The North West Labrador Retriever Club held the first day of the two days of Working Tests on Saturday 14th May 2011 at Pinewood near Clitheroe, Lancs with the kind permission of United Utilities and sponsored by Skinners.
On a mainly cold but dry day, although the clouds attempted a few light showers, and the wind caused some difficulties at times, the four Judges; Mr J Drury (A), Mrs J H Dunckley (B), Mrs M Crawford (NP) and Mrs V Stanley (NP) had the task of separating some fine young dogs over four tests completed in safari fashion.
All tests were reasonably stiff with 4 zeros being recorded from 13 dogs. at the end of the day 6 dogs ended the day in the 90’s and 4 were taken through for a run off following which the eventual order was established as
First: Wayne Mitchell
running Labdom Roe
Second: Scott Marland running Boarscreek Alder
Third: Brendan Kelly running Norbreck Santa
Fourth: Mrs R McIlroy running Sealpin Gunna
The windy conditions caused several upsets as the young dogs would not go head on into the wind in the blind and diversion. After the test were completed it left only 6 dogs without a failure so down to a run off in which two got a zero leaving the final results as
First: Linda Scott running Garagill Nancy
Second: Mark McGuirk running Gwrychbedw Dan
Third: Kevin Jackson running Magic Mercury of Wharton
Fourth: Brendan Kelly running Norbreck Santa
Certificates of Merit were awarded to:
L Scotts’ Bitch Hawscot Moor Fern handled by her owner; and
M J Smiths’ Dog Glen Avons Lionheart handled by his owner
Attending both days was Mr Andy Biggar a professional photographer who took pictures of the dogs working. Should anyone wish to purchase a picture please contact Andy via his website at Thebiggarpicture.