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Society Championship Show results 22nd August 2021

Thank you to all who attended the FCRS CH SH On the 22nd August 2021, certainly a day to remember being held whilst still under pandemic conditions. A big thank you for all who supported the show and good sportsmanship was ever present which  created a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Full results will be posted shortly on the website but the principal winners can be viewed via the link below. The dogs themselves were all so happy and pleased to see everyone and it was lovely to have a new champion made up on the day (subject to KC…

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DCC Best In Show

Area Representative vacancy for Northamptonshire

After many years in the role of Area Representative for Northamptonshire, Jo Montandon will now be stepping down. The Society wishes to thank Jo sincerely for her commitment over the years to the breed in undertaking this role.   If you feel that you have the knowledge to give information and advice concerning Flatcoated Retrievers and would like to be considered for this role, please contact:   Jenny Bird. Hon. Sec Tel :01162 793203 or email: [email protected]   Further information regarding the role can be read here, alternatively please contact Shirley Oxford to discuss the role further: Tel 02392 264703 or email: [email protected]   Shirley Oxford   Area…

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2021 AGM

  At the AGM held on 14th August 2021 the following people were voted on to the General Committee;   Chairman.   Mrs Jane Jones Vice Chairman Mrs Jan Egginton Treasurer Mrs Heather Harley Field Trial Secretary Mrs Helen Ford Committee members. Mr Steve Ashby (3 years)                                      Mrs Jenny Campbell (1 year)                                      Miss Sarah Egginton (3years)                …

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FCRS Midlands Area Novice and Open Working Test 8th August 2021

The following report is from Pat Bell Midlands Area Organiser: The Flatcoated Retriever Society (Midlands Area) held their Novice and Open Working Test today at Grove Park, Hampton on the Hill, by kind permission of the landowners. Interesting and challenging tests were set by the judges, Sheila Suzuki, Carolyn Jenkins, Pat Dixon and Sue Corden, making full use of the varied ground and water available. The following awards were made: Novice – 3rd Alan Brighton’s Casblaidd Cuchulain Open – 1st Andy Sweeney’s Norfolk Flyer Rosie’s Thorne of Wolfthistle 3rd Linday Swan’s Swantonwood Rosedor handled by Reece Merry Best water retrieve…

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Midlands Area WT 8 8 2021 Award winners

United Retriever Club (North Midland Area) Cold Game Test August 1st 2021

  Andrew Sweeney sends the following report: Intermediate and Veteran Tests 2021 The United Retriever Club (North Midland Area) held a Cold Game Test on 1st August 2021 at The Slips, Caunton, Notts by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Derrick Smith. The judges were Charlotte Jeffrey and Mandy Minshall. The tests involved retrieves on pigeons and partridges. The weather was cloudy with a heavy downpour in the morning. There were 30 entries. In the morning each judge assessed the dogs on a marked retrieve and a blind at distance in some cover. After lunch Mandy judged a blind with…

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URC North Midlands

FCRS Central Area Novice and Open Working Test August 1st 2021

The FCRS Central Area held their breed only Novice and Open working tests on 1 August 2021 at Standlake, Oxfordshire.  The Judges were Clare Baker (B3700), Adrian Phillips, Pat Bell and Hilary Rosser.  The results were as follows: Novice 1st Ann Bracegirdle with Mahinda Bombus Heath 2nd Lindsay Swan with Swantonwood Gold Leaf CoM Alan Brighton with Casblaidd Cuchulain CoM Rachel Birch with Varingo Magic of Light There was unfortunately only one award in Open: 4th Keith Manley with Lenyam Solaway Congratulations to all in the awards.  A big thank you to the Judges and all the helpers without whom…

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Central WT Novice winners Aug 1st

Dog Activity Event

Shirley Oxford has sent the following information regarding a dog activity themed event she is organising: Dog Day * Sunday 29th August at Cocking Village Hall (between Chichester and Midhurst). Activities will include, Training, Showing, Agility and Basic Emergency First Aid. Cost of the day will be £15 if taking part, £5 for observers and £2 for children wishing to take part, with tea and coffee on arrival and at the close of the day (bring your own lunch). Please contact Shirley Oxford for further information and to express interest in attending on 02392 264703 or by email [email protected]  *The…

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FCRS Walked Up and Water Training Day

FCRS Walked Up and Water Training 10 July with Norman and Sandra Onens (Kestrelway Gundogs), Nr Evesham, Worcestershire. Thank you Patty Goriainoff for sending a report from the day: Thank you Heather Harley for organising another great training day with Sandra and Norman Onens. The morning consisted of a walk up in tall grass , which made sure the dogs and handlers were on the ball with their marking skills. There were two marks ahead and one long memory behind. This helped us brush up any stop or handling issues. The latter part of the walk up, was 2 marks ahead…

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Report and Results from The Shirley Radburn National Working Tests June 26th 2021

The Shirley Radburn National Working Tests  were held at Manor Farm, Hill Croome, Worcestershire by kind permission of Toby and Alison Spires and generously sponsored by Skinner’s Pet Foods Ltd. The weather was almost perfect for a working test, light cloud, intermittent sunshine, not too hot and a nice breeze. The grounds were fabulous and excellently prepared by Toby Spires and Martyn Evans. Thank you to our judges Phil Bruton (A), Helen Goodwin (B), Roz Bellamy (NP), Martyn Evans (NP), and Fran Robb (NP) for so generously giving up their time and judging in such a friendly and supportive way. Every…

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Shirley Radburn Novice 1

General Committee Update May 2021

Update following the General Committee Meeting on May 27th 2021 A discussion took place about the current high prices being charged for Flatcoat puppies by some breeders. The General Committee recommend that the maximum price to be charged for a puppy should not exceed £1500 and this advice is reflected in the current guidance document on the Society website. Following the result of the proposition in the 2020 AGM papers to make the Society Health Sub-Committee Chairman an Officer’s position it was decided that there should be a new title to sit in line with that of other Officers and…

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FCRS Field Trial Dates 2021

Dates for your diary (book your days off work or from picking up!): Saturday 16th October 2021 All-aged (Breed Only) Field Trial, Spreyton, Devon Monday 13th December 2021 Open (Breed Only) Field Trial Ampton, Suffolk We hope to find a ground in the Midlands or further north for a Novice Trial too. (Schedules will be produced later in the summer) Helen Ford Acting FT Sec…

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