Weimaraners in UK Field Trials: Season 2017/18

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Weimaraners in Field Trials: Season Summary 2017/18:

Hunting Weimaraner Introduction:

The Hunting Weimaraner maintains a database of UK Field Trial Awards for Weimaraners and their handlers, originally compiled in 2012 from a variety of historical sources, and updated each field trial season since then from ongoing field trial results.

Season and all-time rankings are then calculated for dogs and handlers based on a weighted points allocation determined by the place in the awards and the stake at which the awards were earned. These tables are known as the WATFA tables, (Weimaraner All-Time Field Award tables).

The WATFA tables, and the database from which they are derived make it possible to compare the relative achievements of Weimaraners and their handlers in field trials, over the years, and each season. Other field awards, such as those earned at Gundog Working Tests and Pointing Tests do not feature in the Hunting Weimaraner database, although the various Weimaraner breed clubs will make annual awards based on results in all three field disciplines.

HPR field trials can be held on game in the UK from the 12th August to 1st February following, inclusive. These dates which are aligned to the UK shooting season. The collection of data concerning Weimaraners running in field trials in any season relies on the goodwill of owner/handlers and other HPR enthusiasts sending notice of the participation of Weimaraners, and of awards, to the writer. There are other, ad hoc sources, but no publicly available central repository of field trial runners and handlers. Errors and omissions are possible and the writer would be pleased to receive notices of such to allow any corrections to be made.

Field Trial Season 2017/18:

Thirteen handlers ran 15 dogs, with 4 dogs featuring in the awards to 3 handlers. In total 11 awards were made which is fewer than the tally of 17 awards from five dogs and three handlers in the 2016/17 season.

The breed highlight of the 2017/18 season was the outstanding performance of Trubon Flysse Trevive (b) (b 11/04/2011) handled by breeder-owner Suzi Burton. Flysse was placed 1st in the NoSGA Open field trial at the Altyre Estate, Forres, Scotland on 06/11/2017 by judges Fred Alcock, and Mrs Irmgard Alcock.

That first place in Open gave her “a leg up” to becoming a field trial champion, which could be secured by attaining a second 1st place in Open.

Trubon Flysse Trevive:

In the weeks preceding her 1st place in Open, Flysse had taken a 4th place in the N&SHPRFTC Open at Great Bentley on 25/10/2017 under judges Phil Pearson and Penny Pickstone. Then on 30/10/2017 Flysse earned a 2nd place at the HVS Open trial at Apley Park, Shropshire under judges Peter Bakewell and Annie Jones. This 2nd place qualified Flysse for the HPR Championship to be held in November 2017. Her fourth award was a 3rd place at the HVC Open trial at Hawkhurst, Kent, on 28/11/2017, under judges Eddie Hales and Larry Wilks. Her fifth and final field trial award of the season was a 4th place at the HVS Open trial at Kingham, Oxfordshire, on 16/01/2018, under judges Steve Kimberley and Mrs Irmgard Alcock.

Trubon Flysse Trevive gained her first ever field trial award with a Certificate of Merit at a Weimaraner Association Novice stake at Flitwick, Bedfordshire under judges Rita Dockwray and Annie Jones on 26/10/2012. Winning a further two awards in that season.

There were 7 awards earned in 2013/14, including a Novice 1st place at a Dukeries (Notts) trial at Blenheim Estate on 13/12/2013 judged by Tony Russell and Paul Smith. The following season Flysse secured a 4th at a WCGB All Aged stake at Glassenbury under judges Rita Dockwray and Steve Robson.

Flysse secured three awards in the 2015/16 season with her highest award being a 4th place in the WCGB All Aged stake at Wispington under judges Graham Nixon and Larry Wilks. Flysse won 7 awards in the 2016/17 season, with four in All Aged, including a 1st and a 2nd, and three in Open (a 4th and two CoMs).

With her performance in the 2017/18 season, Flysse won recognition as the Hunting Weimaraner of the Year. A feat she also accomplished in 2016/17, 2015/16 and 2013/14. Flysse is also positioned as the second highest ranking Weimaraner in the All Time Field Awards table, and breeder/owner/handler Suzi Burton’s most accomplished Weimaraner in her sporting kennel.

Trubon Flysse Trevive’s career tally to date is 26 awards, and this bitch has become the most awarded Weimaraner in UK field trialling history, surpassing the previous title holder, FT Ch Wobrooke of Fleetapple (d) (b 17/11/1979) which had achieved 23 field trial awards. Flysse has 10 awards in Open, against 9 for FT Ch Wobrooke of Fleetapple.

Field Trial Season 2017/18 Awards:

Although the field trial season gets underway on grouse from the 12th August, it only begins to gather momentum from 1st October which marks the start of the pheasant shooting season. There will be some early trials on partridge in September, but the volume of trials only begins to quicken when pheasant shooting grounds become available in October.

The season’s first award to a Weimaraner went to Burton’s Trubon Grafyte Treve (d) (b 13/09/2014) when he secured a CoM at the LMC Novice trial at Evesham from judges J Field and L Wilks on 11/10/2017. Graf soon earned another award, again a CoM, a week later at the WA Novice trial at Little Pix Hall, Kent on 17/10/2017 under judges Mrs I Alcock and A Morgan.

In October, Burton’s Trubon Flysse Trevive was placed 4th and then 2nd in Open trials as discussed above.

Then on 31/10/2017 Burton’s Trubon Grafyte Treve earned a Novice 4th place in the HGS trial at Cornhill on Tweed under judges F Alcock and G Saint, making it 5 awards to Trubon dogs during October 2017.

The Trubon award sequence was interrupted in November 2017 when Parhelis Irulan (b) (b 07/06/2015) earned a Novice 1st place on 03/11/2017 at the GSPC trial at Ford, Northumberland under judges S Allerton and S Robson.

Just a few days later the Trubon sequence restarted with Flysse’s 1st place in the NoSGA Open trial at Altyre Estate, Forres on 06/11/2017 under judges F and I Alcock. Following up on the 28th with the Open 3rd place for Flysse at the HVC trial at Hawkhurst under judges E Hales and L Wilks.

Trubon Grafyte Treve brought home the 8th trial award of the season to the Trubon kennel on 08/01/2018 with a 3rd place in the B&WWGS Novice trial at Ammerdown under judges F Alcock and R Davies.

Then on 16/01/2018 Trubon Flysse Trevive secured her 5th Open trial award of the season with a 4th place at the HVS trial at Kingham, Oxfordshire under judges S Kimberley and Mrs I Alcock.

Bakker’s Ostara Van De Tuindershof (b) (b 23/09/2008) won a 1st place at the HVC All Aged trial at Over Worton on 01/02/2018 under judges M Nixon and G Pillinger.

By season’s end 15 dogs had competed under 13 handlers, with 4 dogs under 3 handlers earning 11 awards. Each of these three dogs winning a first place in a trial.

Trubon Flysse Trevive was confirmed by the records as the “FT Hunting Weimaraner” of the 2017/18 season, and her handler, Suzi Burton as “FT Hunting Weimaraner Handler”. This pairing was the same as in the previous season.

The 2017/18 awards can be summarized as follows:

Stake

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

CoMs

Total

Novice

1

1

1

2

5

All-Aged

1

1

Open

1

1

1

2

5

Weimaraner All-Time Field Awards Tables:

Dogs:

The 136 points earned over the 2017/18 season by Trubon Flysse Trevive consolidated her position at 2nd in the WATFA table for dog on 512 points. With a career tally of 26 awards to date, she became the most awarded Weimaraner in UK field trialling history, surpassing the previous title holder, FT Ch Wobrooke of Fleetapple which had achieved 23 field trial awards.

The 48 points earned in the season by Trubon Grafyte Treve elevated the dog into the top 20 at 19th place from 33rd in the WATFA table for dogs.

The All Aged FT win by Ostara Van De Tuindershof earned her 40 points and places the dog at 7th in the 2nd tier of the WATFA table for dogs on a total of 85 points.

The 25 points from the Novice field trial win puts Parhelis Irulan (b) at 65th position in the WATFA table for dogs, and 5th in the 4th tier.

Graf’s elevation into the top 20 of the WATFA table for dogs caused two dogs who were joint 20th before the start of the season to be displaced into the 2nd tier. They were Mrs J Turner’s Czolkins Platinum Cirrus (d), and Mrs D Shall’s Wyndlee Silver Candy (b) who remain on 95 points each.

Czolkins Platinum Cirrus was Hunting Weimaraner of the Year for the 1982/83 season per our records, and runner-up the preceding season. The dog won two firsts in Novice trials before the rule change which previously required two Novice firsts to win out into Open. The dog was also placed 2nd, and 3rd in Novice trials and also earned a CoM.

Wyndlee Silver Candy won 7 field trial awards with a 2nd, three 3rd places, and three CoMs between 1988 and 1995.

Handlers:

The 184 points earned by handler Suzi Burton’s two dogs strengthened her leadership of the WATFA table for handlers with a lifetime to date tally of 1,552 points.

Ostara Van De Tuindershof’s 40 points from her All Aged win elevated handler Kimm Bakker to 22nd in the handlers table, from 32nd place previously.

Handler Adrian Morgan’s Novice 1st win with Parhelis Irulan puts Adrian at 27th in the WATFA table for handlers.

* Disclaimer: The results and other statistics cited in this article are based on information received in good faith and is published subject to E&OE.

Nigel Wroe
03/10/2018

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Weimaraners in UK Field Trials: Season 2016/17

Field Trial Season 2016/17:

Twelve handlers ran 16 dogs, with 5 dogs featuring in the awards to 3 handlers. In total 17 awards were made which is a significant improvement on the tally of 6 awards from two dogs and two handlers in the 2015/16 season.

The breed highlight of the season was the outstanding performance of Silvershot’s Semper Fi For Kasmegs (d) (b 18/04/2008) imported and handled by Mike Ede from United States breeders Judy Balog, Gerald & Teresa Gertiser.

Fi’s first ever FT award was a second place in a WCGB Novice trial at Cranbourne, Dorset attained at the age of 4 ¾ years on 07/01/2013 under judges F Wensley and S Kimberley. Followed up just over a year later by a 4th place in Novice under judges S Kimberley and R Davies at a WGS Novice trial at Woolhope, Herefordshire. The dog was not extensively trialled again until the current (2016/17) season under review. That is not to say that the dog was not worked however and his training continued unabated.

This paid off with a 2nd place in a WCGB Novice trial under judges S Burton and N Wroe at Titsey in Kent on 20/10/2016. A month later on 25/11/2017 Fi secured a 1st place in a Novice trial with the BWWGS at Evesham under judges S Chant and S Kirby. Having won out of Novice with this 1st place, Fi was entered in a WCGB All Aged trial at Little Pix Hall, Hawkhurst, Kent on 20/12/2017 and was rewarded with a 1st place by judges C Wilkinson and A Jones. The author, also competing at this trial, was heard to suggest in all seriousness to Mike that he should now go on to win a first in an Open trial at the next opportunity, and lo, this came to pass three weeks later on 05/01/2017 at a HGS Open trial at Calbourne on the Isle of Wight, under judges S Kimberley and M Spearing. That first place qualified Fi for the HPR Championship in November 2017, and in UK field trialling parlance, also gave Fi “a leg up” to becoming a field trial champion, which would be secured by attaining a second 1st place in Open, or even an outright win at the 2017 Championship.

The season’s first award went to Trubon Flysse Trevive (b) (b 11/04/2011) bred, owned and handled by Suzi Burton. This was a 4th place in an HVC All Aged stake at Little Pix Hall, Kent on 11/10/2016 under judges R Howard and L Brown.

Within the fortnight, Suzi had travelled to Burncastle, Berwickshire for a GSPC Open trial on 22/10/2016, securing a 4th place under judges M Nixon and P Pickstone. During November Flysse picked up two Open CoMs. The first at a WCGB trial on 05/11/2016 at Langholm, Dumfriesshire, under judges P Pearson and S Pleasance. That trial going down in HPR trialling history as all 12 dogs went home with awards. The second CoM came at a GLPC trial at Elveden Estate on 24/11/2016 under judges S Kuban and M Firmin.

January 2017 saw Flysse pick up 3 awards in All Aged trials. Starting with a 2nd place at a GSPA trial at Little Pix Hall on 17/01/2017 under judges C Snelling and C Carpenter. Then a CoM on 20/01/2017 at a BWWGS trial at Upton Pyne, Exeter under judges R Howard and T Bennett. Flysse then crowned the season on 24/01/2017 at a WCGB All Aged trial at Conghurst, Kent. Judges R Howard and L Brown awarding a 1st place. The season tally of 7 awards to Trubon Flysse Trevive brought her lifetime to date total of 21 awards, with 8 being in Novice, 8 in All Aged, and 5 in Open.

Semper Fi For Kasmegs and Trubon Flysse Trevive accounted for 11 of the 17 awards made to Weimaraners in the 2016/17 season.

Ignaheims Bolt to Parhelis (Imp Nor) (d) (b 09/05/2012) owned by Sally Morgan and handled by husband Adrian secured the first 1st place of the season at a L&BGA Novice trial at Dumfries House on 22/10/2016 under judges G card and K Hamilton.

In addition to the 7 awards from Trubon Flysse Trevive, handler Suzi Burton secured a further 5 awards with two other home bred dogs. Trubon Delta Truffe (b) (b 05/05/2008) won an Open CoM at the WCGB trial on 05/11/2016 judged by P Pearson and S Pleasance at which all 12 dogs were rewarded. Delta had also competed in the 2016 HPR Championship in November.

Trubon Grafyte Treve (d) (b 13/09/2014) out of Semper Fi For Kasmegs and Trubon Delta Truffe, picked up his first ever field trial award, a CoM, on 17/12/2016 at a HWVA Novice stake at Ammerdown, Somerset under judges S Kimberley and M Spearing. Graf was to pick up a further two awards at this venue. Judges S Kuban and A Parr awarded a Novice 2nd place on 29/12/2016, and on 09/01/2017 judges A Hender and B Pearson awarded a CoM at a BWWGS Novice trial.

On 17/01/2017 at the same GSPA All Aged trial at Little Pix Hall at which judges C Snelling and C Carpenter awarded Trubon Flysse Trevive a 2nd place, Graf picked up another CoM.

By season’s end 16 dogs had competed under 12 handlers over 59 runs, with 4 dogs under 3 handlers picking up 17 awards. In the preceding season 13 dogs had competed under 9 handlers over 56 runs, with 2 dogs under 2 handlers picking up 6 awards.

Trubon Flysse Trevive was confirmed by the records as the “FT Hunting Weimaraner”, and her handler, Suzi Burton as “FT Hunting Weimaraner Handler” of the 2016/17 season. This pairing the same as in the previous season.

The 2016/17 awards can be summarized as follows:

Stake

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

CoMs

Total

Novice

2

2

2

6

All-Aged

2

1

1

2

6

Open

1

1

2

5

In 2015/16 2 Handlers running 2 dogs secured 6 awards.

Weimaraner All-Time Field Awards Tables:

The 160 points earned over the 2016/17 season by Trubon Flysse Trevive (b) elevated her from 6th position to 2nd in the WATFA table for dogs, leapfrogging kennel mate Trubon Arade Tribute (b) previously positioned at 2nd.

The 125 points earned over the 2016/17 season by Silvershot’s Semper Fi for Kasmegs (d) elevated the dog from 52nd place in the WATFA table for dogs to 13th place.

The 56 points earned in the season by Trubon Grafyte Treve (d) placed the dog 33rd in the WATFA table for dogs.

The Novice FT win by Ignaheims Bolt to Parhelis (Imp Nor) (d) earned him 25 points and places the dog at 19th in the 3rd tier of the WATFA table for dogs.

The 16 points earned over the season by Trubon Delta Truffe (b) allows her to move up one place to 11th in the WATFA table for dogs.

The 232 points earned by handler Suzi Burton strengthened her leadership of the WATFA table for handlers. Silvershot’s Semper Fi for Kasmegs’ 125 points over the season elevated handler Mike Ede to 11th in the handlers table, from 39th place previously. Handler Adrian Morgan’s Novice 1st place with Ignaheims Bolt to Parhelis (Imp Nor) adds to the Novice CoM won by Parhelis Duke Leto, and Adrian now stands at 18th in the 2nd tier of the WATFA table for handlers.

* Disclaimer: The results and other statistics cited in this article are based on information received in good faith and is published subject to E&OE.

Nigel Wroe
31/10/2017

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