Labrador Retriever Club 
Patron:  Her Majesty The Queen
President:  The Earl of Lonsdale

2019 Field Trials 
​​Results & Reports below:

Open Stake - Midlands 11th/12th November
With the holding of our Open Stake our Field Trial season comes to a close.  
The ground was extremely testing, bracken on the first day and the handlers and dogs making it through to the second day all showed great skill.  The weather changed from cold and dry to cold and wet.  We began walking up in a thigh-high heritage crop and once the dogs were sent, they were immediately out of sight, so the winning dogs had to work without their handlers’ input, and this enabled the judges to make their final decision.
1st and winning The Liphook Game Farm Cup, The Tweedshot Kite Cup, The LRC Challenge Cup for the Breeder, The Quinton Dick Memorial Cup for the Best Owner/Handler 
FtCh.  Artistryn Ulrich Dog 13/03/2013.  By: Cynhinfa John Ex: Artistryn Quail
Breeder/ Handler/Owner:  David Field
2nd. and winning The Idsworth Challenge Cup
Mash Pie Maple Bitch 30/06/2016. By: FtCh. Astraglen Fergie Ex: Autumnwillow Maiden. Breeder: D Donnelly. Handler/Owner:  Mark Bettinson
3rd. Artistryn Usha. Bitch. 13/03/2013. By: FtCh.  Cynhinfa John Ex: Artistryn Quail. Breeder: David Field.Owner:  Suzanne Bailye. Handler: David Field
Gilbertson & Page Ltd Prize for Guns’ Choice: Mash Pie Maple
The Quintin Dick Challenge Cup for the Best-Looking Dog/Bitch in the Awards:  Mash Pie Maple
Thank you to all the volunteer helpers, the trial would not have run so smoothly without you.  Special thanks to David Coode, our Chairman, who has attended all three trials this season.

All Aged Stake held in Norfolk on 9th September 2019 - 
The 2019 Field Trial Season began on 9thSeptember 2019 with an All Aged trial at Eastmoor in Norfolk by kind invitation of the Chapman Family and keeper Mr Richard Beckerleg who, with his hardworking team, provided an excellent trial which began in a stubble field and continued in sugar beet for the rest of the day.  The guns were organised by Dale Parker, this is the second time his team of guns have shot for us and it was such a pleasure to have the birds being shot cleanly and at a sensible range to test the dogs.
Judges for the trial were Mr Guy Bennett and Mrs Fiona Joint on the right of the line and Mrs Joy Venturi-Rose and Mr Andy Mutimer standing in for his father, who fractured his ankle during the summer, on the left.

Unfortunately, two dogs were dropped early after the eventual winner eye-wiped them and making the retrieve look relatively simple.  The trial continued apace with some dogs shining and others falling by the wayside. One minute the scent seemed to be good and the next it evaporated and the judges eye-wiped the dogs.

Eventually it was down to three dogs and the judges had a long discussion before making their final choice as follows:

1st  and winning The Labrador Retriever Club Rosebowl and the LRC Gamekeeper’s tankard for the Best Looking Dog in the Awards:  Mistigris Finn of Featherfly 25/06/2015  Sire: Levenghyl Bee of Featherfly.  Dam: Astraglen Bebe at Mistigris. Breeder:  R & G Gent. Owned and handled by Phil Highfield.

2nd Prize and winning The Gilbertson & Page Prize for Guns’ Choice went to Luisenga Osprey. 26/12/2015. Sire:  FT Ch Copperbirch Paddy of Leadburn.  Dam:  Glassgreen Tawny Owl.  Breeder: C M Hotchin.  Owned and handled by Darren Thompson.

3rd Prize went to Stauntonvale Hot Toddy of Rushbrigg.  31/03/2016.  Sire: FT Ch Kestrelway Freddy. Dam:  FT Ch Stauntonvale Fastnet.  Breeder:  L Hill. Owned and handled by Mrs Sam Morley Riches.

We were very fortunate in having Tracey Chesser as dog steward, Mandy the pickerup, Amanda Thorley held the red flag and kept the line tight.  Vince Thorley and David Coode manfully carried the game throughout which wasn’t easy as at times in the thigh high sugar beet.

Novice Stake - Shropshire- 1st October 2019

Tuesday 1st October saw the Labrador Retriever Club hold their Novice trial at Hopton Wafers in Shropshire. We have been coming here for several years thanks to the kindness and generosity of Mr Peter Vale and Law Plant & Tools. He takes the day as one of his regular shooting days and tasks the Shoot Manager, Dave Morris with putting on the day for us.

Gilpa as always very generously provided all the competitors and the winner with bags of their excellent dog food. Peter Vale also chooses guns who have an interest in watching the dogs work and all in all, it is always a very jolly occasion.

This year our judges were Linda Partridge, Steve and Paula Cullis and Barney Williams. Our current Chairman David Coode and Geraldine Thompson stewarded the day so that I was able to run my dog in the Clwyd two-day stake at Hy Fly. The handlers had to work their dogs in very difficult conditions with high winds and torrential rain for most of the morning which made the shooting very challenging and hard for the judges.

The guns included our previous Chairman Terry Bailey who was finally able to receive his leaving present from the club. His wife Gaynor was one of the pickers up. Fortunately I was able to get back there in time to see him presented with his gift. My thanks to Dave Morris, his keeper and to all those who contributed to the success of this event.

Results were as follows:
1st and winning the Boutflour Trophy and The Loebl Cup for the Best Owner/Handler was Troddenmilll Gets Cracking at Meonvalley. 19/02/2017. Jobeshill Guns of Navarone x Tayfordwoods Gingema with Troddenmills. Breeder: Ms J Simpson. Handler/Owner: Ms Sarah Miles

2nd Nobsquinton Nettle 25/03/2017. Mistigris Finn of Featherfly x Nobsquinton Cornflower. Breeder: Ann Colley. Handler/Owner: Claire Raymond

3rd and Guns’ Choice. Dealminster Drew of Hassycott. 14/04/2015. Shuttifield Sinbad x Silken Whisper. Breeder: P & K Verinder. Owner/Handler: Morton Redpath
4th Sarnesfield Midnight Run. 18/05/2017. FT Ch Rimrock Hurricane x Sarnesfield Lady Lottie. Breeder: Mr SW & Mrs JL Tippins. Owner/Handler: Craig Perry

CoM and Best Looking Dog in the Awards. Fieldcrest Quinn . 19/06/2016. Fieldcrest Miller x Willowyck Greta. Breeder/Handler/Owner: Phil Garton

The Banchory Bolo Cup 2018/2019
The winner of this prestigious award for the 2018/19 season is FTCh Castlemans Gobi of Garronpoint, owned by Richard Hinks and handled by Annette Clarke with 135 points.

In 2nd place, FTCh Stauntonvale Tic Bean owned and handled by Laura Hill with 125 points
3rd FT Ch Websend Whitefarland, owned and handled by Tom Lowe with 102 points.
Our congratulations to all.

Field Trial Results