The Annual General Meeting of the Three Ridings Labrador Club
will be held on Sunday 3rd March 2024 at The Bridge, Walshford LS22 5HS
at 2.00pm. Lunch is at 12.30pm
We hope to see as many members as possible but please let the Secretary know if you are coming and we can inform the hotel about numbers for refreshments during the afternoon.
Only paid-up members attending the AGM will be eligible to vote on any item on the agenda.
Anyone interested in active participation as a committee member or as an officer is encouraged to send an email with details of Proposer and Seconder; this must be with the Secretary no later than
Saturday 26th February 2024.
LUNCH: Full details of lunch options will be available from 30 January 2024, if you would like to attend lunch please reserve a place/s with Anne at 07976 335930. Cancellations can be made up to Thursday 29 February, otherwise payment must be made in full as the Club will be charged.
If you prefer to book direct with The Bridge Inn please make your reservation via their phone or website.

An Announcement from Michelle Dawson, Chairman of the Club. 

Three Ridings Labrador Club Field Trial Secretary Vacancy

Following a long and successful term of office, Alan Lord is standing down as Field Trial Secretary at the end of his tenure in March 2024.

Due to the club’s full schedule of Working Events, it has been agreed to split the roles of Field Trial Secretary and Working Test Secretary. We would be delighted to hear from interested parties for the role of either Field Trial Secretary or Working Test Secretary. Ideally interested parties will have the opportunity to work alongside Alan for the remainder of this season until his retirement in March 2024.

Nominations with proposers will be expected for these roles in 2024 with the members of Three Ridings voting for candidates at the AGM.

Please express your interest in writing (by email or post) to the Honorary Secretary, Anne Johnson by 31st August 2023;

103 Chain House Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 4LB

We will be in touch with all interested parties after 1st October 2023 to discuss and arrange liaison opportunities prior to nomination.

An Announcement from Alan Lord – Field Trial Secretary

To the members of Three Ridings Labrador Club.

As FT Sec I address the clubs AGM and for the last 3 years have made it clear that when I hit the age of 70 and with 10 years in the role I believe the club deserves some new blood.

I am no longer fit enough to shoot on walked up Grouse days so how can I run Field Trials? My wife Mollie, says that my hearing is not good. However, I myself know that mentally, I aint quite as sharp as I was, & this club deserves better, so I will not be standing for re-election as FT Sec in 2024.

Its been a huge pleasure to watch 3Rs grow. A privilege to have fellow members step up and join the working committee who now produce the strongest working program of events in the North Country

I take this opportunity to reflect on their camaraderie, their commitment and most of all, for the tons of fun, grief, and pleasure we have all enjoyed. You have all become valued friends. Thank you.

It would be inappropriate for me to sit on any of the clubs committees. I will however always help the club in any way I can, and be an active member whilst ever I can blow a stop whistle, even if my dogs do have similar hearing problems to me!

Enjoy your dogs, enjoy a great club, and be assured I intend to give you some strong competition in the future.

Anyone wishing to stand for election at the AGM for the position of Field Trial Secretary and, or, Working Test Secretary, should make their wishes known to the Club Secretary before the end of 2023. The new officers will always receive my support if ever needed.

Alan J Lord



Three Ridings Labrador Club Open and Novice Working Tests, 1st April 2023

We are pleased to confirm the Judges are able to support the new date and they look forward to setting you all some challenging tests on fabulous ground on the 1st April.

We are now accepting late entries for the reserve list for both Novice and Open at Rosedale. If you would like your name to be placed on this list please send an email to confirming the class / dog you wish to place on the list.  This will be a first come first placed on the list.


Cancellation Notice

Three Ridings Labrador Club Open and Novice Working Tests, due to be held at Rosedale 12th March 2023

The screenshot included here shows the moorland road at 09.00 hrs 10th March and the estate has advised us not to run the event.

The weather forecast is for the snow to thaw, then Saturday night will see sub-zero temperatures and further snowfall. In the interest of everyone’s safety the event is postponed until Saturday April 1st. All entries will be honoured as will entry fees and anyone who wishes to withdraw should contact Alan Lord on 01765 620421and they will receive a full refund.

Judges will be announced as soon as possible.

Alan J Lord.

FT Secretary

Annual General Meeting 2023

The Annual General Meeting of the Three Ridings Labrador Club will be held on Sunday 5th March 2022 at The Bridge, Walshford LS22 5HS at 2.00pm. Lunch is at 12.30pm

We hope to see as many members as possible but please let the Secretary know if you are coming so we can inform the hotel about numbers for refreshments during the afternoon.

Only paid-up members attending the AGM will be eligible to vote on any item on the agenda. The full agenda will be available 14 days prior to the meeting.

Anyone interested in active participation as a committee member or as an officer is encouraged to send an email with details of Proposer and Seconder; this must be with the Secretary no later than Saturday 25th February 2023. Committees always need new faces so if you have the interest and willingness please get in touch for a chat.

LUNCH: Please reserve your lunch place with Anne at / 07976 335930. Cancellations can be made up to Thursday 2nd March, otherwise payment must be made in full as the Club will be charged. Cost: £22.50. If you prefer to book direct with The Bridge Inn please make your reservation via their phone or website.


Field Trial Sec. Report from the 2-Day Open 

The Three Ridings Labrador Club two day Open Field Trial held at Emblehope, Northumberland, on 23 and 24th September 2022, was a very enjoyable success. The club wishes to thank the following.

Our host, The Kennel Club and in particular Raymond and Anne Holt for their commitment 24/7 in the professional running of the estate, and the event.

Our sponsors Roger Skinners, Dog Food.

Those many club members who supported the event by entering and the final 24 who competed. Many travelled a long way to compete in “Big Sky Country” and found it true that – When it’s tough, the tough really do have to get going! You did so without complaint and with great sportsmanship.

Our Judges, Glyn Coupar, Godfrey Lowe, Jim Murphey and Paul Stogden.

The ground, the high standard of dogs and handlers all required your full concentration, and you delivered. You were all great company during the trial and evenings.

The clubs working committee who pulled it all together and in particular Hannah Bramhall, Paul Deighton, Steve Cox, Mollie Lord who travelled north to help on the ground.

The Guns had never before shot on a Field Trial and were given a true Baptism of Fire, we could not have got a result without your commitment, determination, and a lot of lead!

Award Winners

1st Simon Capstick. Drakeshead Casey.

2nd Allie Hogsbjerg. Hollowgate Red Grouse of Rufriver

3rd Ronnie Laughton. FTCh. Wytonruss Finnigan

Guns Choice of best Dog. Drakeshead Casey

COMs  John Halsted. Emmanygan Summer. Keith Broomfied. FTCh. Lowtrey Klay of Ticefield.

Drakeshead Casey qualified as Simons second Field Trial Champion and they will represent 3Rs at the IGL Retriever Championship. The club feels we are well represented and wishes them every good fortune. Those who received awards at Emblehope have every reason be proud of their dog’s performance, and to those who did not have such good luck – we look forward to receiving your entries for 2023!

Alan J Lord.

FT Secretary. Three Ridings Labrador Club.

From Left to right. Ronnie Lawton 3rd place, Keith Broomfield, COM. John Halsted, COM. Godfrey Lowe, Judge. Ali Hogsbjerg, 2nd. Jim Murphy, Judge. Paul Stogden, Judge. Simon Capstick, Winner. Glyn Coupar, Judge. Alan Lord, Chief Steward. Raymond Holt, Steward of the Beat, and Head Gamekeeper.

Simon Capstick & FtCh. Drakeshead Casey – with trophies for first place and guns choice.


In memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We acknowledge the incredibly sad loss of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, a Life Member of this Club.

Whilst well known for her Corgis she also loved her Labradors, breeding and training them under the Sandringham affix.

Rest in peace, Your Majesty. Your dedication to our country will be sorely missed.

A Royal picker-up - Shooting UK


Update on forthcoming Working Test at Escrick

Three Ridings Labrador Club is cancelling our Open and Novice Working Tests that were to be held at Escrick near York on Sunday 14th August 2022.

The weather forecast for Sunday is extremely hot. I have visited the ground today and discussed the prospects with judges and it is in the best interests of both dogs and handlers that we cancel. The club has enjoyed a very successful summer series of  Working Tests and will announce shortly our 2022 Field Trial Schedule.

All members who have paid entry fees for the Escrick Test and any who have overpaid for previous tests will receive refunds in September. Please contact me if you require further details.

Alan J Lord

Field Trial Secretary

Three Ridings Labrador Club.


Supporting the Gamekeepers Welfare Trust

Our Gundog sports have long been supported by the Gamekeepers who work most days of the year to keep our shooting sports alive.

The current shortage of Game as a result of Avian Influenza is decimating the British Shooting Industry. Young families have been made redundant from their jobs and homes for some weeks now and there is no indication of when this may end.

Those involved in Gundog competition do not face the hard reality that our Gamekeepers do. We can help. All clubs face increased costs and difficulties this year.

Three Ridings Labrador Club, generates income from many steams and our members generously support raffles held at each event. At our next Working Test, the committee are unanimous that the proceeds of our raffle will be donated to The Gamekeepers Welfare Trust ( in an effort to support the Game keeping community who have supported working Gundogs for so many years. Our members will undoubtedly display their usual generosity

Solidarity from the Gundog Community would be a great step towards rebuilding the sport we all enjoy, and display our thanks to those who have supported us all.

Yours sincerely

Alan J Lord

FT Secretary Three Ridings Labrador Club.


Working Tests and Training
Details are now available for our working tests 2022 and also training nights
For details visit the relevant page or click here


Mick Newsam

Mick Newsam passed away on 17/02/2022 and the club and Gundog Community lost a very fine man. Mick had always kept himself fit as a keen runner and passed away after a short illness.
An A Panel judge considered by some to be “soft “, but those who judged with him knew him to be scrupulously fair. His manner was always gentle and encouraging particularly with those seeking advice. His fitness shone through at the clubs 2 day Open Trial at Emblehope in 2018. This was the first trial ever run on this most demanding of grounds. On the second day 2 guns who were much younger than Mick, had to drop out as they found the ground too much for them. The Keeper and I stood in. As the senior A panel Mick calmly held it all together and we produced a winner and 3 places.
Mick was still running dogs in 2021, and Three Ridings had the pleasure of his company as a competitor, he also managed a few days picking up earlier in the season. He will be sadly missed on shoot days, in competition as judge, and to many of us, as a good friend.

Alan J Lord

FT Sec. 3Rs



 The Annual General Meeting of the Three Ridings Labrador Club will be held on Sunday 6th March 2022 at The Bridge, Walshford LS22 5HS

at 2.00pm. Lunch is at 12.30pm

We hope to see as many members as possible but please let the Secretary know if you are coming so we can inform the hotel about numbers for refreshments during the afternoon.
Only paid-up members attending the AGM will be eligible to vote on any item on the agenda.
Anyone interested in active participation as a committee member or as an officer is encouraged to send an email with details of Proposer and Seconder; this must be with the Secretary no later than Saturday 26th February 2022.

 LUNCH: Please reserve your lunch place with Anne at / 07976 335930. Cancellations can be made up to Thursday, 3rd March, otherwise payment must be made in full as the Club will be charged. Cost: £19.00.
If you prefer to book direct with The Bridge Inn please make your reservation via their phone or website.


Results of Checkley Wood November 8th and 9th 2021. 24 dog two day Open
These can be found on the working results page or by clicking here

Results of 12 dog Novice Field Trial, Thimbleby Hall 12/10/2021
These can be found on the working results page or by clicking here


Field Trials 2021
2021 Field Trial details and entry forms are now available Click here


Sad News
It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of our former treasurer Margaret Rooth. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. Any further details will be given as and when we receive them
Friday 27th August 2021



At the moment, due to the illness of our Chairman Ian Dawson, the position of acting Chairman is being taken by our President John Jackson. I am sure all members will join in wishing Ian a speedy recovery. We will keep you posted of any future developments

Working Tests Results for Escrick 22nd August 2021

Results of the Open & Novice Working Tests held at Escrick on Sunday 22nd August 2021 are available on the Working Results 2021 page or by clicking here


Training Evening News
As per our previous announcement we can now confirm that the venue for the 12 May session will be at Cawood Training Ground by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Wilson.
This session will be a change from the normal training evenings and is aimed at Puppies, Novice Dogs, Novice/New Members and dependant on numbers non members will be invited to come and see what the club is about. Cost £10 start time to be confirmed, at the latest 6.30pm probably earlier but if you can’t get until 6.30pm you can join a group later.
The evening will be an introduction to Working Tests with 3 Static Tests and a Walked Up. You will be split into groups and work your way round, the Instructors will explain the test, what judges will be looking for and once completed will give you a breakdown of what your score would be.
In the first instance priority is being given to those members who had already booked this date.
There are places available that will be booked on a first come first served basis.
If you are interested in attending please email stating yours/your dogs experience to assist us in sorting out the groups.
Cawood Training Ground at Cawood near Selby, full directions will be sent to all attending.

Any queries email as above.


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

To access details re gundog training click here

To access details re working tests click here



Sad News

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.

How to register for free access to FTMS


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.

Yours sincerely

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
FT Secretary
18 March 2020

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


Working Tests and Gundog Training 2020
Details, together with entry forms are now available on the relevant pages.
Click the relevant page title: Gundog Training or Working Tests

Open Show
Sunday 26th January 2020

For a full of results click here
For images click here

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
FT Secretary.


Championship Show
Saturday 16th March 2019

For a full set of results click here
For images click here


Working Test for Open and experienced novice dogs on 24thMarch on the Rosedale and Westerdale Estate.

For details click here
For entry form click here


Open Show
Sunday 27th January 2019
for a full set of results click here
for images click here


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

For draw result click here
For Field Trial results click here

Open Field Trial at Wykeham on 7th November 2018
To view the result and report click here


Sad News
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


Open Show
Sunday 23rd September 2018

For a full set of results click here 
For images click here


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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Championship Show
Saturday 17th March 2018

For a full set of results click here
For images click here


Discover Dogs
Crufts 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

ie        Gundog Training           Field Trials               Working Tests

Click the relevant page title to go to the page


Open Show
Sunday 28th January 2018

For a full set of results click here
For images click here


Club Merchandise
The club has a new range of merchandise along with a few left of the old range

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Joint Labrador Clubs’ Championship Show
Sunday 22nd October 2017
Judges:  Ms H Jokisilta (Dogs)   Mrs M Woodley (Bitches)
Referee: Ms C Morton

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October 24th. Wykeham. 16 dog novice Field Trial.

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2 Day Open Stake at the Emblehope Estate, Northumberland
9 & 10th October

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Field Trial
Wyton Partridge Shoot HU11 4DJ
30th September 2017

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Field Trial Sponsors

Once again we are delighted to have two sponsors for our Field Trials for 2017

Orvis of Harrogate


New Grades of Membership for Three Ridings
We are pleased to announce two new grades of membership in addition to our existing full membership.
Junior 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
(Associate Membership)
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.


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
Gulsary Labradors

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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.

Her friend
Caron Morton

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.
Dewsbury Crematorium:
Heckmondwike Rd, Dewsbury WF13 3PL

Royal Oak:
14 Owl Ln, Ossett WF5 9AU

Cheques; labrador rescue or Labrador rescue NW
Glenys Fryer
Malt kiln Farm
Tincklers lane

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

AGM 2017

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

To view Profit & Loss Statement click here
To view Balance Sheet click here


Championship Show
18th March 2017

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Open Show
29th January 2017

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New Sponsor

We are delighted to announce that our working events are now sponsored by
Orvis of Harrogate
in addition to Skinners


In Memorium

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




                                                 Social Media

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: september/kennel-club-issues-advice-on-social- media-use
or view the Kennel Club Code of Conduct at: kccodeofconduct.pdf


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 If we publish them we will credit the photographer.


FaceBook Page
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