Saturday, 7 October 2017

Retrieving Trial Schedule 29 October 17

WGAA Vic Branch Retrieving Trial  
 Intermediate & Advanced Stakes

TRIAL DATE:              Sunday, 29 October 2017
TRIAL MANAGER:     Sam Heyes       0418 512 780
                                    Steve Luck        0408 334 427
ENTRIES:                    Entries close Friday 20 October – Draw 21 October      
EVENTS:                     Intermediate and Advanced Stakes                                            

ENTRY FEE:              $20.00 per dog Advanced and Intermediate stake. 
                                  Entries online via or
                                  Completion of trial entry form via

VETTING:                    Vetting will take place at 8.30am 
JUDGES:                     Intermediate – Bill Allen
                                    Advanced – Byron Kendall
TROPHIES:                 Trophy and Sash for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters. 
QUALIFICATIONS    INTERMEDIATE is a stake confined to gundogs that have not won       any stakes other than two Intermediate Stakes.
is a stake confined to gundogs that have not won four Advanced Stakes or one Open Stake
VENUE:                    Nagambie area. 
CATERING:              Club barbeque will be available for everyone to use – bring your own  food.    
                                     Important Information
                       ..  All competitors must obey Trial Managers' directives.
..  No one is permitted to revisit the trial site under any circumstances.
¨      No alcohol to be consumed by handlers during runs.
¨      Bitches in oestrum will not be permitted on the trial grounds.
¨      All competitors must produce a current shooting licence.
..  All persons attending the trial must sign the Range Member Book.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

October Training Day

The next WGAA training day is  Sunday 15 October.
The address of the training venue is on a property near the Emu Creek bridge, Clarkfield.

To get to the Emu Creek bridge head North West on the C743 through Bulla. Turn North onto the Melbourne-Lancefield Rd. Travel 13km then turn right onto Konagaderra Rd and it's about 1km along that road to the bridge.

Start time will be 9.00am but if you would like to help with setting up we will be there from 8.00am. There will also be a BBQ lunch at 12.00pm.

Anyone with a gundog is welcome. We cater for beginners, puppies and experienced handlers.

Any queries please contact Kevin Phelps - 0407 091 221

Friday, 22 September 2017

Field Assessment Day 17 September 2017

What a day! Sunny, nice breeze for the dogs – weatherwise this was one out of the box. Participating dogs seemed to enjoy it also with some excellent work in the field run, water retrieve and land retrieve. Overall the handlers were pleased, very pleased, with their dogs. The venue looked a picture after recent rains, and seemed to add to the relaxed atmosphere.
Handlers were presented with certificates covering all aspects of the retrieves and field work – style, obedience, marking, eagerness, staunchness, game finding and steadiness. This was the tenth year that WGAA has conducted a Field Assessment Day at this site and Sunday’s event was probably one of the best. 
The judges Kevin Phelps – Water retrieve, Angie Bloomer – Land Retrieve and Barry Oliver- Field, were all unanimous in their assessments, all three praising the dogs, especially the big improvers. There is no doubt that if handlers put in the work in a dedicated manner their dogs can and do improve markedly.
Another top WGAA event.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

SSAA Vic Shot Expo

Well folks, the 2017 SSAA Shot Expo is all done and dusted, and what a great success it was.
The State office reports that over 17,000 people attended over the weekend, a stunning number by any measure.
The Gundog demonstrations were a real highlight and showed the very large and appreciative crowds what WGAA is all about. The boat (Aussie) and the beer (Nellie) segments went over extremely well.
Many thanks to the following members and their dogs – Sam with Nellie & Scout, Shane with Slim and also for his outstanding PA commentary, Steve & Meg, Kevin & Aussie, Henry & Riley, Rebecca & Levi, Andrew & Bass and myself with Kio. Thanks also to Jason (equipment organizer extraordinaire) and Richard, his roadie on Sunday, Tom (Gun steward), Angie (Angie for being Angie) Lyn, Kathy & Garry with Kiri for their sterling work manning the booth and talking to hundreds of people about WGAA. Kiri took heaps of pats for the team, what a limelight stealer she was!
Thanks also to Liz & John for all their help and support and especially for Liz’ efforts with the bbq in providing breakfast and lunch.
Another thank you to the many members who called in to say hello.
The club had extremely positive feedback from State and National bodies including the SSAA National President, Geoff Jones, the Victorian President, Denis Moroney and the National Secretary, Kaye McIntyre.

For more photos of the day, click here.