Sherborne Castle Country Fair - 29th May 2017

The Retriever & Spaniel Team Challenges 2017

Sponsored by BASC, Chudleys Dog Food & Hi Lost

During the past decade, the Team Challenges at Sherborne Castle Country Fair have attracted many of the most highly qualified working retrievers and spaniels in the South and West of the UK and even from overseas. In 2017 we are very grateful to once again have much appreciated support and sponsorship from Chudleys Dog Food, the British Association of Shooting & Conservation and Hi Lost for the Retriever and Spaniel Team Challenges.

For both Challenges, 8 teams compete in a number of working tests, under Kennel Club rules and regulations, which simulate situations likely to be encountered during the shooting season. Using blank gunfire and canvas dummies instead of game, the handlers work their dogs to show their skill and efficiency at hunting and retrieving both marked and unseen 'quarry' over different types of terrain and also from water. The tests are fun to watch and gundog owning spectators can possibly pick up a few useful tips!

The Retriever Team Challenge

(For 8 teams of 4 Open Standard any variety Retrievers)

In the morning, four tests will be run simultaneously in the Deer Park. Spectators are welcome to park their cars close to the Deer Park and walk from test to test to see the dogs in action. In the afternoon, all the competing dogs head to the lake for a retrieve against the clock in what is always an exciting end to the day's competition.

Timetable (TBC)



Competitors' briefing at the marquee in the Deer Park



Tests start in the Deer Park



Lunch (approx.)



Final runs by the lake (near the Castle main entrance)



Parade of teams and Prize-giving in the Main Arena

Judges:Mr C Pelham, Mr B Taylor, Ms V Prichard, Ms E Taylor
Colin Pelham (A2681), Barry Taylor (A1633), Vickie Prichard (NP3273), Liz Taylor (NP3536)

For further information contact: Joanna Bentley - mob 07789 991603 or email

The Spaniel Team Challenge

(For 8 teams of 3 Good Novice to Open Standard any variety Spaniels)

The morning will begin with a water test at the lakeside near the Castle main entrance. Spaniels will then move to the Old Park (the woods at the top of the track opposite the castle) for further tests. Spectators can walk up to the Old Park from the Country Fair car park and are very welcome.




Competitors' briefing



Water test by the lake (next to the scurries area)

Followed by tests in the Old Park with a break for lunch



Parade of teams and Prize-giving in the Main Arena

Judges: TBC

For further information and entry forms contact: Julia Birchall-Mann - tel 01884 260910 or email

Entries (Retrievers & Spaniels)

£12 per dog, per dog, includes entry to the Fair (competitors only). Closing date for entries is Wednesday 19th April 2017. All applications will be put in a 'hat' and the 8 teams to run for each Team Challenge will be drawn on Thursday 20th April.

Prizes & Trophies

(Challenge trophies to be held for one year only)


  • Sherborne Castle Country Fair Challenge Trophy for the Winning Team
  • Sherborne Castle Country Fair Challenge Trophy for the Top Dog


  • BASC Team Challenge Trophy for the Winning Team
  • BASC Team Challenge Trophy for the Top Dog

Chudleys and Hi Lost are very kindly providing rosettes, dog food vouchers and prizes for the top dogs and the teams down to 3rd place.