On Saturday 08th December 2018 by kind permission of Eskdale Shooting Services the SFTA Open Cocker stake was held on the Duke of Northumberland's " Tollis Hill" Estate.
A mostly sunny day allowed the two judges Mr David Lissett and Mr Dunc Sutherland to observe an extremely high standard of gundog work. Dogs had to work for their game with the everchanging wind playing its part in making it a hard but fair day. Retrieves included Pheasant, Partridge, Woodcock and Rabbit on terrain that included laid bracken, white grass and heather.
A welcome addition to the Gallery were a number of Show judges both Cocker and Welsh Springer Spaniel who keenly entered into the spirit of the day and commented at the end on how beneficial it had been to see dogs working.
Winner Mr Martin Smee with Poolgreen Clasp
Second Place Mr Liam Mulcrow with Rugeleys Peregrine handled by Mr Andrew Bennet
Third Place Mr Jamie Reid with Glenugies Tempest handled by Mr Ian Openshaw
Fourth Place Mr Micheal Forbes with Omachie Beinn Lui handled by Mr Alec Coutts
COM's Mr Jay Waldron with Glenugies Prospect
Mr John Bailey with Windmillwood Kate
Mr Thomas Brechney with Cawburn Wagtail
Mr John Robertson with Timsgarry Alpine
Mr Ian English with Broadmefarm Beau.