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Notice of Annual General Meeting, Sunday 23rd February 2020

Webmaster News and Events, Notice of AGM 2nd January 2020

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
to be held on SUNDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2020
at YELVERTOFT VILLAGE HALL, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, NN6 6LJ

The meeting will start shortly after the completion of the Show, but not before 1.00pm.

Items for inclusion in the Agenda and new nominations for Committee positions, and these should be sent and received by the Hon. Secretary no later than 9th February 2020. Please ensure that those who are proposing or seconding a person’s application to join the Committee, and those that wish to propose or second amendments to the Club’s Rules must be fully paid up members of the Club.

Committee & Officer Vacancies: –
Treasurer – position is vacant following the end of the 3-year term of office.
Mrs Annie Massie is not seeking re-election.

Field Trial Secretary – position is vacant following Loren Cottrell completing the reminder of the previous FT Secretary’s term.
Mrs Loren Cottrell seeks re-election for a further 3-year term.

Committee Vacancies x 6
Ms Ruth Holt is seeking re-election having completed a 3-year term.
Ms Sarah Finch is seeking re-election having completed a 1-year term.
Mrs Jan Taylor is eligible for re-election.
Mrs Maureen Withey is eligible for re-election.
Mr John Anderson is eligible for re-election.
– Nomination forms are available from the Club Secretary (contact details below).

All posts below are for a 3-year term with the expectation of the Patron & President: –

BRITTANY CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN – OFFICERS & COMMITTEE for 2019/2020
Officers of the Committee: – Year next due for Election Committee: – Year next due for Election
Patron: Pierre Williams N/A Ms Sue Gudgin 2021
President: Mrs Margaret Green N/A Ms Sian Ryan 2021
Chairman: Mr Paul Yarrow 2021 Mr Steve Wright 2021
Vice-Chairman: Mrs Kathy Gorman 2022 Mrs Lesley Poole 2021
Secretary: Ms Jenna Cocking 2022 Mr John Cottrell 2022
Treasurer: VACANT 2023 Mrs Mandy Boaz 2022
Field Trial Secretary: VACANT 2023 Mrs Ann Samardzija 2022
Mr Harry Nelson 2022
Mr Mike Porter 2022

The Agenda will be published on the Club Website, and a notice sent to members prior the AGM. The full Agenda and Accounts will be available at the meeting, but if you do wish to receive a copy in the post, a stamped addressed envelope should be sent to the Secretary (address below).

Unconfirmed minutes of the 2019 AGM are available in the Members Area of the Club Website. In accordance with the Club rules, this will be the only notice sent to members.

 

Hon. Secretary: Ms Jenna Cocking                                     Address: 61 Ruskin Avenue, Lincoln, LN2 4DE

Email: clubsecretary@brittanyclub.co.uk                      Telephone: 07793 037800

BRITTANY CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN (BCGB) ANNUAL CANICROSS AWARD APPROVED

Canicross Brittanys, photo by Katie Hayward
Webmaster News and Events 28th November 2019

Dear valued members of the BCGB

The club are pleased to announce, it has been approved by the BCGB Committee, there will be a new award for the most successful Canicross team (Brittany and person).  The award will be presented each year at the Annual General Meeting which is held in February.  The trophy will be held for one year until the next AGM.

The Canicross award will begin in January 2020.  The scores/points are only awarded to those who are fully paid up members at the time of the event.  There will be no back dating of scores/points to those who become members during the course of the year.

The first award will be presented in February 2021 (date of the BCGB Annual General Meeting to be confirmed).

BCGB are looking for sponsorship to help provide a trophy for this new addition to the recognised activities supported by the club.

The BCGB Committee are also looking for a volunteer (who does not need to be a committee member but must be a fully paid up member of the club), who is prepared to take on the role of keeping count of the scores/points for each year January to December.


Update Judi Watson has kindly agreed to keep the ‘scores on the doors’.

As there are numerous different organisations who run Canicross races around the UK, there is a need to establish a workable points structure and system.


Update that some of the members of BCGB Brittany Canicross community have also agreed to assist in developing the score/point system.

Please contact Mandy Boaz, committee member email: boaz@supanet.com if you are interested and wish to contribute in any way.

 

Photo Credit: Canicross Brittanys, photo by Katie Hayward

Annual Agility Award – Reminder

Field Trial Secretary Agility news, News and Events 26th November 2019

Do you and your dog take part in Agility?  Would you like the opportunity to be in with a chance of winning the annual Agility Award which is presented at the AGM in February?

Please send results to Norma Ansell, at norma@gefni.co.uk

The award is only open to fully paid up Club Members, and the overall winner will be notified prior to the AGM.

Shot over day – 28 October 2019

Field Trial Secretary Club Events, Events, Field Events, News and Events 22nd September 2019

Shot over day for gundogs – 28 October 2019.

Note there will be no trainer for this day so handlers should have experience handling dogs.

Venue: near Corwen, North Wales.

Meeting time: 8:30am for 9.00am start (directions to attendees via email)

Cost: See Application Form (£70 member, £80 non-member)

See Application Form below for full details.

Download Application Form: Shoot Over Day Application Form (28 Oct 2019)

Shot over day with Huw Kirby – 15 November 2019

Field Trial Secretary Club Events, Events, Field Events, News and Events 22nd September 2019

Shot over day with Huw Kirby – 15 November 2019

Shot over day for novice dogs.

Venue: Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

Meeting time: 8:45am for a 9:00am start

Cost: See Application Form

Please bring your own refreshments.

See Application Form for full details.

Download Application Form: Shot over day with Huw Kirby

Show Gundog Working Certificate Day 2019

Field Trial Secretary Club Events, Events, Field Events, Field Trials, News and Events 6th September 2019

Venue: Wispington, Lincolnshire, by kind permission of Mr. S.R.C. Major.
Date: Friday, 4th October 2019
Judges: Mr. P. Bakewell (2568), Mr. J. Holmes (2734)
Entries Close: Online – Wednesday, 18th September 2019 (see fossedata.co.uk​). See Standing Instructions for details re paper entries.
ScheduleField Trial Schedule 2019/20 (opens pdf)

All entries processed via Fosse Data (see fossedata.co.uk). For more information please contact Field Trial Secretary on 07870655904 or ftsec.bcgb@gmail.com

Standing InstructionsStanding Instructions (opens pdf)

 

BREED APPRECIATION DAY & MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAM for Brittany

Webmaster BCGB Training Days, Events, News and Events 28th July 2019

BREED APPRECIATION DAY & MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAM for Brittany

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”.

ITINERARY FOR THE DAY

9.30am Registration with Tea/Coffee on arrival
10.00am Brief talk on the History of the Breed, followed by the Breed Standard
12.00am Lunch
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

COST

£15.00 Breed Appreciation Day, Lunch and opportunity for Hands-On.
£25.00 as above but also to include Multiple Choice Exam (MCE).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION or TO BOOK YOUR PLACE PLEASE CONTACT:

Name: Jenna Cocking (Breed Education Co-ordinator)
Email: bec@brittanyclub.co.uk

Le Weekend Show Results, Working Report and Scurry Results

Webmaster Club Events, News and Events, Past Events, Recent News 27th July 2019

After Le Weekend on Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th July 2019 at Riseholme Agricultural College the Brittany Club of Great Britain would like to thank all those who attended and made it a great weekend.

Below are the Show Results, working results and Scurry results, along with photos of the weekends events.

Championship Show Results

 

 

 

BRITTANTY
CLUB OF GREAT BRITAIN

CHAMPIONSHIP
SHOW

SATURDAY
13th JULY 2019

JUDGE:
MRS JANETTE YARROW (BONAPARTIST)

 

 

BIS

Tillybirloch Mystique

Mr A & Mrs S Coveney

RBIS

Challowmoon Noah

Mrs D M Mooney

BPIS

Rochus Ottilie (AI)

Mrs K Southorn

RBPIS

Rochus Olive (AI)

Mr J & Mrs B A Anderson

BVIS

Sh Ch Coxellot Chicita at Jassendue

Ms S Gudgin

DCC

Challowmoon Noah

Mrs D M Mooney

RDCC

Sanbosier Naos at Laurremar

Mr M & Mrs L Poole

BCC

Tillybirloch Mystique

Mr A & Mrs S Coveney

RBCC

Tournesol Iota at Bryantscroft

Mr M T & Mrs A L Lockie & Mr S
R C Major

 

 

 

CLASS 1 MINOR PUPPY DOG/BITCH
– Entries: 2 / Abs: 1

1st

Rochus Olwen

Mr J & Mrs B A Anderson

CLASS 2 PUPPY DOG – Entries: 0 /
Abs: 0

CLASS 3 JUNIOR DOG – Entries: 4 /
Abs: 0

1st

Highclare Only One Avec Tailliside
(AI)

Miss F Cook

2nd

Tillybirloch Otto

Mr N D & Mr A Hayes & Wilson

3rd

Tarward Olmo

Mr M Davis

4th

Jassendue Oreo

Mr B & Mrs C Rodger

CLASS 4 NOVICE DOG – Entries: 3 /
Abs: 0

1st

Tillybirloch Otto

Mr N D & Mr A Hayes & Wilson

2nd

Rochus Nico

Mrs J & Mr N Purawal

3rd

Tarward Olmo

Mr M Davis

CLASS 5 POST GRADUATE DOG –
Entries: 4 / Abs: 1

1st

Challowmoon Noah

Mrs D M Mooney

2nd

Sanbosier Naos at Laurremar

Mr M & Mrs L Poole

3rd

Sanbosier Nevis

Mr N D & Mr A Hayes & Wilson

CLASS 6 LIMIT DOG – Entries: 3 /
Abs: 1

1st

Patouche Lambert

Mr M & Mrs A Samardzija

2nd

Schioholm’s Dago (IMP DNK)

Miss S Axtell

CLASS 7 OPEN DOG – Entries: 3 /
Abs: 0

1st

Sh Ch Tillybirloch Jem

Mr A & Mrs S Coveney

2nd

Sh Ch Rochus Moet

Mr J & Mrs B A Anderson

3rd

Hawkwise Land
Agent

Mr S Wright

CLASS 8 SPECIAL OPEN ORANGE/WHITE
DOG – Entries: 1 / Abs: 0

1st

Tarward Olmo

Mr M Davis

CLASS 9 OPEN ANY OTHER COLOUR
EXCEPT ORANGE/WHITE DOG – Entries: 3 / Abs: 0

1st

Rochus Noble

Mr J & Mrs B A Anderson

2nd

Jassendue Inspiration at Sanbosier

Mr & Mrs M Stevens

CLASS 10 VETERAN DOG – Entries: 2 /
Abs: 1

1st

Tournesol Ferdinand at Bryantscroft

Mr M T & Mrs A L Lockie & Mr S
R C Major

CLASS 11 SPECIAL WORKING DOG –
Entries: 1 / Abs: 0

1st

Jassendue Manet’s Medley Am Cetgueli

Ms S Finch

2nd

Rochus Marvin

Mr J & Mrs B A Anderson

CLASS 12 FIELD TRIAL DOG – Entries:
0 / Abs: 0

 

CLASS 13 PUPPY BITCH –
Entries: 4 / Abs: 1

1st

Rochus Ottilie (AI)

Mrs K Southorn

2nd

Rochus Olive (AI)  

Mr J & Mrs B A Anderson

3rd

Rochus Olwen

Mrs J & Mrs A Booth

CLASS 14 JUNIOR BITCH –
Entries: 2 / Abs: 0

1st

Highclare Oos the Daddy

Miss Tully

2nd

Opium Du Canal Del Lunel (IMP FR)

Mrs L I Cottrell

CLASS 15 NOVICE BITCH –
Entries: 3 / Abs: 0

1st

Rochus Nelke

Mrs K Southorn

2nd

Patouche Josie Avec Reethdale

Mr T Lewis

3rd

Tarward Lara

Mr R Davis

CLASS 16 POST GRADUATE
BITCH – Entries: 1 / Abs: 0

1st

Sanbosier Naia

Mr P & Mrs E Skeet

2nd

Challowmoon Naya

Mr A & Mrs S Coveney

CLASS 17 LIMIT BITCH –
Entries: 4 / Abs: 0

1st

Pixbrook Joyrider at Sanbosier

Mr & Mrs M Stevens

2nd

Jassendue High Society

Ms S Gudgin

3rd

Rochus Juliet

Mrs K Southorn

4th

Tournesol Infinity at Bryantscroft

Mr M T & Mrs A L Lockie & Mr S
R C Major

CLASS 18 OPEN BITCH –
Entries: 3 / Abs: 0

1st

Tillybirloch Mistique

Mr A & Mrs S Coveney

2nd

Tournesol Iota at Bryantscroft

Mr M T & Mrs A L Lockie & Mr S
R C Major

3rd

Rochus Juliet

Mrs K Southorn

CLASS 19 SPECIAL OPEN
ORANGE/WHITE BITCH – Entries: 1 / Abs: 0

1st

Tarward Lara

Mr R Davis

CLASS 20 SPECIAL OPEN
ANY OTHER COLOUR EXCEPT ORANGE/WHITE BITCH – Entries: 2 / Abs: 0

1st

NL CH Patouche Lyra for Callmillard

Miss S Axtell

2nd

Neuvelle Nariska at Jassendue

Ms S Gudgin

CLASS 21 VETERAN BITCH
– Entries: 2 / Abs: 1

1st

Sh Ch Coxellot Chicita at Jassendue

Ms S Gudgin

CLASS 22 SPECIAL
WORKING BITCH – Entries: 1 / Abs: 0

1st

Rochus Lottie

Mr B C & Mrs D G Davies

CLASS 23 FIELD TRIAL
BITCH – Entries: 1 / Abs: 0

1st

Tournesol Indulgence

Mr J G Cottrell

2nd

Lilymoorland Gypsy

Mrs L I Cottrell

CLASS 24 BRACE
DOG/BITCH – Entries: 3 / Abs: 2

1st

 

Mr A & Mrs S Coveney

2019 Working Report

by Steve Wright

The working day of Le Weekend 2019 was very well-supported, with an excellent total of 34 dogs participating in the various activities of which 26 dogs contested the Teste d’Aptitudes Naturels (TAN). This was a very good turn-out and we were lucky to have good weather conditions throughout the day, despite one short sharp shower. Most people went home with a diploma and perhaps a rosette and a trophy – and hopefully the determination to do even more next year.

As always the TAN was the centrepiece and it is important that this remains recognised as a meaningful way of assessing young stock, some of which will never appear at trials, working tests or in the field. It enables us to identify those kennels which consistently produce dogs with working potential – helping to retain the breed’s dual-purpose nature. The majority of dogs running were first-timers – puppies or yearlings taking part for the first time. Some were very impressive indeed.

To speed up the event the dogs were initially run in 2 heats on adjoining areas of land, judged respectively by John Anderson and myself. To the credit of dogs and handlers no dogs left their own ‘beat’ through being distracted by their neighbour, which had been a possible cause for concern. Each ‘beat’ had two cages of quail secreted in cover. The ground was gently sloping, parkland pasture dotted with mature trees and light undergrowth – with the wind coming directly up the slope from where spectators watched by the lakeside. Participants started from the top and worked down into the breeze.

Although the TAN is an assessment of ability it is also a training exercise for inexperienced dogs and handlers. Handlers were coached by the judges in using the wind effectively, covering their ground thoroughly and reading their dogs’ reactions to scent. Those dogs that showed a will to hunt, used the wind and acknowledged the presence of game were later awarded a diploma of aptitude. After lunch both judges put forward their two best runners to contest the Stan Smith Trophy. This time the dogs were each run over whichever ‘beat’ they had not worked before.

TAN results:

  1. Mandy Boaz’s orange & white bitch Jassendue Orsha. This little bitch worked stylishly across the wind, remaining responsive to her handler and found both cages of quail on her beat. She pointed both but was not steady on the second cage – coming away before being asked. With experience she will make a super little worker and has great potential.
  2. Anthony Booth’s white and orange bitch Rochus Olwen. The most stylish of our runners, working with dash and enthusiasm but not losing contact with her handler. She pointed her first cage of quail really clearly and solidly but, despite showing interest where the second cage was, failed to locate it successfully. She is Anthony’s first Brittany and they have a great future ahead of them.
  3. Rachel Hammond’s tricolour bitch Nellcote de Riviere Dureau. Lacked the drive of the first two but worked carefully and produced the best point of the day. Again missed her second cage of birds. A very biddable girl and could do well as she gains confidence and understands better what she is looking for.
  4. Debbie Mooney’s orange & white bitch Sh Ch Rochus Jorja at Challowmoon. A well-known bitch enjoying her outing. Very steady and biddable. Did not range out as fully as the youngsters but would make a very pleasant companion to shoot over.

Diplomas were also awarded to: Barbara Anderson’s Rochus Lottie, Mandy Boaz’s Jassendue Liana, Jenna Cocking & Pete Barnaby’s Bonapartiste Odette at Ruskinme, Fiona Cook’s Highclare Only One Avec Tailliside, Gay Davies’ Rochus Lottie, Danny Kay’s Freyas Spirit of Adventure, S Green’s rescue dog Ned, Rachel Hammond’s Denandmeg Natagura, Nick Hayes & Alex Wislon’s Sanboisier Nevis & Tillybirloch Otto, Mel Head’s Kentixen Moonbeam Echo, G Mogridge’s Orson de Chez Morris, Lesley Poole’s Sanboisier Naos at Laurremar & Sh Ch Bonapartiste Gourrege, Jenny Purawal’s Rochus Nico, Brian & Claire Rodgers’ Jassendue Oreo, Pip Skeet’s Sanboisier Naia, H Stamp’s Rochus Oceana, Lindsay & Mick Stevens’ Pixbrook Joyrider at Sanboisier..

Well done to all who achieved their TAN. So many combinations were new handlers with young dogs, and they did extremely well. Hopefully this will encourage them to continue to develop their dogs’ working skills so that they can become useful companions in the shooting or hawking field, or to take part in the various levels of competition available throughout the UK. The Brittany Club can help by putting you in touch with gundog societies throughout the UK, most of which have HPR specialist classes. Also just keep in touch with our Regional Organisers to make contact with other like-minded Brittany owners.

Deep water retrieve (REEP) is another basic qualification of a working Brittany. Even for a pet it is a pleasure to have a dog that will enjoy swimming. The lake at Riseholme offers a confidence-inspiring, shallow entry point, and is ideal for introducing young dogs to water. The numbers of geese on the lake does mean that there was a considerable amount of droppings along the bank. Participants were advised of the possibility of bio-hazards resulting from this, e.g. campylobacter, which might affect the dog’s stomach, so taking part was optional. Anyone whose dog experienced such problems should inform the secretary so that we can take this into account in future events.

Scurry: This is very much a fun event and was again run by Mike Porter. Dogs are asked to retrieve a thrown dummy, over a set distance, against the clock. Winner, and receiving a perpetual trophy, was Pip Skeet with Sanboisier Naia in a time of 6.79 seconds!

Carolyn Perks created a lot of interest with a demonstration of CaniX (cani-cross) with her dog Jassendue High Lander. This is an increasingly popular sport, and one which seems very suited to our breed. Dog and owner are ‘joined’ together with a bungee rope/leash attached to a padded belt around the owner’s waist and a padded harness on the dog. It is a wonderful way of exercising yourself and a pet in places where there are few opportunities to give your Brittany the freedom it craves. It does develop a responsiveness and understanding as well as keeping your pet fit. There are all sorts of levels of competitions over different courses and distances – and for different levels of owner fitness.

Visit www.canix.co.uk.

There was also an obedience/behavioural session towards the end of the day. The fact that two of those taking part had rescue dogs does highlight the increasing need to provide support for these imported dogs, which arrive here without much background and with a lot of ‘baggage’. Every single owner volunteered their main problem was with recall. It should be borne in mind that recall is only needed where you have not managed to make being with you sufficiently interesting. For some dogs, with an abusive background, the most urgent need is to promote trust and love. But engaging in Brittany-friendly activities with them, while free-running, is most useful. Retrieving is an excellent, and enjoyable way of burning off surplus energy and provides a positive reason for the dog coming back, instead of recall meaning just an end to its liberty.

Apologies! We owe you our apologies for failing to provide all of the activities we promised. The first reason for this was that we were without several of our usual instructors, some of whom also supply the equipment we use. This means we did not run the Novice and Advanced Retrieve competitions, nor the promised sessions in basic retrieving or agility. It was not any sinister dissatisfaction that had caused this but a lot of individual commitments coinciding. However it did highlight just how dependent we are on volunteers and, most worryingly, how few experienced and/or knowledgeable people we rely on. If you have been helped by the coaching we have given you it would be brilliant if you would step up to the mark and offer your help next year. Just stewarding or assisting by dummy throwing gives you access to a lot of knowledge.

The positive side of this was that everybody could start off for home fairly early. With the working day being on the Sunday there was less demand for extra events to fill up time before the evening meal. Perhaps we should look at inserting something on the Saturday in future. However we did offer ringcraft training with Gill Tully in the afternoon while Kathy Gorman took some trainee judges through the Points of the Dog element of their training. Thanks to both these ladies.

Finally I would like to pass on my personal thanks to all those who did help. John Anderson for sharing the TAN judging and his knowledge. Ruth Holt who kept a record of who was entered for what and made sure you were all ready with your dogs when it was your turn. Caroline Perks for her help with CaniX, and also helping, with Richard Perks and Sarah Finch, to keep the water retrieve going. Mike Porter for running the Scurry (yet again) and generally being a support and fount of common sense. Nurindar Pruawal and Joan Sheldon also worked tirelessly as the Press Corps and we will all enjoy seeing their many excellent photos of the day when these are posted on Facebook and the Club website. Most importantly thanks to all of you for entering and just bringing your Britts for the day.

Steve Wright

photos by Caroline Perks

photos by Lindsey Stevens