Three Ridings Labrador Club held their 2 Day Qualifying Stake at Checkley Wood Shoot on 30 & 31 October 2023 by kind permission of Mr Ivor Bevis.
The Trial received an entry of 105 dogs and shortly after the draw it became clear that because of several other 2 day trials being licensed on the same days many competitors would need to withdraw. The club therefore invited late entries. As a result, the trial started with a full card of 24 dogs and several reserves including novice dog with preference being given to open dogs.
Some confusion regarding guns occurred, for which the club accepted responsibility. Checkley Wood Shoot were as ever resourceful and the first day was run with four guns provided by them. The second day saw Guns led by Will Hawke, who shot a plentiful supply of mixed game.
Thanks go to the judges, Grieg Paterson, Lyn Mitchell, Paula Cullis and Keith Eastwood, who gave up their time to support the club. Thanks also go to Nick Bevis who kept us in order over the two days providing a variety of ground and experience.
As always, these events couldn’t take place without the helpers, Steve Cox and Shelley Sandiford carrying game, Hannah Bramhall Dog Stewarding and Molly Lord picking up, whilst Mark Wilson and myself supported Alan Lord, Field Trial Secretary running the line.
We were very lucky with the weather, only getting slightly wet from a short shower on Monday, providing us with a beautiful double rainbow. The rain then came overnight and led to some wet ground on day two. The atmosphere throughout the two days was friendly and supportive, thank you to all the competitors for making it an enjoyable two days.
Lastly, thank you to Rodger Skinners Ltd for their sponsorship of the event.
The results are:
1st awarded the Oldfield Three Handled Cup – Scott Marland with Jaycote Game Brooke
2nd awarded the Wighill Cup – Ian Palmer with Drakeshead Fenton
3rd awarded the Oldfield Cup – Rebecca Thistle with Cardueae Yealands also being awarded the Bronze Labrador donated by Tom Birchall (2021 winner) for the Best Marking Dog
4th Ellena Nunneley – Swiftlands Briar
Tony Everitt – Tarnedge Shamrock
Anthony Appleton – Abbey Fold Danelion King of Applebriar also awarded the Silver Labrador Trophy for Best Hunting Dog
Guns Choice was awarded to Chris Gore – Sorrelcott Nebraska of Brymoor being awarded the Gun and Dog Trophy.
Once again thanks to everyone involved and good luck wishes go to Scott for the Championship.