Labrador Retriever Club 
Patron:  Her Majesty The Queen
President:  The Earl of Lonsdale

277th All-aged stake - 12th December 2018
The Labrador Retriever Club held our last trial of theseason at Great Livermere in Suffolk by kind permission of Mr Peter Rushbrook. The Ampton Estate was looking its best in the winter sunshine, but there was a very cold breeze which provided little help in the way of scent. Alan Hammond kept a good line throughout and Rikki did a great job getting the birds to fly at height over our brilliant team of guns comprising Dale Parker, Mike Ward, Paul Beyon, Martin Peters and Tim Frosdick, who shot particularly well to give challenging retrieves to the dogs.

The judges Heather Bradley, Tom Lowe, Doug Laflin and Paula Graystone were disappointed when dog after dog failed to pick, and these weren't novice dogs, all had field trial awards to enter the All Aged Stake. We watched some excellent hunting with dogs keeping to their given area only to fail and be recalled by the judges who then walked out to pick the bird.

Some of you may be aware that our Chairman, Terry Bailey, had to stand down during the year owing to his poor health and that of his wife, Gaynor. David Coode, the vice chairman stepped up to the mark and we were delighted he was able to join us today and immediately put to work as a Judges’ Steward.

Also joining us today was the Field Trial Secretary designate, Peter Abbs who has very kindly ‘volunteered’ to take over – I have been a field trial secretary since 1995 of several clubs and have been very honoured to serve the LRC for the last 5 years. I feel now is a suitable time for a new generation to take over. Peter has recently been the Honorary Secretary and Field Trial Secretary of the Norfolk Gundog Club and will be an excellent addition to the committee.

The guns awarded Guns’ Choice to Arkglas Tash owned and handled by Sharon Kitson. However, despite watching some excellent dog work at the end of the day there were no dogs left standing and the judges were unable to give any awards. 

My thanks to all my helpers … Reg Raynor for picking up, Alison Scutcher and David Coode as Judges’ Stewards, Peter Abbs and Alistair Ford for carrying the game, and finally thanks to all the competitors for cheerfully accepting the judges’ decisions and the gallery for all their cheerful banter … … of course, that might have had something to do with Sue Lowe’s sloe gin!

Our thanks to Gilbertson & Page Ltd who have very generously sponsored all our Field Trials