WORKING TESTS 

All of our Working Tests are kindly sponsored by Skinners.

 

Please note:  We no longer accept entries ON THE DAY at our Working Tests

To qualify for membership entry fees, your membership must be up to date by 30 June 2018 at the latest, otherwise your entry will be processed as a non-member.

Please download our terms and conditions here

 

Definition of Class Categories:

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.

 

HPR Working Tests:

Working Test Secretary: Mr Simon Kirby who can be contacted via telephone, 07792 201874 or email uvhrp_wts@outlook.com

Entry Forms can be downloaded from our website and should be sent with full payment to Mr Simon Kirby, 15 Park Street, Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF39 0DH.

 

WORKING TEST 1 : 10th June 2018 (schedule)

To be held at Charlton Park, Malmsbury, SN16 9DG by kind permission of Earl and Countess of Suffolk & Berkshire

 Judges: Puppy: Lesley Trow, Novice: Linsey Whitley & Louise Holmes, Open: Bill Pearson, Water: Mick Phillips
 Classes:  AM: Puppy, Novice and Open arrive 9am for 9.30am start
 Fees:  £8.00 Members // £10:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Sunday 27th May 2018

 

 

Retriever Working Tests:

The "Skinners Fleece Challenge" winner will be announced at our final working test in August 2018. 

Good luck to all our competitors.

 

Working Test Secretary: Mr David Thomas who can be contacted via telephone, 07852 533009 or email uvretriever_wts@outlook.com 

Entry Forms can be downloaded from our website and should be sent with full payment to Mr David Thomas, 6 Clos Croseo, Usk, Monmouthshire NP15 1AZ.

 

WORKING TEST 1 : Saturday 24th March 2018

To be held at Garn-yr-Erw, Blaenavon NP4 9RX by kind permission of Mr Steve Williams, Torfaen CBC

WINNERS OF THE OPEN EVENT WILL BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO REPRESENT USK VALLEY AT SHERBORNE ON 28TH MAY, IF WE ARE DRAWN TO RUN.

 Judges:  Brian Gregory, Craig Perry, Glyn Hillier and Tyrone Axford
 Classes:  AM: Novice (9am for 9.30am Start) // PM: Open (not before 1pm)
 Fees:  £10.00 Members // £15:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Sunday 11th March 2018

 

WORKING TEST 2 : Saturday 23rd June 2018 (Schedule)

To be held at Clytha Park, Abergavenny NP7 9BW by kind permission of Mr Hanbury-Tennison

 Judges:  Johnny Morris, Craig Perry, Barney Williams and Mike Jones
 Classes:

AM: Puppy & Novice Dog/Novice Handler (9am for 9.30am Start)

PM: Novice (not before 1pm)

(Depending Number of entries we may run this as an AM/PM session or a full day for all 3 categories)

 Fees:  £10.00 Members // £15:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Sunday 10th June 2018

 

WORKING TEST 3 : Saturday 4th August 2018

To be held at Big Pit, Blaenavon, NP4 9XP by kind permission of Mr Alan Llewellyn

** ATTENTION **

Usk Valley Working Gundog Club are looking forward to seeing you all next weekend.
A fantastic entry for both Novice and Open classes ahead of our working test this coming Saturday, August 4th.
We are however in need of helpers with dummy throwing/placing and stewarding. We really do appreciate all of the help we have been given so far this season. Thank you to all who have supported our club. If you are able to support our day, please contact David Thomas directly.”

 Judges:  Tbc
 Classes:  AM: Novice (9am for 9.30am Start) // PM: Open (not before 1pm)
 Fees:  £10.00 Members // £15:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Sunday 22nd July 2018

 

Spaniel Working Tests:

Working Test Secretary: Ms Jane Stenner who can be contacted via telephone, 07810 028522 or email uvspaniel_wts@outlook.com 

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

 

WORKING TEST 1 : Saturday 28th April 2018

To be held at Clytha Park, Abergavenny NP7 9BW by kind permission of Mr Hanbury-Tennison

 Judges: Mr Nick Davies, Mr Richard Hestletine & Mr Haydn Morgan.
 Classes:

AM: Puppy & Novice (9am for 9.30am Start)

PM: Open (not before 1pm)

 Fees:  £10.00 Members // £15:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Sunday 14th April 2018

 

WORKING TEST 2 : Saturday 25th August 2018 (schedule)

To be held at Big Pit, Blaenavon, NP4 9XP by kind permission of Mr Alan Llewellyn

 

All proceeds made today will be gifted to Mr Richard Preest and family
to support towards his recovery and health care plan.

 

 Judges: Mr Keith Carter, Mr Russ Woodward and Mr Paul Hulin (updated 07/08/18)
 Classes:

AM: Puppy & Novice (9am for 9.30am Start)

PM: Open (not before 1pm)

 Fees:  £8.00 Members // £10:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Sunday 18th August 2018

 

WORKING TESTS 2017

A huge thank you to all our landowners, judges, helpers and competitors who continue to support our Club to go from strength to strength.  We have come to the end of our working test season and extend our thanks to our working test secretaries, Mr Johnny Morris and Ms Jane Stenner, who have worked hard to ensure that the working tests have been successful before, during and after the events.  The Retriever "Skinners Fleece Challenge" has been rolled over into 2018 due to seven competitors on pole position.  Points will be carried over and we hope to announce the winner at the end of the last Retriever Test 2018 - GOOD LUCK! 

At the end of 2017 Mr Johnny Morris will step down as Retriever Working Test Secretary but will continue to support the Club and Mr David Thomas who has kindly offered to take on the role for 2018.  David has been competing and assisting at club events for a couple of years and has been very proactive since joining the Committee.  We wish him every success and hope you will welcome him with open arms and show him support.

Finally, we are excited to announce that Mr Simon Kirby has joined the Committee and has offered to take on the role of Acting HPR Working Test Secretary for 2018.  Simon has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is well supported inside and outside of the Club.  We are looking forward to growing our HPR provisions and are sure that along with the Committee our members will welcome Simon with open arms.

Wishing you all the best for the continuation of your season,

Kind Regards
Usk Valley Working Gundog Club Committee

 


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


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 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 trialling 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.