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Field Trials Team GB competes in FCI world championship

01 December 2015    14:30
 

The Kennel Club would like to congratulate the Field Trials Team GB, who recently competed for the first time at the FCI World Championship Practical Hunting for Pointers and Setters and the St. Hubert Championship held in Niš, Serbia, thanks to the support of the Kennel Club.

This was the 37thWorld Championship, with 29 teams competing from countries including Russia, Turkey, Iceland, USA and Brazil. Field Trials Team GB's Rob Gould came joint 6thoverall in the Continental Pointing Breeds and Maddy Raynor was joint 15thposition in the British Pointing Breeds during the St. Hubert FCI World Championship.

The FCI World Championship took place on Saturday 24 and Monday 26 October, with the St. Hubert Championship, which included a Spaniel Trial and three classes for men and two for ladies, in between.

The Field Trials Team GB captain was Meryl Asbury, and the team vet was Rob Gould. The full team was as follows:

World Championship Pointers and Setters

  • Sara Chichester - Wiscombe Tomintoul, Gordon Setter
  • Sara Chichester - Little Treasure of Gawcott, Gordon Setter
  • Maddy Raynor - Bownard Carrabullawn of Wiscombe, Irish Setter
  • Meryl Asbury - Upperwood Sacre Bleu, English Setter

World Championship Continentals

  • Rob Gould - Wamilanghaar Djynn, German Long Haired Pointer
  • Howard Kirby - FTCh Wamilanghaar Tash of Mullenscote, German Long Haired Pointer
  • Geoff Saint - Hourra Du Domain St Hubert, Hungarian Wirehaired Viszla

St Hubert (Mens)

  • Rob Gould - Wamilanghaar Djynn, German Long Haired Pointer
  • Geoff Saint - Hourra Du Domain St Hubert, Hungarian Wirehaired Viszla

St Hubert (Womens)

  • Sara Chichester - Little Treasure of Gawcott, Gordon Setter
  • Maddy Raynor - Bownard Carrabullawn of Wiscombe, Irish Setter

St Hubert (Spaniels)

  • Howard Kirby - FTCh Chyknell Eagle, Spaniel (Cocker)
  • Mark Clifford - FTCh Belvden Vatanen, Spaniel (English Springer)

Reserve:

  • Mark Clifford - Belvden Barnes Stormer, Spaniel (English Springer)

Handlers had to make their way through maize, chillies, wheat, stubble, plough and weed and, under FCI Rules, ran for 15 minutes.

On the first day, Rob Gould with Wamilanghaar Djynn gained a Very Good, being awarded 4 points towards the team and Maddy Raynor with Bownard Carrabullawn of Wiscombe gained a Good achieving 2 points.

On the second day, the groups split up for the St Hubert competition. During this competition they are judged as a hunter and 70 per cent of the marks go on how the hunter conducts him or herself, and 30 per cent go to the dog. The pair are given a piece of ground and hunt for 20 minutes.

On the third day, Rob Gould with Wamilanghaar Djynn gained another Very Good, being awarded 4 points in the World Championship again. This made him joint 6thoverall in the Continental Pointing Breeds, with Maddy Raynor finishing joint 15thposition in the British Pointing Breeds.

Meryl Asbury, Field Trials Team GB Captain said: "This was the first time we had competed in Europe under FCI Rules with world class competition and Team GB did very well. Our dogs held their own in terms of pace, distance and stamina. We would like to thank our sponsors, without whom this would not have been possible: the Kennel Club, Skinner's Dog Food, Dick White Referrals and Burrow's Motor Company, Toyota."

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: "We are very proud of Field Trials Team GB and their performance in Serbia, which will stand them in good stead for future World Championship competitions."

ENDS


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