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2nd July - IWSA is having a Water Training Day arranged for Sunday the 2nd of July at a venue near Market Drayton, meeting 9 Helshaw Cottage Warrant Road, Stoke Heath, Market Drayton, TF9 2JP for 10-10.30am, and then proceed to the training area. All standards very welcome as we will cater for all, Puppy to Advanced with all different access levels to the water, even if you want any of your dogs along to enjoy the day at a cost of 5.00 per handler. Bring a packed lunch and drinks as we will be in the countryside. Trainers will be Jennie Menage- Goldenacre Irish Water Spaniels & Sue Margerison - Kandrelli Irish Water Spaniels. We look forward to seeing you all on the day.

Two other gundog training days will be on 12th August & 24th September at Walford College. More details on these two events in due course.

14th May 2017 Gundog Training Day - at Walford and North Shropshire College. Baschurch, Shrewsbury SY4 2HL. The event is open to all and will split into groups depending on you & your dogs level. Bring your own packed lunch and drinks. Bring wet weather gear in case the weather isn't kind and sensible footwear. All gundog equipment supplied.

The cost of the day is 5 per handler.
Meeting at 10 am for a 10.30 am start.
Free parking and toilets available.

Ran Bunty (Fynder Bunty Lawless) in her first ….Walked Up Novice Retriever Test (United Retriever Club) on 21st August.  Huge freshly cut barley fields with stubble. It was run exactly as a simulated Walked Up Novice Retriever Field Trial.
The numbers in this kind of test  are restricted to a maximum of 24 and those running were FT labs and one Goldie. She came 4th and we got past some very well known dogs and handlers. This was quite an achivement for an for an IWS  with lots of people asking about the breed.

The icing on the cake was she ‘eye wiped’ a well known lab in the last round. A simulated rabbit was ‘shot’ way down behind the line, it was a long blind into a hedge and wood. The first dog down was given a rough area, it took a straight line into the hedge, hunted and hunted the hedge and wood but kept pulling left. As next dog down, I was called up, cast her forward on a straight line, pipped stop in the hedge and cast her right followed by hunt whistle. In a flash she had picked!!!

A day to remember!


Working News 24th April 2016 -


organised by kirkmarsh & fendrake kennels

The M.B.G.W.T. will be held on

15th May 2016

By Kind permission of

Mr & Mrs N Rothwell


Fir Tree Farm

Fir Tree Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk.

L39 7HH

Lookout for I.W.S direction signs

Meet at 9.30 for 10.00 start

Judges = Mr. R. Yates. & Mr. S. Ozrechowsky.

It will be a team event consisting of 3 dogs & Handlers per team.

Chesapeake, Curly Coated, Flatcoats, Irish Water Spaniels

 Supporters & helpers always welcome

Tea/coffee/cakes will be available at end of test.

For further information contact Melvyn on Tel 01142471989 or mobile 07989432126
Or via email

Working News 23rd March 2016 -
At the AGM on 20th March 2016 it was decided to re-estabish the working sub-committee. More details will published once sorted
Gundog day at Crufts was on 11th March. Gamekeeper Classes results are to the right of this page. Below is the video of the arenas
Gundog Display with Philippa Williams Crufts 2016 - Featuring Fynder Bunty Lawless & Pepi Barrington

IWS Crufts Results 2016
Gamekeeper Classes

Working Gundogs Any Other Variety Sporting Spaniel Best Dog The Sportsman Game Feeds Trophy
- 2nd  Judy Hempstead's Goldenacre Sea Rider at Cuvana

Working Gundogs Any Other Variety Sporting Spaniel Best Bitch
The Marsh Trophy

- 1st Steve Davies & Sue Margerison's Malanis Sea Minx at Kandrelli

IWS Crufts Results 2015
Gamekeeper Classes

Working Gundogs Any Other Variety Sporting Spaniel Best Dog The Sportsman Game Feeds Trophy
- 2nd Ms J Hempstead's Goldenacre Sea Rider at Cuvana

Best Young Handler under 14 years
The Mustwork Trophy
- 3rd Oscar Tarbox handling Ms J Hempstead's Goldenacre Sea Rider at Cuvana Irish Water Spaniel