Seven more talented gundog handlers have qualified for the Chudleys Gundog Championship final at the Lowther Show last weekend. They beat off stiff competition from an astonishing 1,196 entries to make it to the top spot.
There are now 39 handlers competing in the final which will take place in September at the Midland Game Fair.
The winning handlers and gundogs competed in either the Working Test or Scurry Victor Ludorum which is the best aggregate time from the Up ‘n’ Over, Long Retrieve, Short Fence, Duck Distraction and Pick ‘n’ Mix.
The three Working Test qualifiers were Lancashire based plumber, Lee Barlow with his five-year-old, black-and-white spaniel bitch, Tilly; Roz McIllroy, owner of a puppy crèche in Lancashire with Bolt, a five-year-old yellow Labrador and interior designer Victoria Stanley from Conway with her five-year-old black Labrador Pip.
Four of those taking part in the scurries managed to qualify: Yorkshire -based retired personnel manager, Lynda Carr with her two-year-old black spaniel Whisper; Julie Higgins, a gamekeeper from Northamptonshire with Cody, a two-year-old yellow Labrador bitch; Charlotte Brown a product risk assessment manager from Yorkshire with her four-year-old liver-and-white spaniel Juke; retail assistant Jayne Clarke from Nottinghamshire with her two-year-old liver-and-white HPR bitch, Kizzy and Charlotte Brown, a production manager from Lancashire with two-year-old liver-and-white spaniel, Juke.
The last chance to qualify for the final will be the first day of the Midland Game Fair, Saturday 17 September, with the grand final being held the following day.
Countryman Fairs Gundog Events coordinator, Laura Bacon, was thrilled with how many entrants competed at Lowther Show and the overall high standard. She added: “Lowther Show always attracts a lot of dogs and handlers and this year was no different. The standard was very high and the selection going through to the grand final stand a good chance of winning. There’s not long to go until the Midland Game Fair now and I can’t wait to see who comes out on top!”
For more information, visit the Chudleys Gundog website here. The last event in the Countryman Fair’s calendar is the Midland Game Fair which takes place over 17th and 18th September. To find out more visit the website here and join us on Facebook to keep up with the latest news and developments.