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 2019 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 hpruv@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 : Sunday 9th June 2019 (schedule)

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

 Judges: John Cottrell (Puppy), Francis Briley (Novice), Eddie Hales (Open) and Ian Jones (Water)
 Classes: Puppy, Novice and Open (arrive 9am for 9.30am start)
 Fees: £8.00 Members // £10:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date: Saturday 25th May 2019

 

 

Retriever Working Tests:
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 23rd March 2019 (schedule)

To be held at Garn-Yr-Erw, Blaenavon, NP4 9SF by kind permission of Steve Williams, Torfaen County Borough Council

** The winners of the Open Class will be offered the opportunity to represent the Club at the Sherborne Country Fair in the Retriever Team Challenge on Monday 27th May 2019 **

 Judges:  Craig Perry, Brian Gregory, Julian Price and Tyrone Axford
 Classes:  AM: Puppy and Novice (9am for 9.30am Start) // PM: Open (not before 1pm)
 Fees:  £10.00 Members // £15:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Saturday 16th March 2019

Additional Information:

Directions:

Nigel Kirby of Nigel Kirby Photography will be attending our event.  You will be able to purchase photos from the day on his website, www.nigelkirbyphotography.com

Directions and a ariel view map to our event are available on the schedule above.  Club signs will be out on the day.

 

WORKING TEST 2 : Saturday 22nd June 2019 (Schedule)

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

 Judges: Clare Baker, Morton Redpath, Julia Redpath and Mike Jones.
 Classes:

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

PM: Novice (not before 1pm)

 Fees:  £10.00 Members // £15:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Saturday 15th June 2019

 

WORKING TEST 3 : Saturday 3rd August 2019 (Schedule)

To be held at Big Pit, Blaenavon by kind permission of Mr Llewellyn

 Judges:  Mark Bettinson, Johnny Morris, Haydn Willmott, 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:  Saturday 27th July 2019

Additional Information:


Directions:

Chris Turling of Yellow Hound Lifestyle Animal Photography will be attending our event.  You will be able to purchase photos from the day on his website, www.yellowhound.co.uk 

From M4 follow the brown Tourism signs from J25a (westbound) or J26 (eastbound) toward Big Pit. Also signposted off the A465 at Brynmawr and Abergavenny.  On arrival at the visitor car park you will see a road to your right hand side with a white gate, please open the gate (please close it after you) and make your way down the road to the end.

 

Spaniel Working Tests:

Working Test Secretary: Mr Steve Erasmus who can be contacted via telephone, 07939 586877 or email uvspaniel_wts@outlook.com 

Entry Forms can be downloaded from our website and should be sent with full payment to Mr Steve Erasmus,

 

WORKING TEST 1 : Sunday 17th February 2019 (Schedule)

To be held at Usk Castle Chase Woodland, Usk by kind permission of Joe & Ellie of Moore Drive Sporting and the Humphrey's Family

** The winners of the Open Class will be offered the opportunity to represent the Club at the Sherborne Country Fair in the Spaniel Team Challenge on Monday 27th May 2019 **

If any of our members are interested in being considered for the Spaniel Team, please attend this working test and speak with Jane Stenner.

 Judges:

Alex Badger and Russ Woodward (Novice and Open)
Steve Erasmus (Puppy)

 Classes:

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

PM: Open (not before 1pm)

 Fees:  £8.00 Members // £10:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Saturday 9th February 2019

 

WORKING TEST 2 : Sunday 28th April 2019 (Schedule)

To be held at Great Trymynach Farm, Raglan, Usk NP15 2JP by kind permission of Mr Mike Spencer. 

 Judges:

Mr Steve Adams, Mrs Alice Wise, Steve Erasmus

 Classes:

AM: Novice (9am for 9.30am Start)

PM: Open (not before 1pm)

 Fees:  £8.00 Members // £10:00 Non-Members
 Closing Date:  Saturday 20th April 2019

 

WORKING TEST 3 :  Sunday 7th July 2019 (Schedule)

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

 Judges:  Alan Willis (Puppy), Victoria Williams and Alex Hayes (Novice and Open
 Classes:

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

PM: Open (not before 1pm)

 Fees:  £8.00 Members // £10:00 Non-Members

 Closing Date:

Saturday 29th June 2019

 

WORKING TESTS 2018

We are not sure where 2018 has gone, but the time flying by would not be possible without the support of our committee, officers, landowners, judges, sponsors, helpers and most importantly our competitors.  Our working test season has been a busy one and our thanks and appreciation is extended to our test secretaries.....David Thomas (Retrievers), Jane Stenner (Spaniels) and Simon Kirby (HPR) who have worked tirelessly before, during and after the events to ensure that we can all enjoy our sport and can have a bit of fun along the way.  This year we took the gamble to change some of the classes run across our test events, which has paid off and next year promises to be more testing, exciting and we hope to host on a number of new grounds.

David and Simon will continue with their roles next year, but unfortunately, Jane has taken the decision to step down from her role as Spaniel Test Secretary.  Jane will continue to support the events and we would like to thank Steve Erasmus, who has offered to take on the role of Spaniel Secretary for 2019.  Thank you Steve and good luck.

We are always looking for willing volunteers to assist us at our events.  Not only are you supporting us, but this is an opportunity for you to observe the sport up close and personal, meet like minded individuals and gain some invaluable experiences.  Please let our WTS know if you can help at any time, we will welcome you with open arms.

We wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Kind Regards
Usk Valley Working Gundog Club Committee

 


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.