FTCh Birdsgreen Cluedo of Wedgnock (Cluanie)
A natural hunting dog of huge potential.
Cluanie was born on 28th April 2013 and is a superb looking dog, very strong and athletic.
He won his First Field Trial aged 17 months, and was awarded 2nd place in his second trial SWGRC Open. He went on to win two Open Trials in 2016, making him up to a Field Trial Champion, and in 2017 he won another 2 Day Open Field Trial qualifying him for the Retriever Championship for the second time.
Cluanie had a fantastic first two days at the 2017 Retriever Championship; he made a quick and tidy job of picking two pheasants on Day 1, then on Day 2 he eye-wiped 3 dogs on a snipe, very smartly picked a duck at the other end of the line, and then had another truly memorable 3 dog eye-wipe on a partridge. Sadly he went out on the first retrieve on the third day on a strong partridge runner that landed in masses of live game. No-one else picked the bird, but he was put out on the horrible 1st dog down rule.
In 2018 Cluanie was selected to represent England in the Retriever team and we won both of the International events at the Scottish and English Game Fairs.
Cluanie qualified for the 2018 IGL Retriever Championship by the tortuous B qualification route, winning the Hampshire Open Stake, and receiving two second places in Two Day Open Stakes.
Cluanie won a further Open Trial after the 2018 Championship.
In 2019 Cluanie was selected for the winning England Retriever team for the Game Fair.
Ex FTW Birdsgreen Griffon (who is by FTCh Mansengreen Diesel of Birdsgreen), and by FTW Garrethall Quip (by FTCh Waterford Fergus), it is a well planned pedigree with 27 Field Trial Champions behind it.
He is a very soft, friendly dog and easy to train as can be seen from his early wins in competition!
Hips 3/3, Elbows 0, PRA, CNM, SD2, EIC tested and clear eyes. You can read Cluanie's health information on the Kennel Club health test results finder, and his pedigree is below.
If you'd like to see some more photos or videos of Cluanie working please have a look at the Gallery page!
Cluanie's achievements to date:
11/10/19 - 2nd - Carmarthenshire WGS 2 day Open
07/10/19 - CoM - Golden Retriever Club of Northumbria 2 Day Open
04/10/19 - 2nd - West of England LRC 2 Day Open
27/09/19 - CoM - Midland Counties Field Trial Society 2 Day Open
06/09/19 - CoM - Essex Field Trial Society 2 Day Open - Lilac Farm
28/7/19 - 1st place - member of the winning England Gundog Team- The Game Fair
23/3/19 - 1st place - East Midlands GC Mock trial
18/12/18 - 1st place - Wye Valley Retriever Club Open - Batsford
25/10/18- 2nd place - The Kennel Club 2 Day Open - Emblehope
13/10/18- 1st place - Hampshire Gundog Society One Day Open - Windsor
3/10/18 - 2nd place - Golden Retriever Club of Northumbria 2 Day Open Field Trial
29/7/18 - 1st place - member of the winning England Gundog Team - The Game Fair
30/6/18 - 1st place - member of the winning England Gundog team- Four Nations International Scottish Game Fair
22/3/18 - 1st place - East Midlands GC Mock trial
07/10/17 - 1st place - Northumberland & Durham 2 Day Open Field Trial
15/09/17 - 3rd place - Coventry & District 2 Day Open Field Trial & Guns Choice
09/12/16 - 1st place - South Western Golden Retriever Club Open Field Trial & Guns Choice
18/10/16 - 1st place - Utility Gundog Society 2 Day Open Field Trial & Guns Choice
15/10/16 - 2nd place - Chiltern Gundog Society 2 Day Open Field Trial
17/09/16 - CoM - Coventry & District Gundog Society 2 Day Open Field Trial
30/10/15 - 3rd place - Carmarthenshire Working Gundog Society 2 Day Open Field Trial
22/09/15 - 3rd place - Barton on Humber Gundog Club 2 Day Open Field Trial
08/09/15 - 2nd place - Midland Counties Field Trial Society 2 Day Open Field Trial
12/12/14 - 2nd place - South Western Golden Retriever Club Open Field Trial
21/10/14 - 1st place - North West Counties Field Trial Association Novice Field Trial & Guns Choice
Open Field Trial Winner Sothebys Choice of Wedgnock (Otto)
Otto is by my FTCh Astraglen Hail. He has huge potential, is very fast like his father with loads of drive (in fact I think he’s got two jet engines!). His pedigree is full of Field Trial Champions!
He has a lovely temperament. Athletic, medium size and build, and a nice friendly character.
Hips 7/7, Elbows 0, PRA, CNM, EIC, SD2 clear. Clear eyes (current).
I ran Otto in his first test (the prestigious Windsor Charity Test), and we won!
Otto ran in his first field trial on 11th September 2017 and he won it!
He then went on to win his 3rd trial South West Golden Retriever Club AV Open Stake
In 2019 Otto was selected to run in the England Retriever Team at the Skinners World Cup in which we finished in second place and the winning England Gundog team at the Scottish Game fair at Scone
You can read Otto's health information on the Kennel Club health test results finder, and you can read his pedigree below.
If you'd like to see more photos or videos of Otto working please have a look at the gallery page!
Otto's achievements to date:
6/7/19 - 1st place - England Team - Scottish Game Fair - 2nd place individually
14/6/19 - 3rd place - UK team kennel Club International
12/5/19 - 2nd place - England Team, Skinners World Cup
14/04/19 - Selected for the England Retriever Team
08/12/17 - 1st place - SWGRC Open Field Trial
11/09/17 - 1st place - Midland Gundog Society Novice Field Trial & Guns Choice
29/04/17 - 1st place - Windsor Charity Team Test
FTW Gatekeeper Boycie Del Hartleyjean (Del)
Golden Retriever FTW Gatekeeper Boycie Del Hartleyjean (Del)
Clear eye certificate
GPRA 1 clear
GPRA 2 clear
Excellent KC EBV
Proven stud dog
Del is stylish dog with loads of drive. He is producing stunning puppies.
He has a wonderful temperament, he is calm and quiet at heel, but shows speed and determination in his work.
Del won his first trial on 08/09/2017. The GRC All Aged trial.
Del went in to achieve a 2nd at an All Aged AV trial the following season, also a COM in an All Aged Trial.
Del is a valid member of our picking up team of four or five dogs, remaining calm, but hunting hard when needed.
Astraglen Vardy of Wedgnock (Connor)
Connor is a lovely looking dog, very friendly and highly intelligent. Bred by Nigel Carville in Ireland, in my opinion he has one of the best working pedigrees I've ever seen! He is very closely related to Ash (FTCh Astraglen Hail) and I hope will follow in his footsteps! He has been learning the ropes in his first season on game and has proved to be a superb game finder, very fast with a huge amount of drive (as can be expected from his breeding!). I have high hopes for his future in Field Trials!
Born 27/5/16, Hips 3/5, Elbows 0, Eyes Clear, PRA, CNM, SD2 clear.
We recommend that bitches are progesterone tested prior to mating, and this is particularly important for maiden bitches.
In our experience bitches can ovulate anytime from Day 9 to Day 28, and therefore the traditional method of mating on Day 12 and 14 can easily go wrong.
This is why there is an average success rate of 70% with natural matings, as opposed to over 90% when progesterone tested by a reputable laboratory.
Bitches are often nervous and stressed when being brought for a mating (particularly maidens), and react defensively and refuse to stand. Without progesterone testing it is impossible to establish whether the bitch is behaving like this because she isn't ready, or just because she is nervous, in which case it is obviously worth persevering!
Some of the many benefits of numerical progesterone testing are as follows:
Over 90% success rate (as opposed to 70% for untested bitches)
Less stress for the bitch - re likely to stand and get a 'natural mating'
Higher litter size
Saving in time and fuel costs with wasted journeys when the bitch isn't ready
It is possible to just do one mating instead of the usual two, so just one journey
Each numerical progesterone test costs between £40-£50, which might sound expensive until one considers that just one extra puppy would cover the cost of six tests!
The first test would typically be done on Day Nine. This can be very helpful if you aren't sure if you accurately identified Day One!
There are several types of progesterone test available;
The swab test that looks at the cells from a smear test
Pre-Mate tests (a colour swatch) offered by most vets
Numerical testing in a laboratory
The problem with the first two tests is that unless they are carried out by someone who is very experienced, then they can be very misleading and a complete waste of money and time.
We recommend the following laboratories:
Idexx 01937 544000
Canine Pregnancy Scanning 07990 547480
Fit and Fertile 01772 690014
There are many other reputable laboratories offering numerical progesterone testing but we have no experience of them.
The results of numerical progesterone tests are given in two different scales; nmol/L and ng/ml.
The conversion of nmol/l to ng/ml is approximately 3.18, so ovulation is at 5 ng/ml and breeding recommended at 11 - 19 ng/ml
Below is a table detailing nmol/l results.