Gun Dog Club puts Dogs through their Paces

December 8, 2014

Dalcassian Gun Dog Club ran their 9th Retriever Event on Friday 14th November 2014, a 16 dog open stake kindly sponsored by Connolly’s RED MILLS Engage Dog Food in the testing Mulberry Shoot in Connolly, Co Clare by kind permission from shoot owner Mr. John Forde.

Prize winners at the Mulberry Shoot in Connolly, Co. Clare

I myself had the pleasure of shooting for this trial due to work commitments that forced a couple of our guns to cancel at short notice. We had a very high standard of guns today (not including me!!) with Tommy Murray, Packie O’Loughlin, Keith Harris, Gerry Turner, Martin Corry and Joe Turley all shooting exceptionally well. The drives of mix pheasant and partridge were excellent sport and some very testing pegs were had by all guns. I had the honour to witness Mr. Tommy Murray on the last drive of the day shoot a dozen birds coming from all angles on a snap shooting type of a peg and it was as good a drive as I’ve seen.

As a gun today, I can highly recommend a day’s shooting at Mr. John Forde’s Mulberry driven shoot with a guaranteed friendly environment with testing pheasant, partridge and duck to be had. As secretary of Dalcassian I would again like to thank John and his team for making us welcome on this lovely shoot to run our field trial today.

With plenty of game on the ground after our first drive the trial was under way with our Judges Mr. Willie Forde, Mr. David O’Sullivan and Mr. Matty Lambden putting the 13 dogs who ran today through their paces. Dalcassian are very grateful to Willie and David for stepping in at such short notice due to our Judges on the schedule being forced to cancel yesterday.

The standard of dog work was very high with nine dogs being called back after two retrieves each. The second drive again produced a lot of game with plenty of option for judges to test dogs with birds in heavy cover and from across a small river, again the standard stayed high throughout the next round of retrieves with five dogs called back after their fifth round of retrieves.

More action from Connolly, Co. Clare

The third drive like the first two ended with plenty of game on the ground and each of the five dogs had their chance to shine with two dogs unfortunately falling at the last hurdle. The top three dogs that finished were as follows: 3rd Thomas Loughran with Copperbirch Rooskey, 2nd Tony O’Hare with Tyrellison Star Dreamer and 1st Nigel Carville with Appollobay Apocalypse.

I would like to thank our committee members today Jana Scupakova and Keith Harris for their hard work in helping make this trial a success. Thank you to Antoinette Fitzgerald for taking care of the red flag duties and to the markers Brendan, Tommy, Jana and Bill Tierney for doing a great job with giving the judges such accurate marks to help them set up the retrieves for the dogs. Well done to all the award winners and thank you to everyone involved with the success of this trial today. Thank you to Jana Scupakova for the photographs and to Connolly’s Red Mills Engage for their sponsorship.