A beautiful landscape, nice weather conditions, high motivated dogs and exceptionally professional competitors, provided for a wonderful day; the perfect frame for the The England Retriever Selection 2018.
Held on the 15th April in Cheshire, we were lucky to have an excellent ground for the five challenging tests set.
I would like to thank so much, all our helpers on the day as without their efforts the day wouldn´t have been so successful.
A special thank you to Mr. John Yarwood. John; thank you so much for your continuous hard work and sourcing of this excellent ground by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Mather.
Heartfelt thanks to our friends for their continuous support:
Gundog Gear – Gary and Emma McCarthy
Without these sponsors we would be unable to hold such an important and necessary event for our sport. THANK YOU!
Very special thanks to our fair and objective judges who did a wonderful job in selecting such a strong England Retriever Team:
Mrs. Gilly Nickols, Mr. Mark Demaine and Mr. Andrew Latham
This gave us the perfect but challenging conditions and an amazing atmosphere. It is no surprise that we had a very good turnout of competitors with their high standard of dogs competing.
I am therefore very happy to introduce the England Teams for 2018:
Skinner's World Cup:- Laura Hill, Annette Clarke, Lee Hartis, David Latham (Captain) and Phil Goulden (Reserve).
Scottish Game Fair:- Laura Hill, Steve Richardson, Phil Goulden and David Latham (Captain and Reserve)
The C.L.A. Game Fair:- Laura Hill, Annette Clarke, Lee Hartis, Steve Richardson, David Latham (Captain) and Phil Goulden (Reserve).
skinner's world cup - 12TH AND 13TH MAY 2018
Skinner's World Cup - Team Members
Laura Hill, Annette Clarke, Lee Hartis, David Latham (Captain) and Phil Goulden (Reserve).
After last years amazing success at Cawdor, I thought this year, it would be difficult to compare with the Cawdor landscape; however Hampstead Park held its own. The tests held on undulating natural park land with lots of bunkers, super water running through the middle, was the perfect venue for this prestigious event.
I would like to thank Peter Castleman and his team of helpers for setting up and organising this event , coming up with great retrieves to stretch us all to our limits.
A massive thank you our sponsors, Skinners Dog Food; their generosity is second to none. Will and his team are in a league of there own - thank you!
To Gary and Emma McCarthy from Gundog Gear who also stepped in to sponsor the Spaniel team this year - thank you for all your support, we all looked extremely smart.
Also Linky Leads for supplying the whole team with a quality lead.
Congratulations to the winners Scotland and runners up Ireland. Last but not least, thanks to my team who came a creditable third. This years selection and team training could not of gone better, thank you all for your hard work and support, hopefully our luck will change soon. See you at the Game Fair!
scottish game fair, scone palace, perthshire - 30th june 2018 ENGLAND WIN!
Scottish Game Fair Team Members
Laura Hill, Steve Richardson, Phil Goulden and David Latham (Captain and Retriever Reserve) Steve Blackwell, Karen Varty and D. Massey (Spaniels)
30 degrees in Scotland, super ground and friendly people what a perfect setting for the Four Nations Gundog working test held in its second year at stunning Scone Palace.
I have to start by thanking my team members for a truly excellent, professional attitude to the training we put in before this competition. starting with Steve Blackwell - who scored 118 out of 120, this dog is as good as they get. (I am thinking of asking him to run in the Retriever selection next year 😀 I am quite sure he would hold his own) just kidding 😊.
The spaniels came a close 2nd only a few points behind a super performance from Scotland.
The Retriever team did themselves proud, and me too! Laura Hill - awarded Top Retriever with 106 points and joint second individual place also went to Phil Goulden and Steve Richardson on 105 points along with George Buchan from the Scottish team.
The retrieves were perfect in the degree of difficulty, which made life easier for the very experienced judges Mr Les Mclean and Mr Roger Tozer who set up theses testing exercises using the water to its full advantage in theses extreme temperatures we are having.
The English Retrievers WON and we also took overall combined 1st place with Scotland 2nd, Wales 3rd and Ireland 4th.
The general atmosphere from the event and the teams was superb!
Thanks go to Sam Drysdale and all her team for their tremendous effort, making this one of my favourite competitions. A huge thanks to the dummy throwers who spent the day in 30 degrees plus, so we could run our dogs 👍
And of course our Sponsors:- Skinners Dog Foods, Gundog Gear, and Linky Leads.
Without your loyalty and generosity we could would struggle. A huge thank you from our team. Looking forward to seeing everyone next at the Game Fair.
the game fair - 28th and 29th July 2018 - england win!
ENGLAND WIN The Game Fair 2018!
Retriever Team:- Annette Clarke, Lee Hartis, Steve Richardson, David Latham (Captain) and Phil Goulden Spaniel Team:- S. Blackwell, A. Slater, K. Doughty, D. Massey and A. Badger
An excellent result for the England Spaniel and Retriever Teams at The Game Fair, Ragley Hall. Both teams were 1st in their respective categories.
The organisers have done a brilliant job making this event happen with the extreme heatwave we have had for the last few weeks. But they did it! and as always it was one of the year's highlights. The weather on Friday hit the mid thirties with clear skies and wonderful sunshine, and the setting was in place for a close battle for the Four Nations Retriever and Spaniel tests.
Saturday and Sunday saw a drastic change in the weather with strong winds, heavy prolonged rain with thunder and lightning mixed in for good measure!
The scenting conditions at times could not have been worse; the dogs were a foot good side of the wind, but could not scent the fall of the dummies.
This proved very difficult for the long retrieves for both Spaniels and Retrievers in the light cover crop which had been sown specifically for the competition.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Roger Skinner and his amazing team. Your generosity in sponsoring this event is second to none. The hotel and food where excellent (the lager was pretty good too!)
A big thanks to Will Delamore for stepping in at the last minute to organise the huge task of sorting the lunches out, which were lovely.
Gary and Emma McCarthy from Gundogear - a massive thanks to you both for the sponsorship you continue to provide with the Retriever and Spaniel teams clothing. Also many thanks to Linky Leads.
To the event organisers; I cannot begin to thank you enough, your workload must be huge and with far too many to mention - thank you all so much. Huge thanks to the unsung heroes too - the countless dummy throwers, stewards etc. who work so hard behind the scenes.
Last but not least, thanks to the judges for your time and expertise.
Now to our team. What a performance!! and a weekend we will remember for a long time 👍
Top Spaniel Team - ENGLAND Steve Blackwell David Massey Adrian Slater Alex Badger And Kevin Doughty Top Hunting Spaniel:- Adrian Slater
Top Retriever Team - ENGLAND Lee Hartis Philip Goulden Steve Richardson Dave Latham Annette Clarke Reserve: Louie Robertson Top individual Retriever:- Annette Clarke Top Scoring Dog:- Annette Clarke Best Marking Dog:- Dave Latham
AND COMBINED OVERALL WINNERS - ENGLAND! Also thanks to Vice Captain Roy Proctor for all your help.
What a brilliant end to the working test season - now on to the real thing!
To Wales , Scotland and Ireland - we really enjoyed your company and all the crack we had! See you all again next year.
ENGLAND SPANIEL TEAM selection - 22ND aPRIL 2018
For the second year in succession I was requested to select the England Spaniel Team for 2018 and selection day was held at Wirral Gundogs, superb training facility courtesy of Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear. What a great day, with a perfect venue and decent weather. We had a good turn out of handlers with a few new faces. With fences, water and light cover, the spaniels where well tested.
I would like to thank so much, all our helpers as without their effort, the selection day would not have been so successful. A huge THANK YOU to our friends and sponsors:- Gary and Emma McCarthy Roger Skinner and his Team and Linky leads Without their sponsor we would be unable to hold these fabulous events. Thank you!
A very special thanks to the experienced judges; who both have represented there country at the very highest level many times:- Paul Dyson and Jack Highcliffe. They did a wonderful job of setting the course and judging as they did. The tests where challenging and the conditions and atmosphere amazing; therefore it's not surprising we finished with a strong team.
The Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace:- Steve Blackwell, Kim Varty, David Massey Res. Alex Badger
The Game Fair at Ragley Hall:- Steve Blackwell, Kim Varty, David Massey, Alex Badger, Adrian Slater Res Kevin Douerty
One last thank to Roy Proctor for putting the event together, which ran like clockwork. Many thanks to everyone who turned out to compete as well as the invaluable dummy throwers and helpers on the day.
England RETRIEVER TEAM selection - 9th april 2017
The England Retriever Selection was held on the 9th April at High Lee's Farm, Macclesfield, Cheshire by the kind permission of the Mather Family, the land owners.
Thanks to our judges Keith Bedford and Kevin Doughty; and to John Yarwood for sourcing the ground and being event coordinator. Sincere thanks to Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear for the kind sponsorship.
The ground was perfect and the weather sublime as five challenging tests were set. Three consisted of two different retrieves, the fourth was a walk up line again with two retrieves ending with the fifth test being water. We had a good turn out of competitors with a high standard of dogs competing. The three teams required were selected as below. May we talk this opportunity to thank ALL the helpers on the day; everyone's help was very much appreciated.
skinner's world cup, cawdor, nr inverness - 13TH AND 14TH MAY 2017 - ENGLAND 2ND
Skinner's World Cup - Cawdor Nr Inverness - 13th and 14th May
Lee Hartis with Troddenmills Beck and Call Of Leacaz, Nicola Reynolds with Waysgreen Comet, Nathan Laffy with Westmacott Gaelic, Annette Clarke with Castlemans Gobi Of Garrenpoint Reserve and Team Captain David Latham with Nettlebrae Andy Of Fendawood
The splendid setting of Cawdor, Nr Inverness saw the Skinner's World Cup showcase some excellent dog work from the 15 teams taking part from all over Europe. When setting tests, the ground dictates the quality and type of retrieve you can set up. The ground at Cawdor is outstanding for retriever work; hence the tests where some of the most demanding I have seen. The dogs where certainly up to the task, and it amazed me how many 20/20 were achieved on the first day, which shows the standard of dog now attending the competition. A huge thanks to Roddy Forbes and his army of helpers, who spent hours looking at the grounds. He and his team should all be proud as the event was perfection from start to finish and will be a hard act to follow. The England Retriever Team offer their sincere appreciation to Skinner's for their continued sponsorship of this event and also Gundog Gear and Linky Leads for their sponsorship. Following some very challenging tests set by the judges over the two days, we were very pleased to finish 2nd place overall with1020 points only 8 points behind the winners Denmark with 1028 points; and to whom we offer our congratulations and to all other teams taking part. Well done to all my team for their performances.
scottish game fair, scone palace, perthshire - 1st july 2017 - ENGLAND WIN
Scottish Game Fair - Scone Palace, Perthshire - 1st July Team Captain (Retrievers and Spaniels) - David Latham Retriever Team: Mark Demaine, Lee Hartis, Roz McIlroy. Reserve Nicola Reynolds. Spaniel Team: G. Devine-Jones, N. Cannon, Steve Blackwell
Congratulations to the England Team! Overall winners of the four nation challenge (England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales) at Scone Palace.
I was asked to field an England Team consisting of a Retriever and Spaniel Team for the newly resurrected Four Nations Challenge at the Scottish Game Fair, which had not taken place for over 20 years. Our England Spaniel team took first place and top individual with Steve Blackwell. The retrievers were pipped into 2nd place by one point from Ireland the winners. An excellent event brilliantly organised by Jamie Erskine, Sam Drysdale and their team and also huge thanks to our loyal sponsors Skinner's (we are very grateful to Roger Skinner and his team), Linky Leads and Tamdhu Whiskey .
After five challenging tests set by the judges, the England retrievers performed very well, finishing one point behind the winners, Ireland.
Our England Spaniel team won by 9 points which meant an overall England win of the competition! Well done to all teams taking part. Fantastic event, with a great atmosphere!
the game fair, hatfield house, hertfordshire - 29th and 30th july 2017 - ENGLAND 3RD
The Game Fair - Hatfield House, Hertfordshire - 29th and 30th July Retriever Team: Lee Hartis, Roz McIlroy, Annette Clarke, Nicola Reynolds, David Latham. Reserve Louie Robertson. Team Captain David Latham
The final event for the England Team was the prestigious CLA Game Fair in July. I'd like to thank all my team members for their hard work during the tournament. The England Retriever Team finished in 2nd place - only 7 points behind Wales - however after terrific runs by the Ireland Spaniel Team, it was they who took overall first place and we offer our congratulations to all the teams taking part. I ran FTW Nettle Brae Andy of Fendawood and was very pleased that on his CLA debut, he was Top Scoring retriever in the England Team and joint 2nd highest scoring retriever of the competition. Well done to all the teams taking part, it was an excellent atmosphere at an event that was as usual, organised brilliantly. Sincere thanks to our Team sponsors GUNDOG GEAR who provided the England Team Clothing and To Skinner's Dog Foods and Linky Leads.
england retriever selection day 1o th april 2016
ENGLAND RETRIEVER TEAMS SELECTED FOR THE 2016 HOME INTERNATIONAL AND CLA GAME FAIR
The England Gundog Selection Day for Retrievers was held on the 10th April at Drakeshead in Chorley, Lancashire by kind permission of John and Sandra Halstead. Following three challenging tests set by the Judges, Mr John Halstead, Mrs Sandra Halstead and Mrs Jayne Coley; and seeing some very good dog work, the England Retriever Teams for 2016 were selected as follows:
Skinners World Cup - Englefield Estate, Berkshire 14th and 15th May Team Captain: David Latham with FTCH and Int. FTCH Beiley's Aguzannis Of Fendawood, Nathan Laffy with FTW Westmacott Gaelic Lee Hartis with FTW Troddenmills Beck And Call Of Leacaz Andrew Latham with FTCH Rimrock Hurricane Reserve: Mark Demaine with FTW Leacaz Ricky Of Caytonfell The CLA Game Fair - Ragley Hall, Warwickshire 29th to 31st July. Team Captain: David Latham with FTCH and Int. FTCH Beiley's Aguzannis Of Fendawood Mark Demaine with FTW Leacaz Ricky Of Caytonfell Nathan Laffy with FTW Westmacott Gaelic Lee Hartis with FTW Troddenmills Beck And Call Of Leacaz Andrew Latham with FTCH Rimrock Hurricane Reserves: Nathan Laffy (2nd Dog) and Roz McIlroy, Autumnwillow Scout
Thank you to everyone for their support for the event and to all the helpers and dummy throwers for the day. Also thanks to Sharon Harding of Hi Bird Photography, Skinners Dog Food, and Gary McCarthy of Gundog Gear.
skinner's world cup, englefield estate, berkshire - 14th and 15th may 2016
Skinners World Cup - Englefield Estate, Berkshire 14th and 15th May
The English Retriever team at the Skinners World Cup would like to thank our very kind sponsors Skinner's for their generous sponsorship and Emma and Gary McCarthy from Gundog Gear for their continuing support. Also thanks to Peter Castleman and his team of helpers who did a fantastic job. We had challenging tests and enjoyed the whole weekend. Big thank you to my team : Lee Hartis , Nathan Laffy , Andy Latham and Mark Demaine for a super effort and close second place to winners Holland.
C.L.A. GAME FAIR, RAGLEY HALL, WARWICKSHIRE - 29TH TO 31ST JULY 2016
The CLA Game Fair, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire - 29th to 31st July 2016
England won the CLA Game Fair Home International. The organisation of the event was as always exceptional and well done to everyone taking part. The top retriever team was Wales with 561/600 points with the England Retrievers five points behind on 556/600. It was a very close competition showcasing some excellent dogs; and I was exceptionally proud of my team (below) who all performed well and were proud to represent their country.
Team Captain: David Latham, Roz McIlroy, Lee Hartis, Andrew Latham, Peter Thompson and Mark Demaine.
Raring to go! Peter Thompson, Roz McIlroy, Team Captain David Latham, Mark Demaine, Andrew Latham and Lee Hartis.
England Win the CLA Home International 2016
ENGLAND retriever selection day - april 2015
My first official duty as England Team Captain began in April 2015 at the England Retriever Team Selection event in the beautiful grounds of Aske Hall, Richmond, Yorkshire. The day proved very challenging to the top dogs and handlers who had been invited for the selection tests with very changeable weather conditions throughout the day. Comprising of five demanding tests set by our judges Ian Openshaw and Phil Parkins; the 2015 England team was selected at the end of the day as follows:
(Team Captain) David Latham - (I will be running FTCh & Int FTCh Beiley's Aguzannis of Fendawood at the C.L.A.); Andrew Latham, Lee Hartis, John Halsted, Richard King, Jayne Coley with reserves John Yarwood and Brendan Kelly. Our event co-ordinator will be Stan Tweedy.
skinner's world cup, ENGLEFIELD ESTATE, BERKSHIRE - 16TH AND 17TH MAY 2015
ENGLAND WIN THE SKINNER'S WORLD CUP 2015
My first competition as England Team Captain was a very challenging but very rewarding two days at Englefield Estate, Berkshire (16th and 17th May). The new venue for this year was excellent and hosted 13 exceptionally good international teams. England were narrowly in the lead at the end of Day 1 with Austria and Denmark close behind. Day 2 saw the team put in some great retrieves and England finished worthy winners some 30 points clear of Austria in 2nd and Denmark 3rd. We were also pleased to celebrate Richard King's FTCh Saxaphone Brown Ale Of Lincswolds taking Top Dog of the Competition. Well done to the England team and to all the competitors who took part. Many thanks to the judges and organisers of the event with special mention to Skinner's Pet Foods for their sponsorship and brilliant organisation and also to Gundog Gear for their continuing sponsorship of the England Team. Next stop..........CLA!
C.L.A. GAME FAIR, HAREWOOD HOUSE - AUGUST 2015
ENGLAND WIN THE HOME INTERNATIONAL, CLA GAME FAIR 2015
My first season as England Team Captain has been very rewarding as the team powered to a 38 point clear victory in the second of our annual competitions at the CLA Game Fair at Harewood House in August 2015. Both days saw the team put in some great individual performances beating good teams from Wales, Ireland and Scotland. We were also able to celebrate John Halsted's, Brocklebank Navigator Of Chatsworth taking Top Dog of the Competition.
The England Spaniel Team, under Captain Ian Openshaw performed equally as well and I would like to give my sincere thanks to the judges, organisers and sponsors of the event including Skinners Pet Foods, Barbour Clothing and Linky Leads (Pet Care Products)for their sponsorship of the England Team. We look forward to 2016.
ENGLAND 2014 - JOHN HALSTEAD RETIREMENT
David Latham and John Halstead
2014 was a fitting conclusion for retiring England Retriever Team Captain, John Halstead after the 2014 C.L.A. Game Fair. England yet again managed the 'double' in 2014; with England Winning the Skinners World Cup in May and the Team holding onto their title of Winners at the C.L.A. Game Fair at Blenheimin July 2014 and then culminating with winning the International at Anglesey August 2014. John will be a very hard act to follow and after his 15 years at the helm as I embark on the new challenge of England Team Captain.
I'm delighted to be given this wonderful opportunity; having had some experience of the role when I was put in caretaker charge in 2011. That was a great year as the England Team won the World Cup and the Game Fair. Having the continuing support and friendship of John and Sandra Halstead, will be invaluable and is greatly appreciated.
The role will undoubtedly bring new pressures; not least the knowledge that other European teams are coming up fast meaning a home nation win is no longer a certainty. I will strive to win every prize I can in the 5 years of my captaincy and am deeply honoured to be entrusted with such a prestigious role.
SLIDESHOW OF MEMORABLE ENGLAND MOMENTS UP TO 2014
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