We are delighted to report that ENGLAND won the Skinner’s World Cup Retriever Event held at Highclere Castle on Sunday 25th & Monday 26th May 2014.
In second place were the team from AUSTRIA followed by GERMANY in third place.
This year’s Event again consisted of ten varied and challenging working tests expertly organised by Peter Castleman with volunteer stewards and helpers from Kintbury Gundog Club all set in the beautiful grounds of Highclere Castle Estate. A total of fourteen teams took part representing Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland and Wales. The tests were judged by five international Judges:
Jamie Bettinson (Wales)
Phil Highfield (England)
Sally Jenkins (England)
Henk Slijkhuis (Holland)
Robin Watson (England)
England’s win this year brings the tally to 6 wins for the England Gundog Team out of the 13 years the Event has been running with John Halstead as Team Captain. This is the final year for John as he is stepping down as Team Captain after the CLA in July. At the Gala Dinner on Sunday night there was a standing ovation and lengthy round of applause acknowledging the high regard everyone has for both John and Sandra Halstead, such well respected and highly regarded figures in the gundog world.
HIGHEST PLACED DOG was Blackthorn Enki handled by Bernd Janich from Germany.
Final top dog placings were:
1st Blackthorn Enki handled by Bernd Janich representing GERMANY
2nd FT Ch Waterford Ganton handled by Jayne Coley representing ENGLAND
3rd FT Ch Lowforge Aragon of Leacaz handled by Lee Hartis representing ENGLAND
4th Cynhinfa John handled by Craig Perry representing WALES
5th Fendawood Able handled by Danny Fraser representing DENMARK
=6th Mistybrook Tuscan handled by Bruno Julien representing FRANCE
=6th AT FT Ch & Int FT Ch Denank Kirky handled by Kurt Becksteiner representing AUSTRIA
8th DKBRCh Laekereden’s Ask handled by Ove Simonsen representing DENMARK
9th FT Ch Saxaphone Brown Ale of Lincswolds handled by Richard King representing ENGLAND
10th FTW Beileys Aguzannis of Fendawood handled by Stefanie Latham representing AUSTRIA