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Shooting Dog Certificate 2021

Date for your diary (book your days off work or from picking up!): SDC We have a date booked for a Shooting Dog Certificate at Avon Tyrrell, Dorset on Saturday 11th December 2021 If you are interested in entering your dog for the Shooting Dog Certificate please contact the FT Sec and complete and post the SDC form which can be viewed here. Further information and guidance regarding the Shooting Dog Certificate can be found here: https://www.flatcoated-retriever-society.org/images/2018/working/sdc2018.pdf  Helen Ford FT Sec…

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Health Seminars 2021

The Society Health Committee had planned to hold a health seminar day in July 2020 which was then postponed until July 2021.

The committee have now agreed, with support from Davies Veterinary Specialists, to make this an online event which will remove any uncertainty regarding another last-minute postponement…

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General Committee Update February 2021

At the General Committee meeting held on 27th February 2021 the following topics were discussed: Code of Conduct A small working group of Committee members have been developing a Code of Conduct for members which has been written with reference to the Kennel Club’s Code of Conduct. It is close to being completed and when finalised will be posted on this web site. WorkingFlatcoats.Org David Savory who is standing down from the position of Field Trial Secretary has advised the General Committee that he will be taking the workingflatcoats.org web site (currently part of the Society) with him. David has…

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2021 AGM

  The following people are standing for Officer and Committee positions at the 2021 AGM. Chairman:        Mrs Jane Jones             Proposed Mrs Val Jones                                                                Seconded Mr Bob Allen Vice Chairman: Mrs Jan Egginton          Proposed Mrs Caroline Hewison                                            …

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General Committee Update January 2021

The following topics were discussed at the General Committee Zoom meeting held on Sunday 24th January 2021. The discussion document had been revised by the Field Trial Sub Committee, as agreed at the previous meeting, and was presented to the General Committee for their consideration. The Committee agreed, in accordance with current Kennel Club guidance, that the revised document should be circulated to the membership for their comments with the 2021 AGM papers. Addendum to this: The Field Trial Secretary has since notified the General Committee that the Field Trial Sub Committee had made the decision to withdraw the document….

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The Kennel Club/British Veterinary Association Canine Health Schemes update regarding the current national lockdown

The following update from the Kennel Club Health Team has been sent to Breed Health Coordinators today (08/01/2021) The Kennel Club and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) would like to provide an update to all breeders currently awaiting results from hip or elbow screening and to provide reassurance of the measures being taken to ensure those waiting for results receive them at the earliest possible opportunity.  Furthermore we wish to issue guidance relating to use of the Kennel Club/British Veterinary Association Canine Health Schemes (CHS) during the current national lockdown.  Customers waiting for results for dogs screened pre-January 2021 As…

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Training and Behaviour Advice

The Society would like to offer all owners of Flatcoated Retrievers advice and support if you feel you need some help in training your Flatcoat. We will endeavour to give you advice and where possible put you in touch with trainers who are experienced in training Flatcoated Retrievers in various disciplines.  We have the working pages of this website for those interested in training their dogs for gundog work and Area Representatives will endeavour to help you find suitable training if you are interested in obedience, showing, agility and other activities. We are also available to help with any behaviour…

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General Committee Update December 2020

Committee Update The first meeting of the General Committee since 15th February took place on 15th November by Zoom, this was followed by another meeting on 6th December Due to the length of time that had elapsed between meetings there was much to discuss. Therefore the Committee agreed to hold meetings at approximately monthly intervals for the time being. 1    There was a discussion around protocols within the Committee to ensure that we are more focused and more efficient at dealing with matters that impact on members. Discussion evolved around;  – role and responsibilities of the chairman, sub committee…

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RNLI Donation

Jenny Bird the Secretary of the FCRS received a lovely ‘thank you’ letter from Dunbar RNLI and we would like to share this with our members. This was received in respect of the Society’s donation on behalf of our members, in appreciation of the amazing work that the RNLI do but in particular the rescue they successfully made for Fergus the Flatcoat when he was in trouble. View the letter here img20201214_13332616_RNLI.pdf…

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Flatcoated Retriever Breed Health Survey 2020/21

Breed health surveys were previously carried out by the Society in 2006 and 2011, we are now sharing a further survey for completion in relation to Flatcoated Retrievers resident in the UK (closing date 31st January 2021). The data, once collated, will be compared to that gathered in the previous surveys. An overview of results will be reported in due course, individual responses will remain confidential. The survey can be carried out on-line which would be preferable but can be completed in paper format and returned by post if necessary. The online version of the survey can be found here:…

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FCRS General Committee News

Some members may be aware that Phil Goodman has resigned as Chairman of our General Committee and that Jane Jones has taken over as Acting Chairman until an AGM can be held. Victoria Goldberg, who would have stood down as Honorary Show Secretary at the cancelled 2020 AGM has also decided to step down. Louise Jones, who was standing for the position of Show Secretary, and who has been working closely with Victoria over the past nine months has taken over the role. Louise has been co opted onto the General Committee. The General Committee acknowledge that there have been…

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Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar 2021

  The Flatcoated Retriever Society Calendar 2021 can now be ordered from Mandy Romeo Dieste. Many Flatcoat owners look forward to the Society calendar which make beautiful Christmas presents. The calendars are £10 each for postal delivery in the UK and 15 Euros each for delivery in Europe. Details of how to order and pay for the calendar can be found here….

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Puppy Enquries

The Litter Secretaries have been overwhelmed recently with emails about puppies, please telephone rather than email as we do not send out details of available puppies by email to maintain a personal touch and offer advice to potential new owners. Thank you. We have prepared some guidance for potential puppy owners during this time of high demand, it can be viewed here….

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Final Results : Virtual Show & Catalogue and Judges Reports

Best in Show and Best Bitch: 87 Hopevalley Morning Rainbow JW Best Dog and Best Opposite Sex :24 Aquarius Black Brianta Best Puppy Bitch and Best Puppy in Show : 64 Levliann Party Wrecker Best Veteran Dog and Best Veteran in Show: 3 Caci’s, Dark Chocolate of Love. Reserve Best Dog : 40 Arminzeras Infomania By Benvellyn (IMP NOR) Reserve Best Bitch : 65 Hightyne Ramblin Rose Best Veteran Bitch : 44 Luss Kiss in the Dark Best Puppy Dog : Pajanbeck Shall We Dance   Virtual Show Catalogue Dog Judges Report Bitch Judges Report…

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FCRS UK – Virtual Events Program : Puppy Photographs Winners

We would just like to say a huge thank you for all your ‘Puppy photos – Under 6 months’.We had an amazing 81 entries for our judge Den Orme to go through, which I am sure you can imagine was not an easy task. Unfortunately we could not give 81 1st places as Den would have liked to.Den chose his final winners on what he thought ‘epitomises a Flatcoat puppy’Congratulations to all our winners.1st – No 43 – Henley owned by Gerry Lloyd/Gemma Jacobs2nd – No 11 – Ole owned by Jill Stringer3rd – No 68 – Musto owned by…

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1st Puppy Competition

Kennel Club Press Release AHT

Kennel Club/AHT Press release about the future of the Genetics research data and biological material currently stored at the AHT https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2020/july/kennel-club-genetics-centre-data-and-biological-material-saved/…

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Update About AHT Closure

Further to the announcement that the Animal Health Trust will close on 31st July 2020 the following message has been sent to Breed Health Coordinators by Cathryn Mellersh today (13th July 2020): ‘’The future of canine genetics research and DNA testing service following closure of Animal Health Trust on July 31st, 2020 I would like to extend my sincere and heartfelt thanks to everybody who has contacted me and my colleagues to express their sadness at the imminent closure of the Animal Health Trust on July 31st. I have worked at the AHT for 19 years, as have many of…

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FCRS Virtual Show Events 2020

Flatcoated Retriever Society Virtual events 2020 Due to the unprecedented situation ‘Covid-19’ 2020 has seen most of our show, working, agility and obedience events cancelled. This does not mean that we can’t still have fun and indulge ourselves in the breed we love – with this in mind the Judges & Show Sub Committee have scheduled a program of virtual events that we hope you will all enjoy taking part in: ·       A series of  monthly Online Photo competitions over the next 6 months ·       16th August 2020 FCRS Virtual dog show. ·       October 2020 – A fun Virtual event….

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Royal Canin Vouchers

If you won vouchers at any of our shows last year and still have to redeem them, please read the letter below from Royal Canin. Dear Secretary We at Royal Canin are reaching out to you as we sponsored your show in the last twelve months. With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis we are trying to help your winners redeem their prizes. Normally this would be done on our stand at the championship shows. As most shows are now cancelled until the end of October, we have altered the system to allow winners to claim their prizes via our Area Business…

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Health Seminar 12th July 2020

Regretfully, given the uncertainty regarding when gatherings will be able to resume, the Society Health Sub-Committee have made the decision to postpone the Health seminar which was arranged for 12th July this year. We plan to move the seminar to Sunday 11th July 2021 at the same venue. We apologise for any disappointment that this may cause and look forward to welcoming everyone in 2021….

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