A gundog natural instinct is to retrieve. Retrieving Trials provide a perfect avenue for these dogs to express their natural abilities, have fun and exercise.
Our sport simulates hunting conditions where the dogs ability to retrieve is tested over various terrain and conditions commonly found in hunting scenarios. The dogs retrieve Dokken Dead Fowl Trainers (artificial game) from anything from dams or creeks to thick marsh or sparse paddocks.
We strive to make our competitions a friendly and social environment where our competitors can not only compete whilst having fun with their canine companions, but also enjoy the comradery and friendships that develop with people of similar interests.
Competitors and organisers alike, are ramping up for the SSAA WGAA 2017 Multi Level Championships, to be held in a months time. With a brand new format, never before run in Australia, UFR will showcase some of the finest dog work our country has to offer. Retrieving Trial competitions test the retrieving and hunting abilities of gundog breeds by simulating duck shooting conditions, a sport where these dogs can show their true talents. Previous to this event, Championships have been a luxury only the highest level competitors could enjoy. But following detailed discussions, it was decided that retrieving should be brought more inline with other sporting disciplines, which hold grand finals for various levels of their competition. The 2017 event will see handlers & dogs from Open, Advanced and Intermediate levels battle it out across two days of competition. Set in the beautiful area of Kilkivan Queensland, 2.5hrs north of Brisbane, this is guaranteed to be an exciting weekend. Spectators are warmly welcomed. If you'd like to come along to the SSAA WGAA 2017 Multi Level Championships, please drop us an email at email@example.com or via our website.
This years Anzac weekend of trials, has again, come and gone.
All those who attended can attest to yet another wonderful event. Not only did we enjoy the friendly competition, beautiful trophy table and a warm fire at night (and maybe a few drinks)! But we also spent time remembering those that fought for the freedom of our country with a very special service. A very big thanks to Stuart and Edwena Adcock for all their efforts, and the donation of a beautiful perpetual trophy.
The Anzac Trophy was awarded to the highest scoring competitor for the weekend, and was warmly welcomed by it's first recipients, Bryan Pritchard & Gunner. A well deserved win!
One of the highlights of our Anzac service, was a poetry reading from the property owner, Ian. Ian was asked if he would like to contribute to our service, and I don't think he could have chosen better piece. I have transcribed the poems below for all to read, it was not only a beautiful tribute to the men, women and animals that fought, but it was also a touching piece that brought a tear to my eye....and he read it from memory.
IN FLANDERS FIELD
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
INSPIRATION FOR THE POEM Having read John McCrae's poem 'In Flanders Fields' Moina Michael made a personal pledge to 'keep the faith'. he felt compelled to make a note of this pledge and hastily scribbled down a response entitled "We Shall Keep the Faith" on the back of a used envelope. From that day she vowed to wear a read poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance.
WE SHALL KEEP THE FAITH by Moina Michael, November 1918 Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields, Sleep sweet - to rise anew! We caught the torch you threw And holding high, we keep the Faith With All who died. We cherish, too, the poppy red That grows on fields where valor led; It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies, But lends a lustre to the red Of the flower that blooms above the dead In Flanders Fields. And now the Torch and Poppy Red We wear in honor of our dead. Fear not that ye have died for naught; We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields.
Sam and Elaine Haigh had to say goodbye to one of their best mates, Errol late last year.
Errol was a wonderful dog who worked so hard for Sam, achieving so much in the trialing field, won so numerous trials, and his name is engraved on so many trophies and shields. He has left behind two lovely dogs sired by him, to follow in his footsteps, Tallowood Errols Elley (Elley) and Tallowood Coras Butch (Butch). So his memory will carry on through both dogs. He was a gentle natured dog, with a big heart and will be sadly missed From everyone in UFR Errol...Rest in peace old fellow.
At our July Meeting, the decision was made to postpone our 2016 Championship to 2017. More information will follow soon. In the meantime, we'd like to thank everyone who kindly donated their services, time and sponsorship efforts for this event. Please stay tuned!
One of our members sadly passed away last Saturday.
Fran Jones was an active member of UFR from 'day 1', Vice President
Training, Retrieving Judge and a lady who loved nothing more than
spending time with her husband and her dogs. Fran had successes with Retrieving and Tracking. She will be missed.
Fran's funeral arrangements are as follows -
'Garden Chapel' Albany Creek Crematorium
Wednesday 6th July at 10.30am
Following the service, everyone is invited to share refreshments at
the Samsonvale and District Public Hall, Winn Road, Mt Samson. (about 20
minutes drive from the Crematorium)
Fran was an active member of the Samsonvale Hall Committee and loved relaxing on the verandahs.
It would be appreciated if you could please bring a plate to share at the Hall.
Saturday 16th July 2016 - Our 'Companion Trial' Sunday 17th July 2016 - Our 'Garry Haigh Memorial Trial' These Trials will be held at Monsildale (Jimna) Qld and Camping is available.
we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.
Unfortunately we have lost many great trialing friends, both two legged and four over the years. UFR's Memorial Weekend of Trials is a weekend of celebration, as we remember those that are not longer with us, all of the wonderful things they brought to not only our lives, but also our sport, and the memories that they leave behind.