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Labrador Finally Gets First Win at Novice Retriever Trial

21 September 2016    00:00
Mike Forbes with Lubbecke Grappelli of Omachie. Photo credit: Nigel Dear / Kennel Club ©

A Labrador Retriever from Kingennie, Dundee, has won the Kennel Club’s Novice 16-Dog Any Variety Retriever Field Trial at Bowhill Estate in Scotland, having previously won second prize on a number of occasions.

Lubbecke Grappelli of Omachie, known as Brad and owned by Mike Forbes, was awarded first place at the trial, which saw talented working retrievers tested on their natural working ability.

Mike said: “It felt fantastic to win. I have had a lot of second places and being new to trials it was a pretty special win. Out of all the trials this would be the one I wanted to win. My dog is three years old and for a long time I didn’t think he had enough go in him; however, in the last year he has materialised into a dog with a little bit of punch which handles very well. Overall he is a very honest and lovely dog to own and handle.’’

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: ““Our congratulations go to Brad and Mike on their win. Mike is new to trialling and he should be very proud of his and his lovely dog’s performance. They are living proof that hard work and determination really do pay off. We wish them much success in the field in the future.”

The trial was held at the Bowhill Estate, by kind permission of Stuart Riddell and at the invitation of Mr John Castle and the guns. Judges for the day were Messrs A Schofield, M Demaine, J Bailey and A Latham.

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