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Central Test Results – 11th September 2022

Here are the results of todays tests.Central Area of FCRS held working tests today at Standlake for Special Puppy, ND/NH and Veteran.  Our Judges were Clare Gould and Paul Egginton. My thanks to them for making it a lovely day for the competitors and to my helpers without whom these tests could not run.  In the end we had a good entry.  The results were as follows Special Puppy1st Judith Hart with Halangydown Brandypoint2nd Phil Bruton with Sweet Licorice Kiba 3rd Anne Kitching with Selloana Callisto Nymph ND/NH1st Sharon Henesey with Caci’s Flirty Gertie Wrensmead2nd Steve Cudlip with Manniford in the…

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Live Game Training Subsidy 2022

The General Committee have agreed that the subsidy available for members to claim towards the cost of live game training days should be increased from £40 to £50 per day this year. This can be claimed up to twice in one year by members towards any live game training on production of a receipt. A claim form can be obtained from the Treasurer Heather Harley, email [email protected] This initiative was introduced to encourage members to train their Flatcoats on live game,  in order to progress to trialling their dogs. Anyone wishing to undertake live game training and who would like more…

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Briefing Statement from The Flatcoated Retriever Society

WORKING MINORITY RETRIEVER CLUB Background 1.​ In November 2020 the General Committee received a letter from four members about the Working Minority Retriever Club’s (WMRC) inclusion of Flatcoats on its website.  They were concerned that if the Flatcoated Retriever was regarded as a minority breed, it could put its Open Trial status in jeopardy, and wanted the General Committee to write and request that Flatcoats be removed from their website. 2.​ The then Field Trial Secretary wrote to the Kennel Club for clarification regarding our Open Status and the use of the words ‘minor’ and ‘minority’ and according to the Kennel Club’s response,…

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Back to Basics training with Phil Bruton 23rd/24th July review

A relaxed and enjoyable two day Gundog Training was held with Phil Bruton on 23/24th July. This two day training event was aimed at Novice/Open dog ability. Both days started off in a lovely relaxed social way with tea and sausage sandwiches to allow Phil to brief everyone on the objectives of the day prior to the training starting. With a mixture of abilities the training was tailored to suit everyone’s needs, with clear advice and encouragement ensuring that all participants achieved their goal. A variety of different working scenarios were practiced building the confidence of each dog and handler….

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Statement from The Flatcoated Retriever Society

We have recently been made aware that the financial probity of the General Committee has been brought into question on social media.  Two areas have been commented on the content of which is both misleading and inaccurate. The first subject raised is that in April 2019 the General Committee made a donation of £30,000 to the Animal Health Trust just before it went into liquidation. This is incorrect.  A donation of £9250 was made to the Animal Health Trust in April 2019 for the Histiocytic Sarcoma Research project, and this was jointly funded by the Brenda Phillips Memorial Health Fund, the Shirley Radburn legacy…

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The Shirley Radburn National Working Tests for Novice and Open Dogs, Sunday 3rd July – Results

The Shirley Radburn National Working Tests for Novice and Open Dogs were held on Sunday 3rd July at Bagborough Park, West Bagborough, Nr Taunton by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Waygood. Our judges for the day were  Tim Woodgate-Jones, Jo Fergie and Graham Clelland. The weather was mostly sunny with some heavy and unexpected rain in the morning and a gusting wind in the afternoon. Four tests were set for each group with two retrieves for each dog in each test. The tests consisted of a seen retrieve and a blind retrieve set at an angle in woodland, a…

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Update on Meeting of the 27th June 2022

The FCRS held a Zoom meeting with representatives from both the General Committee and the Field Trial sub on Monday 27th June 22. This was a positive and constructive meeting, where member’s concerns regarding the working Flatcoat were discussed, common ground was established and a way forward agreed. However it was felt further information needed to be sought, after which another meeting will be held. A further update will follow as soon as practicable after this meeting is held. Best wishes Roz Hon. Secretary FCRS…

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Back to Basics with Phil Bruton 25th/26th June review.

Last weekend (25/26 June) the FCRS put on Back to Basics with Phil Bruton . Everything was set up so the dogs of different stages of their training succeeded. The first day exercises were to get dogs to know the ground more and different areas so that they could be tested further the next day. It was a very relaxed atmosphere with plenty of laughs. All the dogs showed improvement on the second day. Phil explained how the exercises would be marked in an AV field trial and a working test and had us scoring each others attempts. Jane Calverley…

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Update following The General Committee meeting of 16th June 2022

Mrs Helen Ford resigned from the position of Field Trial Secretary on 14th June and, although requested to re-consider her decision, has declined to do so.  The General Committee would like to thank her for her hard work and commitment over the past year. Mr Steve Ashby resigned from the General Committee on 17th June and the General Committee would like to thank him also.   There is now a vacancy for the position of Field Trial Secretary and General Committee member.  There has recently been a significant number of posts on Social Media which have been unhelpful and damaging to the Society.  The Society’s Code…

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Breed Appreciation Day (BAD)/Breed specific Seminar – 30th October 2022

The Breed Appreciation Day (BAD)/Breed specific Seminar is open to all who wish to gain a better understanding of the Flatcoated Retriever. The BAD is a mandatory requirement for all judges wishing to progress from Level 1 to Level 2 on the Judges Competency Framework (JCF). The Kennel Club has stated that from 2020, all judges will need to be registered on at least JCF Level 1 in order to undertake any judging appointment. The day will begin with an introduction to the Flatcoated Retriever and a presentation of the Kennel Club Breed Standard and the FCRS extended breed standard. Please find link…

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Results of the SGRS/FCRS joint working tests held at Parklands Ewshot on 12/6/22

We were blessed with lovely weather and as ever are grateful to the judges and helpers for giving up their time, to the landowner and to the SGRS for hosting.  NDNH had 13 entries, with 7 flatcoats. The tests included a walk up a mark over a jump, a double mark and a mark and a blind.  1st was Cecilia ERHABOR’s GR bitch Elkshead Flame.  2nd was Jenny McCARTER’s FCR dog Fulwith Bramble 3rd was Anna ETHERTON’s GR. Dog Kenynten Red Hot And after a run off, 4th was Carolyn MADGWICK’s FCR dog Yonsaff Going Solo And David WIMSETT and…

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FCRS Open Show 11th June 2022 – Junior Handling

There were four junior handlers in the 6 – 11 years age group, which was kindly judged by Mr David Bellamy. It was the first time in the ring for Kayley and Grace with dogs that they had only met on the day, so it was lovely to see their rapport with the dogs and thank you to the dogs owners for letting their dogs be borrowed. Well done to all. 1st was Georgia Mercer 2nd was Molly Davis with Aine 3rd was Grace with Maud 4th was Kayley with Dita…

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Flatcoated Retriever Society Open Show 11th June 2022

Report from Louise Jones, Show Secretary The show dawned with blue skies a slight breeze and the outside rings were looking glorious. An early start at 7.00am to get it all set up with our very hardworking committee. The day was on the whole a blustery affair with the occasional shower scudding across the sky. A great atmosphere prevailed and the weather was perfect for the dogs. Well done to everyone who came and below is a summary of the main results: Critiques: Flatcoated Retriever Society Open Show – Dog Classes critiques – Judge Hilary Buckley Flatcoated Retriever Society Open Show – Bitch Classes…

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FCRS Calendar 2023, photos needed please.

Have you taken some great photos of your Flatcoats, work, play, being shown or just laying on the sofa? Would you like to see them featured in our next Society Calendar? then please send them to us. The arrangements for the production of the Society’s Calendar have changed. The 2023 Calendar will be produced by Kelly Holland and the requirements for the best results are: Each image needs to be a minimum of 2.0mb, but the bigger the better. In colour, and the subject needs to be in focus. We also need your name and e-mail address. The dog’s or…

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Update; General Committee Meetings 11th April and 2nd May 2022

1. The General Committee co-opted Roz Bellamy as the Hon Secretary and Sarah Young as the Working Test Secretary. 2. The 2023 Society calendar will be produced by Kelly Holland, further details will be posted on the web site shortly 3. The two chosen charities to benefit from the profits of the calendars for 2022 are; The Ark Animal Rescue, Ashbourne and The Highland Hedgehog Rescue, Brora 4. The Committee voted to make a donation of £1,000 to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust towards their Ukrainian Dog’s Appeal. Our members have donated £555 from a collection at Crufts and the…

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Central Area Working Test 15th May 2022 Results

The Judges were Phil Bruton (A2718), David Godding, Fran Robb and Vicki Ruston Novice 1st Rachel Birch with Varingo Magic of Light CoM Caroline Hewison with Casblaidd Island in the Sky Open 1st Lindsay Swan with Swantonwood Gold Leaf 2nd Keith Manley with Brickley Blossom at Lenyam 3rd Keith Manley with Lenyam Solaway 4th Caroline Hewison with Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd Very many thanks to my team of helpers without whom these tests could not happen and to the Judges who gave up their time to stand for much of the time in the rain but never lost their cheerfulness…

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