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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

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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!

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Novice English Springer Spaniel Field Trial

Stake 1 -Open Cocker – Monday 28th November 2022 -CANCELLED 

Stake 2 Results – Novice E.S.S. – Tuesday 29th November 2022
Minterne Magna -Dorset

By kind permission of Lord Henry Digby 
Kindly sponsored by Skinners Dog Food 

Judges: Mr Wesley Thomas A2899 & Mr Steve Brankin B3758
Chief Steward: Mr Paul Marsh 

1st                                Anahoe  Dove                          B      Martin Ashman
2nd & Guns Choice   Rytex Rymi of Haredown            B       Nick Gregory
3rd                                Penwills Beech                         B       Michael Lydford 
4th                                Springmoore Shelby                B       Matt Blake 
COMS                          Penwills Flint                            D      Ian Stevens
                                     Mynah Reba                              D      Ray Titchener 
                                      Wiscombe Aramis                    B      Dennis Wills 

A huge thank you to Keeper Paul Marsh for hosting the 1st of 2 of our Field Trials this season.
A misty foggy day with plenty of scent. The trial was set in woodland which gave challenging hunting ground with plenty of cover and pheasants for the spaniels. This was a first Field Trial for many of the young spaniels.  The team of Guns shot well ensuring plenty of retrieves.  Thank you to judges Wesley Thomas and Steve Brankin for giving their time and experience to the competitors.  A  big Shout Out to Field Trial Secretary Martin Ashman for organising and reorganising the Venue with many last minute changes to the card.
Also many thanks to the Stewards/Game Carriers and Helpers.
A most enjoyable day! 

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Field Trials 2022 / 2023

        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. Go to Menu, Trials, Electronic Field Trial Entry
  • Paper entry form for printing – Separate form and cheque for each trial please payable to: Dorset Working Spaniel Club
  • Draws will be emailed or sent in the post if an SAE is provided

Stake 1 – 16 Dog Open Cocker Spaniel    Monday 28th November 2022

Venue:  West Morden Dorset by kind permission of The Shooting Syndicate

Judges: Mr A Doris A3588 and Mr RJ Gorman A3335

Closing date for entries: FRIDAY 11TH November 2022

Prize: Open Cocker Shield

Stake 2 – 16 Dog Novice English Springer Spaniel  Tuesday 29th November 2022                                  

Venue:  Minterne Estate Dorset by kind permission of Lord Henry Digby

Judges:   Mr A Doris A3588 and Mr RJ Gorman A3335      

Closing Date for Entries: FRIDAY 11th November 2022

Prize: The Sunstar Perpetual Trophy

Stake 3 – 16 Dog Open AV (except Cocker) Spaniel Monday 5th December 2022

 Venue:     Minterne Estate Dorset by kind permission of Lord Henry Digby 

Judges:     Mr JM Davies A3316 and Mr KP Barraclough B3278                     

Closing Date for Entries: Friday 18TH November 2022

Prize: The Horseshoe Plantation Cup 

Stake 4 – 16 Dog Novice Cocker Friday 20th January 2023

Venue: Grittleton Wiltshire by kind permission of Mr J Walker and Steve Brankin

Judges: TBC

Closing Date for Entries: Friday 6th January 2023

Prize: Novice Cocker Shield and Guns Choice ‘Wood Boy’s Salver’

                  Entry Fees:           Novice £35.00              Opens £40.00



Mr M Ashman

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. 

Definition of Stakes

OPEN – A stake in which dogs have the opportunity of gaining a qualification towards the title of Field Trial Champion (K Regulations refer) and towards entry in the Championship or Champion Stake for its breed; in which entry is open to all dogs of a specified breed or breeds except that such stakes may not be confined to Any Variety Spaniel (except Spaniel (English Springer) and Spaniel (Cocker). It may be limited to a prescribed number of runners (J4 refers), in which case these shall be decided by a draw conducted in accordance with Regulation J7 i so that preference is given to previous performance

NOVICE – A Stake which is confined to dogs which have not gained a place, or places which would qualify them for first preference in the draw for Open Stakes

Please check our website we will put any alterations on it or

**Join the DWSC on FB and we will remind you of closing dates**

Entries must be sent to the Field Trial Secretary

Thank you to Skinners Dog Food for supporting our trials and our sport 

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Cold Game Tests 2022 Results

Novice Cold Game Test – Sunday 4th Sept 2022

Hursley Park

Judges: Mr. Martin Ashman (A2193) & Mr. Ray Titchener (B3672)

by kind permission of Mr. Finian O`Sullivan

1stCapt Simon HudsonShillingains Wilfred CD
2ndRoger WooldridgeNatcarw Lets Dance ESS B
3rdDel BowerThistlecrack Diamond CB
4thJulie EtheringtonWiltonsprings Penmarick ESS D
COMKaren FleetHigherend Secret CD
COMRob FrancisSomerstreet Bee CB
COMClaire BithreyCorbinsbere Brigadier for Soulsmoor ESS D
BEST HUNTING SPANIELRoger WooldridgeNatcarw Lets Dance ESS B

Many thanks to the Judges ,Committee, Stewards & Helpers who gave up their time and expertise to ensure the Day ran smoothly.

Well done to all the competitors who took part, for some their first time in a Working Test. A great way to finish off the Summer Training Season.

Spaniels showed off their hunting paces through woodland and hedgerows with bracken, fern and woodpiles with a seen and a blind retrieve from each Judge.

Hopefully we will see a few members go on to compete in Field Trials, and others do well in the Shooting Field.

Thank you to Gamekeeper Goods for donating  prizes.  Also to Skinners for their sponsorship.

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Cold Game Test 2022

President: The Countess of Shaftesbury

Chairman: Michael Lydford

Cold Game Test 2022 – Sunday 4th September

by kind permission of Mr. Finian O`Sullivan


Judges: Mr Martin Ashman (A2193 ) & Mr. Ray Titchener (B3672)

Electronic Test Entry Forms can be completed online, sending BACS payment to: D.W.S.C. with your surname as reference. Go to Menu, Tests, Electronic Working Test Entry

Test Entry Forms can be downloaded for printing from

Email Entries to Lara Sorisi or Ian Stevens:

£11 per dog Members – £16 per dog Non members

Novice – Spaniels not to have placed 1st in a working test or not to have won an award in a Field Trial inc C.O.M.

All tests are held under Kennel Club and Dorset Working Spaniel Club  rules and 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.

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Spring Test Results 2022

Spring Test – Sunday 22nd May 2022

At Ashmore, Dorset

Puppy – Judge: Lara Sorisi

1stAnthony BrownPen Wills Yama ESS B
2ndAnthony BrownBucklawren Bandit ESS D
3rdMichael SmithSpringmore Symphony ESS B
4thDel BowerThistlecrack Diamond CS B
COMClare OldhamCindersash Joker ESS
COMCharlotte BallardKentwone Troposphere CS B
COMKim BarnesMooncourt Black Jack CS D

Anthony Brown 1st & 2nd Puppy Test

Novice – Judges: Dave Templar & Steve Brankin

1stNicola HunterChurail Charisma ESS
2ndJulie EtheringtonWiltonsprings Penmarick ESS D
3rdKaren FleetMisselchalke Speyburn CS D
COMLynda LevittPitrock Lancelot CS D
COMGraham HallidayPenny Gate Apache ESS B
COMNicola HunterChurail Challenge ESS
BEST HUNTING SPANIELJulie EtheringtonWiltonsprings Penmarick
BEST COCKERKaren FleetMisselchalke Speyburn

Nicola Hunter 1st Novice Test

Open – Judges: Dave Templar & Steve Brankin

1stMark BurrNewttlebridge Black Pearl CS B
2ndRyan BishopWessexmac Fabulous Flo ESS B

Mark Burr 1st Open Test  

Great  K.C. Working Tests set for the spaniels in cool woodland with bracken, ferns, lots of cover and plenty of scent. The Judges ensured each spaniel was put through their paces on fresh ground. New Trophies were given to Winners donated from the Club,  also gifts donated from Gamekeeper Goods were handed out to members in the awards. Thank you to Skinners Working Gundog Food for their sponsorship.

Many thanks to Keeper Geoff Spencer for allowing DWSC to use his ground.  Much appreciation  to all the helpers, especially the Judges who gave up their time to ensure the day ran smoothly.

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Dear Member,

Below are details for the Clubs Annual General Meeting: 

Tuesday 10th May 2022 – 7pm

Divelish Room, The Exchange, Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

Please advise if you would like to attend via email:


  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 Report
  7. Test Secretary Report
  8. Re-election of Committee Members.
  9. Any other Business (to be submitted to the Secretary at least 7 days before the AGM)


Annual subscriptions were due on 1 March 2022. Please note, only subscribed members have priority to enter club events. 

  • Single Membership: £10
  • Joint Membership: £15
  • Joining fee for new or lapsed members: £5.00  

Please contact the Membership Secretary Lynne Bramwell

Please go to our website to view club events and details of Tests and Field Trials: or join our Facebook group page. 


Please contact Ian to arrange return of trophies prior to this years’ Working Test. Don`t forget to get your Trophy engraved!



  • Puppy, Novice and Open Classes 
  • Judges Dave Templar, Steve Brankin, and Lara Sorisi

This is a great opportunity for novice handlers and / or spaniels to test their hunting and obedience under the watchful eye of experienced judges who shall offer advice. Any questions, email Lara Sorisi and Ian Stevens:


  • Wednesdays at 6.30 pm, Ashmore, near Shaftesbury SP5 5AF from the 13th April – fortnightly until the 6th July 
  • Sundays at 10.00 am, Gurston Down, near Salisbury SP5 5HR from the 24th April – fortnightly until 3rd July 

If you would like to attend training there are a few spaces left, please book in with Lynne beforehand


We hope to organise a couple of Training Days with a guest Trainer in the Summer, details to follow.


Please come along and support our Team who are competing in the Challenge, starting at 9.30am – this is a great, fun day out for family and friends.

Karen Anderson