I have been involved with gundogs and shooting for about the last 35 years. Having given up hunting on horseback I then got an English Springer Spaniel and went beating. I decided this spaniel was not well enough trained so purchased a puppy which was the first dog I received a field trial award with in 1989. Since then I have run Labradors, a Flatcoated Retriever and Springers in trials.
I made up my Labrador bitch FTCh Hatchfield Tarka in 2002 and competed in the 2001 Retriever Championships. In 2010 I made up my English Springer Spaniel dog FTCh Rytex Roners with whom I competed in the 2007 and 2011 Spaniel Championships.
In 2003 I was appointed to the Kennel Club ‘A’ panel retriever judges list, and in 2014 I also became a ‘B’ panel spaniel judge. I am a member of the Kennel Club Field Trial Committee.
I have been Field Trial Secretary for the Westward Gundog Society since 1988 running trials for retrievers and spaniels. I have also been involved with the club as Working Test Secretary. I am also a member of The Spaniel Club committee.
I have judged in Belgium and Germany previously, and am honoured to be asked to judge the Munich Cup in 2018 and I look forward to meeting you all.