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These two lovely photos of Winsleywood Wild Honey JW were taken by David Tomlinson at The KC Gundog Training Event on 04/08/12 and I am extremely grateful that he has allowed me to put on my website.

Charlie - well what can I say about my best friend; up until 2007 I hadn't ventured into the world of working my dogs but felt I owed it to him to have a go!. Charlie's training was a priority in 2008 and we worked very hard. I am extremely grateful to Steve Eyeington (Meadowdale) and Joy Venturi-Rose (Leospring) for their time, advice and encouragement.

I am extremely proud of the standard we have reached. In the early part of 2008 we started building up our partnership and I had to work hard to build Charlie's confidence. As his confidence grew so did mine and I started to feel that we could actually make quite a good team. I had weekly one-to-one lessons and in between worked hard so that we were progressing all the time. In addition to my weekly training with Steve I attended group sessions with Joy and this helped build on our skills and helped highlight any weaknesses that I could work on.

As our abilities developed we were able to stretch ourselves and we attended numerous successful training days. The highlight for me was attended two days training walked-up in Sugar Beet, with Top Field Trial Competitors Mike Tallamy & Sara Gadd. Initially I felt self-conscious that he was 100% show-bred and that he wouldn't be up to it, but I soon realised that it didn't matter and he actually was up to it! I was so proud with his performance and was extremely grateful for the positive tips I received. It was at this point that I was interested to see how far we had come in our training so we took the plunge and had a go at our first Novice Dog/Novice Handler Test August 08, where we scored well. There were 6 tests which were each scored out of a possible 20 - our final scores were 17, 18, 16, 16, 10 and a 0 on the walk up - he did his turn (we were first in line) lovely but ran in when 2nd dog went!! Steadiness was still a training need!!

As the year progressed towards the shooting season we started to think about our ultimate goal - the SGWC. I was extremely fortunate to be able to attend numerous shoots throughout the 2008 season which gave us excellent experience. Charlie was a peg dog for a season on the Larkins Shoot, Tonbridge, Kent - fantastic friendly group of people and a lovely day out. I am fortunate now to go picking-up near Thorpe Le Soken, Essex which is much nearer to home but another lovely group of people. All this helped give us valuable experience.

We achieved the Show Gundog Working Certificate at Ampton, Suffolk in December 2008 where he was one of two Full Champions made up on the day, following this I am very proud that he also has his WORKING GUNDOG CERTIFICATE ON GAME (Jan 09). I have not only trained and handled him to his show wins but also now to his working achievements.

Following the SGWC has been obtained my goals slightly changed - onwards and upwards with our training!

Training has continued over time and we have been in one or two ND/NH tests. I have been fortunate to meet Sam Morley-Riches (Rushbrigg) who has been very kind in also helping me with training for Charlie, Rosie & Summer. Both I and the dogs continue to love the great outdoors and I am delighted with their continued progress. I continue to be VERY grateful for any training opportunity received and have met some great people along the way!

STOP PRESS - Charlie wins 2nd in only his 4th Working Test ever! A very proud day when Charlie won 2nd in the KSSLRC NDNH Working Test

STOP PRESS - Rosie gains her Show Gundog Working Certificate Dec 2011

STOP PRESS - Summer gains her Show Gundog Working Certificate November 2013