ON THE HUNT: Bryan Pritchard with his dog Gunner.
ON THE HUNT: Bryan Pritchard with his dog Gunner. CONTRIBUTED

Anzac memorial weekend in Kilkivan

THIS weekend the SSAA United Field and Retrieving branch will host an Anzac Memorial weekend competition in Kilkivan for dogs and their handlers to display their retrieving skills.

The basis for a sport known as Retrieving Trials is a competition based on duck hunting, where a handler and his dog are tested over various terrain, in typical shooting conditions using dokken dead fowl trainers to simulate the fallen game or dispatched duck.

Publicity officer Kerri Underwood said it was teamwork - handler and dog working together to retrieve.

The competition consists of five trials in which judges decide the difficulty of the course.

These will cover retrieves from both water and land, testing all the assets a hunter would desire in a good gundog.

The dogs will be tested in both marked and blind trials where the animal is able to see where the duck lands or be given instructions by their owner.

Underwood said following in the Anzac spirit, Stuart and Susan Sinclair from New Zealand had been sponsored by the club to co-judge the event alongside Australian judges Robert Price and Malcom McLeod.

Underwood said in respect of those that had "served to protect our country, and as a symbol of our gratitude", the competition will not start until 1pm on Saturday, and will continue into Sunday.

Competitors will come from throughout south-east Queensland.

She said the national championships were held in Kilkivan last year and the branch relied on the generosity of farmers to provide property to host the event.

Competitions are run from March until October each year, and the club holds 10-12 retrieving trials in that time.

"Our branch also holds regular training days, where people who are interested in the sport can bring their dogs along for advice on training and competition," Underwood said.

Inquiries visit http://www.ufr.org.au or email kerriandcraig@live.com.au.

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