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


276th NOVICE STAKE - 13th October 2018
 
The second Novice Trial of the season was held at Reivers Sporting Game, Boe Rigg, Northumberland by kind permission of Mr Julian Morrison Bell.
 
There is only one word to describe the day and that is WET.  This followed a night of high winds and driving rain with many trees down.  The keeper Mr John Robson and his beaters did a magnificent job in the most adverse conditions to produce the birds and we are so full of admiration and grateful to them for their persistence.  The guns too did a very good job under the circumstances but the height of the birds and the driving rain often prevented a decent shot so it was nearly 4 o’clock by the time we finished.  
 
A big thank you to our judges Phil Askew, Steve McDermott, Paula Cullis and Paul Hasney.  Thanks also are due to Sue Laflin and Pete Morley for carrying the game and acting as judges’ stewards, great job.  The camaraderie was excellent and got better as the day went on, thank you everyone for keeping all our spirits up, as far as I am concerned, everyone was a winner!
 
The day started with a duck drive, just a few were shot and those that splashed into the water severely tested all the dogs in line.  This was followed by another drive, then a walked up through a very boggy area.  One casualty down proved to be the game carrier who might have sank without trace had not Greig Paterson pointed out that it was not the noise of a pheasant but a lady … … very perceptive of him … … that’s my wife growled Doug Laflin!!
 
A walk up through reeds (sieves) and moorland followed by a drive which sorted out the card, leaving four needing just one more bird each.
 
Results:
 
1st   ASTRAGLEN VODKA winning the Dr Munro Home Cup for the Winner and the Red Rice Cup for the Best Owner/Handler handled by DOUG LAFLIN
Sex:  Dog. DoB:  26/06/2016
FTCh Calderhey Adder x  Birdsgreen Gretel At Willowmount 
Breeder:  Nigel Carville.  Owner:  Doug Laflin
 
2nd  LUISENGE OSPREY who won the LRC Challenge Cup for the best looking Dog in the awards and the Gilberston & Page Prize for Guns’ Choice handled by DARREN THOMPSON
Sex:  Dog. DoB:  26/00/2015
FTCh Copperbirch Paddy of Leadburn x  Gloss Green Tawny Owl
Breeder:  Mrs C Hotchin.  Owner:  Darren Thompson
 
3rd   AVONSTREAM AURA handled by GREIG PATERSON
Sex:  Bitch. DoB:  05/01/2015
FTCh Avonstream Acclaim x  Avonstream Athena
Breeder/Owner: Greig Paterson
 
4th HAWKSGARTH SUMATRA handled by TESS LAWRENCE
Sex:  Bitch DoB:  03/06/2016
FTCh Levenghyl Malusi x  Cynhinfa Jenny
Breeder:  Mike Nelson.  Owner:  Tess Lawrence.