 8 teams to run for each Team Challenge will be drawn on Friday 20th April.

Prizes & Trophies

(Challenge trophies to be held for one year only)

Retrievers

  • Sherborne Castle Country Fair Challenge Trophy for the Winning Team
  • Sherborne Castle Country Fair Challenge Trophy for the Top Dog

Spaniels

  • BASC Team Challenge Trophy for the Winning Team
  • BASC Team Challenge Trophy for the Top Dog

SKINNER's and Hi Lost are very kindly providing rosettes, dog food vouchers and prizes for the top dogs and the teams down to 3rd place.