Past Events

Training with Rory Major – June 2019

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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

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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

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2019 – Sunday 24th February 2019

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Sunday 24th February
2019 Yelvertoft Village Hall,
Northamptonshire
NN6 6LJ

The meeting will start shortly after the completion of the show but not before 1:00pm

Items for the Agenda and new nominations for Committee positions should be received by the Secretary, in writing, no later than 10th February 2019. Please note that only fully paid up members of the club may propose or second amendments to club rules or support the election of someone to the committee or an officer position.

 

Committee and Officer Vacancies:

The Vice Chair position is vacant following the end of the three year term of office. Mrs K Gorman seeks re-election.

The Secretary position is vacant following the end of the three year term of office.

Mrs A Samardzija seeks re-election

The Field Trial Secretary position is vacant following the resignation of the previous post holder. The vacancy is for the remainder of the current term, until 2020.

Mrs L Cottrell – Acting FT Secretary seeks confirmation of position

 

Committee vacancies x 4

Mr M Porter is seeking re-election having completed a three year term.

Mr D Anderton is not seeking re-election having completed a three year term.

Mr H Nelson is eligible for re-election having completed a one year term.

All committee posts are for a 3 year term unless otherwise stated. Brittany Club of Great Britain: Officers and Committee s 2018/2019
Officers of the Committee: Year next due for election Committee: Year next due for election
Patron: Pierre Willems Not applicable Mr John Anderson 2020
President: Mrs Margaret Green Not applicable Mr Andrew Barlow-Evans 2020
Chairman: Mr Paul Yarrow 2021 Mrs Mandy Boaz 2020
Vice-Chairman: Vacant 2022 Miss J Cocking 2021
Secretary: Vacant 2022 Ms S Gudgin 2021
Treasurer: Mrs Anne Massie 2020 Ms R Holt 2020
Field Trial Secretary: Vacant 2020 Mrs L Poole 2021
Miss S Ryan 2021
Mrs Jan Taylor 2020
Mrs Maureen Withey 2020
Mr S Wright 2021
Vacant x 4 2022

Training Day – Brittany Club of Great Britain (Western Region) – Sunday 28th October 2018

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

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.

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

YOUR BRITTANY (OTHER HPR BREEDS ARE WELCOME) DOES NOT HAVE TO BE TRAINED OR EXPERIENCED BEFORE COMING! We can help with everything from toilet training to advanced competitive work in different disciplines. Best of all we like to see owners and puppies develop a happy relationship and find exciting activities to do together. Any training helps you engage with your Brittany (and vice versa) and makes your walks trouble-free and improves his social behaviour at home or anywhere else.

You will also find he has a lot of talents that only need a chance to develop. Our range of varied activities can help you find those that appeal to you and your dog the most.

PROGRAMME

10.00 Introduction

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

Getting the right relationship with your dog and the principles of obedience – create willingness and respect, improve response, the dog’s understanding of your commands, develop 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 A Brittany is a nose on legs and wants to use both bits of its anatomy to the full. Finding things and bringing them back to you is natural and satisfying for it. It also gives you something you can do anywhere to enrich its exercise while engaging with you. So –

Hunting: Start with finding hidden titbits or toys. What to do to encourage quartering. What do you do when it goes on point? How wide should it run and for how long? Steve Wright

Pointing: Start with birds in the garden or flies in the backyard! Encourage steadiness. Flushing and preventing chasing. Introduction to caged game. Steve Wright

Retrieving: Playing with toys. Bringing toys back to hand. Varying articles, places and distance. Hidden retrieves. Developing temptations and increasing your control. Using dummies and introducing fur and feather. Cold game retrieving. Maurice Cooke

Water retrieve: Confidence boosting for young dogs. Maurice Cooke

MORE ADVANCED DOGS CAN BE GIVEN MORE ADVANCED EXERCISES – AND NOVICES WILL SEE A PROGRESSION OF STAGES TO AIM FOR BEFORE OUR NEXT TRAINING DAY IN 2019.

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 great outlets for their energy.

All these will take place at the same time and we expect you to move from one to the other as you wish.

16.00 – 16.30 End of day

Questions and answers. Feedback of future needs.

SOCIAL NOTES

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!

WHOSE TRAINING YOU

Steve Wright has worked and bred Brittanys for over 30 years having previously trained guide dogs for over 20 years, and competed in obedience prior to this. He is a Committee Member of the Brittany Club. He has competed in Field Trials & Working Tests. He works his dogs on 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, and his partner Norma, have owned and bred Brittanys for 20 years. Maurice also work his Brittany on local shoots and has competed at Working Tests.

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

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BOOK A PLACE BUT IT HELPS IF WE KNOW YOU ARE COMING – SO CONTACT STEVE WRIGHT ON 01789 772413

 or email stevewright.falconer@virgin.net

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.  

Open shows with Breed classes

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A List of Open shows with Breed classes

Club/Association Country Venue Web Site
January
Stoke on Trent and District
Gundog Club
England Staffordshire Fossedata
Border Counties Gundogs England Carlisle Printmatters
Dukeries Gundog England Newark dog.biz
February
Waverley Gundog
Association
Scotland Bo’ness Printmatters
Merseyside Gundog England Sutton Leisure Centre, St.Helens Fossedata
BCGB England Yelvertoft, Northants Fossedata
Mid-Western Gundog England Three Counties Showground Malvern Fossedata
Isle of Ely England Grantham Lincs Fossedata
March
South West Scotland Gundog
Association
Scotland  Lanark Printmatters
HPR Club of Scotland Scotland Penicuik Printmatters
Hampshire Gundog England Perrins school Pound Hill, Alresford Fossedata
April
Tay Valley Gundog Scotland Forfar Auction Mart Pitalpin
East Anglian Gundog Society England Milton, Cambridge Fossedata
South Western Gundog Club England Matford Centre, Marsh Barton, Exeter EX2 8FD Taransay
Birmingham & District
Gundog & Terrier Club
England Ryton on Dunsmore, Warks Fossedata
Windsor Gundog Society England Kempton Park Racecourse Fossedata
May
Border Counties Gundogs England Carlisle Printmatters
South of England Gundog Club England Maidstone Fossedata
North Riding Gundogs England Darlington Cavalier Impressions
North of England HPR England Darlington Cavalier Impressions
Gundog Breeds of Scotland Scotland Perth Printmatters
Shropshire Gundog Society England Shrewsbury Fossedata
June
Royal Cheshire County Show England Tabley, Knutsford. Cheshire Fossedata
July
Hampshire Gundog England Perrins school Pound Hill, Alresford Fossedata
Evesham & District CS England Three Counties Showground, Malvern Fossedata
Dukeries Gundog England Collingham, Newark, Notts dog.biz
Kingston Canine Society England The South of England showground, Ardingly, Sussex Fossedata
Gundog Soc Wales Wales Fossedata
August
North of England HPR England High Goosepool Farm DL2 1TQ – Darlington Cavalier Impressions
North Riding Gundogs England High Goosepool Farm DL2 1TQ – Darlington Cavalier Impressions
September
BCGB England Yelvertoft, Northants Fossedata
East Anglian Gundog Society England March, Cambridge Fossedata
Isle of Wight Gundog Club England Newport, Isle of Wight Fossedata
Stoke on Trent Gundog Club England Staffordshire Fossedata
October
South of Englnd Gundog Club England Maidstone, Kent Fossedata
Goyt Valley Gundog Club England The Manchester Health Acadamy Fossedata
Mid Herts Gundog Club England Godmanchester,Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire Fossedata
Tay Valley Gundog Scotland Forfar Auction Mart Pitalpin
Birmingham & District
Gundog & terrier Club
England Ryton on Dunsmore, Warks Fossedata
Yorkshire Gundog Club England Bradford Fossedata
Northern Counties Gundog Club England Birtley Sports complex Cavalier Impressions
South Western Gundog Club England Somerton, Somerset Taransay
HPR Club of Scotland Scotland Aytoun Hall, Auchterarder Printmatters
Windsor Gundog Society England Kempton Park Racecourse Fossedata
November
Merseyside Gundog England Sutton Leisure Centre Fossedata
HPR Gundog Association England KC Building, Stoneleigh, Warks Fossedata
Waverley Gundog Scotland Lanark Printmatters
December

 

Mock Field Trial – Training Day – 22 Sep

Field Trial Secretary Past Events 12th August 2018

Date: Saturday 22nd September, 2018
Closing date: Saturday 8th September, 2018
Venue: The Wirral. Directions and meeting point closer to the day

This day is open to all members, with preference given to members with Brittany’s and is
intended for dogs that have already been shot over and are ready to trial. A reasonable
steadiness is necessary for this day to be a success for handlers and dogs.

• No long lines, no harnesses, dogs must have been shot over before
• Maximum 8 dogs on the day
• Dogs need to be steady to sheep

For full details see the ‘Schedule/flyer‘ and ‘Entry form‘ below.

Schedule/flyer: Mock-Field-Trial_Training-day-v2.pdf
Entry form: Mock-FT-Entry-Form.pdf

Open Field Trial 2018

Field Trial Secretary Field Trials, Past Events, Working Results 16th July 2018

Venue: Wispington, N Lincs.
Date: Friday, 19th October 2018
Judges: Mr. Peter Bakewell (2568), Mr. Peter O’Driscoll (2132)
Entries Close: Online – Wednesday, 3rd October 2018 (see fossedata.co.uk​)
Post – Tuesday, 2nd October 2018 (In hand).
ScheduleField Trial Schedule 2018/19 (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)

Results

1st Aytee Jessie Jay (GSP) handled by Mrs Hari Lampart.
CoM Everswell Quince (GSP ) handled by Mr M Firmin

Guns Award
Questor Karson of Caldera (GLP) handled by Mr Steve Kimberley.

Congratulations to all in the awards and thank you to the host Rory Major and all the competitors for a terrific day.

Novice Field Trial 2018

Field Trial Secretary Field Trials, Past Events, Working Results 5th July 2018

Venue: Radbourne, Derbyshire.
Date: Monday, 22nd October 2018
Judges: Ms. Jennifer Hurley (2598), Mr. Chilli Chellumbrun (3493)
Entries Close: Online – Friday, 5th October 2018 (fossedata.co.uk​)
Post – Thursday, 4th October 2018 (In hand).
ScheduleField Trial Schedule 2018/19 (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 Instructions: Standing Instructions (opens pdf).

Results

3rd Morsebeck Patch (GWP) handled by Mr L Loveridge.
4th Floh V D Wielervelden at Fechllindream (KG) handled by Mr J Hudson.

CoM Moorrunner Isla at Gilleyfield (GWP) handled by Ms L. Holmes.

Guns Award Moonwalker at Jocagil handled by Ms C Gill.

Congratulations to all in the awards and our thanks to the host at the Radbourne Shoot, the judges, the guns and all the competitors for a terrific day. Also massive thanks to Sue and Andy Coveney for donating the individual shields!

Le Weekend 2018 – Brittany Club Annual Event & Show Weekend – 7th & 8th July 2018

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To be held at Walford & North Shropshire College, Baschurch, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 2HL

This year the Working and Activities events will take place on the Saturday, followed by the Championship show on the Sunday.

For those that don’t know, Le Weekend is the club’s annual get together where members from all over the UK gather to take part in the working and activity day and the championship show.  The weekend is friendly and informal.  You can attend either (or both) days and join in and take part in as much or as little as you want to.  There are trophies and prizes up for grabs on both days and the chance to meet other like-minded Brittany enthusiasts.

Dogs do not have to be KC registered to take part in the activity day competitions and events – in fact they don’t have to be Brittanys – other HPR breeds owned by members are welcome to take part in Le Weekend activity day.

I have attached booking forms for the Activity and Working day plus details and booking forms for overnight accommodation at Walford, and the Club Dinner on the Saturday evening.  The schedule for the championship show can be found on the Fosse Data website here http://www.fossedata.co.uk/show_schedules/schedule.aspx?id=BRIT_JUL_18

If you were at Le Weekend last year, we hope to welcome you back.  If you have not attended before, why not make this year the first time.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Walford Campus is located in 600 acres of grounds in a beautiful rural setting, but within easy reach of Birmingham and Manchester and half an hour from the M54.

We invite Members to bring any breed of dog they own not just Brittanys. Have a go at the fun events and general activities and join us for the weekend book in to the accommodation and join us for the Club Dinner.

PLEASE NOTE THE WORKING DAY IS ON SATURDAY AND THE SHOW ON SUNDAY JUST FOR THIS YEAR.

The accommodation on site consists of well appointed single or twin rooms, with ensuite facilities (£45 double or £35 single) or non-ensuite singles (£25). There are kitchens for each section where you can make hot drinks or breakfast. Rooms are available Friday and Saturday nights.

Large Car Parks and plenty of dog exercising area (pick up after your dogs, please). Dogs are allowed in the rooms provided they are well controlled but if you intend leaving your dog(s) in the room at any time we suggest you bring a suitable indoor kennel.

Caravans, Motorhomes and tents can also be accommodated at £10 per night, there are water points and use of showers and toilets but no electric hook ups. The site is adjacent to all activities.

CATERING

The campus restaurant provides snacks and full meals at very reasonable prices and will be open all day Saturday & Sunday and pre-ordered Buffet will be available 5p.m. to 7p.m. Friday.

The Menu for the Club Dinner on Saturday evening is shown with the booking form.

There will be no Bar facilities but we can bring our own drinks.


WORKING AND ACTIVITIES DAY

Saturday 7th July 2018 9.30 am

Meet in reception area adjacent to Cafeteria for information on all the days’ events and for introductions and instructions for the day. Each participant will receive a timetable and map of the area on registration – enlarged copies of these will also be at strategic points.

NATURAL APTITUDE ASSESSMENT (TAN Test des Aptitudes Naturels) Your dog (6 months +) needs no previous training and is assessed on its natural ability in Hunting and Pointing, and on its response to its handler. It takes place in a secure field where caged birds have been hidden. The Judge wants to see it hunt the area thoroughly, use the wind instinctively and its reaction to finding game. It is a relaxed and informal assessment of your dog’s working potential.

Dogs who have not previously passed their TAN will receive a certificate of attendance and a critique. Those gaining a pass, in the assessor’s opinion, will receive a Diploma of Merit. The Stan Smith Memorial Trophy will be awarded for Best TAN participant on the day. NB Former winners are excluded from competing.

HUNTING An afternoon training session is designed to help you to understand use of the wind and more about teaching your dog how to quarter ground thoroughly, etc.

REEP – Deep water retrieve Dogs are asked to retrieve a canvas dummy from water requiring them to swim. Achieving this earns your dog a Diploma of Merit. More experienced dogs can try a higher degree of difficulty, where the dog is sent across a wider expanse of water for an unseen dummy. Bring dog (and human) towels.

RETRIEVING This is the third element of the HPR’s skills. Introductory training sessions will be held throughout the morning – dogs can retrieve favourite toys or canvas dummies. In the afternoon there will be two competitions, for Novice and Advanced dogs, where different types of retrieves are attempted – of increasing complexity. You will see exercises to teach your dog in preparation for next year’s Le Weekend!

A dog that retrieves can be exercised in a relatively small area, so it is a boon to urban owners without access to open countryside.

CANI-X A relatively new sport where owners and dogs compete as a team – running trails over differing distances according to your ambition and fitness! Dogs wear a harness and are attached to you by a bungee line fastened to your belt. This is a safe and enjoyable way of exercising and building a good rapport with your dog. Advice will be available on the day.

AGILITY An excellent outlet for energy and high intensity exercise that encourages responsiveness. A selection of jumps, tunnels, etc. will be available for practice throughout the day, with experienced handlers on hand to coach you and your dog. Ask them about this popular sport.

RALLY: Fun event this year This is a less strenuous canine sport based on the heelwork element of Obedience. Primarily you follow a pre-set course. Signs, placed at intervals, give you a simple exercise to do with your dog, e.g. sit on command, or allowing you to examine its teeth, before moving on again. The signs are all the guidance competitors receive, so you do not have to listen to directions from a judge or steward. Dogs may compete on a loose lead or free, and you may give as many verbal commands and as much encouragement as necessary. Basic training will be available.

OBEDIENCE Sessions in both morning and afternoon will deal with behavioural problems, basic obedience, and your relationship with your Brittany. Experienced Canine Behaviourists will be on hand to help with individual problems. Covers heelwork, recall and staying, etc. Advice on developing a deeper interest through Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme and Obedience Clubs

TIMED STAY Competition with trophy for longest stay.

SPRINT Over about 50 yards to find quickest dog with trophy for fastest.

SHOW HANDLING Demonstrations on grooming, presentation and handling will be available by arrangement.


CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW

Sunday 8th July 2018 10.30 a.m.

Main Judge: Mrs Jenny Miller (FEORLIG)

Has been exhibiting and handling dogs since 1958. Been breeding and showing English Springer Spaniels since 1962 and has made up 15 Show Champions. Also owned Cocker Spaniels, Sky Terriers, German Shepherds, Basset Hounds and Papillons. Awards CCs in 16 Breeds and passed for the Gundog Group. Has judged abroad on many occasions awarding CACs and CACIBs. Always shown a keen interest in the Brittany.

Memorial Classes Judge: Mr E Webster (BENJCROFT)

Been involved with Golden Retrievers since 1976 – owning, working, showing and eventually judging. Began judging other gundog breeds and hound breeds in 2001 and has judged abroad on several occasions. Has been interested in the Brittany for many years and has handled the breed in the Show Ring.

There is a full-sized Sports Hall (45mx22m approx) available if we have to use indoor facilities and well mown grass rings nearby if weather is good.

General enquiries please contact: Margaret Green Tel: 01938811717 email: fosscott18@gmail.com

Bookings for accommodation etc please contact: Jenna Cocking Tel: 07793037800 email: jenna.cocking@gmail.com

WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO RECEIVE ANY OFFERS OF HELP OR IDEAS FOR ACTIVITIES.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT OUR WEEKEND


Summer 2018

Gala Dinner Menu

Cream of Tomato soup

Rich cream of tomato soup finished with fresh cream and basil

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Chicken Liver Parfait

Smooth chicken liver parfait served with Melba toast and salad

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Cheddar and Leek Tart

Warm cheddar and leek tart served with salad and a

Honey mustard dressing

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Chicken Forestier

Chicken breast cooked in a red wine sauce with bacon, mushrooms and silver skin onions served with new potatoes and summer vegetables

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Pork Stroganoff

Strips of pork in a rich cream and mushroom sauce scented with brandy

Served with brazed rice and summer vegetables

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Roasted Aubergine and Tomato Stack

Layers of roasted aubergine, tomato compote and cheese

served with new potatoes and summer vegetables

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White chocolate cheesecake

Rich white chocolate cheesecake topped fresh raspberries and drizzled with a raspberry coulis

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Eton Mess

Mixed berry’s fresh cream and crushed meringue

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Cheese Plate

Selection of cheese served with biscuits and grapes

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Tea or Coffee

 

Photographs from the Le Weekend 2017 event.