Welcome to Burns and Becks Gundog Club

The Burns and Becks Gundog Club was formed in 1965 by a small group of retriever trainers who ran training days and tests against other local clubs.

Since Kennel Club affiliation in 2012 the club has re-affirmed its aims to help handlers improve the standard of their dogs through training classes, working tests and field trials. Members of all ages and levels of experience are welcome, including young handlers who are the future of the sport.

Tribute to David Smith

Members of the Burns and Becks Gundog Club will be sad to hear of the untimely death of one of its longest serving members, David Smith. Having served as a committee member for more than twenty years, almost half the club’s history, his contribution to the Club was very significant.
A large group of his shooting and gundog training friends joined his family on 21st September in celebrating his life, and heard of his early career in the Army, how he met his wife Jean, and his later work with Metal Box in Carlisle. David was a family man, fond of pigeon racing and breeding budgerigars.
Much was made of David’s larger than life personality, and his generosity in giving his time and expertise to help others train their gundogs. His willingness to help others was always evident, including the construction of kennels for his friends.
We will not forget David’s character and heart, his strong voice and direct approach. A man’s man, he will be remembered as a loyal friend who gave so much to others.


The winnersPuppy Safari and Novice Walk Up Tests – 3 June 2017
On a warm, sunny and occasionally breezy day 13 puppies and 24 novice dogs were on the card at Brackenburgh, courtesy of our enthusiastic and generous hosts, the Harris family.

The puppy tests, devised by Andy Jardine and Miles Savage, were set on the edge of the heather moorland, and were designed to test at puppy level. Consequently just four failures from 52 tests were evident, and handlers and dogs were pleased with the level of challenge.

Test one was a mark thrown up a gulley, followed by a blind thrown in its place, generally completed well by all dogs. Test two consisted of a heelwork exercise, dummy thrown by handler, then dog sent back for the retrieve. This proved more difficult for some dogs, as did the third test, which was a blind placed about 40 yards down a track. The final test was a double mark, generally completed well by most dogs.

After a runoff for second place, the awards were as follows:
1st: Ros Mcilroy with Applebriar Duke
2nd: Kirsty Howson with Lunefirefly Somersby
3rd: Alan Lord with Drakeshead Cody
4th: Steve Burns with Lowforge Pebbles of Jollybrow

The Novice walk-up began without a breath of wind in relatively short heather, marks being thrown in front of the line and blinds behind. All retrieves in the first round were challenging and the dogs stepped up and hunted well in the heather to gain success. The judges, led by B panel Bill Liddell, were generous and only four dogs were lost at that stage. In the second round of just one marked retrieve per dog, deeper heather and longer cross retrieves began to separate the dogs and just nine dogs were taken forward to the third round.

Fortunately at this stage the breeze began to return and the line turned and moved over to a valley, the two sets of judges with dogs on opposite sides giving the opportunity for dogs to be handled over longer distances across the divide.
The remaining dogs having proved their marking prowess, the judges decided to test them with a final blind retrieve at some 100 yards across the valley. This proved decisive and the judges were able to close their books with an excellent winner and some very worthy award winners. It had been a tough but relatively even test and the quality of the better dogs eventually came through. Moreover, many club members and some of the judges had learnt a lot about walk up organization, a helpful preview of trialling.

At the presentation the judges, Bill Liddell, Ian Palmer, Marion Cairns and Grant Dawson were thanked for their sympathetic and helpful involvement and the large number of helpers who had contributed to the success of the day were appreciated.

1st: Tony Appleby with Sealpin Gopher
2nd: Polly Dunckley with Smithstead Gaze
3rd: Joanne Wilson with Shipka Hellebore Sorrell
4th: Nick West with Smithstead Layla
COM: Lauren Williams with Lunefirefly Barolo
COM: Mark Wilson with Verrao Firefly
View results list here

Kirsty Howson
Burns and Becks Gundog Club Secretary

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