The 110th Open A V Retriever Stake for 24 dogs was held at the Combe Estate, Gittisham, Devon by kind permission of Mr Richard Marker on 20 & 21 October 2023.
The judges were Mr R Atkinson (A), Ms S Chichester (A), Mr P Highfield (A) and Mr J Bettinson(A).
1st Matthew Gould's Middleton Tout de Suite of Hawkerline
2nd Claire Raymond's FTCh Nobsquinton Nettle
3rd Clare Baker's FTCh Arcklebear Caribou
4th Margaret Broomfield's Goldieslie Meadow Platt of Ticefield handled by Keith Broomfield
Certificates of Merit
Mel Brook's FTCh Anningtonbay Maddi May
Dawn Scott's Diglake Napravnik (also Guns' Choice)
Report by Mary-Jane Opie, Hon Field Trial Secretary:
“The Estate had selected a new drive for the first morning that saw the line extending
almost a quarter of a mile! With the dogs lined out on the right behind the
guns, midway up a hill and overseeing the left end of the line also behind the
guns, and standing 75yds in front of a hedge line and ditch. The birds were
shot over grassland and judges were able to send dogs into ditches, or through
gates ways to work independently, before sending to work and pick birds that
lay in the fields. The second drive, was more familiar. The birds landing in a
deep ditch, hedge lines and fields. We finished the first day with twelve dogs
The Estate had selected a drive for the second day that again meant dogs were seldom seen
by the handlers once the dogs had reached the area, working the hedge and a
deep ditch with a small stream with one dog seeing its first turkey!
Many thanks to Mr. Marker, the Estate, Judges, committee and the helpers, all of whom made
the two days progress smoothly and a winner found!”
The 109th Open A V Retriever Stake for was held at the Ampton Estate, Suffolk on 21 & 22 November.
The judges were Mrs J Rainey (A), Mr S Richardson (A), Mr C Horwill (B) and Mrs P Cullis (B).
The 108th Open A V Stake for 24 dogs was held at The Great Park, Windsor , Berkshire by gracious permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Crown Commissioners on 1 & 2 November, 2021.
Judges were Mr J Stubbs (A), Mr S McGrath (A), Mrs K Jinks (B) and Mr J Mayhew (B).
1st Tess Lawrence's FTCh Hawksgarth Sirooco
2nd Louie Robertson's FTCh Mitforton Nacho
3rd Wendy Glue's Troddenmills Get A Grip At Dacreford
4th Jim Collins's FTCh Brockaghs Forba
CoM Steve Richardson's Sothebys Choice of Wedgnock
CoM HM Queen Elizabeth II's Buccleuch Bowhill of Sandringham handled by David Lisett
CoM Robert Smallman's Caitlin Primrose
The IGL did not hold an Open AV Retriever Stake for 24 dogs in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 107th Open A V Retriever Stake for 24 dogs was held at Lilac Farm, Norfolk on 16th & 17th September by kind permission of The Chapman Family.
Judges were Mr S Polley (A), Mr Phil Askew (A), Mr C Horwill (B) and Mr N Clitheroe (B).
1st Stauntonvale Moose Milk owned by Mr Derek Hill & handled by Mrs Laura Hill
CoM FTCh Artistryn Ulrich owned & handled by Mr David Field
CoM Angeni Chorus at Kayteens owned & handled by Mr Keith Bedford
The 106th Open A V Retriever Stake for 24 dogs was held at the Glenalmond Estate, Perth by generous invitation of Mr H R Astrup on 8th & 9th October, 2018.
Judges were Mrs L MItchell (A), Mr T Prentice (A), Mr J Bettinson (A) and Mr S Hore (B).
1st place & Guns' Choice Laggengill Dawn of Blackgrass owned & handled by Mr Leigh Jackson
2nd Troddenmills Full Throttle of Leacaz owned & handled by Mr Lee Hartis
3rd Serrara Managa Sahara owned & handled by Mr John Iacono
CoM Fendawood Feller owned & handled by Mr Reuben Mort