Top teams compete in international gundog events


Following the success of the last three Scottish Game Fairs, the  Four Nations International Gundog Competiton returns to the show on Saturday, September 25th at Scone Palace.

Teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will take part, kicking off in the morning with the Spaniel competition – with each team entering three spaniels – before the retrievers in the afternoon.

This promises to be an exciting event for which each nation has held selections to choose their team.

The international competition and the other gundog contests run over the weekend are held under Kennel Club rules, with entry by invitation for the All Age and Open comeptitons run on the Friday and Sunday respectively.

There is a whole string of events throughout the GWCT Scottish Game Fair, headline sponsored by NFU Mutual. All of the competitions are sponsored by Skinners, one of the best-known names in dog food and especially when it comes to working and gundogs.

Friday, September 24th from 9.30am to 12.30pm sees the Any Variety All-Age Spaniel Test, followed by the Any Variety, All-Age Retriever Test from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Team captions for the Home International Gundog Competition on Saturday are David Latham (England), William Megaughin (Ireland), Roddy Forbes (Scotland) and Alan Rees (Wales).

Sunday morning will welcome the Any Variety Open Spaniel Test with the afternoon reserved for the Any Variety Open Retriver Tests and Junior Handler Tests.

Desiged to encourage and give confidence to the young handler through straightforward retrieves, the latter are open to handlers aged 11 to 16. Dogs are to be steady off the lead and only one dog can be run per handler. Entrants can register at Gundog Control any time over the weekend up to 11am on Sunday but the contest is limited to 10 handlers.

Another exciting event throughout the weekend will be The Scurry. Each competitor will complete two runs, timed separately and added together to give his/her total time. Timing starts when the dog is sent to retrieve and ends when the dummy is placed in the bucket.

Entry fee is £3, competitors may enter as often as they wish and there are prizes for the top three in categories including open and junior, plus some special awards and a perpetual trophy for the fastest time registered over the three days.