BCGB Training Days

Water Training Day – June 2019

Field Trial Secretary BCGB Training Days, Club Events, Events, Field Events, News and Events 4th March 2019

Date: 16 June 2019

Entries close: 30 May

Water training day with Mark Firmin.

Venue: Lenches Lakes.near Evesham.

Start time: 9:00am

Cost: See Application Form

Refreshments will be available or bring your own lunch if you prefer.

See Application Form for full details.

Training with Rory Major – June 2019

Field Trial Secretary BCGB Training Days, Events, Field Events, News and Events, Uncategorised 26th February 2019

Date: 2 June 2019

Entries close: 16 May

Group training opportunity for novice dogs and handlers.

Venue: near Horncastle.

Meeting time: 8:45am for an 9:00am prompt start

Cost: See Application Form

Please bring your own refreshments.

See Application Form for full details.

Grouse Training Day and Grouse Pointing Test – March 2019

Field Trial Secretary BCGB Training Days, Club Events, Events, Field Trials 20th February 2019

The BCGB is pleased to announce a Grouse Pointing Training Day and a Grouse Pointing Test (30 and 31 March respectively).

Grouse Pointing Training Day

Date: Saturday 30 March 2019

Closing Date: Thursday 14th March 2019

Place: Glenrinnes, Dufftown by kind permission of British Moorlands and Mr. D Bartlett. Directions to be supplied to attendees, after draw.

Trainer: Anne Johnson

Limited to: 8 dogs

Entry form and schedule (click to open)BCGB Grouse Pointing Training Day and Application Form

Grouse Pointing Test

Date: Sunday 31 March 2019

Closing Date: Thursday 14th March 2019

Place: Glenrinnes, Dufftown by kind permission of British Moorlands and Mr. D Bartlett. Directions to be supplied to attendees, after draw.

Judges: Anne Johnson (A 2185); Roy Cullen (A 3083)

Limited to: 12 dogs

Entry form and schedule (click to open)BCGB Grouse Pointing Test and Application Form

Brittany Club of Great Britain (Western Region) – Sunday 24th June 2018

Training Day to be held at the Gamegoer Gundog Kennels, Heathfield Lodge, Bletchingdon, Oxford, OX5 3DU (by kind permission of Graham & Karen Watkin)

 Commencing 10.00 to 16.30 approx. Fee £10 for members, £12 non-members.



10.00 Introduction

10.15 – 12.30 General Disobedience – Beginners – Steve Wright, Novices – Norma Ansell, (Maurice Cook assisting ‘special needs’)

Covering the principles of obedience – creating willingness and respect, improving response, the dog’s understanding of your commands, developing handling skills. Training in basic heelwork, stays and recall. Advice available on behavioural problems.

There are farm animals on site to test your dog’s steadiness with these.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 TAN preparation (for the Test d’Aptitudes Naturels) at the Brittany Club’s Le Weekend in July. This is the Club’s entry event into any sort of fieldwork with Brittanys and is open to any dog that has not previously won the event. Involves finding caged game in rough grassland and does not require any prior training.

15.00 -16.30 General fieldwork – Steve Wright, Maurice Cook

Hunting for game. How to develop a quartering pattern. A secure rabbit pen is available.

Retrieve. Training the retrieve with dummies and cold game, from puppies onwards. Split retrieves, memory retrieves, etc.

Water. The venue has an extensive and inviting lake.

Steadiness. Nipping problems in the bud. Introduction to gunshot.

13.30 -16.00 Agility & Canicross – Norma Ansell & any volunteer who knows about canicross!

Introducing agility to young dogs and developing response. Coaching for those who are already on their way.

This is an opportunity to find out about competitive sports that are very suitable for the pet Brittany and offer good outlets for their energy.

These will take place at the same time as the Fieldwork and we envisage you moving from one to the other as you wish.

16.00 – 16.30 End of day

Questions and answers. Feedback of future needs.



Please bring everything you need with you, i.e. dog/s, lead & collar, dummy/ies, whistle, waders/wellies, towels, water & drinking bowl. Also bring your own food with extra to share. There is a barbecue on site if anyone wants to cook their own!


Other HPR breeds are very welcome.



Take the B4027 turn off the A34, 1 mile south of the M40 Junction 9. Head towards Bletchingdon for 100 yds, then turn right to Heathfield Lodge. BCGB signs will direct you from there.



Steve Wright has worked Brittanys with hawks for 30 years. He previously trained guide dogs for over 20 years, having competed in obedience prior to this. He has bred 8 generations of his Hawkwise Brittanys and became a Committee Member of the BCGB in 2006 before coming Chairman in 2014. Latterly he has been exploring the world of Field Trials. He works his dog on three local shoots each week and does both beating and “picking up”.


Maurice Cooke is a member of the Kennel Club General Committee and of its Crufts Sub Committee and is an ex member of the Activities Sub Committee and Working Trials Council having competed successfully in this sphere for many years. He, with his partner Norma, have owned and bred Brittanys for 18 years. Maurice is also working on local shoots and competing at Working Tests and Trials.


Norma Ansell is an experienced dog trainer & animal behaviourist, having competed and won Tickets in Obedience. Now concentrates on Working Trials and Agility. Her bitch “Hawkwise Bedouine over Gefni” was the highest graded Brittany ever to compete in the UK and is now the mother of the highest achieving Brittany in this sphere.





CONTACT STEVE WRIGHT ON 01789 772413 or email


Shootover day 16th Jan 2018

mykp BCGB Training Days, Field Trials 17th August 2017

The Brittany Club of Great Britain (BCGB)

Shootover Day
Tuesday 16th January 2018

Near Woodbridge, Suffolk

Open to 4-6 dogs, £50 each, aiming for 3 runs per dog

Currently there are large field of sugar beet but it is not known if this will still be there in January.

There are a lot of field and open woodland and some hedges, we will try and do some open land and woodland later if no joy on open fields.

If interested, please contact:

Our thanks go to Andy Coveney of Tillybirloch Brittanys for securing this opportunity.

Shoot Over day 16th Jan 2018

Gundog Working Test

Gundog Working Testfor breeds which Hunt, Point and Retrieve

Sunday 3rd September 2017Venue: Hunstile Organic Farm, Goathurst, Bridgewater. TA5 2DQTime: Meet at 8.30am for a 9am start

PUPPYJudge: Bill PearsonConfined to dogs/bitches less than eighteen months on the day of the test

NOVICEJudge: Ray DaviesFor dogs/bitches which have not gained a place or certificate of merit at a Field Trial, or been placed 1st 2nd or 3rd in an Open GWT or First in a Novice GWT held in accordance with KC Regulations

OPENJudge: Fiona WensleyOpen to all HPR dogs/bitches. Cold game may be used.

ALL CLASSES ARE LIMITED TO 25 DOGSEntry fees per test/per dog: BCGB members £10; non- members £12Closing date for postal entries is 14th August 2017, on-line entries close 18th August 2017Draw will be made via Fosse Data on 20th August 2017

Venue courtesy of Mr and Mrs John Ridout

Lunch is available to book at the venue at a cost of £6 per person

If you are thinking about working activities as a hobby, you are welcome to attend to observe.  The club needs volunteers to help out on the day.

Helping out at events will give you an opportunity to learn about what takes place and is good preparation for those who would like to take part in the future, but are not yet ready.  As a thank you for helping out, the club will provide lunch on the day.

If you are available to help and would like to know more, speak to Sarah Finch who will be happy to discuss the details.

The schedule and entry forms are available to download below.

GWT Schedule

2017 GWT Entry Form

More information on Gundog Working Tests is available on the club’s website at  and from the Brittany Club Field Trial Secretary:Sarah Finch.Telephone:   01554 890247E-mail: at

BCGB training days news

mykp BCGB Training Days, Uncategorised 17th November 2014

Two training days have been held in recent weeks.

One was in Scotland, where ten Brittanys and an English Springer came along with their people. We were fortunate that the weather was kind, dry and mild, but very little wind at first resulting in scenting being poor.

All were basically pets rather than working dogs, although a few had been on shoots, as pickup or beating dogs.  Our trainer was Kenny Hamilton, a committee member of Lothian and Borders Gundogs, of which I am Secretary and Treasurer, and he runs his own business training all breeds of dog and sorting all kinds of behavioural problems.  He is very kind and has empathy with the dogs.  We did some hunting and pointing on caged partridge,(All the Brittanys pointed despite there being no air and therefore very little scent); then some recalls and retrieving.  The aim of the day was to learn, to socialise, and to enjoy our Brittanys a little more by having a little more control – not to aim for field trial or even working standard.  Kenny gave a short retrieving demonstration with his German Wirehaired Pointer Bitch, Evie.   Our host, Ian Stewart, gave a few of us who remained behind a short demonstration with his young imprint peregrine.  He brought a black Pheasant down but was called off rather than kill or harm it.  It scuttled off into the woods before the peregrine was sent up again.    All in all a very interesting day, and I have booked a couple of lessons with Kenny, after I’ve practiced recalls with Missy on the cord line he gave me.

The second was a water retrieving day at Wootton Park Farm.  Our Club Chairman, Steve Wright gives this review of the day   “Good weather rewarded the members who brought their dogs. No fewer than 7 dogs were new to our training days. To their credit it is heartening to report that the majority had already been attending gundog classes, and this was reflected in an excellent standard of general behaviour and obedience. Even more pleasing is the fact that several of these new partnerships were actively wanting to work their dogs, and included competitive trialling and working tests in their ambitions.  Because of this we were able to concentrate on reinforcing obedience, rather than actually teaching the exercises. This introduced a lot of mutual distraction, of each other’s dogs, which served to expose those that were trained but not obedient. Some pretty effective handling soon put matters right and both dogs and owners quickly worked with better concentration. When we moved on to retrieving a lot of people, with dogs at similar levels, broke off to work in pairs or small groups. We had blind retrieves being done in one corner of the field while, elsewhere, youngsters were being encouraged to take a playful interest in dummies and tennis balls. Others wanted to try split retrieves and directional training so it was a very busy and enjoyable session.

After an al fresco lunch we went to the lake for the day’s chief business. The shallow causeway, leading on to the island, is ideal for encouraging the nervous or inexperienced to take their first, tentative swim. Maurice Cooke valiantly carried youngsters out into the water and gently helped them get their balance, before guiding them safely back to Mum or Dad. Barbara Anderson’s six month old babies (Rochus Jago and Jemima) both took to the water with very little encouragement. Phil Slatter and Mick Samardzija were both sporting waders to help tempt Tournesol Hussar and Brescue Brett into the depths. Others taking the plunge for the first time were Sylvia Stone’s Jayricnbrits Hobo, Richard Harwood’s Toffee Cream (fresh from his triumph in the TAN at Catthorpe), John and Nicola Wordsworth’s  Tournesol Iagan, Chris & Roy Wilce’s Tournesol Hermione and Andy & Sue ’s smart-looking, hawking dog All these dogs also tried their hand at retrieving a “cold game” mix of partridge, pigeon and pheasant.At the same time, on the other side of the island, the old hands Ron Wyatt’s Patouche Eloise and Steve Wright’s Hawkwise Fair Copy were doing “open” retrieves on cold game across quite a wide stretch of water. Joining them were Fiona Wensley’s promising young bitch Hawkwise Iduna and litter sister Hawkwise Inayah, owned by Maurice. Returning from last year Richard & Caroline Perks’ Jassendue Highlander continued as official water retriever for anything that the others left in the water, and Club Treasurer, Ruth Holt’s, Hawkwise Flagbearer also did well.

Finally Norma Ansell put up some simple jumps and a weave.  Quite a few of the dogs had done a little bit of agility, and made a reasonable hand of things without putting up much competition for Norma’s super star, Speck (Hawkwise Bedouine over Gefni).

This was a very encouraging turnout, with owners travelling from other Regions to take part. By the end of the day we were already talking about running a mock working test, next spring, to introduce dogs and handlers to this first level of competition. If you are interested, but are not on the West Region Mailing list, please contact Steve Wright on 01789 772413 or at”