A three-year-old English Setter from Matlock in Derbyshire has won the Kennel Club Open Pointer and Setter Spring Trial, held at Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire, by kind permission of Richard Clarke. The judges were Meryl Asbury and Bill Connolly.
Upperwood Clover, owned and handled by Dom Goutorbe, was awarded first place at the trial which saw talented working Pointers and Setters tested on their natural working ability.
Dom said: “I was very proud that Clover was able to produce such a performance to win the Kennel Club Open Stake held at Six Mile Bottom. By winning that Open Stake she has achieved the title of Field Trial Champion and, as this win was on spring wheat, it means she enters a very elite group of dogs that have been able to win trials on all the terrains Setter and Pointer trials offer – heather, autumn stubble and spring wheat. Now she is a mother, it will be exciting to see if her offspring are anything like as special as she is.’’
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Our congratulations go to Dom and Clover who had a brilliant day. Dom should be tremendously proud, especially as Clover won her crown and another of Dom’s dogs was awarded a Certificate of Merit. The victory is even more impressive given that, in 2015, the English Setter was added to the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable native British breeds. English Setters may not be the most well-known or popular breed, but they certainly are exceptionally talented working dogs.”
The results for the day were as follows:
- 1st and Gun’s Choice – Upperwood Clover, English Setter, owned and handled by Dom Goutorbe.
- 2nd – Amshot Eric’s Charm, Pointer, owned by Mrs Maureen Thomas and handled by Colin Organ.
- Certificate of Merit – FT Ch Upperwood Forest, English Setter, owned and handled by Dom Goutorbe.