DATE: SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2019
VENUE: LITLINGTON VILLAGE HALL, MEETING LANE, ROYSTON, CAMBS, SG8 0QF
Map can be found here
SPEAKER: KATHY GORMAN
The Breed Appreciation Day (BAD) is open to all those who wish to gain a better understanding of the Brittany. The BAD is a mandatory requirement for all judges wishing to progress from Level 1 to Level 2 on the Judges Competency Framework (JCF). The Kennel Club has stated that “from 2020 all judges will need to be registered on at least JCF Level 1 in order to undertake any judging appointments”.
9.30am Registration with Tea/Coffee on arrival
10.00am Brief talk on the History of the Breed, followed by the Breed Standard
1.00pm Opportunity for informal hands-on of dogs, and watching dogs move
1.45pm Comfort break
2pm Multiple Choice Exam (MCE)
Anyone is welcome to attend the BAD but only those that have undertaken the following Kennel Club Educational Seminars, and passed are eligible to take the MCE.
• Rules & Regulations of a Dog Show Judge
• Points of the Dog Assessment
• Confirmation & Movement Seminar
• Completed 6 days Stewarding
£15.00 Breed Appreciation Day, Lunch and opportunity for Hands-On.
£25.00 as above but also to include Multiple Choice Exam (MCE).
Name: Jenna Cocking (Breed Education Co-ordinator)
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.
10.15 – 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.
DIRECTIONS TO GAMEGOER GUNDOGS
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.
WHOSE TRAINING YOU
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.
PLEASE TELL OTHER BRITT OWNERS ABOUT OUR TRAINING DAYS. EARLY HELP CAN PREVENT A GREAT DEAL OF DISTRESS FOR OWNERS AND DOGS.
ASK TOO ABOUT OUR MENTORING SYSTEM. WE MAY BE ABLE TO PUT YOU IN CONTACT WITH AN EXPERIENCED CLUB MEMBER WHO HAS ALREADY SURVIVED THE BRITTANY CHALLENGE!
VISIT THE CLUB WEBSITE www.brittanyclub.co.uk.
CONTACT STEVE WRIGHT ON 01789 772413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brittany Club of Great Britain (BCGB)
Near Woodbridge, Suffolk
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: email@example.com
Our thanks go to Andy Coveney of Tillybirloch Brittanys for securing this opportunity.
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.
More information on Gundog Working Tests is available on the club’s website at http://www.brittanyclub.co.uk/activities and from the Brittany Club Field Trial Secretary:Sarah Finch.Telephone: 01554 890247E-mail: at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.”