Clonakilty Field Trial Association Open Stake for Retrievers - Sponsored by Engage Dog Food

21 December 2017

On the 9th of December, Clonakilty Field Trial Association held an Open Stake for A.V Retriever and Irish Water Spaniels at Ballyleary, Cobh, Co. Cork, by kind permission of the landowner Mr. J. J. Frahill. 

It was a cold, cold, and more cold frosty morning, and while the frost eased, the cold did not. But, it stayed dry, until later in the day, when of course that Irish rain fell. Rain, rain, rain. Cold rain. 

We had plenty of game, and the dogs worked hard, but only two were able to complete the challenging trial, which covered the varied ground, rushes surrounding a pond, open fields of stubble, and another field edged with thick trees and deep cover. 

Judges Mr. Paul O'Brien and Mr. Seamus Hennessy awarded:

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1st place: Mr. Tom Lowry, with his Lab dog Watergreen Hunter, Sire Marranscar Blackcap, Dam Watergreen Freeway.

2nd place: Mr. D. McCarthy, with his Lab dog Watergreen Jasper, Sire Tweedshot Trimble of Lettergreen, Dam Watergreen Freeway.

No other awards were given. Thank you to the hosts, the judges, markers, competitors, all those who helped in any way. 

For full action pictures from the event, check out the RED MILLS Outdoor Pursuits Facebook page.