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        DWSC : ID 350

 F.T. SEC: Martin Ashman  A2193       Chairman: Mr Michael Lydford

(All stakes to be held under Kennel Club Limited Rules & Regulations ‘J’)

Competitors how to enter 

  • Electronic Trial Entry Form – Payment by BACS Surname as Reference. Entry at the following link –
  • Field Trial Management System – Payment by BACS as Reference. Entry at the following link –
  • Paper entry form for printing – Separate form and cheque for each trial please payable to: Dorset Working Spaniel Club
  • Address for mail entries – FAO Simon Hudson, 4 Figsbury Ridge, Winterbourne Gunner, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP4 6JA

Stake 1 – 16 Dog Novice AV Spaniel    Saturday 7 Oct 2023

Venue:  Woodbury Estate, Nr Exeter, Devon.

Judges: L Cooper (A3417) and Matthew Brown (NP)

closing date for entries: Saturday 30 Sept 2023


Stake 2 – 16 Dog Open AV Spaniel (excluding Cocker) Monday 27 Nov 2023

Venue:  Minterne Estste, Dorset

Judges: M Cox (A3130) and A Wise (B3368)

closing date for entries: Monday 20 Nov 2023


Stake 3 – 16 Dog Open Cocker Monday 4 Dec 2023

Venue:  Minterne Estste, Dorset

Judges: J Lascelles (A3480) and R Titchener (B3672)

closing date for entries: Monday 27 Nov 2023


Stake 4 – 16 Dog Novice Cocker Monday 22 Jan 2024

Venue:  Grittleton Estate, Wiltshire

Judges: R Biggs (A3521) and B Kennard (NP)

closing date for entries: Monday 15 Jan 2024

Entry Fee:           £40.00

Conditions of Entry

1. We do not accept e-mail entries, late entries received after the closing date or telephone entries.  Visit  to download an entry form. 

2. To receive notification of the result of the draw and directions a self-addressed envelope must be enclosed with application (please write clearly). If you would rather have these details emailed to you please ensure there is a legible email address on your entry form

3. DWSC members have priority in the draw.  

4. Please ensure that all trial entries are clearly marked with the stake number and the competitor’s name entering.  All entries must be complete and correct. 

5. Regulation J7F applies to withdrawals. 

6. All trial draws will take place at the home of the Spaniel Field Trial Secretary at 7.30 pm on the closing date

7. Please send separate cheques for all entries. 

8. Please ensure that the correct entry form is used and that it is completed legibly and correctly. 

Rules and Regulations

1. Dogs entered at Kennel Club Licensed Field Trials must be registered at the Kennel Club in accordance with Kennel Club Regulations for Classification and Registration B. 

2. The DWSC may reserve to itself the right to refuse any entry. 

3. Should a dog be drawn to run in a Stake and then withdraw for any reason the Owner may run a substitute dog in its place provided the substitute dog has gained the required qualification for preference in the draw at the date of the draw; details of substitute dog(s) MUST have been included on the entry form for that stake and MUST be clearly marked as Substitute. 

Substitutions will only be allowed up until 5 days before the trial date.

4. All dogs resident outside the UK must be issued with a Kennel Club Authority to Compete number before entry to the event can be made.  All overseas entries without an Authority to Compete number will be returned to the competitor. 

5. If entries or nominations exceed the number of permitted runners, the right to compete in a Trial shall be decided by ballot. 

6. Should circumstances so dictate the Society, in consultation with the judges, may alter arrangements as necessary. Such changes and the circumstances surrounding them will be reported to the Kennel Club. 

7. No modification may be made to the schedule after publication except by permission of the Kennel Club, followed by advertisement in appropriate journals if time permits before the closing of entries. 

8. Judges at a Trial are prohibited from entering a dog which is recorded in their ownership or part ownership. 


 Your dog is vulnerable and AT RISK if left in a vehicle in high temperatures and even on days considered as slightly warm. Please take care of your dog.  If your dog is found to be at risk forcible entry to your vehicle may be necessary without liability for any damage caused. 


  Any competitor whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the General Committee for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. 

11. Videography and photography will only be permitted with the express permission of the Chief Steward and the host. 

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DWSC Autumn Test 2023

DWSC Autumn Test 10th September 2023


Novice: To include Non KC registered Spaniels. Not to have been placed 1st in a Working Test, or to have won an award in a Field Trial inc C.O.M.

Open: KC rules apply. Preference may be given to dogs which have gained a place or certificate of merit at a field trial. been placed first, second or third in a open GWT, or won a Novice GWT.

Judges: Ray Titchener and Steve Brankin

Test Secretary: Simon Hudson. Any Questions email:

Fees: £11 per dog (members) £16 per dog (non members)

Cut off for entries will be 1st Sept 2023

Entry via the following link:

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DWSC Water Test

Hursley Park Estate, Hursley, Winchester

Judges: Ray Titchener, Julie Etherington and Neil Varney.

Test Secretary: Ian Stevens

First: Jan Vivian – Dee

Second: Helen Noakes – Silas

Third: Graham Ball – Pi

COM: Kathy Cleary – Pootle

COM: Paul Matthews – Nell

COM: Lynda Levett – Tucker

COM: Alannah Speed – Barnaby

COM: Del Bower – Lucy

COM: Anete Brivule – Basil

A big thank you to Hursley Park Estate for the continued support to the club and allowing us the use of the grounds.

The judges were patient and full of praise as always, we are very grateful to them for giving up their time. A special shout out to Ray Titchener and his wife who put a great deal of effort into the day including a wonderful spread for lunch.

Our winners should be very proud of their results especially Jan Vivian who was caught shedding a small tear.

Thank you to everyone for taking part and really getting into the spirit of the occasion. As a club we have some wonderful partnerships forming and seeing the journey our handlers are on with their dogs is a pleasure to observe.

It would be remiss of me not to mention our special guest Labrador (Otis) handled by Rebecca Pritchard who had a brilliant time pretending he was a Spaniel.

A blazing hot day thankfully kept at bay with plenty of splashing around (dogs only).

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Training 2023

Spaniel Training Classes 2023

Wednesdays 6:30pm fortnightly from April until Summer.

Sunday mornings 10am fortnightly from April until Summer.

Please arrive 15 mins before in order to be ready for the start.

We offer the following classes: Puppy – Novice – Advanced

The above Training Locations vary according to the hospitality of the Keepers & Landowners who invite the Club and their members to use their grounds for Training.

Members will be emailed details & dates of locations before Classes start.  Please keep these details confidential, do not share on Social Media or with anyone who is not a member.

Please remember to pick up after your dog, park vehicles considerately, and do not use the grounds at any other time when not attending with the Club.  Please also be polite to members of the public who may also be using the same grounds for recreation.

Fees: £10 per dog

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Spring Test – Sunday 14th May 2023 – Ashmore – Dorset

Judges: Ray Titchener B3672 & Julie Etherington N/P. 

By kind permission of Mr Geoff Spencer.

1stDamien FitchettBeesfit Ash
2ndHollie Veryard VinceSummerbash Dopey Dora
3rdKaren FleetMisselchalke Speyburn
4thTony BrownPenwills Yana
C.O.M.Lynne BramwellQuarrywell Rosefinch
C.O.M.Graham BallQueen of Rio
C.O.M.Stacie EllardEevaspleodar Peggy
C.O.M.Paul MattQuick Flash Jennifer
Best Working CockerKaren FleetMisselchalke Speyburn
Best Hunting SpanielClaire BithreyBere Stream Babbler to Soulsmoor

A great day out and a big well done to all in the awards.  Thank you to Geoff Spencer for generously hosting our Annual Spring Working Test run under K.C. Regulations.

Also to our wonderful Judges who give so much of their time in support of these days.

Much appreciation to Ian Stevens and Simon Hudson for their hard work in organising the day. The Novice Class proved to be very popular with entries.  Many thanks to all who helped with the Test, well done Team D.W.S.C.

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DWSC Water Assessment

To be held at Hursley on Sunday 25th of June. Any variety gundogs including none KC registered. Training delivered in conjunction with the Test and awards after lunch.

This is always a popular event therefore handlers limited to one dog at a cost of £20 per handler.

Trainers/Judges on the day will be Ray Tichener, Julie Etherington and Neil Varney.

Cut off for entry will be 15th June with a draw being conducted shortly after. Additional information will be sent out once places are confirmed.

Please use the following link to register your interest:

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AGM Agenda

President:  The Countess of Shaftesbury

Chairman: Michael Lydford

Committee Meeting – 7pm Tuesday 13th June, 2023

Held at The Divelish Room, The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1FH


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes from last A.G.M. & Audited Accounts
  3. Matters arising 
  4. Chairmans Report
  5. Treasurers Report
  6. Field Trial Secretary`s Report
  7. Test Secretary` s Report
  8. Re-Election of Committee Members
  9. Any other Business(to be submitted to the Secretary at least 7 days before the A.G.M.) – If you wish to attend please email:
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SPRING TEST Sunday 14th MAY 2023


By Kind Invitation of Mr. Geoff Spencer

Judges: TBA

AV Spaniel Puppy/Novice & Open

To be Held under Kennel Club Rules I.D. No: 350

Puppies:  Spaniels under 18 months old on date of Test

Novice: Spaniels not to have been placed 1st in a Working Test, or to have won an award in a Field Trial inc C.O.M.

Open: Will not start before 1p.m. 

Test Secretary: Ian Stevens.  Any Questions email:

Fees:  £11 per dog (members) £16 per dog (non members) If oversubscribed a draw will take place with priority given to fully paid up members.

A maximum of 20 dogs per Stake – if Classes are oversubscribed a draw will take place & preference will be given to members.

Entry forms can be downloaded from our website & emailed to the Test Secretary or sent Electronically with B.A.C.S payment

All details on:

Memberships subs were due on 1st March 2023. £10 Single £15 Joint plus £5 rejoining fee.

All tests are held under Kennel Club & Dorset Working Spaniel Club rules & Regulations for Gundog Working Tests.  The Society accepts no responsibility for injury, loss or damage to persons or property however occasioned.  Dogs should be exercised in designated areas only.  No bitches in season.  In case of hot weather, no dogs left unattended in cars. Please clear up after your dogs.  N.B. The D.W.S.C.`S Insurance does not cover non- members at Events, therefore, non-members must have their own adequate insurance.

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Results – Stake 4 – Novice Cocker Spaniel – Friday 20th January 2023 – Grittleton, Wiltshire

By kind permission of Steve Brankin.

Judges: Paddy Williams A3707 & Neil Varney N/P

1st & Guns Choice Woodash Beaufort BelleBDave Rayner
2ndBritscote RavenBJim Thompson
3rdMisslechalke Hell MakerDNick Gregory
4thBreckmarsh JanaBLee Cooper
COMSEndowood IndianaBJohn Henley
Taffswell RobertaBMatt Warren
Royston SkylarkBRon James

A Cold, frosty day on excellent Spaniel ground which made a challenging Trial for handlers and spaniels.

A very big thank you to Steve Brankin and his team for kindly stepping in to host the Trial after the original ground unfortunately became unavailable. Many thanks to the Judges, for helping out at short notice.  Thank you to the guns, for shooting for the Trial ensuring all the spaniels  got a retrieve.  A great sporting day for the little Cockers with a variety of cover. Much appreciation to the Helpers, Joanna, Ryan, Howard and Paul. The hot beverages supplied by Steve were very welcome on this Winters Day.

Well done to all in the awards.

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Open Any Variety (ex cocker) Spaniel

Stake 3 Results – Open AV (ex Cocker) Spaniel Stake 
Minterne Magna -Dorset -Monday 5th December 2022

By kind permission of Lord Henry Digby 

Kindly sponsored by Skinners Dog Food 

Judges: Jeremy Davies A3316 & Kevin Barraclough B3278

1st Ddraighelwyr Blaidd                                       ESS D       Harley Thompson
2nd Heathcroft Declan of Breckmarsh             ESS D        Lee Cooper
3rd Shiveck Zoila                                                   ESS B       Sally Jenkins 
4th Stockingford Schaton                                     ESS B       Maurice Stanbury 
COM: Esgob Floss                                                 ESS B       Alice Wise 

Congratulations to all in the awards.
A fantastic result for Harley Thompson making his dog up to Field Trial Champion and qualifying for the English Springer Spaniel Championships, wishing you good luck Harley.
Many thanks to the judges and The Keeper Paul Marsh for hosting us on his great Field Trialling Ground.  Also to the team of guns for shooting well, ensuring all competitors had a fair retrieve and all who helped which made the day run smoothly.
A fantastic day for all!