Another date for your dairy…
Tuesday 14th December
Savernake Forest, Wiltshire
By kind arrangement with Paul Howard
A Judge Andy Robinson
B Judge tbc
This Seasons Trials
It’s official! Definite dates for your diary – Thursday 18th November for Meon Valley’s Open Cocker, Thursday 30th December for Open A/V (except Cocker).
There will definitely be a Novice A/V at Savernake and a Novice Cocker at Malshanger… we will keep you posted.
Schedule will be available as soon as all dates / judges etc. are confirmed
Water Event on Sunday 20th June
Hursley Farm Estate
What a super day!
Hats off to Julie and Ray for setting up a series of “tests”. Other MV Committee members and their spouses were working hard on the day and had done lots beforehand, behind the scenes.
The Hursley venue was absolutely superb and prizes were kindly sponsored by Skinners.
Thankfully the weather was far better than had been forecast – the humans stayed dry!
There were so many happy smiling faces, it was an absolute pleasure to be there.
The “test” that I had been given had two parts; a hunt up (for spaniels) or a walk to heel (retrievers)… up to a certain point where a shot was fired and a dummy thrown.
I had NO total failures. Every dummy was retrieved. A few dogs were a little unsteady in the morning and some dogs were dropping their retrieves ‘short’ of their handlers. All dogs generally improved their performances in the afternoon with a couple of “pilot” errors.
There were some VERY nervous (first time-in-company) handlers. They ALL came away smiling, great to have new people become enthusiastic.
Sky was the naughtiest dog in the universe before lunch but definitely redeemed herself afterwards. Little monkey!
The best thing about the day, to me, was seeing so many enthusiastic handlers with their much loved, happy and (usually) obliging dogs having fun whilst fine tuning their water skills. It makes being a trainer a total pleasure.
Thank you for a great day
The Club has some very sad news…
Ted Cleary passed away on Sunday 9th May.
I first met him and Judy, in Yorkshire, at a Shooting Times Test back in the 80s. We became firm friends and had many good times over the years.
He was the Meon Valley’s Chairman from the early 90s until quite recently and was ALWAYS there whenever he was needed, no matter what he might have had planned. He had no idea why I asked if he could please attend a Cocker Trial at Exbury one year – it was to look after The Queen.
Ted was quietly spoken, a private man but full of fun, an amazingly strong force of nature. Such a gentle, kind person but you crossed him at your peril.
Ted was a true friend. I’ll miss our phone calls..
The Club offers sincere condolences to his wife, Judy, and family.
Water Event update
Water Training + Assessment Sunday 20th June 2021 to be held at:
Hursley Farm Estate SO21 2JL
Fun day for all.
Open to Spaniels & Retrieving Breeds.
Prizes to be won.
Please click here to download the information and entry form.
Water Event on Sunday 20th June
Ray Titchener has secured ground at Hursley again this year for this successful day and popular for all abilities. To be run along the same lines as in other years.
This is an opportunity to try your dogs over, alongside and from water in several situations. The day is open to non members and also not restricted to spaniels. It’s a social and fun event first and foremost.
See you there!!
Ray will have a schedule ready soon – his email is email@example.com
January Trial Cancellations
This is the announcement you knew would be made. Due to the current travel restrictions, this Club will be unable to hold any further Trials this season.
Let’s look forward to a healthier, happier 2021. Hands, face, space! Keep safe everyone.
December Covid-19 update
Due to National Tier changes, and to respect our Host’s wishes, Meon Valley’s Novice Cocker, at Malshanger, is cancelled.
Our Open Trials at Southwick are in T2 and will, atm, still be going ahead.
We emphasise that all current Government advised Covid-19 protocols must, and will be, observed.
Please help our FT Sec as much as possible. Bring your own masks, gloves and sanitiser. Bring your own mug/spoon (tea/coffee is available). Be prepared to take notes of any card alterations.
BASC responds to publication of new General Licences for England
We at Meon Valley had been guided by BASC re 2nd December. Our Open Cocker is now to be rescheduled to January
More information here – https://basc.org.uk/basc-respond-to-publication-of-new-general-licences/
This season’s Meon Valley Trials will, provided our lockdown is not extended, go ahead as planned. Our FT Sec is working extremely hard to keep on top of every single thing that the COVID situation can throw at her.
We are mindful that the pandemic, and the fact that we have no spaniel championships, may mean a depleted number of qualified dogs entering our Open Stakes. If this happens then the Trial will be reassigned as an All Aged (still with preference in the Draw as per Open Stakes).
Trial entry form and schedule
The full schedule and trial entry form for 2020-21 is now available on the events page.
There will be no Raffle on the 6th of September.
Autumn Working Test 2020
You will be pleased to know that Ray has secured the lovely ground in Hursley for our annual Test on Sunday 6th of September 2020. Further details will be announced soon! Social distancing Rules will be observed.
Kennel Club – Covid-19 Statement
Given the rapidly changing situation, please regularly check the latest Public Health England advice and continually assess your own situation based on this information. The Kennel Club is in regular contact with Defra to keep up to date on developments. Please follow the link below to read the full statement released by The Kennel Club released on the 19th of March.
Annual General Meeting 2020
We would normally, at this time of year, be announcing our AGM date, to be held by 1st June.
However, in these uncertain times, and following KC directives after advice from Health Authorities, we are postponing this year’s AGM until at least July. Members will be informed of the AGM date as soon as it can be confirmed.