26th March 2018
British Summer Time has finally arrived and for many of us who work, means we get to spend a lot more time outside with our furry companions. That combined with the glorious weather made for a busy weekend.
On Saturday 24th March it was Bootle , Crosby & South Liverpool Canine Society Open Show. This is a supported entry show with the GWPC providing £10 prize for BOB and £5 for BP. It drew an entry of 7 dogs.
Mr Mike Wildman judged both our breed and the Gundog Group, finding his Best of Breed in Peter & Maxine McCullough’s Sh Ch Kimmax Kurious George and his Best Puppy in Peter & Maxine McCullough’s 10 month old bitch, Kimmax Koz I Kan.
George (K.Kurious George), then went on to win the Gundog Group whilst, not to ne outdone by her older half brother, Ana (K. Koz I Kan) took Group 3 in the Puppy Group.
On Sunday 25th March it was Gundog Club of North Wales Open Show. Kim and Dave Donnelly’s young man, Rügen, Kimmax Knock Yourself Out, had a fabulous day.
In the breed,, Rügen won Best Puppy and Best of Breed under judge Mr G Howes. He then went on to win the puppy stakes before being shortlisted for Best in Show and then winning Best Puppy in Show under judge Ian Sparham.
Over in Ireland, Maura Gettings reported that she had a good weekend at Sligo and District Open Show.
Her young bitch, Opal, Beechillawn Fire Queen Opal took Best Baby Puppy and then went on to win Reserve Best Baby Puppy in Show. Meanwhile, Polly, Sh Ch/CIE Beechillawn Wired for Sound won Best Champion in Breed and then went on to win Best Champion in Show. The breed was judged by Mrs Kim Smyth and BIS by Miss Kelly Lawless.
The highlight of the weekend for me was a fabulous day up on Grinton Moor in North Yorkshire, where the GWPC Grouse Pointing Test was held. I attended and ran my 2 year old GWP bitch, Connie (Kimmax Miss Kongeniality), in her first pointing test.
We saw some excellent dogs and the Grouse did their usual trick of sometimes getting up well ahead of the dogs and at other times sitting tight – just to keep us on all on our toes.
My young girl was full of enthusiasm and hunted wide and fast, which was pleasing to see, but it also proved to be her downfall later. The scent conditions at first were difficult and Connie was a bit late on picking up the scent, given her pace – too fast for her nose, as we like to say J. Great though to see her flash point on the two occasions a bird flushed in front of her and then sat to watch them go. The main thing is we both enjoyed our day and she will be a little wiser next time.
Throughout the day the gallery had a great view of all the dogs running. We could see that as the day went on the scent seemed to improve with the older, more experienced dogs able to point at longer distances from the birds. I was especially pleased to see a GWP in the final gradings, Connie’s older half sister, Barley.
The spectacular scenery, ideal weather and plentiful Grouse made for a superb day for competitors and judges alike. Every dog had encounters with Grouse on their run.
Of the 14 dogs running, 5 dogs were graded by our judges, Peter Bakewell and Jason Hudson. The dogs who achieved gradings on the day were;
Seasham Flash Gordon – GSP D – Steve Fuller
Graded Very Good
Ch Kimmax Koming Home at Gerstenfeld – GWP B – Sara Jenkins
Stubblemere Gutherie – GSP B – Fleur Fillingham
Sanijika Berretta – IS B – Tom Warner
Karrouki Windfire – HV D – Suzannah Mills
The GWPC would like to pass on our grateful thanks to the Earl Peel and to his gamekeeper, Des Coates, for allowing us to enjoy our day on such a wonderful ground.
If you have a GWP with the basics to do a pointing test, why not enter our next test, or if you are not sure what is required, just come along to watch and learn.
The GWP Club has 2 more pointing tests, one in Suffolk on 15th April and one the following weekend in South Yorkshire on 22nd April. Full details on the GWPC Website.
Finally, Miss Alice Turnbull has agreed to be co-opted onto the GWPC Committee to assist with editing the next GWPC Yearbook.
Peter F McCullough
m: 07515 964424