Somehow, individual event results seem insignificant when describing Dell but some are shown below. Suffice to say the transition to Field Trial Champion and subsequently I.G.L. Champion Twice and in awards at a third; speaks for itself!
To showcase the natural ability of Dell, his lineage and potential of his offspring; I would state that up to 2013 it is interesting to note he had only competed in 17 Field Trials. In 2013, a season which saw him get only three trial runs - he qualified for the IGL. Quality breeding shows some instincts are natural and do not need to be reliant on quantity of work.
Diploma of Merit in 2013 I.G.L. Retriever Championship
Dell has joined an elite group of dogs who have received three or more awards at the I.G.L. championship:-
Mr. John Halstead's FTCH Breeze of Drakeshead qualified 5 times, achieving a DOM in 1984 and winning a staggering 3 consecutive championships in 1985, 1986 and 1987.
Mr. Dave Garbutt‘s FTCH Pocklea Remus qualified 4 times, gaining a 2nd in 1989, a 3rd in 1990 and winning the IGL in 1991. Mr.R.S. Webb‘s FTCH Seasway Faldo of Birdbrook qualified 5 times, gaining a DOM in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1998.
Mrs A. Heywood’s Lonsdale`s FTCH Ulstare StyleHandler Mr. J.W. Halsted qualified 7 times, achieving 4th in 1994, 2nd in 1997, a DOM in 1998 and 2nd in 1999
Mrs. Sandra Halstead‘s FTCH Levenghyl Silvercloud qualified 4 times, coming 3rd in 2008, 4th in 2009 and 3rd in 2010.
Mrs. C.D. Finlan‘s FTCH Cherwood Ace of SpadesHandler Mr. J.W. Halsted qualified 3 times, coming 2nd in 2009, 4th in 2010 and 2nd in 2011.
Mr. D.S. Latham‘s FTCH Delfleet Neon of Fendawood qualified 4 times, winning the Championship in 2010, and again in 2012 and gaining a Diploma Of Merit in 2013.
Extracts from: A Stunning Legacy – 2010 IGL Championship – “The Best of the Best”
The 2010 Retriever Champion was David Latham’s two and a half year old yellow Labrador dog FTCH Delfleet Neon of Fendawood.
His name should give anyone with a sense of history reason to pause, for when the Championship had been previously held at Sandringham in 2003, he won with FTCH Drakeshead Deana who at 21 months had been one of the Championship’s youngest ever competitors.That is a record David Latham consolidated spectacularly, because the new Champion was not only the youngest amongst a card of 58, he was also the third youngest winner in the competition’s hundred and two year history.But if his handler’s name is familiar, his own has had little chance – until now – to impress itself on the public mind.For within just one incredible season he won a Novice stake, gained his FTCh title and went on to achieve the ultimate accolade.
Showing a barely credible maturity in one so young, he worked without fuss and over eleven retrieves never allowed a blemish to intrude on what became a run of straight ‘A’s: a perfect union of consistency and excellence which was unmatched.
One drive saw ducks, partridge, pheasants and a hare that had run between Sandra Halstead and David Latham, bouncing off the future Champion as they sat waiting for birds to come over.A more extreme test of the steadiness of a young bold dog couldn’t be contrived and when he came to cross the water he showed that drive as well as control is an important feature of his many capabilities.
The maturity shown by the new Champion was exceptional for a dog not yet three years of age and his game finding ability was always uncluttered.In FTCH Delfleet Neon of Fendawood they had the only dog that had not been anything but clean in everything he did.
DELL'S EARLY TRIALLING YEARS
2010 Dell‘s First Year Trialling August: 3rd in a Novice trial with The Scottish Gundog Association at Delnadamph Estate, Cargarff. August: 2nd in a Novice trial with The Scottish Field Trial Association. September: Dell won a Novice trial with Tyne Tee’s & Tweed Field Trial Association at Arkengarthdale October: 3rd in One Day Open with Cheshire, North Wales , Shropshire Retriever/ Spaniel Society at Checkley Wood shoot. October: 1st in a One Day Open with United Gundog Breeders Association at Shropshire. October: 1st in a Two Day Open with The Scottish Gundog Association at Snaigow, Perth. December: Dell won the I.G.L. Retriever Championship, Sandringham Estate, Norfolk. Joint Winner of The Routledge Rank Retriever Perpetual Challenge Cup for overall best trialling dog or bitch of the season.
2011 Being the defending I.G.L. Champion; Dell qualified for the 2011 competition.
2012 October: 1st in a Two Day Open with Clywd Retriever Club at Checkley Wood Shoot. October: 2nd in an One Day Open Cheshire, North Wales, Shropshire Retriever/Spaniel Society at Checkley Wood Shoot. October: 1st at the Kennel Club Ltd. Two Day Open at Grinkle Park November: Dell won the I.G.L. Retriever Championship for the second time at Cawdor Estate, Invernesshire For a second successive year, Dell Wins the Routledge Rank Retriever Perpetual Challenge Cup for overall Best Trialling Dog or Bitch of the Season.
2013 October: 1st in the Kennel Club Two Day at Glen Almond, Perth. November: 2nd in a One Day Open with Shropshire Gundog Society at Checkley Wood Shoot. November: Dell gains a Diploma of Merit in the I.G.L. Retriever Championship at Lauder Scotland.
Dell's England Caps: August 2010: Selected as a member of the English Winning Retriever Team at Anglesea Show. May 2012: Member of the Winning England Team at the Skinners World Cup, Highclere. July 2012: Member of the England Team for the C.L.A. Game Fair (which was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather) July 2013: Member of the Winning England Team at the C.L.A. Game Fair, Ragley Hall.