The prestigious International Gundog League Retriever Championship is now held each year in late November/early December and the title is the most coveted in the world of competitive retrieving.
See details of past Championships below and visit the Photo Gallery for more photographs.
The Retriever Championship 2019 was held at the Glenalmond Estate, Perthshire by kind permission of Astrup Fearnley AS on 25th, 26th & 27th November.
Judges were Keith Bedford, Lynn Mitchell, Damien Newman and Phil Parkins.
Steward of the Beat was Glenalmond Estate Head Keeper Brian Dickson.
The Championship was very generously hosted on 4, 5 & 6 December by the Holden family at Out Rawcliffe in Lancashire where their Hy-Fly Game Hatcheries is well known not only for its long established game farm but also in more recent years for holding successful trials. During the course of the Championship he and FT Ch Buccleuch Xena impressed with the efficiency of their retrieving, picking stylishly in a seemingly effortless way and with minimal handling. FT Ch Buccleuch Xena is a dog that you want to watch all day long and it no surprise to learn that she has gone from Novice Field Trial winner to Retriever Champion in one season.
Picture: John Lupton
The 2016 International Gundog League Retriever Society Championship was held on 6th, 7th, 8th December 2016 at Ampton by kind permission of the Turner family and invitation of Peter Rushbrook. The Winner, for the fourth time, Mr David Latham with F/T Ch Beileys Aguzannis of Fendawood is shown below. Mr Latham is only the third person to have won the Championship four times.
The 2015 International Gundog League Retriever Championship was held on on 30th November, 1st and 2nd December 2015 on the Queensberry Estate, Dumfries and Galloway by generous invitation of His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE, DL.
First place and the 2015 Retriever Champion: Handler Mr J W Halsted with Lady Celina Carter’s F.T.CH. ASTERIX AGUZANNIS of CHATSWORTH (photographed with the The Duchess of Devonshire DL).
The 2014 International Gundog League Retriever Championship was held on 1st – 3rd December 2014 at Windsor by gracious invitation of Her Majesty the Queen and the Crown Commissioners.
Picture: Winner Richard King and Ft Ch Saxaphone Brown Ale of Lincswolds
The 2013 Retriever Championship was held at Lauder, Borders, Scotland, TD2 6QY by kind invitation of Mr. W. Young Snr., Mr. W. Young Jnr. and Eskdale Shooting Services.
Picture: 2013 Retriever Champion F.T.Ch Ellijas Danny with owner Mr L Jackson
The 2012 championship was held at the Cawdor Estate, Nairn, Nr.Inverness, Scotland by the kind invitation of the Right Honourable the Earl Cawdor.
Picture: 2012 Retriever Champion F.T.CH. DELFLEET NEON OF FENDAWOOD with his owner/handler Mr D S Latham