On Sunday February 22nd 2015 we battled inclement weather conditions and returned to Ilaunmore for an Open Stake, by kind permission of Mr.Michael Manke. Our Judges for the day were the well known faces Jimmy King (A) and Tony O’Brien (B). As soon as the Steward of the Beat Vincent Kyne had his Stops in place to deal with the fast moving February pheasants, it was all systems go as we headed for the wooded shoreline to begin the trial. As with all pheasant trials the Stops were a necessity and they done a very good job controlling the game which helped to make this an excellent trial
Tom Brennan, Ricky Cashin, Michael Buckley & Fintan Kelly were our team of Guns who all shot with an extremely high degree of safety and accuracy.
When all the dogs had been seen and when the Judges finished making up their books, they called two dogs for a run off. After a short run off there were 8 dogs called to the water.
We returned to the cars for the presentation. “Open Season” Nenagh very kindly sponsored a €50 voucher for 1st place and also Tom Brennan “Birdman Spaniels” kindly sponsored trophies for 1st & 2nd and also Guns Award
1st Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt – ESSD – (Excellent)
(Blueberry Sherbet of Commonshall X Int.F.T.Ch. Poppet Rocket)
Owned by Mr. Ian Openshaw. Handled by Mr. Mick Walsh
2nd Clodahill Layla – ESSB – (Excellent)
(F.T.Ch. Skronedale Remus X F.T.Ch. Clodahill Annie)
Owned and handled by Mr. Pat Brennan
3rd Ffynonlas Griff – ESSD – (Excellent)
(Bryngwryhd Ivan X Ffynonlas Paganaid)
Owned and handled by Mr. Ivan McAlister.
4th Glenhestbeg Chap – ESSD – (Excellent)
(Edwardiana Black Magic X F.T.Ch. Whitehope Euro)
Owned and handled by Mr. PJ Davitt.
Guns Award: Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt
Butlers Mate – ESSD – Owned and handled by Mr. John Keeshan
Lisgarvagh Jet – Owned and handled by Mr. Ed McAuley.
Mountemple Teegan – Owned and handled by Mr.Benny Ryan.
Brambley Girl – Owned and handled by Captain Kelly