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    I find my dogs are much better at introducing both themselves and me so in alphabetical order this is Alex, Glencuan Alex, Pointer dog. I bred him myself and he was born 6th September 2010 so he is nearly four years old. He has one award in Open Stakes gained this spring and I would hope he will add to his tally this summer in England. He's a big strong hard running dog but is easily handled



    The next dog is Basso, Oksby Basso, Pointer dog, one of the dogs I imported from Denmark. It took a while for Basso to break his duck but he now has a first, a second and a fourth award in open stakes and like Alex I would like to add to his tally this summer. Basso is not a "walk in the park" dog. He can take a lot of handling at times but his drive and pace is outstanding and probably a result of his near obsession with birds. On reflection there's nothing near about his obsession. He is completely obsessed with birds.

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    Welcome Des.

    I'm guessing Ulster is somewhere in Ireland or Eire or that island to the west of England and Wales?

    He is a very fine looking dog and I love his expression in that photo...

    Can you explain a bit more about what a dog has to do to get an award in "Open Stakes?"

    There's a few gun dog clubs around Australia but as best I can tell they're mostly about flushing game and retrieving ie some guy sits somewhere, sends his dog out to send birds to flight - shoots them and the dog retrieves. Though our gun dog trials don't usually involve live birds - because of the RSPCA.

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    There are several grades of trials run in the UK and Ireland and while there are different requirements, under the two kennel clubs, as to how you make a dog a Field Trial Champion the common denominator is that awards must be gaind in Open Stakes. Awards gained in Puppy, Novice or All Aged Stakes will not count towards making a dog a champion. Only awards in Open stakes, or the once a year Champion Stake will make a dog up. Here is a link to something I wrote about a Typical Trial. The jargon alone will probably engender more questions that the article answers but it may give some idea if what's required.

    A typical trial. | Glencuan Pointers

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    Hi 'Des O'Neile' and to the forum ! Hope you enjoy being a member here !

    Just looooove your photos ! Need lots more plus more information about your pups - please !

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    Hi Des

    Your article is very interesting. The thing I find most interesting is the term "beat" or "beating" to describe zig zag working into the wind. Which is exactly what sailors use for the same thing with their boats "beating into the wind" because a sail boat can't go directly into the wind so must zig zag and tack across it.

    So you're definitely working with live birds. I don't think there is anywhere in Australia you could do that. I used to go pigeon shooting with my dad - but we'd set decoys for them to come land in a paddock and a Labrador (or me) would go fetch the birds that had been shot. We didn't send the dogs out to flush game. Possibly because too much chance of getting hit by shot gun pellets when it's all flat ground.

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    These are the other two. The mainstay of the shooting team.



    Sena, Rotherfalke Sena, HWV dog. He's eleven months old and his retrieving is sound and his hunting requires more work.



    Me with Tam, Julchris Supertrooper, Clumber dog. The father of the house and nine years old. Great dog, totally natural.

    It is a long time since there have been as few dogs at Glencuan. Last year I "lost" four dogs. One was useless and was given to Pointer Rescue. One retired and went to live with my son. One herniated a disc and was put to sleep and another was put down having bitten my wife badly. The next entrant is due to be born mid June, a bitch is due to be brought to one of my dogs the end of June and Alex's sister will be mated the next time she breaks which should be before the end of the summer. Of these three I will probably keep two.

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