Retrieving trials are competitions for registered (purebred) Gundogs where dogs are tested for obedience, and natural retrieving and hunting abilities. The trials are set in areas that can as close as possible imitate natural hunting situations.
The purpose of a retrieving trial is to test and determine the dogs retrieving ability in the field, under natural conditions. Items to be retrieved are cast from a mechanical thrower and dogs must be able to determine the depth of the fall of the ‘game’ and then be able to hunt out the game, retrieve it and gently deliver it to the handler. All retrieving trials are held under the rules and regulations of the ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council), and are held in all states around Australia. Retrieving trials are conducted at five different levels, beginners, novice, restricted, all age and championship.
A Beginners Test is the entrance level for new trailers or very inexperienced dogs. It consists of two runs (retrieves), one on land and one in or through water which is of sufficient depth for the dog to swim. Handlers are given instruction on the procedure for the conduct of the test, and shown the mechanics of the run over which the dog is required to compete. It is a great way to be introduced to the sport of retrieving trials.
On the opposite end of the scale are the state and national championship stakes. A national championship has to consist of at least seven retrieves with at least 15 items of game two of which have to be blind finds where the dog has to be tested for steadiness from behind a hide. Championships are a great spectacle of working gundogs and generally attract many competitors from other states. A ‘blind’ is where an item of game is placed on the ground (up to 150 metres away) and the dog directed to it by hand signals from the handler.
Retrieving Ability Tests for Gundogs (RATG)
The RATG is open to both Registered Gundogs and Associate Gundogs and is a test of basic obedience and retrieving ability. The tests are designed so that they might be held in conjunction with either obedience trials or perhaps show events depending on the area that is available.
Titles are awarded at two levels; novice retrieving ability (NRA) and open retrieving ability (ORA).
Novice level consists of four exercises; walking to heel, a recall, and two single mark (sighted) retrieves, one of which is usually in or through water.
Open level also consists of four exercises; walking to heel, a recall (incorporating a stop on command), walk-up retrieve, and either a double mark retrieve or a double rise retrieve, at least one retrieve is usually in or through water.
RETRIEVING ABILITY TEST FOR GUNDOGS
13th May 2018
The Club hosted its ninth Retrieving Ability Test for Gundogs (RATG) on Sunday the 13th of May at KCC Park Skye. In total we had twenty-three entries, nine of which were Weimaraners and three of them just starting out this year. Our dogs did well with the following results.
1st in Open and Highest Scoring Weimararner in Trial and Highest Scoring Dog in Trial Jackie Price with CH. Carnmellis Kiss the Girls at Greywei
4th in Open Linda Evertsen with TS Grand CH, TRI. CH (RO) (T) Everweis Park Xquizid CDX. QND. ORA. ET
2nd in Novice Linda Evertsen with CH. Weilander Cold To Infinity (LH) (AI) TDX
5th in Novice Roz. Buckley with Weilander Mystery Race Driver (LH)
The Club also wishes to acknowledge the sponsorship for the following people and kennels. Your support and donations has again helped in making this a very successful event.
Thank you for the support towards our RATG
1st Place Novice Prize $15.00 Linda & Bernie Evertsen 1st Place Novice Sash $15.00 Weisnjac Kennels 2nd Place Novice Sash $12.00 Weisnjac Kennels 3rd Place Novice Sash $12.00 Weisnjac Kennels 1st Place Open Prize $15.00 Linda & Bernie Evertsen 1st Place Open Sash $15.00 Fireside Kennels 2nd Place Open Sash $12.00 Fireside Kennels 3rd Place Open Sash $12.00 Fireside Kennels Highest Scoring competitor in Trial. Sash $15.00 Weisnjac Kennels Highest Scoring Weimaraner in Trial Sash $15.00 Everweis Park Kennels Judge/s Fee and/or present $20.00 Gaye Todd Judge/s Fee and/or present $30.00 Weischoice Weimaraners Score cards Printing & supply - Roz Buckley
Below: Results & Photos from the trial...
everyone who pitched in and assisted in the clean up.
brand new ezy ups. Thankfully, no one was hurt. A huge thankyou to
with a mini tornado tearing through our area and destroying our almost
Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse in the afternoon,
It was a successful day with all in attendance enjoying themselves.
judge - Mr. Bob Tawton, all stewards and thrower operators.
and Lin Evertsen for organising the trial this year. Also, a big thank you to our
Our thanks once again, to Bernie
Weilander Kennels' - Ch Weilander Shifting Sands (LH) QND CCD NRD RN TD
'Highest Scoring Dog In Trial & Highest Scoring Weimaraner In Trial'
1st Place: Margaret Howard's Golden Retriever - Killara Special Agent - 76 pts (Pass)
2nd Place: Dianne Vapp's Golden Retriever - Aranlane Spring Meadow CCD RE - 73 pts
3rd Place: Brian Arter's Labrador Retriever - Kadnook Westburys Hot Design RN - 71 pts
1st Place: Weilander Kennels' - Ch Weilander Shifting Sands (LH) QND CCD NRD RN TD
Weimaraner Longhair - 95 pts (Pass)
2nd Place: Dodo Kelly's T Ch Fernfall Gallant Trooper UD RRD ORA RN ET TSD NRD
Golden Retriever - 87 pts (Pass)
3rd Place: Leanne O'Sullivan's Elloesse Bold As Brass RRD
Labrador Retriever - 85 pts (Pass)
4th Place: Deborah Chandler's Ch Feldjaeger U R The Man (LH) CD QND ORA
Weimaraner Longhair - 84 pts (Pass)
Our Club held another very successful
RATG Trial at KCC Park on
Sunday 1st June 2014.
Our Judge was Ms. Roz Buckley.
Many thanks once again, to Bernie & Lin Evertsen
for co-ordinating the trial for us !
The weather was a little kinder to us this year,
with only a shower or two during the day.
We used our brand new Altegra ezy ups for
the very first time & they looked terrific
(more photos of the full set up below)
** A special thank you to Josh Mulder for taking some great action shots ! **
1st Pass - 91 pts - Ch Abtei Eureka CCD - German Shorthaired Pointer handled by Kerry Winters
2nd Pass - Mygameheart Abbey Road - German Shorthaired Pointer handled by Guy Balasso
3rd - NQ - Coningsburgh Magical Diva RN CD - Labrador Retriever handled by Maude Ashman
No other passes.
1st Pass - 96 pts - T Ch Fernfall Gallant Trooper UD RRD ORA RN ET - Golden Retriever
handled by Dodo Kelly
2nd Pass - 94 pts - Elloesse Bold As Brass RRD - Labrador Retriever handled by Leanne O'Sullivan
3rd Pass - 93 pts - Killara First Seeker CD TDX NRA RN NRD - Golden Retriever handled
by Dodo Kelly
92 pts - Beereegan Bellriver RRD - Labrador Retriever handled by Leanne O'Sullivan
86 pts - T Ch Goldnymph Oberon CCD RN NRD NRA - Golden Retriever handled by Wally Mossop
85 pts - Winterset Shades of Blue CD RA QND - Golden Retriever handled by N. Harry
79 pts - Gr Ch Dual Ch (T) Huntwyre Tribulation CDX RN NRA ET TSD QND
- German Wirehaired Pointer handled by Sylvia Meekings
77 pts - Spezia I'm The One - German Shorthaired Pointer handled by Katya Gray
HIGHEST IN TRIAL - Dodo Kelly's T CH FERNFALL GALLANT TROOPER UD RRD ORA RN ET
HIGHEST WEIMARANER IN TRIAL -
Lin & Bernie Evertsen's
TS GR CH DUAL CH (T) EVERWEISPARK XQUIZID
CD RAE2 ORA ET QND
Our club hosted a Retrieving Ability Test for Gundogs on 19th May 2013 at KCC Park Skye.
We had a wonderful day, although the weather was a little miserable. Thanks to everyone
for coming along and making the day a great success. Photos below...
*** HIGHEST WEIMARANER IN TRIAL ***
T. CH. WEILANDER RAIN ANGEL CD ET
owned & bred by Weilander Kennels.
** HIGHEST IN TRIAL **
REVEIRTER ST LITHGHEIN NRA
Labrador Retriever owned by Cheryl Shelton
Full Results below...
1st Place: Joe Cassar's English Springer Spaniel - Badgerfield Arlie - 88 pts
2nd Place: Andrew Gordon's Hungarian Vizsla - Hubertus Universal Raider CD ET - 87 pts
3rd Place: Joanne Osborne's Labrador Retriever - Harestock Anchusa ET - 82 pts
Passes to: Roz Buckley's Weimaraner - T Ch Weilander Rain Angel CD ET
Margaret Howard's Golden Retriever - T Ch Karedon Walkin Tall CD RN TSDX ET
1st Place: Cheryl Shelton's Labrador Retriever - Reveirter St Lithghein NRA - 94 pts
2nd Place: Katya Gray's German Shorthaired Pointer - Spezia I'm The One CDX NRA - 77 pts
3rd Place: Debra Chandler's Weimaraner Longhair - Ch Feldjaeger U R The Man (LH)
CD NRA - 76 pts