The England Retriever Team is chosen in April each year following invitation to a selection process. Selection Day is by invitation and application from Gundog Clubs and individuals.
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.