Three Ridings Labrador Club
We apologise for the delay in posting details re 2021 gundog training and working tests. This was due to a technical issue which has now been resolved
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It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our former President John Jewitt. It happened at his home in the early hours of this morning in his sleep. He was 92 years old.
Wednesday 12th August 2020
John Jewitt was a retired President and a great friend of our club. In the 7 years I knew him he became a good friend to me. He provided support and advice in a most gentle and steady manner.
I met John on the Farm in Naburn, York in August 2014 when running my first event as Working Test Secretary. Glynn Coupar was our A Panel judge and guided me through the day. John was on hand to greet me and all competitors and replied with great sincerity, to my thanks for the use of his ground.
John and his wife Cynthia moved to Naburn Lodge Farm as tenants in the 1960s making a success of the arable land, and on retirement they built a fine bungalow looking across the fields they so enjoyed. Their son Roger went on to buy the farm from North Yorkshire Council. John had every right to have considerable pride in his son and the standard of farming the Jewitts maintained. Several of the clubs members attended Rogers Funeral in 2018 and it is with great regret that current restrictions will prevent our paying John our Final Respects. Our thoughts are with the family.
I well remember John apologising to me for not growing the sugar beet he loved to see us compete in, and immediately arranging for us to run in neighbour Graham Atkinson’s beet. I know also of the close working relationship and friendship those families have. Most of all I am fortunate to have the memories of sitting at home with John looking over those flat and fertile fields, sharing a glass of red wine and discovering the old mutual friends we knew through shooting. John had shot as much as I have but recollected also many days picking up at Castle Howard.
John never lost interest in the club. I look forward to breaking one of my own rules. I have never competed in a Three Ridings event, but will run my dog in competition for the Naburn Trophy Cup. This was presented to the club by John Jewitt.
Alan J Lord
Field Trial and Working Test Secretary
When I took on the role of Chairman of Three Ridings Labrador Club it wasn’t in a good position. Over the first few years it is true to say that the situation got worse before it got better but with the help of some good people we managed to turn things round. During that period there were times when I really did question what I had let myself in for and wondered if I should walk away.
However throughout those dark days there was one voice that kept me going and that was the voice of John Jewitt. He it was who put the proverbial hand on the shoulder and encouraged me to keep going. Never interfering or criticising but always supportive and reassuring. His calm yet positive demeanour just reinvigorated me at the darkest of times. I know that without John we wouldn’t have achieved what we did in getting Three Ridings Labrador Club to where it is now.
It was John who recommended I take over from him as President when he stepped down and I considered it a great honour to do so. I will never forget our conversations and I will try to do the job in such a way as to honour his memory.
Rest in peace my dear friend
John D Jackson
Below is an offer from FTMS which Three Ridings would strongly recommend to its members
Field Trial Management System
FTMS and CV19
You will be aware of the Operational Guidance recently issued by the Kennel Club which sets out a ‘best practice framework’ for the conduct of Field Trials whilst the CV19 virus is prevalent in our society.
Clubs and Societies, and not least Trial grounds, are making far reaching plans to ensure that Field Trials will go ahead; members will also be anxious to practice their sport not only for their enjoyment and mental well-being but also for the time and effort in training their dogs.
FTMS is anxious to play its part alongside Clubs and Societies to make it as easy as possible for the administration of Trials to be undertaken in a digital environment, free of paper, postage and cash handling.
FTMS provides all the tools to operate in a digital environment; on-line entry, computerised Draw, management of withdrawals and substitutions and on-line Card which can be taken to the Trial ground.
To make it easier for Clubs and Societies and their members FTMS will make available to new members a free-of-charge membership of FTMS for one year. You will still have to register but will pay nothing for one year. Should you choose to carry on using FTMS after one year, the current subscription is £12.50 per year.
In the light of CV19, FTMS has already waived a planned charge to Clubs for using FTMS; now it is making available a free service to Clubs and its members who otherwise may not use on-line facilities but who are now faced with the prospect of having to do so.
I very much hope that this initiative will be taken up by those Clubs and Triallers who probably thought they would never have to use on-line facilities.
Details of how to register for free on-line access to FTMS can be found on the link below.
Please note that this offer will close on 1st February 2021.
Please can you forward this email to any friends/Clubs who you think might be interested.
Tel: 01842 750500
Three Ridings Working Labs News 28/07/2000
Events worldwide have proved the wisdom of conforming to government advice and cancelling our summer program of Working Tests and Training. The Kennel Club issued a statement in April expressing its “strong recommendation that no dog activities be run until the end of September.”
During June some government restrictions were lifted and some outdoor sports were allowed. I wrote to the Kennel Club asking what they were doing to get Working Tests back and did not receive a reply. On the 23rd June I wrote constructively asking the KC to view the Angling Trust Website and see how they had successfully lobbied and advised the government to get fishing opened up. I still have not received a reply. Fishing competitions with unlimited competitors have now been taking place for over three weeks!
Last week, a 3Rs working-subcommittee produced a protocol for Working Tests to provide safety measures to protect all. This was sent to the KC asking for their advice and comment so that we are prepared in advance and can hit the ground running—when allowed. I have received a reply saying my e mail has been sent to the relevant person who may, or may not reply!
Our Club Insurance is with Hiscox who are approved by and work with the KC. If we were to run any events against KC “strong advice” we would compromise our insurance cover.
Mrs Heather Bradley, Hon Secretary of Herts, Beds, Bucks & Hants Retriever Society has written to the KC asking for their advice about Field Trials. She has received a reply that the KC are working hard to provide this.
DEFRA have approved Game Shooting this season, and BASC are actively offering advisory visits to estates who want to shoot this year. We will have a shooting season and there are likely to be Field Trials. The IGL is deferring a decision on the Retriever Championship in recognition of its importance. All of this is dependent on the KC providing us all with their formal advice.
I hope members can see that the Working Committee has been active during lockdown. We hope to run three Field Trials this year. We already have grounds available and will reschedule a working test program to run through this year’s shooting season.
We will all know of someone who has had C19 and I hope you, and your family remain safe. Our club is well placed to re start and will only do so when allowed and with all precautions to protect each other.
Alan J Lord
3Rs WT & FT Secretary.
OUR DOGS-Labrador Breed Notes
Discover Dogs 2020
To see the Display Board from this year’s Crufts Discover Dogs referred to in OUR DOGS Labrador Breed Notes click here To read the full story see 10th July 2020 issue
Three Ridings Labrador Club, Gundog Working events 2020.
It is with regret that in response to the Government advice on Covid 19 virus and the KC announcement of 17 March, the club has made the decision to cancel our Working Tests at Rosedale, 29 March and Skipster Hagg, 19 April & Aske 14 June plus Studley Royal, Training Day 10 May. In addition to which the summer training evenings will not take place.
Anyone who has entered via FTMS will be refunded by FTMS, if postal entry by cheque the cheque will be destroyed or if paid by BACs the club will send a refund.
We will monitor the situation and the advice given in order to make a decision regarding the remainder of the summer events which will be announced in mid June.
At this moment in time we envisage that the Field Trial programme will run and we hope to be able to schedule some activities later in the summer/autumn dependant on developments with Covid 19.
Alan J Lord
18 March 2020
CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW CANCELLED
Unfortunately the decision has had to be made to cancel the Championship Show due to be held on Saturday 21st March. This is due to the ongoing coronavirus situation. We hope you will understand and we will keep you posted as to any further developments regarding any possible rescheduling
Sunday 26th January 2020
J Regs Seminar
To be held at The Kyte Hotel, Darrington Sunday 2nd February 2020
For details click here
Chatsworth Country Fair. Inter TeamWorking Test 31stAugust& 1stSeptember 2019.
Thirteen clubs were invited to enter three Open dogs and handlers with Three Ridings drawn first to run on Saturday. The team of Pippa Williams, Vikki Stanley and Mike Nelson set a high standard to finish 3rdon the day. Judges Sue Lowe and Will Hales had a great team of helpers but needed total focus and concentration over two days on a demanding course designed to test some of the best dogs in the UK. They did a great job.
My wife Mollie and I went on the Sunday as spectators and arrived to find a highly motivated 3rs team. Despite no opportunity to train together the team had “jelled” and were clearly enjoying the event. Each dog had a seen and a blind retrieve across the river and spectators were given a covered grandstand in which to see some great handling and good commentary.
After hours of training, when we finally hear the judge say “send your dog” many of us get a tad nervous. Our team were performing in front of over a hundred spectators with a bagpipe band contest behind and aerobatic displays above! If they were nervous it never showed in the performance and after a short lunch 6 teams were invited to go forward for the third and final round- including 3Rs.
With all dummies collected in some significant style – team spirits were high.
The event rules include the top 5 teams automatically qualify for next year’s event. This has never happened in my tenure as FT Sec. The Pennine Training Area were announced as worthy winners and for the first time in the day our team were quiet—but not for long when we were announced as second.
The Duchess of Devonshire presented the prizes, thanks and speeches were generous and sincere and competitors congratulated each other with the sportsmanship the gundog community is proud of. I never blew a whistle or gave a hand signal all day, but proud to be Three Ridings. Thanks Team!
A minutes silence was held in remembrance of one of our members Alan Penny.
Alan was part of the team who represented the club at Burghley Country Fair Working test earlier this year. He suffered a heart attack whilst in his caravan after competing at Chatsworth, and despite the best efforts of the local Air Ambulance he died on the way to hospital. In his memory, over £600 was donated by the event to the Air Ambulance service. The club expresses condolences to his family and those close to him.
From right to left. FT Sec Alan Lord applauds the Three Ridings Team
at Chatsworth. Mike Nelson, Pippa Williams and Vikki Stanley, with some
seriously good dogs!
Burghley House Country Fair on 26th & 27th May 2019.
Three Ridings Labrador Club were invited to run a 3 dog team at The
Burghley House Country Fair on 26th & 27th May 2019.
This prestigious Working Test was superbly organised by the Lincolnshire
Gundog Society and contested by 15 teams.
Helen Burnie (left) Andy Brook ( centre ) and Alan Penny ( right )
represented the club and put in a great performance to take 5th place. My
thanks to them for representing the club so well. This seasons club caps are
available on the website!
The club will be entering the Chatsworth Country Fair, Team Gundog Working
Test on August 31st and September 1st 2019. The team has been nominated but
anyone wishing to be on the reserve list should contact me on 01765 620 421.
We are now in the middle of our summer season. Membership has passed the 500
mark and our training and competition events are being supported more
strongly than ever. Much talk on the committee grapevine about new venues
and events for 2020. Our one area of concern is getting enough people to
throw dummies. Our sport is very lucky to have judges who give their time
freely. It is embarrassing not to have helpers. If everyone who is fit
enough just gave half a day’s help we can plan and run more events for all
levels. If it does not happen we will have to start reducing the number of
events. It’s up to the members to display what you want!
3Rs has been invited by the Wensleydale Agricultural Society to run two
Gundog Scurry’s at the Wensleydale Show on August 24th 2019. Last year this
event was very successful and great fun. Anyone who would like to help on
the day will get free entry and time to take a look around one of the best
and most genuine Agricultural shows in the north. If you can help contact me
on the number above.
Alan J Lord
Saturday 16th March 2019
Working Test for Open and experienced novice dogs on 24thMarch on the Rosedale and Westerdale Estate.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
will be held on
Sunday 3rd March 2019
The Bridge Inn, Walshford, LS22 5HS
Lunch at 12.30pm Meeting 2.00pm
An excellent three course lunch is available at a cost of £18.00 per head.
As we have to provide notice of numbers, we ask for payment for lunch reservations by 23rd February: cheques to the secretary please
Complimentary tea & coffee will be provided in the meeting room during the meeting
NB All lunches booked in advance must be paid for, even if you are unable to attend
Subscriptions are due on 1st January each year and early payment would be appreciated
SINGLE £10.00 JOINT £12.OO
(plus an initial joining fee of £10.00)
Only FULLY paid up members by 31st March will remain on mailing lists and will be be able to take advantage of members entries for shows or having preference in field trial entries and draws
Field Trial at East Grange Farm, Thorganby, York on 18th December 2018
Open Field Trial at Wykeham on 7th November 2018
To view the result and report click here
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our former President John Jewitt’s son Roger. This was after a long battle with cancer
As many of you will know Roger, along with his friend and neighbour Graham Atkinson have very kindly allowed us to hold working tests on their land for several years
The funeral will be at Naburn Church, North Yorkshire on Tuesday 30th October at 11 am
Sunday 23rd September 2018
Statement re The Open Field Trial at Everingham Park & Drewton/Bransby Estates, 8th & 9th October 2018
The Three Ridings Labrador Club regrets to announce that the owners of the Everingham Park & Drewton/ Bransby Estates have cancelled our two day Open Field Trial on 8th& 9thOctober 2018.
The very dry summer resulted in game cover crops failing and needing to be re drilled and the ground will not be able to support a two day event.
All nomination fees will be refunded in full via Pay pal or if you have paid by cheque it will be shredded and not cashed.
In an effort to ensure parity to all our members the 1 day novice trial at Wykeham has been cancelled and is being reorganised as a one day Open Trial. Again full refunds will be made of all nomination fees. This will result in the club running a one day Open and a oneday Novice Trial in 2018. The Kennel Club have been notified.
We invite entries for this One day Open trial at Wykeham on 7thNovember 2018.
We very much regret the need for this reorganisation and any inconvenience it causes our members. The club now faces a significant workload in restructuring the Wykeham trial and wishes to thank FTMS for agreeing to help in refunding nomination fees.
Alan J Lord
Sec Three Ridings Labrador Club.
For Details of Rearranged Open Field Trial at Wykeham click here
Open Working test on the Bolton Abbey Estate
Sunday July 15th2018.
For results click here
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Saturday 17th March 2018
Once again Three Ridings Labrador Club organised the Labrador stand in Discover Dogs at Crufts this year. The stand was manned by volunteers from our club and others on all four days talking to people and giving advice about Labradors, whether it was about buying one, problems with a dog they already had or any other aspect relating to our breed. Many thanks to all helpers who had a thoroughly enjoyable, although tiring time doing what all genuine Labrador people love to do – talk Labs
The Labrador stand ready for visitors
Below: Alan Lord recruiting new members.
Details are now being confirmed for working events for 2018. Whilst not all are yet confirmed, details are available for those that are on the relevant page of the website
Click the relevant page title to go to the page
Sunday 28th January 2018
The club has a new range of merchandise along with a few left of the old range
To view all of these click here
Joint Labrador Clubs’ Championship Show
Sunday 22nd October 2017
Judges: Ms H Jokisilta (Dogs) Mrs M Woodley (Bitches)
Referee: Ms C Morton
October 24th. Wykeham. 16 dog novice Field Trial.
2 Day Open Stake at the Emblehope Estate, Northumberland
9 & 10th October
For a full set of results click here
Wyton Partridge Shoot HU11 4DJ
30th September 2017
Field Trial Sponsors
Once again we are delighted to have two sponsors for our Field Trials for 2017
New Grades of Membership for Three Ridings
We are pleased to announce two new grades of membership in addition to our existing full membership.
This is for young people up to and including 16 years of age. We are reintroducing junior handling, the first competition of which will be at our Championship Show in October of this year at Richard Dunn Sports Centre. We also intend to introduce other events for young people including some for young working members. Any suggestions would be very welcome
Friends of Three Ridings
This grade of membership is for pet Labrador owners who do not wish to work or show their dogs but would like to belong to an organisation which could help them with any problems they may have. An organisation which will also arrange events such as seminars and talks to inform them about their Labrador and how to look after it along with other events such as fun days where they can enjoy themselves along with their dog.
ALL NEW MEMBERS WILL NOW RECEIVE A WELCOME PACK WHICH INCLUDES LOTS OF INFORMATION ABOUT BOTH LABRADORS AND THE CLUB
Anyone wishing to apply for any grade of membership click here
Message from Glenys Fryer
It was with great sadness that we received the terrible news of the loss of Margaret Senior, gone far too soon. Margaret was a personal friend from showing days and her daughter Amy asked for donations in fond and loving memory of her Mum to come to rescue
We have received the wonderful amount of £662.70 collected from friends and loved ones in memory of a unique and very special person.
Thank you to Amy, her loving family and all who donated to help Labradors in Margarets’ name.
From all at Labrador Rescue North West
Margaret L. Senior
It is with much sadness I have to write this terrible news about one of our breed’s funny and bright characters who died Friday 19th May aged 72 after being found unconscious the previous evening by her nephew. She had suffered a massive bleed to her brain and never regained consciousness.
Margaret got her first Labrador Ringleader of Ryedean (Bridie) in 1973 when her daughter Amy was 18 months old. it was Bridie who started her passion for showing and breeding which created for her a very wide circle of friends spanning over 4 decades. I’m sure each and every one of those friends have a funny, wacky (or both) tale of something that gives them belly laughs. Even her more trying times, like her car loosing a wheel while driving to a show and another time when her van caught fire full of dogs on the way home from a show became a funny tale the way she told it.
Margaret’s kennel was predominantly yellow with many Junior Warrant winners bearing her affix but she did own a black CC winner in partnership with her nephew Daz Whitley. I first met my little mate in 1980 at my first show where I was pretty clueless and she introduced herself and offered me advice on what I needed to do. At this show she had a young bitch called Gulsary Glitter JW who, for me, was one if not her best dog and had she not gone ringshy as an adult would have surely been made up,. However she did produce for her some lovely progeny which were JW winners themselves.
She was extremely honest, both in accepting defeat by a better dog in the ring and also in her selections as a judge irrespective of who the owner was. She was indeed a damned good judge
Personally I will miss Margaret immensely for her great sense of humour, cheeky grin, quick wit, one liners, helpfulness and larger than life presence in a small package. She always had a smile and a “hiya” for anyone. Our conversations were always a laugh a minute. She was a massive character in a small package.
She would have been, in her own words “gobsmacked” at the love shown and beautiful comments people have made publicly about her. I know her daughter Amy has taken great comfort in seeing and hearing these along with cards and messages she has received. I really think Margaret had no idea just how popular and loved she was.
Funeral details from her daughter Amy are as follows:
Mum’s funeral will be held at Dewsbury Crematorium on Wednesday 7th June at 12:30pm. and afterwards at the Royal Oak, Owl Lane. Addresses below.
All are welcome and please wear a touch of colour; mum was a happy person and would want people to celebrate her life and she rarely wore black herself. I will be wearing something yellow to honour her love of labradors which were her absolute world.
If possible, please let us know if you are able to join us at the Royal Oak afterwards so that we can organise catering.
Family flowers only please, with donations going to Glenys Fryer of Labrador Rescue NW. Details below.
Heckmondwike Rd, Dewsbury WF13 3PL
14 Owl Ln, Ossett WF5 9AU
Cheques; labrador rescue or Labrador rescue NW
Malt kiln Farm
There will also be a collection plate at the Crematorium and at the Royal Oak.
Presentation To Retiring President
At the AGM this year our long time President John Jewitt retired from the position. Over the years John has been such a supportive President in so many ways that we couldn’t let the moment pass without showing our appreciation in some way. For someone of John’s stature and good taste we found the best gift we could to present to him. It was a bottle of fine wine together with a wine goblet engraved with the club’s logo. John wasn’t well enough to attend the AGM so his successor John Jackson, new Chairman Ian Dawson and new Vice Chairman & FT secretary Alan Lord (he took the photo) went to John’s home to make the presentation. On behalf of Three Ridings Labrador Club many thanks John
Rehoming Working Labradors
We have been asked by gamekeepers if we are aware of anyone wishing to rehome young working Labradors. If there is anybody out there who has a young working Lab that they want to rehome then please get in contact and we can put you in touch. We feel this is probably a better solution than putting it into rescue where it will probably end up in a pet home to which it may not be best suited
As many of you will know. our treasurer Hanna Braimbridge suffered a serious fire at her home shortly before our AGM. As a result she was unable to present the accounts to the AGM. Fortunately she is now in a position to present them
Many thanks to Hanna for producing them and to Kimberleigh Green for auditing them
18th March 2017
29th January 2017
We are delighted to announce that our working events are now sponsored by
Orvis of Harrogate
in addition to Skinners
For some considerable time we at Three Ridings have been thinking hard about how best to honour the memory of the three club stalwarts we have lost in recent times. Namely Pat & Eric Gill and Barry Rooth. We have finally come to a decision.
The main two events which we have are the Two Day Open Qualifying Field Trial and the Championship Show. For the foreseeable future the winner of each of these two competitions will be presented with a trophy for them to keep. It is in the form of a glass Labrador with a plaque on the base engraved with “Absent Friends” On the opposite side of the base is another plaque with the three names engraved on it. The photos below show the trophy from both sides. There is a subtle difference in the two trophies in that the field trial one has a bird in its mouth and the show one is just stood in show pose
The first presentation took place on Wednesday 28th September 2016 at the Two Day Qualifier and was made on behalf of the club by Arthur Hewer to Francis Wright who won the competition with Levenghyl Dancing Teasel. A photo of Frank with the trophy can be seen on the Working Results 2016 page. The first show trophy will be presented at the next Championship Show on Saturday 18th March 2017 at Richard Dunn Sports Centre
We hope all members will agree that this is a fitting way to honour three very much missed people
There is great consternation about things which are posted on social media. The world of dogs is no exception and so we thought it may be useful to post an article published in the 2016 Spring edition of the Kennel Club’s Field Trials newsletter. Although some of it refers to working gundog matters the gist of it is totally relevant to all of us.
It is reproduced below with kind permission of the Kennel Club
Advice on Social Media Use
The Kennel Club has previously issued guidance on social media use, a summary of which is below:
The Kennel Club is made aware on a regular basis of conversations held on public internet forums which sometimes include disparaging comments on dogs’ breeding, one-sided accounts of private disputes, criticism of judging from competitors and other judges, and in extreme cases threats made against individuals.
Careless, uninhibited and ill-considered comment and criticism on Facebook and other forums is not acceptable and may offend, hurt or distress, alongside damaging people’s reputations. Freedom of expression and opinion is, of course, a right of all – but that should be in the context of normal and civil behaviour.
Judges should take great care in joining in such conversations since it is not acceptable for judges to criticise fellow judges’ decisions in a disparaging way. Judges should keep a distance from contentious issues and maintain an independent and private view. This is a matter of perception, public con dence and general respect for those involved in any activity at a senior level.
The Kennel Club’s Codes of Conduct specify the sort of behaviour expected of those who take part in competitive gundog work. Participants should be aware of their contents and in, particular, should never publicly impugn the decision of the Judge or Judges. Neither should they criticise the host, ground or guns as doing so has caused grounds to be withdrawn from use by Field Trial Societies.
It remains our advice that it is better not to read, engage or respond to this sort of material. Sometimes it is better to allow those who choose to air views on these channels the freedom to
do so, even if they do not do so in an adult and mature fashion. Those who wish to read such postings should treat such content, particularly if critical, with caution, and not make any judgment or assume the truth or foundation on the basis of what is being written. Social media content should generally be treated as gossip and not a validated and reliable source of information.
The Kennel Club’s jurisdiction lies primarily with the enforcement of its Regulations and issues arising out of registrations and incidents at licensed events. It does not have any remit or authority to censor material on the internet, or to censure those involved, and is therefore unable to intervene directly in the majority of cases. Extreme cases of threat or bullying should be reported to the legal authorities and to the Kennel Club for consideration and advice.
For more information on the Kennel Club’s guidance on Social Media please visit:
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2014/ september/kennel-club-issues-advice-on-social- media-use
or view the Kennel Club Code of Conduct at:
New Photo Gallery Page
We have included a new photo gallery page to the website to show images taken at Three Ridings Labrador Club events. If you have any images which you feel are worthy of being included please e mail them to email@example.com If we publish them we will credit the photographer.
The club now has a Facebook page and can be accessed by clicking here
Payment of entry fees and any other payments to the club can now be done using PayPal. This means you can pay using an existing PayPal account or by credit or debit card. To pay by card you do not have to have a PayPal account.
For instructions on how to pay this way go to the Payments page