On the eve of the the 2021 Four Nations International Gundog Competition, all four teams came together for an exclusive drink’s reception sponsored by Kronch at this year’s GWCT Scottish Game Fair, which was held on Saturday 25 September at Scone Palace, Perthshire.
Held in the Mansfield Suite of the members enclosure on Friday from 6-7pm, Team Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England along with the organising team led by Sam Drysdale who orchestrated the gundog competitions held across the weekend, gathered for some canapés and drinks. Now a tradition ahead of the competition, it’s an opportunity for rivalries to be put to one side and for a shared love of gundogs and the whole industry to be celebrated.
Sam said: “The Friday evening reception has been a tradition from the first Four Nations that we held. It is an opportunity for the teams to get together on the evening before the competition to catch up and relax. This has been very well thought of from all the captains and the teams as it emphasises that no matter how fierce the competition is, they can all socialise off the field. This year allowed new show director James Gower, a chance to introduce himself and to put a face to the names of all the people who work tremendously hard to bring teams up to our event. I know I can speak on behalf of my committee and the teams that we are immensely grateful to Kronch for sponsoring the evening this year.”
Graham Tweed, Chief Operating Officer of Kronch, commented: “I am often asked why we choose to provide sponsorship for the Four Nations International Competition at Scone and it is always a pretty simple answer: to help support, be involved and feel part of what is now the top international test in the country if not in the world where 24 top competitors and their dogs come not only to compete but to socialise in very relaxed surroundings. These are friends with dogs of the highest order from all walks of life with one common theme, like Kronch, in that we all have a love of working dogs. Its is the handler’s job to spend a lifetime training and for Kronch to spend a lifetime keeping them fuelled and healthy. Ive never had ambitions to be a supplier but have always had ambitions to be a partner to these and many other great Kronch feeders across Europe.”
Show director James Gower commented: “I think having this evening especially for all of the fantastic teams who have come from all over the UK to compete at this year’s GWCT Scottish Game Fair is fantastic and it’s been great to welcome them in this, my first year as director of the event. The evening is both a celebration of being able to socialise again and more than that, a way of thanking everyone who has put in so much effort to make this prestigious competiton possible.”