News 2007 – 2010

Field Trials Report for 2007

The North West Labrador Retriever Club has held three Field Trials in 2007.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our hosts who have generously
donated ground for our trials.  All the helpful keepers who have produced the game at the right time. The guns that have generously paid for the game to be shot at our trials.  The judges who have given up their time to judge for us.  To the game carriers, dog
stewards, number board, and red flag carriers and people who provided
refreshments, we greatly appreciate the time that they have given to us, also
our generous sponsors Skinners Pet Foods, who have supported all or trials with
prizes of dog food and Quest Gundog Equipment for their generous raffle voucher.

Last but not least I would like to thank the General Committee who have supported our
trials. The Field Trial sub committee supportive members who have donated the
prizes for the raffles at the trials, and more importantly given up their time
to help at the trials, often giving up runs in other trials for the benefit of
the club and its members.

Without the dedication and commitment of such people, the club would not be able to conducttheir Field Trials as successfully as they have done in the past year.  We are indeed fortunate to have such a teamworking for the benefit of the club and its members enabling the club to go from strength to strength.


Summary of Labrador Judges for 2008

Why not make a date in your diary from our list below as we are pleased to be able to publish a list of the Judges for 2008….

DATE 2008,LABRADOR JUDGES 2008,DOGS,BOTH,BITCHES

 

DATE 2008


LABRADOR 
JUDGES
2008 
SHOW

DOGS

BOTH

BITCHES


26
Apr/Sat

W.E.L.K.S.


MRS.C.REYNOLDS


 


MRS.H.WILES-FONE

03Ma/Sat



LRC OF NORTHERN IRELAND


 

MR K E WALLINGTON


 


08 May/Thur

BIRMINGHAM NATIONAL


MRS.J.E.MINNS


 


MR.J.R.CROOK.OBE.


18 May/Sun


SCOTTISH K.C.


 


MRS.H.STEVEN


 


24
May/Sat

BATH 


MR.A.G.TAYLOR


 

MRS.M.GRANT


30
May/Fri


SOUTHERN COUNTIES


 


MRS.M.E.PRIOR


 


07
June/Sat



THE LABRADOR CLUB


MRS.J.E.PALMER


 


MRS.E.W.MJELDE
(NORWAY)


09
June/Mon


THREE
COUNTIES


 


MRS.P.M.HARRISON


 


15June/Sunt


BORDER UNION


 


MR.G.TALBOT


 


21
June/Sat


BLACKPOOL


MRS.F.N.MARSHALL


 


MR.A.H.BRACE


27
June/Fri


WINDSOR


 


MRS.A.M.BRITTON


 


02
July/Wed



COTSWOLD & WYVERN LRC


MRS.P.A.PARROTT


 


MRS.J.
COLE

05
July/Sat


SOUTH WALES


 


MRS.E.JACKSON


 


MRS.J.BRABBAN


11
July/Fri


PAIGNTON


MR.D.J.NIGHTINGALE


 


MR.G.R.HARAN


16
July/Wed


EAST OF ENGLAND


MR.R.W.WILES


 


MRS.J.WOODALL


28
July/Mon


LEEDS


 


MRS.E.JAYES


 


MR.T.R.GRANT


02
Aug/Sat


NATIONAL GUNDOG
ASSOC


MR.P.M.TAYLOR


 


MR.R.W.WILES


11
Aug/Mon


BOURNEMOUTH


 


MRS.V.R.GREENSLADE


 


MRS.M.TAYLOR


13
Aug/Wed


U.R.C.


MR.K.GAWTHORPE


 


MR.K.A.W.YOUNG


17
Aug/Sun


WELSH K
C


 


MRS.M.E.HATHAWAY


 


23
Aug/Sat


SCOTTISH K
C


 


MR.B.A.HAYWARD


 


31
Aug/Sun


CITY OF BIRMINGHAM


 


 


 


07
Sept/Sun


RICHMOND


 


MR.T.THORN


 


14
Sept/Sun


DARLINGTON


 


 


MR.R.A.STAFFORD


 


20
Sept/Sat



D



RIFFIELD


 


Mr.
J.JACKSON


 


24
Sept/Wed



YELLOW
LRC




 


MR.F.KANE


 


MR.G.SPAGNOLO
(Australia)


27
Sept/Sat


BELFAST


 


 


 


04
Oct/Sat



NORTHUM
& DURHAM LRC



 MRS. L.
McGILLIVRAY


 


 MR. J.
TIMMS


12
Oct/Sun



NORTH
WEST LRC



MRS.E.W.MJELDE


 


MR. M.
ARMSTRONG


15
Oct/Wed


GUNDOG SOCIETY OF
WALES


 


MR.A.BRADSHAW
(N.Z)


 


25
Oct/Sat


MIDLAND COUNTIES C
S


 


MRS. S
WALLINGTON


 


01
Nov/Sat



WEST OF
ENGLAND
LRC



 


 


 


08
Nov/Sat


GUNDOG BREEDS OF
SCOTLAND


 


MR.G.T.ALLEN


 


12
Dec/Fri


L K
A


 


MR.D.S.HOPKINSON


 


          Please check all
dates for possible changes. Crufts 2009 7th March, Dogs – Mrs. P.
Gill & Bitches – Mr. G.
Howells


          Compiled by Michael Hewitt (Newinn Labradors) reproduced with permission.


NWLRC Working Tests

The North West Labrador Retriever Club has arranged two Working Tests.

Full details can be found in the working test section.

All Cheques made payable to NWLRC.

All entries to Working Test Secretary NWLRC

Mrs J White

Mistead

Bontuchel
Ruthin

LL15 2DD

Tel:- 01824-707893 (before 9pm please)

Working Test 1
– Open Working Test for Any Variety Retrievers – 20th April 2008 Closing date has now passed.but please consider entering the second test below.

Working Test 2 – Puppy, Novice and Veteran for Any Variety Retrievers – 10th May 2008


REQUIREMENTS OF A DOG SHOW JUDGE


(PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS  K.C. RULES & REGULATIONS)

To continue our policy of offering  members development opportunities N/W Lab is running a
Requirements of a Dog Show Judge Seminar on Sunday 9th June 2008. The
course leader is a Mrs. Yvonne Billow who is an Accredited Trainer for the
Kennel Club.

To book your place contact myself or Mrs. P Mott contact numbers on the committee members
page.

To continue our policy of offering  members development
opportunities N/W Lab is running a Requirements of a Dog Show Judge Seminar on
Sunday 9th June 2008. The course leader is a Mrs. Yvonne Billow who
is an Accredited Trainer for the Kennel Club. She has great experience in
delivering seminars and has real hands on background having breed, competed,
judged and been Club Secretary for many years, far more than I dare say or I
would get my hand slapped.

Having completed this course and sat through it a number of times I can guarantee that it is comprehensive and well delivered. It is a must for all new and prospective judges but any one who shows will find it interesting.

The venue is St Elizabeth’s ParishCenter, Hall Lane, Scarisbrick, starting time10am
to finish at approx. 4pm. Lunch is included in the cost of £15


To book your place contact myself or Mrs. P Mott contact numbers on the committee members page.


Kennel Club Rule Changes

The Kennel Club changed the Canine Health and Welfare Regulations following the monitoring of the judging of breeds considered to affected by potentially significant health issues.  The rules affected are F(1) 16, F(1) 15 and F(1) 21n.

The rule changes have inserted additional text to the rules:

F(1) 16 – Exhibition of dogs suffering from contagious or infectious diseases or any visible condition which adversely affects their health or welfare.

No dog suffering from any infectious or contagious disease or having been exposed to such disease during the period of 21 days prior to the show or suffering from any visible condition which adversely affects its health or wefare may be exhibited.  Exhibitors infringing this regulation will be liable to be fined and/or to be dealt with under Kennel Club Rule A42.

F(1) 15 – Exclusion of dogs – has a new paragraphs added.

b) If in the opinion of the Show Secretary, Show Manager or duly appointed official of the Kennel Club any dog is suffering from a visible condition which adversely affects its health or welfare the dog must be examined by the Veterinary Surgeon of the show to establish the validity of the allegation.  The veterinary surgeon’s opinion shall be final and if the allegation is upheld, the dog shall be excluded from all subsequent competition at the show.

c) A full report on any exclusion(s) must be made by the Show Secretary to the Kennel Club for consideration within 7 days of the close of the show.

F(1) 21n – Judges and judging

Judges may exclude any dog from the ring if it is considered not in a fit state for exhibition owning to savage disposition or suffering from any visible condition which adversely affects its health or welfare be excluded from all subsequent competition at the show.  The judge must make a report to the Show Secretary at eh first opportunity after the show.

Further information can be found in teh Kennel Gazette April 2009 page 48.


Labrador Breed Standard

The Kennel Club revised the Breed Standard in January this year and has asked for consultation from Breed Clubs, Breed Council, Breeders and Owners.  It is now up to you, as members of the club, as owners of Labradors,  you need to consider the changes that have been drafted.

The Kennel Club have asked for consultation on the interim breed standard of the Labrador.

If you live near Napton in Warwickshire or Styrrup near Doncaster, there are meeting at which you can attend to discuss the changes and put your point of view forwards.

The first meeting is at Styrrup Village Hall, DN11 8LT just off the A1 on Sunday 3rd May at 2pm. From the A1 at Blyth, take the turn off the roundabout towards Bawtry, after approximately 300 yards turn left, signed Harworth, and then 1st left, signed Styrrup, back over the A1 and the Hall will be on your right hand side.

The second meeting at Napton Village Hall, near Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 8LS will be held on Sunday 31st May at 2pm.  The hall is in the centre of the village, turn into Napton from the A425 between Daventry and Southam and follow the road into the village.  The hall is signed after the village green.

Both meetings are open to all to discuss the New Interim Kennel Club Breed Standard.


Fit for Function – Fit for Life

The NWLRC wishes to bring to your attention a notice affecting all future Championship Judges who are not yet approved by the Kennel Club.

The Kennel Club requires that the process of qualification shall include attendance at a Field Trial at Open Stake level or above or a Gundog Working Test at Open level or above for the relevant sub group they wish to be considered to award KC CC’s for the first time.

Fit for Function – Fit for Life

As part of its ongoing commitment to the Fit For Function: Fit For
Life campaign, the Kennel Club has announced a new requirement for
Gundog judges prior to their approval to award KC Challenge
Certificates (CCs) for the first time.

For questionnaires received on or after 1st January 2011, the
provisions for the approval of show judges for each breed in the Gundog
group will include a mandatory requirement that he/she attend a Kennel
Club Field Trial at Open Stake level, or an Open Gundog Working Test
for the relevant gundog sub-group, before being considered to award
Kennel Club Challenge Certificates for the first time.

(If a judge moves on to award CCs in more than one sub-group then it
is preferable but not compulsory that acceptable events for the
relevant additional sub-groups should be attended.  Also, for judges
already approved to award CCs to a Gundog breed and who have not
attended an acceptable event, it is recommended, though not compulsory,
that the judge attend such an event before moving on to judge further
Gundog breeds.)

Ronnie Irving, Chairman of the Kennel Club, commented, “This is a
very important step forward in the Kennel Club’s commitment to the
health and welfare of dogs through the Fit for Function: Fit for Life
campaign.  It is aimed at ensuring that show judges in the Gundog group
have a clear understanding of a breed’s function and are able to use
this understanding to interpret Breed Standards in the show ring. This
should ensure that only fit and healthy dogs are rewarded. I also hope
that it will help lead to a lessening of some of the exaggerated
features that occasionally appear even in some gundog breeds.”

As well as supporting the Fit For Function: Fit For Life campaign by
giving judges an insight into the work which gundogs carry out, this
initiative is in line with two of the Kennel Club’s key objectives:
recognising the importance of canine health and welfare, and
encouraging the development of all those concerned with dogs through
education and training.

The Kennel Club wishes to ensure that Gundog judges at shows fully
understand the link between the working function of a breed and its
construction and fitness, and that they judge dogs according to whether
they are healthy and fit for function, as well as adherence to the
Kennel Club Breed Standard. In the case of Gundogs, all breed standards
now draw attention not only to health and welfare but also to ‘the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work’.

In addition to the new requirement as detailed above, prospective
show judges may also find it advantageous to attend a tutorial or
display run by those with experience in the sub-group concerned, and/or
to view a training video for the breed in question where such is
available.

FURTHER INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE JUDGES

It is stressed that it is an understanding of the nature and manner
of the work performed by the dog that is the object of the prospective
show judge’s attendance at a Trial or Test, not an examination or
critique of the working dogs’ structure or appearance.  It is
considered important that attendance at an acceptable event should give
the prospective CC judge ample opportunity to observe dogs working, and
to obtain answers to any question which may arise.

The organisers of Field Trials and Working Tests are being
encouraged to enable the prospective CC judge to derive maximum benefit
from his/her attendance by, for example, walking ‘in the line’ (or, in
the case of Setter and Pointer Trials, with the judges) where
appropriate.

The following guidance notes are offered for prospective CC judges;

Judges will need to select a suitable event to attend.  The Field Trials Diary – www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/767 – and Field Trial Secretaries list – via www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/469
– are available on the Kennel Club website to help with the selection
of a Field Trial.  It should be noted that dates for working gundog
events are not fixed as far in advance as dog shows and therefore there
may only be a limited number of events to select from at any given time.

  • Working Tests are not advertised as they do not need a KC licence.
    However in the meantime local breed clubs may be able to provide
    details of local tests. A list of Gundog Working Tests to be held next
    year will be available on the KC website early in 2010.
  • Judges must inform the Trial or Test organiser of their intention to attend.
  • Etiquette
    • Suitable attire for working gundog events should be worn.
    • Observance of the spectators’ ‘red flag’ position must be followed as a safety precaution.
    • There is a need for a basic level of fitness – some field trials in particular can cover difficult terrain.

Judges will be required to obtain a copy of the event’s card
(programme/catalogue) signed by the event’s Chief Steward indicating
how long the judge was at the event.  A copy of this document and
signature is to be kept in case verification of attendance is required
by the Kennel Club’s Judges Sub-Committee.  There will be an additional
requirement on the Kennel Club’s CC Questionnaire which judges will be
required to complete.  Updated questionnaires will soon be available
from the Canine Activities Department.  Any gundog breed questionnaire
received on or after 1st January 2011 which does not include details of
the Trial or Test attended will be returned to the show society.

Extract from Alan Rountree Chairman of Field Trials Sub-Committee.  For further details please contact the General Secretary of the NWLRC.

 


Breed Standard Changes

The Kennel Club has announced a change to the Breed Standard as reported in the October edition of the Kennel Gazette on page 63 following a meeting if the General Committee of the Kennel Club held on 1 September 2009.

The Kennel Club has approved the following amendment to the Breed Standard for Retriever (Labrador) as follows:

Characteristics:

Good-tempered, very agile (which precludes excessive body weight or excessive substance).

Excellent nose, soft mouth; keen love of water.

Adaptable, devoted companion.


NWLRC Labrador Puppies

The North West Labrador Retriever Club keeps a puppy register for all
those interested in either selling a labrador puppy or buying a
labrador puppy.  The details of currently available puppies can be found on the NWLRC website in the Puppy section.

If you are a member of the Club, and have a litter of puppies that
you would like to place on the register, subject to you fulfilling the
above criteria, you can do so by completing an application form,
available from the Puppy Register Co-ordinator (or by clicking here) and returning it, with appropriate enclosures.

A charge of £10.00 per litter is made, which includes a copy of the
Club’s “Puppy Pack”, further copies of which may be purchased at £4.50
each, if you require any to pass on to your puppies’ new owners, (all
cheques payable to North West Labrador Retriever Club).

Puppy Register Co-ordinator:- Mrs. Jenny Dobson

Puppy Line Phone Number:- 07887 840723

 


NWLRC Kennel Review

The Kennel Review pages are for members only and included within their membership fee.  They can be viewed by anyone visiting the site.

The General Committee have decided that to add value to your membership of the NWLRC to allow all paid members free entries on the Kennel
Review page subject to a few rules.

The Kennel Review pages that have been on the site and only available to members as a service included within their membership fee for some time now.

The General Committee have decided that to add value to your membership of the NWLRC to allow all paid members free entries on the Kennel Review page subject to a few rules.

All owners of any dog displayed on the Kennel Review pages must be current and fully paid members of the North West Labrador Retriever Club.

All entries are to be submitted via the Kennel Review application form and will be checked to see that they conform to the rules as displayed and agreed to prior to submission.

Any member whose dog is owned by them, or jointly if both are members, may add a dog to the site, it does not matter if it is a Show dog, Working Dog or just your house pet!

The great bit is that you can add up to five different dogs, with the option to add two pictures for each dog, all free of charge.

You may make changes by emailing the Secretary or sending in a new application.  If you submit a 6th application then please advise which one you want removing to make room for the new one.  You may make an application for the same dog to send in new details or add or change the description or change of photos etc.

You make make changes at anytime but subject to the Secretary being able to accommodate these.  If in doubt just email me!