Jon Bailey runs a gundog training establishment and a boarding kennels with his wife Catherine and has been involved with working spaniels, both English Springer and Cocker for many years. He competed in his first Field Trial in 1985 with a springer dog where he achieved a Certificate of Merit. He then started running Cockers in 1986, winning his first trial in 1988. Since then Jon has made up 16 Field Trial Champions, both Springers & Cockers as well as winning numerous other trails.
During this period he has competed regularly in the Kennel Club Spaniel Championships for Springers and Cockers. At the 2008 Cocker Championship held at Sandringham he finished 3rd with FTCh Gournaycourt Morag owned by Jan Menzies.
In the 2010 Springer Spaniel Championships held at Glenarm Estate he was 2nd with FTCh Maesyronen Market Trader owned by Mr Terry Frost.
He won the 2011 Irish Championship with FTCh Countryways Judy of Sliabh and most recently won the UK Springer Championship in January 2015 with FTCh Rheastmoar Fizzy. Jon has also represented England at the CLA Game Fair and won the CLA International in 2002 with FTCh Nant-Y-Bwla Ricky & Best Spaniel also joint overall top score.
An “A Panel” Judge since 1996 Jon has judged the Championships in the UK as well as those held in Sweden and Denmark.
As well as his other duties, Jon also finds time to represent the interests of all gundog owners as a member of the Kennel Club’s Field Trial Sub Committeeand The Field Trial Liaison Council and also now heads the working party for Kennel Club Tests.
“My first experience of training dogs was with Lurchers, I trained them in a similar fashion to the spaniels I train today.
I started training and competing with spaniels approximately 15 years ago. When I first started training spaniels I was lucky enough to learn from Ian Openshaw, later on David Lisett and Aubrey Ladyman and was fortunate to have people like these giving you tips and techniques. Ian Openshaw also helped me with getting me the best pups I could have hoped for and it was not long before I started to win with the dogs in trials.
My best performance to date was getting second place in the 2007 Spaniel Championships at the Buccleuch, Queensberry Estate, Thornhill, Dumfries. I ran off for first place with FTCH Woodstorm Avrill against the formidable team of David Lisett and INFTCH Annickview Breeze who ended up winning the Championships”.
Simon wrote the above when first sponsored by Chapel Farm some 4 years ago and we are delighted to advise that he won the 87th English Springer Spaniel Championship held on the 9th – 11th January 2017 with Rytex Reba. In addition he was also awarded third place with Dawsonlee Heather, a granddaughter of Buccleuch Pepper. A fantastic achievement, well deserved..
Donna Kerse lives in Galashiels in the Scottish Borders with her 3 Border Collies: Jack, Nell and Ace.
Donna is one of the most successful and consistent Scottish Dog Agility handlers, and has been for a number of years competing at national and international events.All of her dogs compete at Grade 7, the highest level there is in Dog Agility, which is the fastest growing dog participation sport in the UK.
As well as competing on her own and competing as part of the Scotland Team, Donna also finds time to provide coaching for the Chapel Farm sponsored team of Scottish Junior handlers at the Open Junior Agility Championships.
All performed very well and in fact team member Ashleigh Bogue came home with the top prize for large dogs in the over 12 class.
Donna has been approached by the organiser to become involved in the management of the Team and we look forward to seeing these juniors developing into the future of the sport.
Galloway Gundog Association
Galloway Gundog Association was formed in 1997 by a group of enthusiastic gundog owners and handlers who wished to enjoy, train and work their dogs in the company of like-minded people.
The aims today are pretty much the same and Galloway Gundogs are proud of the progress made over the last twenty years including our continual sponsorship by Chapel Farm Dog Food since it was first produced. As our reputation has grown we have welcomed handlers from all over Scotland and the North of England and now have well over 100 members.
We run twelve tests between February and September, six of which are in the Annual Gundog Competition, a two day event at Drumlanrig Castle, which includes a Team Competition. We also organise a Gundog Scurry, Spaniel Test and a Retriever Test at the Galloway Country Fair held in front of Drumlanrig Castle on the Queensberry Estate during the month of August.
Although the tests are competitive, nothing is taken too seriously and the real aim is to promote good Gundog practice. No matter what stage you and your dog are at, you will be welcomed, helped if need be, and made to feel part of the club
Many of our members go on to compete in Kennel Club Tests and Trials and many shoot, beat or pick-up with their dogs during the season, however quite a few just like to have a well-trained dog and enjoy the camaraderie that Galloway Gundogs provides.
To find out more about Galloway Gundogs and their events calendar, visit: http://www.gallowaygundogs.co.uk/
Photograph shows winners of the Drumlanrig Test.
After experiencing great results while trialling Chapel Farm Puppy/Junior we are now pleased to sponsor Mr John Halsted and welcome him to the team of Top Trainers who feed the Chapel Farm Range to their young and adult dogs.
John is a renowned trainer with a remarkable record having qualified to compete at the IGL Retriever Championship every year since 1992 during which time he has handled 52 dogs achieving: 2 x First places, 6 x Seconds, 1 x Third, 3 x Fourths and 6 x DOM’s, including a memorable First and Second in 2009.
In 2005 and 2010 he ran 4 dogs each time. John raised the bar higher when he set a new record for the International Gundog League in December 2015 competing as he did with 5 dogs. That year’s Championship was held here at The Queensberry Estate where John and FTCh Asterix Aguzannis of Chatsworth were awarded first place.
Our thanks to Angela Cooper for providing this Photo which shows John with his record setting 5 dog entry for the 2015 IGL Retriever Championship, including Winner FTCh Asterix Aguzannis of Chatsworth and DOM Winner FTCh Emmanygan Ramble.