Golden Retriever Club of Northumbria


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March 2002

Dear Member 

I would like to start by thanking everyone, especially my committee, for all their support during a very trying season. As always the club would not function without the backbone of your committee and without their dedication and time our events would not take place. Also I cannot thank our landowners, keepers and generous hosts enough for allowing you, the member, to run in competitions on their ground. To all our landowners, judges, helpers, game carriers and dummy throwers sincere thanks.

Due to the restrictions on Foot & Mouth we had to cancel all our events with the exception of our Breed All-Aged Stake at Thimbleby in September and a Puppy/Novice working test at Hetton Lyons Country Park.

We have a full program of events for this year commencing with:-

Novice/Open Working Test on SATURDAY 27th April at Naworth Castle.
Novice/Open Working Test on Sunday 19th May at Flats Lane Country Park, Middlesbrough. This is the same venue as the heat for Save the Children on Sunday 9th June.
Puppy/Novice working Sunday 11th August at East Harlsey.

Schedules have been sent to all our members.

Save the Children Heat - Flats Lane Country Park, Middlesbrough on Sunday 9th June. Directions to the venue are on the reverse side of the working test information. Please telephone Glyn Coupar on 01642 457 922 for further details. Schedules will be available at the April and May Working Tests. As mentioned above this is the same venue as our working test in May. Final will be held on Sunday 7th July at Chatsworth.

Training Classes - Gundog training classes will be held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month commencing Tuesday 7th May at Hetton Lyons Country Park. Training class fee will be £1.00 per dog. Please meet for 7.00 p.m. in the main car park. Directions - A1M, take the A690 heading towards Sunderland. Then take the A182, follow signs for Hetton Lyons Country Park. If these are not supported the classes will be cancelled.

Field Trials for this season are currently in progress and as soon as they are all finalised, schedules will be sent out to all fully paid up members. Can everyone please check to make sure that their memberships are fully paid up for this year.

Show Gundog Working Certificate - It is hoped to run a Show Gundog working day during the shooting season. Although this is in the early stages of planning, everyone will be kept fully informed.

Good luck to everyone during the season, you might see me around at some of the working tests!

Jennifer Hay
Field Trial Secretary


February 2002

Might I remind you that the Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 25th February 2002 at Fencehouses Community Centre, Fencehouses, Co. Durham, starting at 7:30 pm. We welcome all members to this meeting and hope that many of you will be able to  attend. We want to hear your views on what we are doing right, or ways in which we might better serve your needs as members and the needs of our dogs of which we are all so justifiably proud. (Enclosed with this letter to all members was a balance sheet and an agenda).

Many thanks to those who have already paid their membership fees for 2002. I would like to remind those who have still to pay that single  membership is £5.00, joint membership is £7.00 and junior membership is £1.00. According to our rules, only those who paid by 28th January will be entitled to vote at the AGM. According to the most recent bank statement, we still have some members who are paying the wrong amounts of membership fees by standing order. If you do pay in this way, please would you check to ensure you have paid the correct amount.

I have not received any nominations for members to serve either as Officers or Executive Committee Members, so we will remain as status quo for the coming year. I have only received one claim for any of the annual awards to be presented at the AGM. If you think your dog(s) could qualify for any award, please let me know within the next few days.

The Open Show held on 13th January 2002, and judged by Mr. Colin Gibson (Gemmarique) was very successful. Best in Show was Mandy McDonald's Lamancha Daydream Believer. Reseve Best in Show was Barbara Keighley's Colbar Royal Rhapsody. Best Puppy was Anne Woodcock's Stanroph Sail on Boy and Best Veteran was Jean Burnett's Rossbourne Just Jamie.

Our Championship Show this year is to be held on 5th May at Gateshead Leisure Centre with Mr. J. Richardson (Darrochonna) judging dogs and Mrs B. Lowe (Davern) judging bitches. Schedules will be sent soon to all our "show" members. Our second Open show this year will be on 4th August at Hurworth with Mrs. P. Cooper (Goldsmill) as our judge.

On the evening of Wednesday 6th March, Mr Malcolm Davison is conducting an eye testing session at Pittington Community Association. Appointments can be made by phoning Myra Jones on 0191 3855911. I would like to remind members that the GRCN supports the KC/BVA scheme, and we can only accept puppies in the "litter" box where both parents have these clear eye certificates.

On Tuesday evening 19th March we are holding a trimming demonstration/photographic competition at Bowburn Community Association. Tickets - £2.50 each, to include supper, can be obtained from any committee member. Classes for the photographic competition are to be:- 1. Puppy/puppies in relaxed pose. 2. Puppy - show stance. 3 Adult - show stance. 4. Working dog/dogs. 5. Headstudy. 6. Group of dogs. 7. Humorous.  If you are unable to attend, but would like to enter some photographs then please send them to me, with your name and address on the back of each one, 50p entry fee and a stamped addressed envelope for their return.

At present arrangements are underway to hold a Health Seminar at Pittington on 21st April. We hope to have speakers on topics such as the care of the older dog, cancer, DNA testing and MRD. Please support these events that the committee work so hard to arrange for the benefit of members and their dogs.

I have a copy of Dr. K.C. Barnett's European Eye Testing results - 2001. If any members would like a copy would they please send me a large stamped addressed envelope. (these are also available on this site)


Yours sincerely

Anne C. Byrne

Hon. Secretary.

Field Trial News  2001

The club has run 6 field trials this year (2001)and all have now been successfully completed.
Thanks, as always, to Field Trial Secretary Jennifer Hay for her usual efficient organisation which ensured that everything went according to plan. There were some hiccups along the way – the fuel crisis in September meant many runners had to pull out of the Breed All-Aged stake but we managed to fill the card, and then some atrocious weather nearly prevented judges and competitors reaching the trial ground for our novice stake at the end of October. However, a full running card was achieved for all stakes and each had a result.

Our first stake of the season was the Breed All-Aged at Thimbleby, North Yorkshire. 

This was a walked-up trial judged by Phil and Anna Wagland and Gordon Cripps. The fuel crisis was at its height and there were many tales of how everyone managed to get there – some had siphoned fuel from others or spent hours searching for supplies and another had managed to borrow a car which still had a tank of fuel left in it. 
Thimbleby is a truly fabulous location in the heart of the North Yorks Moors. We were able to park next to the shooting ground and then walk from there in a big U-shape across and round the valley, never being too far from the cars but always with a fantastic view across the moors. This was challenging ground for the dogs ranging from deep heather to high bracken in places but including some grassland and wooded areas dropping down into the valley. 
At the end of the trial the winner emerged as Miriam Fowler’s dog Laytoncroft Beech with Dave Haycock’s dog Foxcote Solomon taking second from Bob Stobbart’s bitch Robenda Sioux. The winners are pictured below together with Jennifer Hay.

Photo by Mandy Watmore  

Left to right: Bob Stobbart with Robenda Sioux (3rd), Field Trial Secretary Jennifer Hay, Miriam Fowler with Laytoncroft Beech (1st) and Dave Haycock with Foxcote Solomon (2nd). 

All our other trials were AV stakes (full results have been posted to the results page). The only Goldens featuring in the awards were Glyn Coupar’s Robenda Paiute with a COM in the Two-day qualifier at Callaly Castle and Nicky Gordon’s Catcombe Celica of Clibberswick with a COM at the AV Novice at Coanwood and Gun’s Choice at the AV All-Aged at Whitfield. 

Thanks are due to all club members who gave time and energy to come and help/shoot/steward etc at all the trials and, of course, to Jennifer for all her hard work.

Nicky Gordon

Did you know?

The first dog show ever was organised in 1859 on 28th/29th June and was held in the Corn Market, Newcastle. No bitches were exhibited and only dogs were admitted to the precincts of the Show.

It was organised by the gunsmith William Rochester Pape, who was the great grandfather of the late Pat Pape of the Abbotsford Golden Retrievers, and John Shorthose, a brewers' agent.

The engaging of the judges, printing of the schedules, taking of the entries and supervising of the show was all done by Mr. Pape.

There were only two classes; 

Class 1 - Pointers. After the show the dogs were offered for sale from £10-£100.
Class 2 - Setters. The sale price for these ranged from £10-£300.
Each class had a prize of a best quality Pape gun worth 15 guineas.

The Kennel Club was not inaugurated until 1873 and the stud book containing all that was known of authenticated pedigrees was dated back to the 1859 Pape show.


Ringcraft training classes are held every Thursday at Bowburn. Classes start at 19:30 and are open to all gundog breeds.

GOLDENS IN WORKING TRIALS Are there any club members interested in working trials?   If so, please get in touch with Nicky Gordon.   Here is my dog practising the scale.  E-mail me if you would like some information or want to do some training.  My address is  


Photo: Jacqui Hall