So, at last, having been to two field trials this winter and seen Gollum being put out for missing the birds, he got a first prize on Saturday at the GSPC Novice Trial at Ashintully. He never missed a thing. He first came on point on a woodcock, which was missed by the guns, then a pheasant, which he retrieved. The judges were happy and I was totally ecstatic that I was in fact still in, not out. Never dreamt of winning!!! They wanted Gollum to run again, but first they wanted to see him retrieve a bird. He had to cross a cattle grid or a fence, but did it all and produced the bird. Then a piece of ground he had to hunt up and had a point of a woodcock and basically he was there.
I am convinced that my own shooting over him has played a large part in getting him to understand what I want and he has now tuned into pheasant, snipe and woodcock instead of only grouse.
Here he is with the prize. Next hurdle will be the open stakes. Can’t wait.