HPR Training:

Mr Simon Kirby, 07792 201874,

HPR training will commence from Sunday 16th May 2021 from 10.30am within the Lisvane area of Cardiff.
Members will be emailed full confirmation of venues and contacts details on receipt of payment and booking form. 

Retriever Training:

Mr David Thomas, 07852 533009,

Retriever training will commence from Sunday 11th April 2021 from 10am

Venue: Llanarth, Raglan.  Members will be emailed full confirmation of venues and contacts details on receipt of payment and booking form.


Spaniel Training:

Mr Julian Morgan Tel: 07711 151060 
New Six Week Training Course to be announced soon

Venue: Members will be emailed full confirmation of venues and contact details on receipt of booking and payment.


Young Handler Fun Day:

Mrs Linda Newnes,

Usk Valley are pleased to announce we are hosting a "Young Handler Fun Day" for any children under the age of 16 with a Retreiver, Spaniel or HPR.  The day will be held on Saturday 4th September 2021 from 10am - 3pm, in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire.

In the morning the young handlers will have a training session with our training experts, followed by a fun test in the afternoon, featuring mixed teams competing with one another to be crowned "Young Handler of the Year 2021".

You will be required to provide your own lunch and refreshments.

The event is FREE to enter, but all children MUST be accompanied by an adult.  For further information, please contact Linda Newnes on 07976 273299 or to enter, please complete the attached booking form and email to


David Latham Gundog Training Day Saturday 26th June 2021:

To register your interest, please complete the attached form and send to before Saturday 12th June 2021.  In the event of interest being oversubscribed, names will be placed into a draw at 18:00hrs on Saturday 12th June and successful trainees contacted to confirm placement and arrange payment.



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;


HPR, Spaniel and Retriever Training 2019



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.