Beiley is an excellent dog to work. He has immense drive and excelled very quickly in working tests and field trials during 2013 and 2014. 2014 was Beiley's first Open trial season. In July Beiley was a valuable member of the Winning England Team at the C.L.A. Game Fair. In October he won the Clwyd Retriever Club's Two Day Open Stake; which qualified him for the 2014 IGL at Windsor.
In November he secured Field Trial Champion status by winning the Labrador Retriever Club Stake at Evesham; then enjoyed a couple of runs in Europe culminating in him winning Open Trials in Italy and Hungary - handled by Stefanie. This made Beiley an International Field Trial Champion as well as a GB Field Trial Champion. Truly an amazing year!
2015 was a great season for Beiley by achieving selection and subsequently being part of the Winning England Retriever Team at the CLA. Beiley's win of the Northumberland and Durham LRC Two Day Open Trial in October; saw him qualify for the 2015 IGL for a second consecutive year.
2016 saw Beiley again selected to represent Englandat both the Skinners World Cup and the CLA Game Fair and he started his 2016 trialling season well, continuing his exceptional consistency by winning first place at Lancashire and Merseyside One Day Open stake at Glossop. Early September he gained 2nd place at Lothian and Borders 2 Day Open stake, then ended the month exceptionally well Winning West Midland FTS stake at Eyton on the 29th September; which saw Beiley again, qualify for the IGL in 2016 which he won, after three days of trialling against 53 exceptional dogs. I am very proud of his achievements. This of course qualifies Beiley for the 2017 IGL by being the retaining champion.
We are consistently seeing Beiley's excellent temperament in his pups. Being so adaptable; he can be successfully handled by either me or my wife without problem. Stefanie has run Beiley for Austria in the Skinner's World Cup in 2014 and again in 2015 when Austria were second place to England both years.
It is worthy to note that "Travel" also sired our 'Greedy' - who is an International Field Trial Champion and has produced some wonderful pups.
Write up from Gilly Nickols, IGL Hon. Secretary; following the 2016 Championships
Beiley - who is the same way bred as the 2015 winner FT Ch Asterix Aguzannis of Chatsworth - is sired by Int FT Ch Ragweeds Travel. His sire was FT Ch Craighorn Bracken, the winner of the 2001 Retriever Championship at Windsor. Beileys' dam is Fernshot Olivia (a litter sister to Sam Rowe's Fernshot Optimist of Driftaway who came 3rd in the 2011 Championship at Nevill Holt) and her sire was FT Ch Pocklea Adder who in turn was by FT Ch Pocklea Remus, the winner of the 1991 Championship. The two litters (Astra is a year older than Beiley) were bred by Anastazia Guzanova who worked for David's wife Stephanie in her Ragweeds kennel. This year's victory at Ampton was the fourth time David has claimed the Glen Kidston Challenge Cup. His previous wins were in 2003 with FT Ch Drakeshead Deana at Sandringham; with FT Ch Delfleet Neon of Fendawood (again at Sandringham) in 2010; and a second win for Del in 2012 at Cawdor. In his winner's speech David shared his delight at equalling his record of four wins with his great friend and mentor John Halstead Snr. David definitely has time on his side to set a new record for victories. And with Beiley already qualified (as this year's Retriever Champion) for next year's Championship could there be a 5th Championship win on the horizon?
My "moment" from this year's competition was on the second day when David was sent very quickly by Judge Kevin Doughty for a bird that looked as if it would run. Insisting that Beiley come back onto the fall, when the dog struck a line David let him go. And he went with speed. And he went a long way. And he went with his nose low to the ground. And when some 200 yards out, Beiley captured the bird, not only was there well deserved applause from the gallery and the line, but I had tears rolling down my cheeks!!
It was a spectacular, Championship winning, retrieve. We had seen the best of the best and they were brilliant!
Int FTCH Ragweeds Travel of Fendawood (Sire of Beiley), 10 years old and still working well.