Lionel becomes a FULL CHAMPION 3rd Novice FT award and wins the GUNS AWARD
Matt took Lionel to the Mid Wales Gundog Society Field Trial at Loton Hall in Shrewsbury on 13th November. His first run was 'blank' meaning there were no birds during his individual run although he was highly commended for his hunting. It did mean however that he went through to the second round. On his second round, he went on point, which turned out to be a rabbit. It was not shot. A few minutes later he went on point again and then flushed a group of pheasants. He was steady to shot, but the guns missed. Luck was most definitely on his side as he carried on hunting, Matt knew he must be running out of time. He went on point again, flushed and this time the pheasant was shot and retrieved. Just to prove his prowess, the pheasant was pricked, but he did a perfect job of delivering the live pheasant back to Matt. This meant he was through to the final stage of the water where he did a beautiful clean retrieve from the lake. The judges, Sir Michael Leighton (A panel) and Ray Davies (B Panel) thought enough of Lionel to award him 3rd place and the guns thought he was the best dog for them on the day and picked him for their guns award- icing on the cake. Combined with his 3 CC's this now makes him into a Full Champion.