If you would like to become a member of this exciting new club, please download the membership form from the download area.
We have developed through the request of people who own these particular lesser known retriever breeds, who would like to advance their dogs with the support of other like minded people.
We will offer training days that meet the needs of these individual breeds and encourage the training, working and competition of all the breeds listed: Curly Coated Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel, Flat Coated Retriever, Chesapeake Bay Retriever & the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
Our aim is to organise Gundog Working Tests, Working Gundog Certificate Days, training days and any other type of Field events authorised by the Kennel Club.
Our breeds are only in the minority through their numbers & popularity and not classified as such through their ability. These breeds are not as well known and understood by people and that is why we have joined together to set up this Club.
We are extremely passionate about the breeds we represent and our Members are encouraged and expected to health test all breeding stock following the required standard of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme.
The Club also encourages members to breed dogs that are "fit for Purpose". Members should also consider these factors prior to breeding -• Working ability• Temperament• Breed Type and Characteristics• Health Screening• Genetic Diversity (Co-efficient of inbreeding)
Please note that training for 2023 will only be available to paid up Club Members, Club Membership runs from April 2023, If you would like to join or renew membership, please download the form from the downloads page and complete and return to firstname.lastname@example.org Single membership £10, Joint £12, Child under 16 Free .
Places for Events will be offered on a first come first basis and will only be confirmed and secured once payment has been received.
OUR NEW BANK ACCOUNT DETAILS FOR PAYMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS
NATWEST ACC Working Minority Retriever Club Acc No: 70113165 Sort Code: 51-61-09
12th March 2023 Training Day Wiltshire By Kind permission Adam Freeman CROUCH FARM, Highworth, Swindon, Wiltshire SN6 7QS
Puppy/Novice am10.30am - 12.30, Advanced Pm 1.30- 3.30pm - Neil Varney & Judy Hempstead
April 1st & 2nd Water & land Training, Gardners Farm, Ashburnham - option of training either day
Each day - 10am - 12 puppy/beginner lunch at 12 next session starts 1pm - 3pm working from upper novice to advanced - please contact Judy to book in - by email email@example.com once you have confirmed by email I will send you out the bank details
Cost for each session £30 spaces limited so please book early & payment to Judy Hempstead
Trainers Chris Marshall & Judy Hempstead
The club will not be doing a weekend event, However Gardners Farm have a campsite for members who wish to come for the weekend and stay you can book here https://www.pitchup.com/campsites/England/South_East/East_Sussex/ashburnham/gardners-farm
May 29th Team Challenge, Sherbourne Country Fair, Somerset
Minorities Team of 4 Open dogs, if you are interested in competing please let Judy know
25th June Minority Breed Team event - annual event run by Chesapeake Club this year (this event is not run by our club)
8th July Training Day (Training towards working test skills) /Working Test 9th July, Competitive working test under KC rules but without KC accreditation, to assist with learning the skills to present your dog for working tests) This will be judged by non panel but experienced judges who will be able to offer feedback and training tips. Awards will be given on the day. Dogs from 5 months of age will be eligible to enter.
Oxford - Standlake The Willows Training Ground
19th August Working Gundog Certificate arrive at 9.30am for a briefing assessment starts at 10am
Assessors John Bint, co assessor John Bartoloni & Judy Hempstead depending on numbers we may do a morning & afternoon session
please complete a WGC application form and make payment to the club £30 per dog handler
Completed forms returned to Judy by email firstname.lastname@example.org BY 10TH August 2023
Greywell, Hants RG27 9HW
working_gundog_certificate_handbook.pdf (thekennelclub.org.uk) LINK TO GUIDE OF THE ASSESSMENT
17th September Working Test run by the IWSA & WMRC Venue By Kind permission from the Freeman family CROUCH FARM, Highworth, Swindon, Wiltshire SN6 7QS
9.30am arrival for 10am start - entry form on downloads
Judges Ken Green B Panel & John Lewis non panel
29th October - Advanced Dog/ Walk Up Cover Crop Training Day, Shot & launchers will be used
Manor Farm, Ropley, Hants
If you are interested in hosting a training day local to you and you know of a suitable venue, please contact Judy to discuss options 07747533080
Throughout the year we team up with our Retrievers and attend demonstrations and breed appreciation pavilions at various country shows. We set up breed pens in a pavilion that are decorated with breed info and ensure knowledgeable owners are on hand to give the correct advice and information on their individual breeds ensuring the public can be correctly educated on our unique working gundogs & how we train them for the sport they where bred for.
We are an all encompassing club and invite Spaniels, HPR'S & Setters to these events where appropriate.
We will be covering the following Demonstrations, Parades and Pavilions - (Depending on current Covid 19 Restrictions)
Living Heritage Game Fairs
Thame 9th & 10th April 2023
Wiltshire 12th & 13th August 2023
28th- 30th July 2023
The Autumn Gamefair
23rd & 24th September 2023 Ardingly Autumn Show and International Horse Show
Point of contact Judy Hempstead (Show Vice President)
We Welcome new members to the working Minority Retriever Club. As a Club we particularly welcome and actively assist, novice Handlers, young handlers & those wanting to have ago at gundog training with their dog & are finding it difficult to know where to start. We encourage our members to participate in all our events whilst they start their gundog training journey with us.
We are solely a gundog club dedicated to educating the public at the events we attend on how we train & work our dogs, whether it is for fun gundog competitions or KC rule tests, working on the shooting field.
We welcome those who would like to enrich their dogs life by training them in a sport they are naturally bred for, with out the pressure of having to enter tests & competitions, but to enjoy participating in gundog demonstrations & or helping at events with the club.
Any questions or for more information please feel free to contact one of our committee members, via the contact section below, we will be happy to assist you!
One to One Training & Groups
If you don't feel that you and your dog are quite ready for group activities just yet, then Judy Hempstead (KCAI, WGC Assessor & Trainer of the Year 2022) of Whipcurl Canine Resolve will be more than happy to arrange some one to one sessions. Please visit her website: https://www.whipcurlcanineresolve.com
For more information you can contact Judy directly 07747533080
If you would like to join the Minority Working Retriever Club, Please complete the members form on the website and email to email@example.com
Judy Hempstead & The Working Minority Retriever Club are thrilled to have been invited by The GameFair, Ragley Hall to run a brand new event for 2023.
The Minority Breeds Team Challenge will be held on Sunday 30th July 2023 in the Hertford Arena
Our Judges for the day will be Diana Stevens (Retrievers) and Tom Sheppard (Spaniels).
Each team will consist of 3 Dogs and 1 Reserve to be entered under their breed clubs names. (Please note the Team reserve must be present on the day and will be asked to complete an exercise). All 4 Tests will be run under Kennel Club Regulations.
Why not come along and watch and support your breed, it is a great opportunity to see all the minority breed retrievers and spaniels in action.
We would like to thank our sponsors for this event
Dog & Field https://www.dogandfield.co.uk/shop/
Skinners Dog Food https://www.skinners.co.uk/product-category/field-trial/
The Gundog Journal https://gundog-journal.com/
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