NEWS (updated 08/04/2017)
Our newsletter is published around February each year and captures the all the news and updates of the previous year and provides information on events for the following year.  (2017 Newsletter) We update our facebook page on a regular basis, but if you have any good news stories you would like us to share, please get in touch.

 

08/04/2017

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that sadly Joy Elson passed away on Friday 7th April 2017. 
Joy, together with her husband Don, have contributed greatly to the running of the Club and Joy will be greatly missed by us all.  It was only a few years ago that Joy stepped down as Club Secretary, a key role that she had undertaken for many years.  Joy was a very kind and generous person always offering help, support and guidance to us all.
Our thoughts at this time are with Don and their family. 
The funeral is being held at Usk Castle Chase Natural Burial Meadow on Friday 21st April at 2.30pm
(nearest postcode for Sat Nav is NP15 1QX)

 


20/02/2017 : booking form

 

 

14/02/2017 - this is not an Usk Valley Event:

2017 Wales International Retriever Team Selection
A selection test will take place at Pantrhuad Farm, Llanddowror, St Clears, Carmarthen SA33 4JD on Saturday the 8th of April starting at 11am.
The selected Wales team will compete at the Anglesey County Show and the Irish Game Fairs.
If you are interested in attending the selection test please contact Huw Jones for an entry form as NO entries will be taken on the day.
Huw jones 07891175858 email
huwh@aol.com  

 


Home International Field Trial 2016 - supplied by Nigel Probert

      

On 28th November 2016, a special Field Trial was organised by John Stubbs as a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday, and to showcase the best retrievers in the United Kingdom.  Teams were made up of the best 4 handlers from each of the home nations - England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

I was tasked with selecting the 4 best handlers from Wales and did this on a "performance and form basis".  The team selected to represent Wales were Diana Wiggin with FTCh Brockweir Daisy, Vicki Stanley with FTCh Patanavac Brough, Haydn Wilmott with Stykes Boy Llangynidyr and Simon Hagain with FTCh Skeviot Emerald.

In the first round we had a duck drive where handlers were asked to pick nominated birds; some of these had fallen into the lake which made for some interesting retrieves.  All Welsh handlers made it through and we moved onto the second round.

We had a short wait before the second round, and were then accompanied by Her Majesty the Queen, for the rest of the day.  Her Majesty walked in line for the second round and then observed from her vehicle for the third round, as the wind was extremely cold.

We saw some good work from the Welsh dogs in the second round, with Simon Hagain picking a pigeon shot right off the end of the line which was out of sight of the handler and was good 150 yards out.  Haydn Wilmott made a smart job of picking a bird over a fence.  Unfortunately, we then lost Diana Wiggin and Vicki Stanley who were both eye wiped by a Scottish competitor.  In the third round, Haydn Wilmott did a smart retrieve eye wiping the Scottish competitor who has previously eye wiped the two Welsh ladies.  Simon Hagain then had a good retrieve on a pheasant that flew on for about 180 yards before dropping; his dog was out of sight by he handled the dog very well to pick the bird.  At this point the trial was declared over.

Final results;-

1st - Scotland, 335 points
2nd - Wales, 285 points
3rd - England, 217 points
4th - Ireland, 215 points

Top Dog was Haydn Wilmott - Wales

All handlers were presented with awards by Her Majesty the Queen.

I would like to thank Ceri and all at CSJ for supporting this and all the Welsh Teams; it was noted how smart the Welsh team looked in their matching jackets and fleeces by a member of the Royal household.  The team as a whole performed very well, given the strong field that was attending the event.  Congratualtions and well done all.

Nigel Probert
Wales Team Captain

 

 

 

 


Saturday 14th August 2016

CONGRATULATIONS. . .

- to Mr Nigel Probert and his Labrador, Slipside Danzy Jones for winning this years Skinners Fleece Challenge of 2015/2016


 

Sunday 8th May 2016

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to low numbers, we apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

  • Usk Valley are hosting 2 x Field Trial Judges Seminar and Exam Courses, one for Retrievers and one for Spaniels at Little Mill Village Hall, Usk from 10.30am.  The courses will be delivered by accredited Kennel Club Presenters and fees include light lunch, J Regs Booklet and examination fees.  Pre booking and payment is required before Wednesday 27th April and should be sent to Jill Bowler by completing the attached booking form (address attached).  £25.00 members, £35.00 non members.  For any enquiries, please contact Jill on 01291 650206  or email JillBowler@hotmail.com   Retriever Booking Form  Spaniel Booking Form

 

Posted 26/03/16 This is not an Usk Valley Event

Sunday 8th May 2016 CANCELLED 02/05/16, as only 6 entries were received, we are going to make our team selection based on last years results

  • Wales Spaniel Selection Test for the International Game Fair on 30th/31st July 2016.  The criteria set for qualification for the selection test is as follows; The dog must have won an Open Working Test OR won or at least an award at a Novice Field Trial.  Please contact Alan Rees for more details on either 01269 841281 // 07966 772402 // dsalanrees@gmail.com

 

14/03/16 The Committee are pleased to announce that Russ Woodward has been co-opted onto the committee as of today.  Russ brings with him a wealth of knowledge and support in the field, specialising in spaniels.  We are sure you will join us in giving Russ a warm welcome.

 


 

17/02/2016

 Click here for our Newsletter 2016

 

 


01/02/2016

2016 Wales International Retriever Team Selection

A selection test will take place at Pantyrhuad Farm, LLanddowror, St Clears,Carmarthen SA33 4JD on Saturday the 2nd of April 2016 starting at 11am.

The selected squad will compete at both Irish Gamefairs and at the Anglesey country show.

If you are interested in attending the selection test please contact Huw Jones for an entry form as NO ENTRIES will be taken on the day.

Huw Jones 07891175858 email huwh@aol.com


 

JUDGING SEMINARS:
We have had some registered interest from both members and non-members about hosting a Retriever and Spaniel Judging Seminar in 2016.
We require a minimum of 10 people per event to be able to confirm a date.
Both events will be delivered by KC Registered presenters.
The cost of the course is : £25.00 for members // £35.00 for non-members and includes refreshments, a light lunch, Kennel Club J Regulation Booklet and briefing notes (Exam is optional)
Pre-registration is required for this event due to limited spaces available. Please contact Jill Bowler on Tel 01291 650206 or email jillbowler@hotmail.com by 31st March 2016.
Thank you in advance,

 

12/01/2016

Two vacancies have arisen on the Committee with Usk Valley Working Gundog Club.
We are currently looking for a HPR Working Test Secretary plus one other committee member to join our team.

Those wishing to nominate themselves for the above mentioned posts must submit a written expression of interest to include a brief summary of themselves, an overview of skills and expertise they can share and how they feel they can support the Club.

Members nominated for any of the appointments above must be proposed and seconded by fully paid-up members of the Club.
Please submit either by email or letter to our Chairman by 7th March 2016. FAO Mrs Debra Bird, Chairman of Usk Valley Working Gundog Club, 7 Heol Isaf, New Inn, Pontypool, Torfaen NP4 0QD or alternatively email; Debra.Bird@hotmail.com

 

12/09/2015

Well done and thank you to all those who took part in the Usk Show demonstrations today.  Fantastic feedback has been received and a few more members have been gained.  Plenty of enquiries about HPR training and working tests, we hope to have further details early 2016.


 

08/09/2015

CONGRATULATIONS. . .to the our award winners of the NOVICE (AV) RETRIEVER STAKE 1 F/T held at Riverside Shoot, Sedbury today.

1st & Guns' Choice Shane Padbury with Cynhinfa Nat of Liliarch lab dog
2nd Sarah Cole with Woodruff King of Wellsummer lab dog

For further information and pictures please visit the Retriever Field Trial section of our website.


 

22/08/2015

The results of our draw for the Novice (AV) Retriever Stake 1 Field Trial is now available on our Retriever Trials page.  Good luck everyone.


 

AUGUST 2015

Results of the INTERNATIONAL WORKING TEST ON ANGLESEY / WALES
1st - Ireland
2nd - Wales
3rd - England
4th - Isle of Man
Congratulation to all teams.  Well done to committee and club members, Huw Jones, Nigel Probert, Richard Price, Paul Hobbs and Paul Clark who represented Wales Retrievers.


 

August 2015

Unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, the final Retriever Working Test will not be taking place this year. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused.  Due to this reason, as a Committee, we have also decided to carry the 2015 Skinners Fleece challenge over to 2016.
Thank you for your continued support.


 

29/07/2015

Please note that we are now taking entries for all of our Field Trial Events for 2015.  Further information can be found on the relevant pages of our website.  This year, for the SPANIEL Field Trials ONLY, we are trialling the new Fosse Data Booking System, however we are still accepting paper entries for those that prefer this entry method.  To enter via Fosse Data, please use the following link

 


19/06/2015

CONGRATULATIONS. . .to the Welsh International Gundog Teams who ran at the Irish Game Fair over the weekend.

Retriever Team: Paul Clark, Richard Price, Haydn Willmott & Paul Hobbs.

Spaniel Team: Allistair Ross, Huw Jones, Roger Wooldridge & Dai Greggory.

Provided by Huw Jones:
The Wales International Gundog Team had a great weekend at the Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle, supported by a fantastic welcome as always from the Irish Teams.  Sadly we did not win the event but both the Wales Retriever and Spaniel teams did very well against teams from Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland, England and Scotland.

Wales came 2nd and only just missed out on top retriever spot with Haydn Willmott scoring a fantastic 96/100 in his first ever International Event but was just pipped at the last by John Barr scoring 98/100.

In the Spaniels, Wales also did very well and most of you have asked for the top hunting scores from the test the top 6 dogs were;

William Edgar 45 Northen Ireland

Sean Moriarty 45 Southern Ireland

Mike Walsh 45 Southern Ireland

Alastair Ross 43 Wales

Huw Jones 43 Wales

Margaret Cox 41 England

Ian Blair 40 Nothern Ireland

I must say from a personal point of view I could have watched those Irish dogs hunt all day they were a pleasure to watch

Again I would like to thank Albert Titterington and the Irish game Fair for the welcome given thank you from me and the Wales gundog team

 


 

14/06/2015

CONGRATULATIONS. . .to our Retriever Working Test winners (Dr Gareth Memorial Day, Clytha)

- Kevin Lewis and his Labrador, Trefoel Cerys- winner of Puppy Class
- Chrissie Thomas 
and her Golden Retriever, Kennine Can't Go Back - winner of Novice Dog Novice Handler Class
- Lucy Mixture 
and her Golden Retriever, Kaliture Finn - winner of Novice Class
- Julia Redpath
and her Labrador, Shuttifield Gracon - winner of Open Class

 

Vaughan Hillier & Kira Smith raised £145.00 selling raffle tickets today, which has been donated to the Velindre Hospital as suggested by Angela and family.  Well done and thank you everyone.


 

04/06/2015

CLYTHA WORKING TEST: IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

PLEASE PLAN YOUR ROUTE IN PLENTY OF ADVANCE.  THERE ARE A NUMBER OF ROAD CLOSURES ISSUED BETWEEN 5AM & 6PM TO ACCOMMODATE THE VELOTHON, A CHARITY CYCLING EVENT AROUND COUNTIES OF CARDIFF, NEWPORT AND MONMOUTHSHIRE, SEEING 15,000 CYCLISTS PASSING THROUGH THE AREAS.  PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED FOR ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION OR VISIT http://www.velothon-wales.co.uk/en/route/route-information/road-closures/

 


 

 

25/05/2015

CONGRATULATIONS and thank you. . .to our Retriever and Spaniel teams who represented Usk Valley Working Gundog Club at Sherborne Country Fair today.  The teams competed against 7 other teams resulting in first place for our Retrievers and 3rd place for our Spaniels.  Thank you to Craig Perry, Hayden Willmott, Paul Hobbs and Paul Clark for their time and dedication with the Retrievers and to Alan Willis, Dai Pither and Roger Wooldridge representing the Spaniels.  Another great success following on from 2014.  WELL DONE EVERYONE :-)

                                        



14/05/2015

WELCOME Darren Smith and Paul Hulin who were co-opted onto the Committee on Monday 11th May, and formerly given their positions at the AGM Meeting, also on Monday 11th May.  Both Darren and Paul have been a great help to the club over the years and we look forward to the continuation of their support and contributions to Usk Valley going forward.

Thank you to Elizabeth (Sid) Davies, Glyn Hillier, Craig Perry and Debra Bird, who have all done a wonderful job within their acting roles on the Committee.  At the AGM, these Acting roles became permanent role.  For further details, visit our Officers & Committee page of the website.

 


 

26/04/2015

CONGRATULATIONS and thank you. . .to Elizabeth (Sid) Davies and the team of judges, helpers and caterers for running a successful HPR working test.  Thank you to all our competitors who supported the club with our first HPR event.  Lets hope this is the first of many.  Results are now available on the Working Test Results page of the website.  As this is the first HPR event Usk Valley have run, if anyone has any feedback, please send to Trudy Hillier, maccadaizegundogs@outlook.com


 

12/04/2015

CONGRATULATIONS. . .to our Spaniel Working Test winners (Wentwood Forest, Monmouthshire)

- Christopher Williams and his ESS, Cleopatras Smile- winner of Puppy Class
- David Holmes 
and his ESS, Helmsway Karkila- winner of Novice Class
- David Pither 
and his ESS, Brynambor Max- winner of Open Class



CURRENTLY ONLY 3 SPACES LEFT -
Usk Valley are holding a Retriever KC Field Trial Judges Seminar on Sunday 17th May 2015 at Little Mill Hall, Nr Usk, NP4 0HE. The Presenter is Mr Graham Cox.
Pre-registration is required as places are limited, £25 for members, £35 for non-members,  refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Please contact Mrs Jill Bowler if you are interested in attending jillbowler@hotmail.com 


29/03/2015

CONGRATULATIONS. . .to our Retriever Working Test winners (Big Pit, Blaenavon)

- Polly Gibb and her Labrador, Killyrudden Beefheart - winner of Puppy Class
- Andy Fisher
and his Golden Retriever, Kaliture Rooster - winner of Novice Class
- Nigel Probert 
and his Labrador, Slipside Danzy Jones - winner of Open Class
 


 

27/03/2015

2015 WELSH SPANIEL TEAM SELECTION FOR CLA GAMEFAIR

A selection test will take place at Delfryd, Capel Seion, Drefach, Llanelli SA14 7BS on Sunday 10th May 2015 for the Welsh Spaniel Team to compete at the CLA Game Fair, Harewood House over 31st July, 1st & 2nd August. 

The selected Welsh team will compete against England, Ireland and Scotland and are hoping to beat last years position of 2nd place.

If you are interested in attending the selection test, please contact Team Captain, Alan Rees on 01269 841281 / 07996 772402 or email dsalanrees@gmail.com

For further details, click here

 


09/03/2015

CONGRATULATIONS. . .

- to Mr Alan Willis and the Spaniel Team, who were placed 2nd at the Skinners Challenge held over the weekend of 28th February.  This is a great result for all - WELL DONE!

 


 

07/03/2015

Our next Spaniel training class is due to commence from Friday 3rd April, for further information, please visit our training page.

 


 

02/03/2015

 Click here for our Newsletter 2015

 


26/02/2015

Our next Retriever training class is due to commence from Sunday 8th March, for further information, please visit our training page.


 

03/02/2015

Usk Valley are holding a Retriever KC Field Trial Judges Seminar on Sunday 17th May 2015 at Little Mill Hall, Nr Usk, NP4 0HE. The Presenter is Mr Graham Cox.
Pre-registration is required as places are limited, £25 for members, £35 for non-members,  refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Please contact Mrs Jill Bowler if you are interested in attending jillbowler@hotmail.com or telephone 01291 650206

 

2015 WALES INTERNATIONAL RETRIEVER TEAM SELECTION

A selection test will take place at Rhydlewis Trout Fishery, Rhydlewis, Nr Newcastle Emlyn SA44 5QS on Saturday, 21st March and Saturday, 4th April, dogs must compete on both days to qualify.

The selected Wales team will compete at the Anglesey County Show and the Irish Game Fair.

If you are interested in attending the selection test, please contact Huw Jones for an entry form as NO entries will be taken on the day.   Huw Jones: 07891 175858  email: huwh@aol.com  

 


 

29/01/2015

  • Our Retriever and Spaniel Trials for 2015 have now been approved by the Kennel Club.  Please visit relevant pages for further information.

 

28/01/2015

  • All Working Tests for HPR, Retriever and Spaniels are now confirmed.  For further information, please visit our working test page.
  • We are pleased to confirm that Skinners will be sponsoring Usk Valley WGC with the "Skinner Fleece Challenge 2015"
  • We are hoping to host a Judges Seminar in May 2015.  Watch this space for further information.

 

19/01/2015

  • The 1st of our Spaniel Working Tests has been confirmed for Sunday 12th April 2015 at Wentwood.  For further information, please visit our working test page.
  • Throughout the year, Usk Valley are invited to attend a number of events, which include Demonstrations and Team Events.
    If any of our members would like to be considered to participate in these events any  please register your interest by emailing me on maccadaizegundogs@outlook.com.  Please note that not all events require selection, but you will be notified if and when this is applicable.

 

13/01/2015

  • NEW FOR 2015 Usk Valley Working Gundog Club are pleased to announce that we are running our first HPR Working Test at Big Pit, Blaenavon on Sunday 26th April.  Booking forms are available on the Working Test Page of our website.  For further information, please contact Ms Elizabeth Davies (Sid) on 07879 646245 or email peggywoo@talk21.com

 


 

07/01/2015

  • Dates for Retriever Working Tests are now available.  Venues are still being confirmed.  For further information please visit our Working Test pages.
  • We will be running two Spaniel Working Tests this season, dates to follow shortly.
  • Our Novice Retriever Trials will take place at The Riverside Shoot, Sedbury and is PROVISIONALLY BOOKED Tuesday 8th September and Saturday 10th October 2015.  These will be partridge and pheasant days.
  • Open Retriever 2 day Trial will take place at New Farm, Nr Norton and is PROVISIONALLY BOOKED Friday 16th & Saturday 17th October 2015.
  • Our Spaniel Trials will also be hosted at The Riverside Shoot, Sedbury, with AV Novice PROVISIONALLY BOOKED on Wednesday 14th October and the ESS Open PROVISIONALLY BOOKED on Wednesday 28th October 2015.

01/01/2015

A number of amendments have been made to the Field Trial "J" Regs, due to commence from 1st January 2015.  For further information, click here.


10/12/2014

It is with sadness that Usk Valley Working Gundog Club have to announce that overnight on 9th December, our Committee Member, Dr Gareth Davies, passed away peacefully in his sleep whilst at home with his family. 

Losing someone we know and love is not easy, but knowing we can hold onto the happy memories that we’ve shared keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us.

May fond memories of Dr Gareth Davies bring comfort to all who knew him during this hard time in life.  We are able to look back on all the good memories and are able to smile knowing that we were honoured to have known such a great person.

Our hearts and prayers go out to family, may Dr Gareth rest in peace.

 


29/10/2014
Our ESS Spaniel Trial took place at The Riverside Shoot, Sedbury, Nr Chepstow on 22nd October 2014.  Thank you again to Mr Colin Markey and his guns for continuing to provide excellent grounds, shooting and trialling conditions.
Congratulations to our winner, Mr J McAndrew with Tyn-Y-Waun Pearl.  Gun's Choice was awarded to our 4th placed winner, Mr K Jones with Mileka Starlight of Miskinfern.  For futher information on all our award winners and a couple of photos of the day, please visit the Spaniel Trial section of our website.
 


22/10/2014

  • Our AV Spaniel Trial took place at The Riverside Shoot, Sedbury, Nr Chepstow on 22nd October 2014.  Thank you to Mr Colin Markey and his guns for making this yet another very successful day for Usk Valley Working Gundog Club and its trialling competitors.
  • Congratulations to our 1st place award winner, Mr C Thurston-Woolnough with Woodash Akiki of Halaze. Gun's Choice award winner was Mr Paul De Challans with Merovigian Mistletoe.  For further information on all our award winners of the day, please visit our Spaniel Trial results page.

 


18/10/2014
Our two day Open Retriever Trial took place at New Farm, Norton over 17th & 18th October.
Congratulations to our 1st place award winner, Mr Roger Colver with Artistryn Quail.  This was Roger's first ever 2 day open field trial and he has now been invited to qualify for the IGL Retriever Championships to be held at Windsor this December.

2nd place and winner of the Brockweir Trophy for highest placed Breeder & Handler was awarded to Laura Hill with Stauntonvale Story.Gun's Choice award winner Mr Craig Perry with Cynhinfa John.


11/10/2014
The second of our two Novice Retriever Trials took place today at The Riverside Shoot, Sedbury, Nr Chepstow. Congratulations to our 1st place award winner, Mrs Tess Lawrence with Willowyck Avenger and to the Gun's Choice award winner Miss Clare Baker with The Windbreak Whispered of Arcklebear.


08/10/2014
The draw for the Novice & Open Spaniel Trials are now available.  Please visit our Spaniel Trial Section of the website for details.


04/10/2014
The first of our two Novice Retriever Trials took place today at The Riverside Shoot, Sedbury, Nr Chepstow. 1st place was not awarded, but congratulations to Mr P Hobbs who was given 2nd place with Luisenga Highland Lad.


27/09/2014
The draw for the Open Retriever Trials are now available.  The draw took place at 6pm on Saturday 27th September 2014.  To view the competitors and to download a list of reserves, please visit the Retreiver Trial Section of the website for details.


14/09/2014
The draw for the Novice Retriever Trials are now available.  Please visit our Retriever Trial Section of the website for details.
 


13/09/2014
We had a very successful day as Usk Show today.  Both demonstrations were well received by the spectators and we were continually busy on the stand.  We were able to provide lots of advice and guidance to visitors and continue to build up the membership and support of the club.
Thank you to all the committee, officers and members who kindly took time out of their day to come and support the club.  A special thanks to Lindsay Prosser who did a sturling job at commentating whilst we were in the show ring.
To see photos of the day, please visit our gallery.


17/08/2014

CONGRATULATIONS. . .

- to Mr Nigel Probert and his Labrador, Slipside Danzy Jones for winning this years Skinners Fleece Challenge.
- to the Retriever & Spaniel Teams who came 1st and 2nd in the Sherbourne Gundog Event.
- to the Spaniel Team who were awarded 3rd place in the Cornish Gundog Event on 3rd August.
- to our members who represented the Welsh Team in the Irish Event in late August.

 


 Click here for our Newsletter 2014


TRAINING

Full information on our Training Classes, Working Tests and Field Trials for 2014 can be downloaded from the relevant pages across the website.

If you have an initial Gundog Training Enquiry, please email maccadaizegundogs@outlook.com