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Meon Valley Working Spaniel Club

We have been recognised by the Kennel Club of Great Britain since 1985.

Our First Novice ‘Any Variety Spaniel Trial’ was held in the season of 1985/86 and by the summer of 1990, we had already been granted Open Qualifying Status.

Field Trials

We promote and encourage the training of all breeds of Spaniels to work in the field.

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Meon Valley Working Tests - 6th September 2020

By kind permission of Hursley Park Estate
Test Secretary Ray Titchener
Judges Angelo lo Curto (B) and Julie Etherington (n/p)

Novice

1st STREAMSIDE LADYBIRD QUINCEGROVE - V Payne
2nd CINDERSASH CRESCENT - N Denbemski
3rd STARSTRUCK BROWN BETTY - A Billing
4th MISSELCHALKE SPAYBURN - K Fleet
CoM STOCKBECK STARLIGHT - T Farr
CoM BRONBERLIAN NEIRIN of TROGENVARM - D Browne
CoM MOONCOURT BLACK VALIS - K Barnes
CoM KENSTEEN APPLE SPICE - E Hobbs

Open

1st LILLYWATER BREEZE - P Blakeley
2nd BRONBERLIAN NEIRIN of TROGENVARM - D Browne
3rd SUSSEXOAK CLUEDO by QUINCEGROVE - V Payne
4th MOONCOURT BLACK VALIS - K Barnes
CoM NEDERSCOT SPORT of FLINTWOOD - C Gore

This, now annual, Event has been very popular as a pipe opener for dogs before the Trial season opens proper. However, 2020 has been far from proper with COVID-19 throwing it’s weight around.

Usually the biggest problem in organising a Test would be an uncertain weather forecast, or a lack of fresh undamaged game. This year it was whether the Government Guidelines would even allow us to proceed.

The Club held a Committee Meeting the week before so we could all makes sure we understood the health and safety protocols as far as possible. The Kennel Club had published their own guidelines for Field Trial Societies, but even they didn’t seem to cover everything.

Draws and H&S Protocols had to be emailed in advance to all competitors. Numbers were limited and no spectators allowed. Gloves, sanitiser and masks were to be bought. A track and trace book and “disinfectant wash station” would be provided for all. Awards and gifts had to be prepacked in sealed plastic envelopes. No Cards on the day. Signs everywhere about social distancing. Judges to bring their own refreshments….

With military precision the day was organised, mostly between Ray and Julie. Gareth and Martyn brought the gazebo and were to be in line as Guns/throwers/planters. Naomi kindly attended to help the boys and Al was supporting everyone else. I was just an enthusiastic spectator.

At the start of the day everyone was reminded of the KC and Government Covid Guidelines. Everyone had their own masks, gloves and sanitiser and were advised to stay safe, keep their distances and use their common sense.

The day was a HUGE success. Thank you to the Host, the Judges, and everyone that entered. It wasn’t that hard to organise in the end. Just different. Awards, supported by Skinners Field & Trial, were given out by Al in very fetching red latex gloves.

Well done Meon Valley!

Let’s hope the shooting / Trialling season will go ahead as planned.
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6th September 2020 Test Winners.
Vicky Payne - Novice
Paul Blakely - Open
Full report to follow.
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