Novice ESS Trial Report
The 2014 field trial for Novice Springer spaniels, was held on Friday 24th October 2014 by kind permission of the Stubton Estate, Stubton Lincolnshire, and Mr Malcolm Partridge.
The weather forecast for the day predicted the worst, and everyone donned their waterproofs in anticipation of the inevitable heavy rain, however the gods were looking down on us, and apart from some very menacing clouds, it remained dry until the very last dog ran.
The judges, Martin Deacon & Keith Onions, had a difficult job sorting out the full card of 16 dogs, which were all of a good standard, with only a few being put out during the day.
The trial was run predominately in sugar beet, which made for a very even trial for all the dogs & handlers., and good viewing for the gallery who were able to watch all the dogs showing off their hunting skills, marking, handling & retrieves.
The guns, led by Mark Clifford, did a brilliant job all day, providing a good variety of retrieves for the young dogs, some in only their first trial.
A note worthy retrieve was made early on, with Steph Wills, running No 4, with her striking bitch, Ringstead Beauty Patch, proving that persistence pays off, with a difficult retrieve across a deep ditch, it took a few casts, but Patch didn't give up and returned with her bird.
Several dogs stood out, through their very tidy hunting patterns. Andrew Whitehouse, with his bitch, Sugar Bullet Flash, was particularly stylish showing a good consistent pattern, with very little handling from Andrew required, Andrew's brother Mark Whitehouse, with Cheweky Buck's Fizz, showed that good dog training must run in the family, as his dog was again particularly impressive, and handled very well.
Other dogs showing, good hunting & retrieving were M Griffiths, with Parkmeadow Mayfly, and Eric Elwick with his dog, Shamrockbay Lucky Joe.
One dog stood out in the crowd, a black & white dog, Exciting Eric, in his and his breeder/owner/handler, Samuel Casswell's first trial together. Eric is what some might say is an old fashioned type of Springer, being more stocky than the now usually seen small & slightly built dog. Eric showed some confident and very nice hunting, and when sent on what turned out to be a lost bird, some excellent handling.
As the last dog finished its run, and the judges conferred & declared the trial finished, the rain began to fall - lightly at first, then torrential.
The prize giving was thankfully held under cover, in one of the grain stores. Judge, Martin Deacon, commented on the good standard of dog on the day, with the prize winners being particularly impressive.
The winner Andrew Whitehouse was particularly pleased with this win as Sugar Bullet Flash was following in her mothers footsteps, who won this trial in 2011.