If you need help or advice training your gun dog, who better to ask than one of our experienced gun dog handlers. Clinics are run at every show, and our gun dog team consists of:
Phil Parkin became involved in Field Sports over 40 years ago, becoming a professional dog trainer in the late 1990’s with Fernshot Gundogs.
To date, Phil Parkin has won field trials and tests with over 40 different Labrador Retrievers and made up four Labrador Retriever Field Trial Champions, namely; FTCh Millbuies Milly, FTCh Fernshot Comet, FTCh Twixwood Shooting Star of Fernshot and FTCh Maldrake Livie. These four champions have qualified a total of seven times to run at the annual International Gundog League Retriever Championship. Phil Parkins and FTCh Millbuies Milly also represented the England Team at the CLA Game Fair in 2001, coming third overall.
Phil Parkin has been a Kennel Club ‘A’ Panel Judge since 2003. He has judged many trials in England (including the International Gundog League Retriever Championship at Windsor in 2007 and at Nairn in 2012), Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as well as Austria, Sweden, Denmark (the 2006 Danish Championship), France (the 2010 French Championship), Hungary, Italy and Germany. Phil also travels to Europe to run group training sessions for Novice and Open gundogs and their handlers.
Phil and his partner, Anna, now work together and have a great set-up for gundog training near the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk.
Phil will be at Burghley and Sandringham country shows 2017
After a successful career with horses my husband’s interest in shooting opened up the fascinating world of gundogs. I brought my first gundog, a cocker spaniel named Socks, from a local game keeper and never looked back.
I am involved in many local shoots where I beat and pick up with a team of 4 cockers and a Labrador, which I totally adore.
During the summer we can be found competing at working tests and we also love a good scurry!
The whole family is involved with the dogs as they live in as part of the family often to be found watching TV with the children!
In 2014 I made up my first FTCH with our little cocker “Tink” and competed at the 85th British Cocker Spaniel Championships were I was honoured to be awarded Guns Choice.
My Daughter Caitlin, who appears with me at all of our demonstrations and has won the Junior Lintran working test for the last 3 years at the Living Heritage Sandringham show, won the working test for her age group at the kennel club Young Handlers at Chatsworth house in 2014 and was also award best marking dog.
Training dogs is the most fascinating experience, whether training a dog for a specific job as a gundog, or as a well-balanced pet. Kind, fair and positive methods are key and produce a winning formula.
Nat will be at Thoresby Country Show
Anthea runs Brockhills Dog training. She offers residential training and boarding, and lessons for gun dogs and companion dogs.
She has been doing gun dog and training demos for the last five years all across the country as part of a team.
Anthea picks up and works her team of dogs on many various shoots, and will this year be competing her young dogs. She has also been training in working tests and field trials.
Anthea will be at Hampshire, Burghley and Wiltshire country shows
About 7 years ago, I became interested in the Gundog World with a Cream Golden Retriever called Caspar. Always keen to learn and with a determination to ‘get it right’ I started to go regularly to Gundog training in Hampshire where I was told I should compete in Working Tests. My life changed dramitically after that and the bug took hold. We became well known because of his colour and became quite successful in working tests winning out of Novice in Scotland in 2012.
I now have 2 Working Bred Golden Retrievers, have been part of the Gundog Display Team for the last 2 years at Crufts and displayed at the CLA Gamefair 2015. I use reward based methods as well as clicker to get the best out of my dogs. I pick up on 3 local shoots and beat on 2 others. My young Golden Retriever I hope to trial this season.
Dogs are my passion and my life and helping people get the best out of their pets/Gundogs is how I see my future.
Sarah will be at Thame and Wiltshire Country Shows