The Euro Challenge – Celebrating 50 years in 2019
Teams travel from Europe to compete against England on the Friday of The Game Fair. The competition takes place over a variety of tricky retrieves. Each team consists of three handlers and three dogs. The dogs must comprise of three different retriever breeds: Labrador retriever, Golden Retriever, Flat Coated Retriever, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Curly Coated Retriever, Irish Water Spaniel or Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever.
The test will simulate the many and varied situations that arise when shooting and picking up with dogs including walking up in line, standing at a drive and retrieving from cover, over fences and from water. It is interesting to see how the various types of retriever deal with the same exercise.
Euro Challenge Judges – Jamie Bettison & Mark Bettison.
The Home International Competition
If you want to see the top gundogs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales go head-to-head in a purpose-built arena complete with authentic cover crop, jumps and water, then make sure you catch the Home International Team competition. As UK’s foremost team event, this hotly contested competition always produces intense rivalry between the top dog handlers from each country. This competition has been held every year since 1969 and has always been the centrepiece of the gundog events at The Game Fair.
This event takes place on Saturday and Sunday of The Game Fair.
HOME INTERNATIONAL JUDGES
Damian Newman – Home International Retriever Judge
Chris Brain – Home International Retriever Judge
Jack Iliffe – Home International Spaniel Judge
John Dickson – Home International working test (Spaniel) Judge
THANKYOU TO OUR SPONSORS SKINNERS AND LINTRAN
Sporting Dog Pavilion
This year visitors to the Sporting Dog Pavilion will have a unique chance to see up to 22 different breeds and learn more about each one.
Undoubtedly, may of these will be well-know or certainly familiar to you but, equally, there will be others that are far less common and rarely seen in UK fieldsports.
Look out for various breeds during each day as they take part in demonstrations within the Working Dog Arena with some even appearing in The Game Fair® Main Arena, too, accompanied of course by their experienced and knowledgeable owners, handlers and breeders.
Whether you simply want to discover more about the many and varied breeds that work in the field or you are looking for your next shooting companion, you’ll get a fantastic heads-up from the team of experts on hand, who will be only too happy to offer their thoughts.
New breeds this year include the English setter, Irish red and white setter and the Lagotto Romagnolo while, for the first time in many years, you’ll be able to come face to face with Labrador retrievers and English Springer Spaniels.
The Terrier Tent
Breeds including the Manchester, Skye, Irish, Cesky, Dandie Dinmont, Glen of Imal, Border, Beddlington, Jack Russell, Smooth Fox, Norwich and Norfolk Terriers will be present all under one roof!
Scurries, scramble, pick up – there is lots of fun to be had if you have brought your dog with you to The Game Fair. Turn up on the day, no need to pre-register. Entry costs £3 or £5 for two goes.
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THE HIGH TOWERS SPONSORED BY HAWKE