WORKING TESTS 

Open Open to all dogs although preference may be given to dogs which have gained a place or certificate of merit at a Field Trial or been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an Open GWT or won a Novice GWT
Novice Confined to dogs which have not gained a place or certificate of merit at a Field Trial, been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in an Open GWT or first in a Novice GWT held in accordance with KC Rules and Field Trial Regulations
Puppy Confined to dogs less than 18 months of age on the date of the test.
Unclassified We also run other unclassified tests such as Special Puppy and Novice Dog Novice Handler.

Please note:  We no longer accept entries ON THE DAY at Working Tests  -  please see closing dates on the schedule.

 

ADDITIONAL WORKING TEST INFORMATION FOR COMEPETITORS


HPR Working Tests:
We currently have a vacancy for a HPR W/T SECRETARY.  We will not be running any working tests for HPR until this post has been filled.  If you would like to express your interest in joining our committee and supporting this role, please contact Debra Bird.

 


Retriever Working Tests:

W/T SECRETARY: Johnny Morris who can be contacted via telephone,07894 464749 or email, cwmbranlabrador@yahoo.co.uk

Entry forms can be downloaded from our website and should be sent with full payment to Mr Johnny Morris, 43 Worcester Close, Llanyravon, Cwmbran NP44 8TE

  • Saturday 25th March 2017 (schedule)
    Test 1 to be held at
    Garn-Yr-Erw, Blaenavon (NP4 9SF) by kind permission of Mr Steve Williams, Torfaen County Borough Council
    Judges:
                       Brian Gregory, Roger Colver, Tyrone Axford and Glyn Hillier       

    Classes:                  AM: Puppy, Novice (9am for 9.30am Start) //  PM: Open (not before 1pm)
    Fees:                       £6.00 per entry Members, £10.00 per entry Non-Members
    (cheques made payable to Usk Valley Working Gundog Club)
    Closing date:          Saturday 18th March 2017

 

  • Saturday 10th June 2017 (schedule)
    Test 2 to be held at
    Clytha Park, Abergavenny NP7 9BW by kind permission of Mr Jack Hanbury-Tennison
    Judges:
                      Roger Tozer, Dick Stanley, Julian Price, Nigel Probert         

    Classes:                  AM: Puppy, Novice (9am for 9.30am Start) //  PM: Open (not before 1pm)
    Fees:                       £6.00 per entry Members, £10.00 per entry Non-Members
    (cheques made payable to Usk Valley Working Gundog Club)
    Closing date:          Saturday 3rd June 2017

 

  • Saturday 12th August 2017 (schedule)
    Test 3 to be held at
    Big Pit, Blaenavon NP4 9XP by kind permission of Mr Alan Llewellyn
    Judges:
                      Mike Larkin, Craig Perry, Debbie Polley, Laurie Pittaway         

    Classes:                  AM: Puppy, Novice (9am for 9.30am Start) //  PM: Open (not before 1pm)
    Fees:                       £6.00 per entry Members, £10.00 per entry Non-Members (cheques made payable to Usk Valley Working Gundog Club)
    Closing date:          Saturday 5th August 2017

All the above Retriever Working Tests will be sponsored by Skinners.
The "Skinners Fleece Challenge" winner will be announced at our final working test in August 2017 

 


Spaniel Working Tests:
W/T SECRETARY: Jane Stenner who can be contacted via telephone,01291 689860 / 07810 028522 or email, janestenner@btconnect.com 

Entry forms can be downloaded from our website and should be sent with full payment to Jane Stenner, 'Underhill', Kelly's Lane, Tidenham, Chepstow, Monmouthshire NP16 7LY.  

  • Saturday 4th March (schedule)
    Test 1 to be held at Clytha Park, Abergavenny NP7 9BW by kind permission of Mr Jack Hanbury-Tennison
    Judges:                   
    Nick Davies and Kevin John        
    Classes:                  AM:
    Puppy, Novice (9am for 9.30am Start) //  PM: Novice Dog Novice Handler, Open (not before 1pm)
    Fees:                       
    £6.00 per entry Members, £10.00 per entry Non-Members (cheques made payable to Usk Valley Working Gundog Club)
    Closing date:         
    Saturday 25th February 2017

 

  • Saturday 19th August (schedule)
    Test 2 to be held at Big Pit, Blaenavon by kind permission of Mr Alan Llewellyn
    Judges:                   
    Andy Faulkner and Richard Biggs    
    Classes:                  AM:
    Puppy, Novice (9am for 9.30am Start) //  PM: Novice Dog Novice Handler, Open (not before 1pm)
    Fees:                       
    £6.00 per entry Members, £10.00 per entry Non-Members (cheques made payable to Usk Valley Working Gundog Club)
    Closing date:         
    Saturday 12th August 2017

 

All the above Spaniel Working Tests will be sponsored by Skinners.


 

If you have any feedback on our working tests that you would be happy for us to feature at the bottom of this page, please email your comments to Trudy Hillier, maccadaizegundogs@outlook.com.

 

Competitor Feedback:

HPR Working Test, 26th April 2016

 "Many thanks to the Usk Valley Working Gun Dog Club for the HPR working test on 26 April 15.  I had the nicest day I can remember having at a test. The setting was idyllic, being at Big Pit and the ground was delightfully natural and varied which my dog very much enjoyed. Plus the organisation was faultless, making for an unusually slickly run event.

I was already excited about the day as all the judges are people I respect highly and enjoy competing under and they, together with the very friendly stewards, dummy throwers and other competitors made the atmosphere wonderfully relaxed.

I am looking forward to the next one!

Thank you again, Angela Miles"

 

Retriever Working Test, 29th March 2016

"Hi, just to say 4 interesting tests for the dogs and handlers to have a go at.  If a dog can do well on the big Pit ground it can do well anywhere.  Couple this with yesterdays weather then those dogs/handlers can cope with anything.  Speaking for myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of yesterday, well done.  Regards, Roger."


 

WORKING TESTS 2016

On behalf of Usk Valley Working Gundog Club Committee, we would like to extend a huge thank you to Tyrone Axford and Glyn Hillier for their roles as working test secretary over the last few years.  They have both done a great job in organising and coordinating our events and have decided to take a step back for 2017 to work their own dogs, but will remain on the committee and continue to support our events.  We wish you both every success.  

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Nigel Probert and Slipside Danzy Jones on winning the Skinners Fleece Challenge 2015/2016

 


WORKING TESTS 2015

The Usk Valley WGC Tests have now drawn to a close following a very successful season for 2015.  We were privileged to have the opportunity to visit some fantastic grounds around the county and were highly supported on all occasions.

This year Skinners sponsored Usk Valley with the "Skinners Fleece Challenge".  Due to the cancellation of our 3rd test, it has been agreed that we will carry over the "2015 Skinners Fleece Challenge into 2016".

Thank you to the Committee, Officers and our members who supported the club throughout the season to include catering, stewarding and dummy throwing.  Without this team effort, we wouldn't be able to run our test days.

If you (or someone you know) are able to help at working tests by throwing dummies, stewarding or anything else,
please put yourself forward....you will be welcomed with open arms!

 

We look forward to welcoming you all back for the 2016 Season and wish you all a successful trialing and working season. 

 

Kind Regards
Usk Valley Working Gundog Club Committee

 


 WORKING TESTS 2014

Congratulations to Mr Nigel Probert and his Labrador, Slipside Danzy Jones for winning this years Skinners Fleece Challenge.