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Chatsworth Country Fair 2018


WuffitMix were proud sponsors of the gundog events at the Chatsworth Country Fair, held on Friday 31st August, Saturday 1st September and Sunday 2nd September. For over 30 years, the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire have so kindly allowed many gundog events to be held at the prestigious Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire.


View of the gundog working test course from the Gundog HQ Area

We especially love sponsoring the Country Fair, which is a true celebration of the countryside and its pursuits. From shooting, archery and fishing to highland dancing, farriery and horse driving, this fair is a wonderful insight to the countryside for the general public to enjoy.


There are many dog related events to enjoy at the fair - these include sheepdog trials, gundog team tests, dog agility and have-a-go events including the fun dog show, gundog scurries, lurcher and terrier racing and K9 Aqua Sports.


Here is WuffitMix Manager Hannah's Labrador 'Flash' enjoying the K9 Dog Dive

The events we proudly sponsored were the Special Open AV Retriever Working Test held on Friday 31st August and the Inter Team Working Test held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September.


The judges for the Special Open AV Retriever Working Test were Mr Arthur Hewer and Mr David Haycock.


The award winners were:


1st - Phillipa Williams

2nd - Roz Mcilroy

3rd - Grant Dawson

4th - Sarah Winter


The judges for the Inter Team Gundog Working Test were Mr Allan Schofield and Mr Keith Barnes, with Michael O'Hanlon as the Chief Steward. Commentators over the three days were Steve Burns, Jennifer Hay and Paul Dixon. The organisers of the gundog events were Philips Smithies and Bronwen Roberts, assisted by Joan Hayes and Joyce Smithies.



The award winning teams were:


1st - Dukeries (Notts) Gundog Club - Captain Mr John Cardno, Mr G Dobb & Mr Andrew Slingsby (310 points)

The Duchess of Devonshire presenting Dukeries (Notts) Gundog Team with their trophy, along with WuffitMix Manager Hannah O'Hare & Joan Hayes (seated)

2nd - Dove Valley Working Gundog Club - Captain Mr Guy Radford, Mr Stephen Le Voi, Mr John Yarwood & Mr Neil Appleton (302 points)

The Dove Valley Gundog Club Team

3rd - Northern Golden Retriever Association (Pennine Training Area) - Captain Mr Gary Collier, Mr Scott Marland & Mrs Roz Mcilroy (301 points)

The Pennine Training Area Team

4th - Northumberland & Durham Labrador Retriever Club - Captain Mr Lee Hartis, Mr Russell Hodgen & Mr Stewart North (289 points)



5th - Kent, Surrey & Sussex Labrador Retriever Club - Captain Mrs Sarah Miles, Mrs Kim Jinks & Miss Hilly Hoar (288 points)


The best individual dog in the Inter Team Working Test was handler Neil Appleton with his Labrador dog "Abblebriar Storm."


Neil Appleton with "Applebriar Storm"

We would like to take this opportunity to once again wish all award winners our warmest congratulations and special thanks to all involved with such a wonderful event.

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