It was a golden afternoon for Bo the labrador retriever who came first in the second gundog competition of the 32nd GWCT Scottish Game Fair, taking place from Friday 24- Sunday 26 September at Scone Palace, Perthshire.
Finishing on a total of 103 points out of a possible 110, Graham Wilson’s four and a half-year-old dog Bo had an incredibly impressive run achieving full marks in the mark & blind tests. Retired police officer Graham spends much of his time gardening and training gundogs and only started competing in the last five years. Bo is Graham’s second dog and having had a sticky start to a previous trial, Graham was pleased as punch to come top.
Speaking after his win, Ayrshire-based Graham said: “I wasn’t nervous until right before I entered the arena but everything just went bang on, I hardly had to do anything at all. Some days the dogs get it right and somedays they don’t. We started with a zero last time on what was a simple water retrieve so you just take the wins when you can and I’m just over the moon to have come first today.”
Taking second place was Andy Fairweather with two-year-old bitch Ash and third place went to seasoned competitior Joe Maclure with his three-year-old bitch Poppy.
As the overall winner, Graham received a trophy, complimentary Gundog Journal subscription, a bottle of Pig’s Nose blended whisky, a tankard, rosette and dog food voucher from Skinner’s. The second-place winner received a lead and lanyard, tankard, rosette, dog food voucher and whisky, while third place took home the same loot with an Acme whistle in place of the lead and lanyard. This year’s gundog competitions are kindly sponsored by Skinner’s and Scottish private solicitors firm, Murray Beith Murray.