Wanted: Your success stories. 
If you have received training from us over the last few years and would be happy to provide feedback for us to feature on our website and in our Newsletter, please email Trudy Hillier, . Please state if you would like to remain anonymous or not and the breed of dog that has been trained.  Any photos also appreciated.  Thank you in advance.



Are you in need of any gundog training equipment?  We are happy to recommend Sporting Saint ( and Quest ( for all your training needs.

Acme provided whistles as prizes for our working tests recently.  If you would be interested in purchasing from them, please follow the website link below;




Thank you to all those who showed an interest in this training day. The enquiries in a short time were phenomenal. All places have now been secured and a reserve list is in place. Dave Thomas will be contacting the successful delegates shortly. Thank you for your continued support.
Usk Valley Working Gundog Club are pleased to announce that we will be holding a training day for our members, led by four time IGL winner and current England Captain, David Latham. The day will take place in Monmouthshire on Saturday April 27th 2019. This will be a fantastic opportunity to spend the day with one of the world’s top handlers and trainers.
  • Registration with Breakfast to include tea/coffee
  • Morning Training Session
  • Light Lunch
  • Afternoon Training Session (including a demonstration from David)
  • Wrap Up plus Q&A Session

This promises to be a fantastic day and we’re very grateful to David, giving up his time to come down and spend the day with us .  The day will be aimed at good novice to entry level open standard dogs. The day will cost £60 per handler and will be limited to a maximum of 8 handlers so please contact David Thomas to reserve a place.


HPR, Spaniel and Retriever Training 2019

We are running 1 group each for Retrievers & Spaniels which will accommodate puppy and novice dogs/handlers. We are able to take a maximum of 8 people per group and you will be required to complete the booking form and submit it with full payment in advance to the first session starting.

For Retriever and Spaniel groups we will run 6 (90min) SESSIONS in total at a price of £60.00.  For HPR groups we will run 4 (x2hr) SESSIONS in total at a price of £60.00.  If paying by cheque, please make payable to "Usk Valley Working Gundog Club". If you wish to pay via BACS, please contact our Treasurer, Sonja Forrest on 01291 641383.


HPR Training:

Mr Simon Kirby, 07792 201874,

HPR training will commence from Sunday 24th March 2019 from 10.30am at Man Moel, Blackwood.

Dates: 31st March, 7th & 14th April.  (We will run new groups every 4 weeks subject to demand)


Members will be emailed full confirmation of venues and contacts details on receipt of payment and booking form.  Please note training is on a first come first serve basis.

Retriever Training:

Mr David Thomas, 07852 533009,

Retriever training will commence from Sunday 3rd March 2019 from 9:45am

Venue: Shirenewton, Chepstow

Dates: 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March and 7th April 2019

Members will be emailed full confirmation of venues and contacts details on receipt of payment and booking form. Please note training is on a first come first serve basis.


Spaniel Training:

Mr Alan Willis, 07932 633148,

Spaniel training will commence from Friday 5th April 2019 from 5:45pm (Meet in Usk Square)

Venue: Local to Usk.

Dates: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th April, 3rd, 10th May 2019

Members will be emailed full confirmation of venues and contacts details on receipt of payment and booking form. Please note training is on a first come first serve basis.


Couple of snaps from the recent Spaniel Training Session (19th April 2019).  Thank you Julian Morgan for supplying.







Thank you to Simon Kirby, David Thomas and Alan Willis who have done a wonderful job providing our gundog training for new and experienced handlers and their dogs.  Sessions built up the knowledge, confidence and competence of individuals over a series of weeks.  Basics of sit, stay and recall were taught before introducing seen and blind retrieves and directional work where applicable.

We continue to receive a lot of interest in our training sessions and confirm that they will be back for 2019 once the trialling and shooting season has come to an end.  Please keep an eye on our website and social media streams for all the latest updates.  Training normally commences from end March each year, once the clocks have gone forward.  Please feel free to contact the above with your enquiries, alternatively, you can contact Trudy Hillier on



A cold and wet day, Saturday 15th December 2018 saw the 2nd of our Usk Valley HPR shoot over days held at the Ammerdown Estate, Bath


Despite the weather we saw some very good dog work followed with cracking retrieves on some strong runners. Well done and congratulations to the dogs and handlers, Daniel Govier, Shirley & Mac Mattravers, Diana Crook (Mel) and Ray Davies.  Thank you to the continued support of our guns Jon Roberts, Sanjon Marks, Mark Spearing and Will Hart. 
Grand total of 21 pheasants, a duck and a pigeon were the final result of the day.  A special thank you to our HPR Secretary, Mr Simon Kirby, for continually supporting the HPR provisions for the Club and organising a second successful event.



Saturday 10th November 2018 Usk Valley held their HPR shoot day at Ammerdown Estate, Radstock, Bath by kind permission of Lord Hilton.

Thank you to Jon Roberts, Mark Spearham, Gavin Hendy and Will Heart for shooting and to our handlers Shirley and Mac Matravers, Mel Crock, Helen Hopkins, Richard Doran and Simon Kirkby. Beneficial training day resulting in 47 pheasants, 2 woodcock and 2 pigeon.




Thank you to Johnny Morris and Alan Willis who provided training for our Retriever and Spaniel handlers throughout 2017.  It was great to see both dogs and handlers develop in confidence and competence over a period of weeks and also to see some go on to win awards in our working tests.  Keep up the good work.  Thank you to our landowners for allowing Usk Valley Working Gundog Club to use their grounds and for their continued support of our club.  We wish you all the best for the remainder of the season and will provide training schedules for 2018 from February onwards.



May 2016: " I would just like to thank Glyn & Tyrone for providing a very interesting and sometimes challenging retriever training sessions run by the Usk Valley Working Gundog Club.  I am a new member to the club and I was very welcomed by Glyn & Tyrone but also by the other members on the training sessions. My lab Archie and myself learnt many new skills and hopefully I can put them to the test in the very near future, once again many thanks – Eirwyn Hopkins & Archie. "

Thank you to all those who have supported Usk Valley Working Gundog Club and have joined us in our training sessions during 2015 & 2016.  A special thank you on behalf of the club and committee to our trainers, Tyrone (Sarge) Axford, Glyn Hillier & Alan Willis, who have given up their time to support our members in training their dogs.  Thank you to our landowners, who have also supported the club and enabled us to provide some excellent training scenarios and offer variety, challenges and experience throughout this year.

Thank you once again,
Usk Valley Working Gundog Club Committee





Our first training group session has come to an end.  We have battled the elements in terms of the weather, we've had slips, trips and falls, visited a variety of venues, experienced plenty of learning curves but most importantly, we had fun!  Below are a couple of snaps of the group and their dogs, all of which are progressing onto the next training stages.  Well done all.