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Northern Ireland Gundog Field & Show Society
The Northern Ireland Gundog Field & Show Society held its inaugural meeting at Ballymacarrett Recreation Centre, Holywood Road, Belfast on 19th July, 1988 at which 46 interested parties from both the Field and Show fraternity attended and agreed to apply for registration to the Kennel Club. The Society was finally recognised for both sections in February, 1991. The activities of the Society encompass Field Trial Events for Retrievers and H.P.R. breeds, 2 Gundog group Open Shows each year, Working tests and the N.I. Gundog of the Year events.

I am pleased to provide you with details of the last three events held by the Society:

On the 17th November, 2001 we held a Novice A.V. Retriever stake at Redhall Estate, Co. Antrim (by kind permission of S Marsden and the Guns) this was sponsored by Andrews Dog Foods Ltd. Judges on this occasion were Messrs. R. Rankin, W. Teggart, M. Flevell and N. Carville. A full card was realised with 8 reserves and the Results were
Winner: G. McCutcheons' RAUGHLIN GREER (Labrador) bred by S. Jennett
2nd. T Hughes GARY OF CLONBARA (Labrador) bred by N. Bonner
3rd. T Brady BROOKBIRD BRACKEN (Labrador) bred by T. Hughes
Res. G Wilson CHASIN MY DREAM (Labrador) bred by M McVitty

On the Same day, the Society ran an Open Group Show at the Olympia Leisure Centre, Belfast. Best in Show judge Mrs. Beryl Heron (Ballyhenry Labradors) chose for Best in Show -
Colm McLaughlins' IrShCh. LESTANNONS COOL HAND LUKE AT INISHGLORA (Irish Setter) This dog was also best Veteran in Show. Reserve Best in Show was Cathy Loughlins ERINADE JACKPOT J.W. (1C.C.)- (Irish Setter). Best Puppy in Show John Cupples KILGAD MOST PROMISING (Golden Retriever) Reserve Best Puppy in Show McLarnons DUNCARREG RIVER SWIFT AT GLENAVNA (Irish Setter).

On then to the N.I. Gundog of the Year events held on Saturday, 12th January, 2002 in the Highways Hotel, Larne. All of the dogs competing in the events had qualified either by entry into the K.C. stud book or by wins gained at shows throughout 2001. Our Judge was Mrs. Jean Taylor "Cleavehill" from England who has recently been declared top breeder in Welsh Springer Spaniels for 2001 with Sh Ch.Cleavehill Brynberry (18C.C.'s) and is also famous for her English Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels. The events are held by special permission of the Kennel Club and bearing in mind that few shows were held during 2001 due to the foot and mouth epidemic, we were pleased to have 56 entries, 18 for Puppy, 6 Veteran and 32 for Gundog of the Year. In speaking with the judge after the events, she commented on the quality and high standard of the exhibits.