July 19, 2019

Kirkbourne Spaniels held their 5th national gundog team challenge, it was held at Aske Estate Richmond By kind permission Lord Ronaldsay. 

8 teams with 32 dogs from all over the country gathered together to find the best team of dogs in the uk . All the tasks are made to represent a shoot day using cold game. The scenarios were set by the judges for the teams that include blind retrieves up to 250 mtrs. With water, jumps and distractions. The tasks were difficult but soon it was clear the top dogs were the only ones that...

March 15, 2018

Training a spaniel has to be done with the knowledge that some spaniels need hunting first, brakes later and for some the hunting is already in the dog so brakes can be applied sooner. At Kirkbourne we hold regular training days for novice and advanced spaniels.  Last week it was our novice day and ten handlers and dogs arrived on a damp morning at our training venue in Doncaster.  All the customers had pre-paid on line so at 10am we promptly started the training day.  The day is in two halves with an interval in the mid...

July 11, 2017

Kirkbourne Spaniels are proud to announce we will be holding a training weekend at Bracken Burrows. 

The cost for the weekend is £80 for each handler (includes camping and BBQ on Saturday night). The training will be for novice and intermediate level dogs and handlers. This does not mean advanced dogs and handlers are not welcome. The use of shot and the dummy launcher will be used so please bear this in mind.

There will be a working test on the second day after 12 pm

Training will start at 10am and finish at 3pm


June 19, 2017

We started training February with a group of 14 dogs and handlers. The aim of group training at the start was to instil the solid basic foundations of working with our dogs. This included straight lines, stop whistle, sequential target training and slowly starting to work at distance.

The large group was split into two teams with David Whitehead mentoring and training one group and Paul Duncan taking the other under the overall watchful eye of club trainer Darren Kirk and David Cocking. On occasion we swapped groups so th...

June 14, 2017

The National Gundog Competition set at Stubbs Hall Shoot Ground held by kind permission of John Soar on 10th and 11th of June 2017.  Teams of 28 dogs and handlers came from all around the country met to compete in the 3rd year of this great competition.  This competition in unlike any other due to the scoring system and the scenarios set.


4 were set for the first day for all dogs and handlers and 3 for the last day.  Each scenario was set in such a way that this could happen on a real shoot day. Co...

With the end of the shooting season in sight,  those that regularly attend training clubs and sessions turn their thoughts to the impending Working Test Season. 

I have attended many working tests over the last few years, once or twice as a competitor and more recently as part of the day job. 

Today I was back at Stubbs Hall in Doncaster training with Darren Kirk of Kirkbourne Spaniels on his "retriever working test training day".

Ten dogs and handlers braved the early morning rain as the day got under way. 

The day was...

June 24, 2016

Well it's here, time for the Yorkshire Game Fair, which means time for the National Gundog Competition.

Those that can't be there with you this weekend, raise a glass and wish our Kirkbourne Teams the very best of luck as they endeavour to bring home the silverware.

For now lets meet those remaining team members (whilst they huddle down in their caravans and tents with butterflies in their tummies .. ah no, of course it's a Kirkbourne Weekend...... )


Labrador Retriever , Bitch, 18/08/2013

Being pick...

June 17, 2016

Time to meet two of the members from Team "Cooper".  Milly Martin and Stephen McGuire.



Having watched the competition last year I knew it was a challenging experience with top quality dogs, so when I was picked for the team this year I was excited and proud but also nervous. This far exceeds anything Bren and I have done before. I have a mature dog so I felt this was the year I needed to push us both and step outside our comfort zone.

Training has been a huge learning curve...

June 15, 2016

After weeks of serious training, both in group sessions and as individuals the teams for the National Gundog Competition have been chosen. 

Kirkbourne Spaniels will again be fielding two teams ... "Cooper" and "Merlin".  The teams named as a tribute to the late John Cooper.

The final countdown to the competition has begun, so it is time for you to  "meet the teams". Posted in a series of blogs over the next few days, meet each member and find out what it's like to be chosen to represent Kirkbourne Spaniels.  


May 13, 2016

Oh the excitement of deciding that the time has come to bring a new puppy home.




For most of us that enter the world of gundog training, our new “gundog” will be a companion to spend time with out in the field,  a team mate and a work colleague . Many of us will have made our choice of breed based on whether we want a picking up dog or a beating dog or just because we like a certain type of spaniel, whatever the reason the final goal stays the same, to work together, and if perchance we happen to be quite good at this...

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