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Mr David Friday

It is with great sadness the FCRS learn of the death of Mr David Friday.   David was a Working man, through and through who ran the Bucks Working Tests alongside Fran Robb for many years.  He was also a valued member of The Chiltern Gundog Club.  The Bucks Area of the FCRS held training sessions every week and helped a huge number of beginners and more experienced handlers into the ‘working’ side of the Flatcoated Retriever. David sadly passed away after a long battle with Parkinsons.  Our sincere condolences to Kath and the family. His funeral will be at Great…

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Mr Norman Stanley of the Hallbent Affix

The Flatcoated Retriever Society are sorry to report that Mr Norman Stanley of the Hallbent affix has sadly passed away.  Our condolences go to his wife Pamela Stanley and the family at this sad time. Details of the Funeral Service for Mr Norman Stanley Hallbent Flatcoats. Monday 5th December at The South Chapel, Chelmsford Crematorium at 10.30am,  then afterwards at Norman’s favourite pub, The Three Compases, West Hanningfield…

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Veteran Warrant Award – Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd SDC SGWC KCWGC

Ripple – Donascimento Danilo from Casblaidd SDC SGWC KCWGC (Sire: Maddistream Indigo Jack at Casbaidd FTA SDC KCWGC SGWC / Dam: Mystical Eclipse of Donascimento KCWGC) gained her final points for her Veteran Warrant at Mid Western Gundog Society Show on 8th October 2022. Ripple had a good summer in the Veteran classes at the Open Shows and has loved every minute! The classes have been well supported and a lot of fun….

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Show Gundog Working Certificate Results – 14/11/22

The Eastern Counties Golden Retriever Club hosted a Show Gundog Working Certificate today with 5 dogs gaining their awards, 3 of which have now become full champions, subject to KC confirmation. Congratulations to Gemma Jacobs with Ch Moonstruck Macadamia SGWC and her daughter Ch Gemswin Dressed For Success SGWC. Helen Fox with Ch Blacktoft Dancing The Blues SGWC. Jenny Campbell with Ronevorg Whispering Angel SGWC and Rochelle Richards with Hopevalley Morning River Through Kamberfield SGWC. Congratulations to all and thank you Gemma for the photos….

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Health Testing at the FCRS Championship show 2023

The following health testing sessions will be carried out at the Society Championshipshow to be held at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire CV8 2LZon April 2nd 2023. Eye Testing SessionBVA Eye Panellist Lorna Newman BVM&S Cert VOphthal MRCVS will be attending theshow to carry out gonioscopy (and standard eye examinations if required). The BVArecommend Flatcoated Retrievers are screened by gonioscopy examination forPectinate Ligament Dysplasia (PLA), also referred to as Goniodysgenesis (G), everythree years and in addition receive a standard eye examination annually.At the show gonioscopy will be £45, standard eye examination £45 or £80 for bothtests for the…

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Survey that the BVA have developed for owners and breeders who have used the BVA/KC Eye Scheme

I have received an email from the Kennel Club Breed Health Liaison Manager with information about a survey that the BVA have developed for owners and breeders who have used the BVA/KC Eye Scheme, to gain valuable feedback on the scheme’s performance and particular areas that need development.  This survey is open to all breeds, and obviously they would appreciate as much useful feedback as possible so please complete the survey if you have used the eye scheme:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ML2WN2S The survey will be open for one month and will be closing on the 24th November. Many thanks Liz  Liz Branscombe DipAVN(Surgical) RVN Kennel Club…

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Jean Griffiths -Riversflight

The Flatcoated Retriever Society is very sad to announce that Jean Griffiths of the well known Riversflight affix passed away on Saturday 23rd October 22. Jean, along with her husband Peter who was a past Chairman of the Flatcoated Retriever Society was a great influence on the breed from the 1970s and the early part of the 2000s with their Riversflight kennel.  Their dogs were truly dual purpose with Peter working and competing successfully in Field Trials and Jean showing their dogs, both with great success.   Jean judged the breed at Championship level, a clever Breeder making up many Riversflight Champions, always beautifully presented….

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Breed Only Open & Novice Field Trials – Monday 14th November 2022 & Wednesday 23rd November 2022

Monday 14th November 2022 FCRS (breed only) Open field Trial. To be held at Ampton Estate, Suffolk, by kind permission of Mr P Rushbrook and keeper Mr A Hammond. Judges Mr R Tomlinson (A1962) Mrs G Hillier(A2280) Mr D Barnes(B2197) Mr M Polley(B3220) Wednesday 23rd November 2022 FCRS (breed only) Novice field Trial. To be held at Avon Tyrrell Estate, Christchurch, Dorset by kind permission of The Lord and Lady Manners. Judges Mr N Coates(A2223)Mr D England(B2946)Mrs J Gardener(NP3668)Mrs J Mann(NP3433) Please find below schedule for both Trials as well as entry form and Rules and Regulations. FCRS FT Schedule FCRS FT_Entry_Form…

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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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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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