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.


HPR, Spaniel and Retriever Training 2018

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 25th March 2018  from 10.30am at TBC


Dates: 25th March, 1st, 8th, 15th 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.


*** NEW EVENT ***

Further to the recent success of our HPR working test and training days, kindly coordinated by our very own Simon Kirby, Usk Valley Working Gundog Club are pleased to announce that Simon has now organised the following event for our HPR members.

We have already had a considerable amount of interest, so if you are keen to book onto this training day, please contact Simon as soon as possible, as per details below.

As always, we are keen to hear your feedback on such events and the services that our members would like the Committee and Officers to consider going forward. If you would like to provide feedback, please email Trudy Hillier on, who will then take the feedback to the quarterly committee meetings.

Thank you for your continued support.


Retriever Training:

Mr David Thomas, 07852 533009,

Retriever training will commence from Sunday 4th March 2018 from 10am at Coombe Farm.

Venue: Coombe Farm, Shirenewton, Chepstow, NP16 6LN

Dates: 4th, 11th, 19th, 25th March, 8th, 15th April

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 6th April 2018 from 5:45pm (Meet in Usk Square).

Venue: Local to Usk.

Dates: 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th April, 4th, 11th May

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.



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.