Annual Working Test Sunday 15th April 2018 -Report

We ran our Annual Working Test on Sunday 15th April at Snugsborough, Shinrone, Co.Offaly by kind permission of the landowner Mr. Alan Loughnane.

The Hon. Secretary kicked the day off with a couple of brief introductions and thanked Jamie Clegg and FEEDWELL Dog Food for coming on board as our new Sponsor.

Our Judges for the day were Willie Edgar and Vincent McCarthy. The weather for the most of the day seen a stiff breeze with a few showers mixed in however it did not dampen the spirits as we had a good sporting day with plenty of craic and good humour thrown in. The two judges enjoyed looking at our dogs in an old set a side crop which was ideal for the event, with all dogs getting equal ground with the handlers being given plenty of opportunity to show off their dog’s hunting ability.

Each event was kept straightforward, the Puppy Test consisted of a hunt up, drop to shot or command and a short retrieve. The Novice Test was a hunt up, drop to shot with a seen retrieve and finished off with a Blind retrieve. After the Novice Test we stopped for lunch and then we headed into the Open Test which consisted of a hunt up, drop to shot, seen retrieve finished with a seen diversion with a blind retrieve over a drain.

When the Open Test was over and the two Judges had added up the scores they called for a run off between Mick Walsh with Hollydrive Defoe and Ieva Grigaite with Westbourne Rocket this was for Best Hunting Spaniel. Before the results we ran our raffle which as always brought plenty of laughs from everyone, with spot prizes being donated by Open Season Nenagh, C and K Sporting Products, Rody & Ellen Culleton, Noelle McAlister, Rebecca Barton and Aileen McCarthy and Committee members.

Summing up at the end of the day the Judges both felt that there were some lovely dogs but they both thought that there may have been too much work gone into some of the Pups.

The Hon. Secretary ended the day by thanking both Judges for their time, he thanked our new Sponsors FEEDWELL Dog Food and he urged everyone to use or recommend their products where possible. He also thanked David McLoughlin for his influence in securing a brilliant piece of ground for the Test. He acknowledged the great work done by the Committee during the year and finished by thanking all the Competitors for their support and all those who donated prizes to the Raffle.

The results were as follows.

PUPPY TEST.

 1st – Cowarnecourt Midnight Sun – ESSB

( F.T.Ch. Esgob Esteem X Beggarbush Elen of Cowarnecourt)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Norman Blakeney.

2nd – Jacko’s Emma – ESSB

( Jacko’s Maestro X Blackguard Irene)

Owned and Handled by Mr. James Casey.

3rd – Acragar Tess – ESSB

( Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt X Bess so Smart)

Owned by Mr. Tommy White and Handled by Mr. Richie Power.

4th – Skronedale Nina – ESSB

( F.T.Ch. Esgob Esteem X F.T.Ch. Colcourt Firecrest)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Jason Travers.

 

NOVICE TEST.

1st – Firedrane Jinky – ESSD

( F.T.Ch. Clodahill Nofler of Carnteel X F.T.Ch. Bramley’s Girl)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Fintan ‘Captain’ Kelly.

2nd – Tascroft Sweep – ESSD

(F.T.Ch. Clanicker Mick X Kenxiam Pepper Lady)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Ivan McAlister.

3rd – Shiftwell Molly – ESSB

( F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Bert X F.T.Ch. Gortnacor Daffodil)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Colm Ryan.

4th Spireview Penny – ESSB

( Int. F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Theo X Roseycombe Katie of Whitehope)

Owned and Handled by Mr. William Farrell.

 

OPEN TEST.

1st – Westbourne Rocket – ESSD

( F.T.Ch. Greenbrush Iced X Megan of Rolaghbridge)

Owned and Handled by Ms. Ieva Grigaite.

2nd – Hollydrive Defoe – ESSD

( Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt X Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Sally)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Mick Walsh.

3rd – F.T.Ch. Colcourt Firecrest – ESSB

( F.T.Ch. Chinachgook Roberto X Not so little Rascal)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Norman Blakeney

4th – Hollydrive Pretty Polly – ESSB

( Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt X Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Sally)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Mick Walsh.

BEST HUNTING SPANIEL

Hollydrive Defoe – Mick Walsh

 

BEST NEWCOMER

Mr. James Long.

 

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FEEDWELL Is Our New Sponsor

It is with great pleasure that the Committee announce FEEDWELL Animal Food Ltd. as our new sponsor. We are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious company and look forward to work with Jamie Clegg and his FEEDWELL Team going forward.

FEEDWELL has a long relationship with the trialling world and are the main sponsor of the Irish Kennel Club Championship for Spaniels. With over 50 years experience, FEEDWELL produce dog food which is formulated using only the finest natural ingredients to ensure your dog has everything it needs for a long, healthy and active life.

For further information on the FEEDWELL range or local stockists, please check out their website www.feedwell.com or alternatively, send them an email to info@feedwell.com or visit their Facebook page where further contact details can be found.

Many thanks to Jamie Clegg, Managing Director, FEEDWELL for giving us his support.

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Open Stake 7th January 2018 – Results and Report

This was the first Open Stake of the New Year which was held on a very frosty morning on Sunday January 7th 2018 on Ilaunmore, only a little over a week since a very successful Championship had also been held there, by kind permission of Mr.Michael Manke. Judges for the day were initially supposed to be John Keeshan (A) & Louis Rice (A), however Louis had to withdraw and was replaced by Pat Brennan (A). The Steward of the Beat was Mr. Vincent Kyne who brought us to the shoreline where there was an excellent supply of pheasants and rabbits for all dogs throughout the trial. The Game was dealt with very swiftly and accurately by our team of Guns, who were some of the lads from the “Island Team” – Willie White, Mike Minehan, Benny Ryan and Noel Tomlinson.

When our Judges came together at the end of the trial to make up their books they didn’t take long before they had a result.

We returned to the cars for the results, where the winner Norman Blakeney and F.T.Ch. Colcourt Firecrest was presented with the North Tipp. Working Gundog Club Perpetual Cup by Club Vice-Chairman, Willie White. A good start to the New Year for a delighted Norman who had finished in 4th place at the recent Irish Championship and was now qualified again for the next Championship.

In summing up both Norman and the Judges thanked and congratulated Michael Manke,Vincent Kyne, Willie White and all the Island Team for an excellent trial and also for the trojan work which was done to put on a top drawer Championship the week previous.

We were kindly sponsored for this trial by GRAHAM’S PETFOODS.

 

1st        F.T.Ch. Colcourt Firecrest – ESSB – (Excellent)

(F.T.Ch. Chinachgook Roberto X Not So Little Rascal)

Owned and handled by Mr. Norman Blakeney.

 

2nd       Hollydrive Pretty Polly – ESSB – (Excellent)

(Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt X Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Sally)

Owned by Mr. Stephen Forde. Handled by Mr. Mick Walsh

 

3rd       Greenbrush Iced – ESSD – (Excellent)

(Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt X Kidnais Ski of Carnteel)

Owned and handled by Mr. Willie Edgar.

 

4th        Garrisoncullin Tio – ESSB – (Excellent)

(F.T.Ch. Churchview Chunnel X Clio of Levally)

Owned and handled by Mr. Shane Gainley.

 

Guns Award: Hollydrive Pretty Polly – Handled by Mick Walsh.

C.O.M

Corrigmor Badger –      Owned and handled by Mr. Brendan O’Brien.

Kilcarra Snowie     –      Owned and handled by Mr. Pat Greene.

Glengoole Ripple   –      Owned and handled by Mr. Roger Shore.

F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Bert – owned and handled by Mr. Eamonn Taaffe.

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Open Stake Sunday 5th November 2017 – Results and Report

On Sunday November 5th 2017 which was a lovely crisp morning with a chilly breeze blowing across Lough Derg we set sail to Ilaunmore for our first Open Stake of the Winter, which was held by kind permission of Mr.Michael Manke.

On arrival and with the usual introductions and welcomes out of the way, Vincent Kyne – Steward of the Beat, who was being well assisted by our Club Vice – Chairman, Willie White set us on a course on the shoreline.

Throughout the day there was a steady supply of pheasants and rabbits which was dealt with extremely safely and efficiently by our team of Guns, Daniel Bourke, John Clooney, Ray Fogarty and Ivan McAlister, with a tally at the end of the day of 21 pheasants and 10 rabbits

All the handlers were put at ease when they came into line by our Judges, Pat Brennan (A), Ronan Gorman (A) and Benny Ryan (C)

When they came together to make up their books they were able to split the dogs on their notes, which allowed us to head for the mainland without the need of having a run off.

We made our way back to the cars where the Hon. Sec. announced the winners who received a bag of dogfood from GRAHAM’S DOGFOODS, who very kindly sponsored this event and the winner was presented with the Denis Flannery Memorial Cup.

In their summing up the Judges said that it was the dogs which were experienced enough to be able to put pressure on the game to get up which were ultimately the dogs that rose to the top at this trial.

 

1st        F.T.Ch. Colcourt Firecrest – ESSB – (Excellent)

(F.T.Ch Chinachgook Roberto X Not so little Rascal)

Owned and handled by Mr. Norman Blakeney.

 

2nd       Glenhestbeg Della – ESSB – (Excellent)

(Int.F.T.Ch. Skronedale Romulus X F.T.Ch. Whitehope Euro)

Owned and handled by Mr. PJ Davitt.

 

3rd       Sliabh Rosie – ESSB – (Excellent)

(F.T.Ch. Helmsway Henry X F.T.Ch. Wyndhill Shona of Sliabh)

Owned and handled by Mr. Fintan “Captain” Kelly.

 

4th        Sliabh Aoife – ESSB – (Excellent)

( F.T.Ch. Helmsway Hellraiser X F.T.Ch. Wyndhill Shona of Sliabh)

Owned and handled by Mr. Louis Rice.

C.O.M

Mia’s Girl – ESSB – Owned & handled by Mr. Eddie Byrne

Garrisoncullin Duke – ESSD – Owned & handled by Mr. Shane Gainley.

Carnteel Hozier of Greenbrush – ESSD – Owned &handled by Mr. Trevis Crothers

 

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Annual Working Test Sunday 9th April 2017

We held our Annual Working Tests this year on Sunday 9h April, outside Nenagh, Co.Tipperary, by kind permission of Mr. John Minehan – Landowner. We were treated to a lovely bright Spring morning with a light breeze. The nice weather lifted everyone’s spirits which led to a day of craic and banter.

The Hon. Secretary started proceedings for the day with a couple of brief introductions and thanked Graham’s Pet Foods who had recently been announced as the new Sponsor for the Club

The Judges were Norman Blakeney and Ivan McAlister, they started off with 6 Pups to look at in a Test which consisted of a short Hunt up, Drop to Shot or Command and a short seen retrieve. When the Puppy Test was complete the Judges moved straight into the Novice Test in which there were 18 dogs to be looked at. The dogs had to Hunt up, Drop to Shot followed by a seen retrieve, they had another short hunt and were then given a Blind retrieve.

With the Novice Test complete, the two Judges decided to run straight into the Open Test as there were only 8 dogs to be seen. The Open Test consisted of a Hunt up, Shot fired with a dummy thrown forward from the right of the line, this was to be retrieved by the dog on the left. When this was complete the dog on the right was sent immediately for a long blind over a small drain, the dogs were then swapped over and the task was repeated. This was followed by a another Hunt Up, at this point the Senior Judge Norman Blakeney was reminding the handlers to be aware of the wind direction which was a cheek wind blowing across the course from the left hand side and the wind treatment of the dogs would be judged accordingly. At the end of the Hunt Up, both dogs were put sitting up for a long seen retrieve over the drain which was the final bit of action for each run.

When the dogs had all been seen and the Judges had made up the scores, two dogs were called for a run-off for Best Hunting Spaniel. Kevin Somers with Muggleswyck Taz and James Casey with F.T.Ch.Blackguard Ivy.

Before the presentation we ran our Raffle which was very well supported and created a fair deal of laughs. As usual it was very well sponsored by Kevin McSherry & Tony O’Brien of Open Season – Nenagh, Handlers & all Committee members.

Dogfood for the prizewinners was all very kindly sponsored by our new sponsor, Graham’s Pet Foods. (grahamsdogfood@hotmail.com or +447900789328)

PUPPY TEST.

1st – Swifthill Rolo – ESSD

(Sliabh Henry X Sliabh Gypsy of Swifthill)

Owned by Ms. Amanda Murphy and Handled by Mr. Jason Travers.

 

2nd – Billy’s Bullet – ESSD

(Glanmore Mist X Dawn Run)

Owned & Handled by Mr. John Keeshan.

 

3rd – Glengoole Prince – ESSD

(Glengoole Tiger X Liscleary Matilda of Glengoole

Owned and Handled by Mr. John Groves.

 

4th – Clentohill Gaby – ESSB

(Clodahill Quincy X Nederscot Spirit)

Owned & Handled by Mr. Jason Travers.

 

NOVICE TEST

1st – Clodahill Rhythm – ESSD

(F.T.Ch Clodahill Nofler X Int.F.T.Ch Clodahill Demi)

Owned and Handled by Mr. Pat Brennan.

 

2nd – Bellelake Swannie – ESSB

(Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Theo X F.T.Ch. Molly Malone Two)

Owned & Handled by Mr. Richie Power.

 

3rd – Westbourne Rocket – ESSD

(F.T.Ch. Greenbush Iced X Megan of Rolaghbridge)

Owned & Handled by Ms. Ieva Grigaite.

 

4th – Drumreenagh Khal – ESSD

(Int.F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Kurt X Lisgarvagh Coco)

Owned by Mr. John Beatty & Handled by Mr. Kevin Murphy.

 

OPEN TEST

1st – Muggleswyck Taz – ESSD

(F.T.Ch. Buccleuch Pepper X F.T.Ch. Glenlaggen Gazelle)

Owned by Mr. Jim Warren & Handled by Mr. Kevin Somers.

 

2nd – F.T.Ch. Clodahill Layla – ESSB

(F.T.Ch. Skronedale Remus X F.T.Ch. Clodahill Annie)

Owned &Handled by Mr. Pat Brennan.

 

3rd – Carrigaunroe Nell – ESSB

(Carrigaunroe Scirocco X Sprucehill Rhoda)

Owned & Handled by Mr. John Butler.

 

4th – Clodahill Quiv – ESSB

(Clodahill Jake X F.T.Ch. Clodahill Annie)

Owned & Handled by Mr. Pat Brennan.

 

BEST HUNTING SPANIEL

F.T.Ch. Blackguard Ivy – ESSB

Owned and Handled by Mr. James Casey.

 

BEST NEWCOMER

Mr. Jason Travers

*Photo’s courtesy of Vinnie Caldwell

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New Sponsorship Announcement

The Club are delighted to announce our new Sponsor as
Graham’s Dog Foods


Graham’s Dog Foods are based in Rathfriland, Co.Down, run by Alec Graham and Nicola Magill.
They run a Company which has created a brand of high quality foods aimed at giving optimum health and performance in Working dogs.
Their range of foods consists of Worker, Lamb & Rice and Salmon & Potato.
The Committee are extremely grateful to Graham’s Dog Food for coming on board and look forward to working together into the future.


For further details about Graham’s Dog Food please email
grahamsdogfood@hotmail.com
Or
Telephone: +44 7900 789328

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Open Stake 19th February 2017 – Results and Report

On Sunday February 19th 2017 we once again headed to Ilaunmore for our last trial of the 2016/2017 season, by kind permission of Mr.Michael Manke. Our Judges for the day were John Keeshan (A), Ronan Gorman (B) and Eamonn Taaffe (C)

Vincent Kyne was our Steward of the Beat and was very well assisted by Willie White.

Before proceedings began a Minute’s Silence was observed as a mark of respect to Derrick Ryan who had passed away suddenly just a week before this trial. Derrick was a great friend and supporter of our Club, who would always be available to give a helping hand at a Test or a Trial if he was required to do so. Our deepest sympathies are extended to Colm and all the Ryan family.

Willie White plotted a course which seen the trial heading in a clockwise direction around the shoreline, where there was a mixture of rabbits and pheasants, which were becoming very scarce at this late stage in February. This in a lot of cases led to the dogs having to work harder to produce the game.

Danny Bourke, Ray Fogarty, Enda Cassen & John Clooney were our team of crackshots who dealt with the game in a very safe, swift & accurate manner for the day.

When the Judges had gone through the card and finished making up their books, Colm Ryan’s Hattonswood Warbler was called to do the water test as it was gaining it’s first Championship points.

We headed back to the cars for the presentation where the Judges said that this had been an excellent quality trial which they had enjoyed Judging.

Club Chairman – Pat Brennan, thanked everyone who helped out and supported us for this trial and raffle which we held, he also especially thanked Willie Edgar for his influence in bringing KRONCH on board last year as our sponsors. Unfortunately this trial would mark the end of our association with KRONCH.

In the absence of the Hon. Secretary, Vice Chairman – Willie White announced the results and the handlers placed 1st – 4th were presented with various products which were very kindly sponsored by KRONCH.

1st        F.T.Ch. Hollydrive Abbey – ESSB – (Excellent)

(Int.F.T.Ch. Skronedale Romulus X Hollydrive Kylie)

Owned and handled by Mr. Des Donnelly

2nd       Clodahill Quiv – ESSB – (Excellent)

(Clodahill Jake X F.T.Ch. Clodahill Annie)

Owned and handled by Mr. Pat Brennan.

3rd       Hattonswood Warbler – ESSB – (Excellent)

(F.T.Ch. Lisgarvagh West X F.T.Ch. Hattonswood Meg)

Owned and handled by Mr. Colm Ryan.

4th        F.T.Ch. Colcourt Firecrest – ESSB – (Excellent)

(F.T.Ch. Chinachgook Roberto X Not so little Rascal)

Owned and handled by Mr. Norman Blakeney.

C.O.M

F.T.Ch. Blackguard Ivy – Owned and handled by Mr. James Casey.

F.T.Ch. Sliabh Cushla – Owned and handled by Mr. Louis Rice.

Sliabh Aoife – Owned and handled by Mr. Louis Rice.

Sliabh Rosie – Owned and handled by Mr. Fintan Kelly.

Greenbrush Iced – Owned and handled by Mr. Willie Edgar.

Clodahill Pele – Owned and handled by Mr. Adrian Doris.

As this was the last trial of the 2016/2017 season the Committee would like to thank our Hosts, Sponsors, Judges, Competitors and everyone who helped and supported the Club during the year.

We will be running our Annual Working Test in April, details are available from our website northtippworkinggundogclub.com or contact us by email at northtippwgc@gmail.com

*Photo’s courtesy of Vinnie Caldwell.

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