After our Summer recess we were extremely happy to make our return to Ilaunmore for an Open Stake which was held on Sunday 4th November 2018 by kind permission of Mr.Michael Manke. Judges for the day were Club Chairman, Pat Brennan (A), Christy Hasson (A) and Benny Ryan (C).
All prizes of dogfood were very kindly Sponsored by Feedwell Dogfoods and without such generous Sponsors life for our Club would be a lot more difficult. We are delighted to have Jamie Clegg and Feedwell Dogfoods on board since our Working Tests back in April.
The Steward of the Beat, Vincent Kyne with the assistance of Willie White set a route for us along the shoreline.
Willie’s knowledge of both the ground and the game was invaluable as he knew exactly when and where to place the Stops so as to try to give all handlers full advantage of the Game on the ground ahead of them.
Again this year there was a good show of rabbits which mixed in with both pheasants and partridge made for an excellent day of sport for our Guns, Paul O’Brien, Kyle Harney, Joe O’Shea and Club Secretary, Ivan McAlister.
The Judges had a full card of 16 dogs to look at and at the end of the trial when they had their books made up they for two dogs for a run off, Mick Walsh with Hollydrive Pretty Polly and Norman Blakeney with Cowarnecourt Midnight Sun.
When the Judges had seen enough we loaded up the boats and headed back to the cars for the prize giving, where Mick Walsh was awarded first place and made up FTCh number 13
The trial seen the Hon. Secretary unveil a new Guns Award which was sponsored by himself and in memory of his late Father, Ian McAlister.
1st Hollydrive Pretty Polly – ESSB
(Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt X Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Sally)
Owned by Stephen Forde and handled by Mick Walsh. (Excellent)
2nd Cowarnecourt Midnight Sun – ESSB
(F.T.Ch. Esgob Esteem X Beggarbush Elen of Cowarnecourt)
Owned and handled by Norman Blakeney. (Excellent)
3rd Firedrane Jinky – ESSD
(F.T.Ch. Clodahill Nofler of Carnteel X F.T.Ch. Bramley Girl)
Owned and handled by Captain Kelly. (Excellent)
4th F.T.Ch. Blackguard Ivy – ESSB
(Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Theo X Rosbeha Arris)
Owned and handled by James Casey. (Excellent)
Gardenrath Tikka – ESSB
(F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Bert X Lisgarvagh Azur)
Owned and handled by David Maher.
F.T.Ch. Blackguard Ivy – James Casey.