Gundog Training Back to Basics Development Programme

Claire Leavy, one of the participants in the Society’s gundog training initiative, the 'Back to Basics Development Programme', has sent this report and photographs from a recent training day, it is lovely to hear such positive feedback, thank you.

Claire writes:

‘’Back 2 Basics level 2 weekend with Phil Bruton

Thank you to Heather Harley for continued support with training and for organising such a great weekend with Phil Bruton.

Poppy and I attended a Back to Basics Level 1 “refresher” in May, following a beginner training series also organised by Heather, this couldn’t have come at a better time for us as lockdown had been particularly difficult and training had been put on the back burner, the beginner series highlighted our downfalls and after giving myself a good talking to I focused on short and simple training sessions at home.

The B2B level 2 tested our homework a little but Phil’s training methods really helped build confidence for both Poppy and myself. This was particularly helpful as in order to create more trust in our partnership we started small with close retrieves and creating a hotspot which then meant the distance could be increased. We also worked on marked and memory retrieves, this tested us a little but the work previously done had really improved our confidence and ability.

Poppy was one of the youngest and most inexperienced dogs there but this certainly didn’t hold us back. Our “classmates” were very friendly and supportive, a good time was definitely had by all, even If I was sent to the naughty corner for talking too much ………….’’

Please see the Training page for more information about the Back to Basics Development Programme:

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The Shirley Radburn National Working Tests 26th June

The Shirley Radburn National Working Tests
The draw and instructions have been emailed to all entrants. If you entered and haven't received notifcation, please contact Heather Harley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Thank you and good luck to everyone entered.

Introduction to Field Trials Training Day

The FCRS held the first “Introduction to Field Trials” in Somerset by kind permission of Dr Tim Woodgate-Jones on 13th June. I hope all who attended have a little more insight into how a walked up trial and a driven trial operate. It was very hot for the dogs, they mostly coped with the heat with the walk up in the morning and drive after a break for lunch. Thank you to Ft Sub members Steve Ashby and Sheila Neary for acting as judges and trainers and of course our guns(dummy throwers) and trainee stewards to compliment the day. See the FCRS website training page for information on one being run near Oxford.



Field Trial Training day Combe Davy

Inter Area Team Working Test 2021

At the FT Sub-committee meeting held on 12th May it was decided that due to Covid, it would not be appropriate to arrange the Inter Area Team Working Test this year for several reasons:

  • One of the purposes is to meet and be sociable, under Covid conditions the competitors do their tests and leave the venue.
  • The intended venue as agreed in February 2020, is in the Wessex area and the ground is in the best condition in May, prior to the growth of bracken.
  • There would bound to be a clash with another event because of Covid and a crammed calendar.

Covid permitting it is planned to run the Inter Area Competition in May 2022 in the Wessex area, most likely under a different format, returning to its original concept, with a twist!

Helen Ford

FT Sec

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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