Sunday, 23 September 2007
Gundogs at Belvoir
Today I've been to Belvoir, near Grantham in Lincs, for a NOBs gundog training day. Grant, better known as 'Hedgey' on the forums (pictured below with his two black labs), had organised the day and was delighted with the turn-out. It was a relaxed, informal day, held in the fields beside the lake, overlooked by the splendid Belvoir Castle (which you'll remember if you went to the CLA Game Fair at Belvoir in 2005).
Some 30-odd NOBs members got the chance of some expert tuition for themselves and their dogs, in preparation for the coming season. It was a friendly group, and I was made to feel very welcome.
Chatting to Grant, it struck me that there's a need for more days like this - something to bridge the gap between the enthsiastic owner who is lacking confidence in his/her own and dog's abilities, and the more formal shoot days or gundog tests and trials.
Maybe Sporting Shooter could join forces with NOBs to arrange a series of similar events around the country. What do you think? Would it work? Would you be tempted to go along?
If we get enough support for the idea, I'll do my best to make it happen.