Website Updated   (17th May 2022)

Would ALL members please note that Membership Renewal is due on 1st January 2022

We remain at £10 single, £12 joint and £15 for overseas members. Thank you in advance to all those who pay by standing order, Should you wish to pay by bank transfer please e-mail me for the bank details.  Cheques should be sent to me at 3 Littledown Orchard, Newton Poppleford, Devon, Ex10 0BQ., please make cheques payable to South Western Golden Retriever Club. For those members who joined after 1st October this year your membership is not due for renewal until 1st January 2023.

Best wishes

Judi Stanley

SWGRC Membership Sec.

Chairmans reports are  HERE

Click  HERE  to see the Clubs Financial Reports

**NEW**  Articles from the Kennel Club, Breed Council etc.

Breed Council Update on Glaucoma February 2021

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Breed Council Update on Glaucoma July 2020

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Judges Competancy Framework Review Update   Download  HERE

Breed Council Update on Glaucoma  Download  HERE

Breed Council Article on Gonioscopy and Glaucoma  Download WORD.doc HERE or PDF HERE

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PENNY GAYLER on "Wet Puppy Syndrome"  Download the Article HERE (Word Format) or HERE (PDF Format)

QUEENS VETINARY SCHOOL HOSPITAL  Study into Ureteral Ectopia "Wet Puppy Syndrome" Download the Article HERE








We now use the Internet to stay in touch with our members, to that end, we respectfully request that
  ALL members contact the Membership Secretary (Judi Stanley) via an email so that she can Update/Maintain our members email details. Thank you.

Report from the Field Trial Secretary (Mr Stuart Robson)

Dear Members.

I thought that this year it would be a good idea to provide an all in one update of our current working activities for the coming year & also a resume of the Field Trials held during the past season. Kim Clunie has stepped down as Working test Sec & our thanks go to her for the hard work she has put in. I will provide cover for this year, & when we host the 2021 Inter Club tests; but if anybody would like to get involved please let me know.

Our Working tests for Open/ Novice / Novice Handler /Vets & pups will be held on the 17th May at the Bulland Shoot ,Wivelscombe, west of Taunton. There are a few reasons for holding the tests there but the main one is that it is a fantastic Exmoor shoot & the ground will provide for excellent tests. So I hope that members will take the trouble to enter & if necessary travel the extra mile or two.

Schedules will be on the web site soon & entries should be sent to me.

HELPERS – The success of tests really on volunteers & if any of you have the time I wold be most gratefull to hear from you.

I have arranged 2 trials for next season. 20/21.

The Breed Novice will be held at Windsor by gracious permission of Her Majesty the Queen & a team of Guns will provide walked shooting for the trial on Saturday 10th Oct. The ground is out of our area but the opportunity to hold a trial there could not be turned down so again I hope member will support the trial.

The AV Open will be held at “Holway” on Friday the 4th Dec , again with a team of guns shooting for the trial. I hope owners of Goldie open dogs will enter in strength from all parts of the country. Schedules & forms on the web site soon ; but NOT FTMS.

19/20 season - trials results

Novice ;- Held by kind arrangement with the Mann family on their farm shoot at knowle farm Bowerchalke. This is a very traditional shoot run by the family & providing a mixture of game through small drives but on this occasional walked up shooting with birds coming across the line from outer fields making for some excellent shooting & towards the end a high standard of dog work by the remaining 4 dogs.

Craig Gardener’s dog in only his second trial produced some first class retrieves to win ; with quality work coming close behind by Jane Mann & Frank Skjerping’s dogs .

1st C Gardener’s Bitch Polihale Hor Tikka of Foxcote (also guns choice)

2nd Jane Mann’s Bitch Windwithe Brandy of Holway

3rd F Skjerping’s Dog Jacklaine’s Ex Stitch

Open:- Held at “Holway” by kind permission of the Atkinson family & a team of guns ,who provided a day of excellent shooting over a mixture of small drives & walked up.

Again excellent work by the remaining 4 dogs over extremely difficult terrain resulted in worthy awards to the top 3 dogs with commiserations to Sue Jordan with the sole remaining Golden who was eye wiped by the winner on what would probably have been her last retrieve of the day.

1st M Tallamy’s Lab dog Brindlebay Briganda

2nd D Field’s Lab dog FT Ch Artistryn Ulrich

3rd D Latham’s Lab Dog Fendawood Harold ( also Guns choice)

My grateful thanks go to the hosts, guns, judges & helpers who have contributed to our tests & trials.

Stuart Robson

FT Secretary

Happy New Owners of Rescued Golden

Letter recieved from ******* New Owner

He's  doing so well. He is so obedient and loving. He's  also got a new doggie best friend 'Boris'. They run up and down the stream at the back of our house and chase each other constantly. He loves walking in the woods and is such a pleasure to have. 

I have added a photo taken last weekend when on a walk in the hills. Im told he's grown so much but can't really see it myself !   He's  also well known around our village as everyone knows who '******' the rescue golden is !   He makes everyone smile.


Another Rescue Success

Marvellous Marmite

By Jenny Clarke


As some of you may know I have used my lovely Sunnyoak Golden Retrievers for many years to help the children of Poole with reading & social issues such as friendship, anxiety, self-asteem & behaviour. I have recently been working with a local teenager, Rowan Weaver who suffers from anxiety & low self-esteem making it hard for him to form friendships & attend school.

To add to Rowan & indeed the whole Family’s problems they lost their much loved dog, Nancy in the spring of 2018. In August, Sarah Hughes our lovely, hard working Rescue Officer was made aware of Marmite who needed to find a new home. Sarah contacted me as she thought 1 year old Marmite, could be the perfect dog to help the Weaver Family & so with much excitement & anticipation, Marmite came to live with them at the beginning of September.

The whole Family & especially Rowan are over-joyed to have a new friend & companion in their home & we recently received this amazing message from Adele Weaver…..

“I just wanted to say how happy we are to have recently re-homed the adorable Marmite, through the SWGRC rehome and rescue service.

Marmite is a cuddly friendly happy boy who has settled in really well to his new home and is enjoying life as part of his new family.

He has been an extra special gift at a difficult time for my son, who has anxiety and low mood and hasn’t been able to access school for over 9 months. He’s been doing some dog therapy with the lovely Jenny Clarke, which has had an amazing impact on his self confidence & self esteem and has helped to reduce his anxiety levels.

Marmite has become his very special friend and they have formed an incredibly strong bond, which has helped Rowan to get out and about, giving a sense of purpose and value and to feel more in control, and feel needed and loved.

We cannot thank the club enough for re-homing Marmite with us, who is full of fun and fills our house with smiles and laughter every day ! “  Adele Weaver



Buster a Rescue Success Story.  (Now known as Buzzy)

Buster came to SWGRC as a rescue , just 15 months old with  aggressive possessive tendencies, the owner could not cope with him and asked us if we could  find him a suitable home; but how could we help, where could we rehome a dog that was clearly capable of being aggressive when it suited him;  Thinking caps on – far too young to give up on him but what to do? Answer,  Buster was sent to a lovely lady called   Tricia wills  who is a trainer and behaviourist  spending nearly 5 weeks with her living  in the house as family with her  other dogs , he received daily training to learn that good behaviour pays off and there is no need to be so bad mannered! What a difference that time and training made! He is now happily settled  in a new home with owners who are delighted with him and report he is  a lovely dog  with good manners and showing no possessive tendencies at all – he also has a toy box of his own!

Just look at me now (April 2020)

Obviously  SWGRC rescue spent quite a sum on getting this boy back on track and without the generous gift that was left to the club for just such cases his new happy life would not have been possible, how grateful we are for that bequest.

Sarah Hughes (Rescue Coordinator)


SWGRC is proud to announce that we have just been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from the Kennel Club for our well run Open Show in April 2017

The Chairmans report for 2017 is now available for download  DOC format HERE or PDF format HERE


The Life & Times of Haremire Diane of Haddeo.  by Stuart Robson

A short history of the life & times of Haremire Diane of Haddeo – Becky   8/5/2001 – 30/1/2015

In 2001 I moved from just inside the north Devon border to the south east corner of Exmoor surrounded by the renowned Haddeo shoot & the moor  right outside my gate. I thought it about time I  looked for a puppy  & as luck would have it, Mike Prosser,  a well known trialler from Yorkshire, had just bred a litter out of Haremire Juniper by Haremire Dipper. Juniper had many trialling awards & was unlucky not to win more but the persuading factor in acquiring Becky, was Junipers sire – Deadcraft Kestrel of Rhypyker, bred by Judy Rainey & I had his litter sister who was just about the best picking up dog you could wish for.

At about 15 mths Judy Rainey said “you'll have a lot of fun with her” - & I certainly did.  Becky won the first test we entered & although not recommended, trialled at 18mths getting through several rounds although I hasten to add that the trial had a spare space & as Secretary I entered.

Around this time Judith Evans also had a young dog of similar age – Holway Victor – Hector to his friends. A lovely dog whom went on to win the GRC 2 day stake & thus qualify for the Retriever Championship.Like Hector, Becky managed many awards in trials & tests but her best of 2nd in the GRC of Scotlands Open stake didn't quite live up to Hectors record.  Hector & Becky were lucky enough to represent the club in the Inter Club tests on a number of occasions & were in the winning team when held in Wales. In fact the South Western club have an excellent record in this event & there is much banter & rivalry between our club & the GRC.
Having such an easy dog to train & live with made competing very enjoyable but the time came for me to consider having puppies. I was spoilt for choice as there were several well bred & successful dogs & in particular Tauvechan Minstrel who Mike Knox campaigned vigourously & had much success.

My first litter sired by Holway Banjo included a bitch Haddeo Sweet Briar who went on to win 2 trials  & a best of 2nd in the Yorkshire GRC's Open stake. Although an Any Variety trial mine was the only Golden running; so even in those days Goldens were few in number but as Graham Cox said “its always good to compete against labradors & where possible – beat them”. In the same litter I had bred  Haddeo Noble – Solo – the owner suffered a heart attack & I was asked to take the dog back at 15months. With abit of training he also won a trial & if it hadn't been for Briar I would have liked to have taken him further. Sadly he pre deceased his Mum – Becky by 2 weeks.

As I've mentioned Hector was also a very special dog & it was natural to ask Judith if I could use him. From this litter 3 pups went to trialling & picking up homes & I kept 2 bitches. Of the 3  they all won trialling awards  & two qualified to Open stakes but with Judith Evans who chose her pup Haddeo Snipe (Trigon) , she was successful in  making him up to Field Trial Champion & again qualified for the Retriever Championship. I only competed with one of my pups, namely Haddeo Hermia (Lucy) who ended her career with 3 seconds in Open stakes, one of which was a 2 day stake;  & to my surprise when stepping in at the last moment when she was almost retired - top open dog in the Inter club.

As a result of my friends who chose pups from Becky & had a great deal of success, one of my prized awards which made me especially proud of Becky; was the GRC's trophy the “Standerwick” cup which is presented each year to the bitch who's progeny had won the most field trial points in a particular year. Becky won this on 4 occasions 2008/2009/2010 &12. I think only June Atkinson has won it on more occasions, & who would think otherwise of such a great competitor & breeder.
Haremire Diane of Haddeo (Becky) 8/5/01 to 30/1/15

This is not intended to blow either my or Becky's trumpet, but to express my thanks to my best friend.

Stuart Robson

 More Pictures in the Photo Album HERE

SW Golden Retriever Rescue

I would like to bring to the notice of all our members that towards the end of 2014 we were very fortunate be left a large sum of money for the sole purpose of rescue.  As a committee we have discussed many different ideas how best to use these funds for the good of the breed through rescue in the South West area. Our main thought at the moment would be to possibly set up a Trust Fund, if we did go down this route; we would have to run several fund raising events throughout the year. If we did register as a Trust I would like to ask for support from members to help run such events.  
I would like anyone interested in helping run such a trust to perhaps come forward with ideas and suggestions at our AGM on Sunday the 29th March. 12.00 noon at Broadclyst Village hall.
(See Below)

Glennis Hewitson. (Chairman)

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A BIG thank you to Mr and Mrs T Dingle who live at St Columb Cornwall who have this year raised a total of £2136.50 for SWGRC Rescue mainly from sponsorship of their dog Freddie on a "sponsored slim" which is difficult for him as he spends the day in their pet shop!

They also recently had a "Name the Scarecrow" competition

We held a name the scarecrow at  Pads & Paws to boost funds for the SWGRC rescue, which raised £26.50. This is a photo of Freddie with the scarecrow which was named Wilsun. 


We bred Fraser to be a show dog and this he did in style. By the time he was three years he was a full champion, that is a show champion, with gundog working qualifications. He always wags his tail but sometimes wipes the cups off the coffee table! Fraser is one of those dogs who can smile, and when he does you forgive him everything. He loves running at breakneck speed over the downs with the sheer joy of freedom and space, but always turning on a sixpence at the sound of the recall whistle. We live by the river and when   allowed Fraser likes nothing better than swimming in every deep hole he can find, sometimes going round in circles to make the swim last longer.
However, when I had a new knee and was on crutches we found this energetic ball of fur had another side to him. Fraser took to walking quietly by my side. When I went to bed early he would come up and gentle put his head on my chest and then seeing all was well go down stairs again

We used these qualities of sensitivity and gentleness now by taking him into Nursing Homes as a Pets As Therapy dog. He is never fazed by anything and has brought so much enjoyment to staff and patients. He is particularly good in the dementia unit with patients who are severely locked in. He looks at them with his deep liquid brown eyes seeming to say I’m here just for you.

Likes—old well chewed bones

Dislikes—Being kept waiting for a walk!

Finest Hour—Showing us some of the extraordinary qualities of dogs and their devotion to humans

Louise Hartgill  Salisbury

New Field Trial Champion Bred by Stuart Robson

Golden Retrievers New Field Trial Chanpion (subject to KC confirmation)

Many congratulations on behalf of the Group to Judith Evans and Haddeo Snipe, a new FT Champion, after the GRC Open Qualifying Stake. I send many messages to new Champions, Show Champions and Junior Warrant winners and I repeat our congratulations to all of them but it is great to send this one.

Jenny Bridges

Photo: Judith Evans with Haddeo Snipe and Head Keeper Geoff Cook

Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

I work at Hamworthy First School & Nursery in Poole, Dorset as a Teaching Assistant. The pupils range in age from 3-8 and we have a high proportion of pupils with special educational needs.  These range from behaviour problems and mild learning barriers to children with severe physical and mental disorders.  We are always looking for new ways of assisting and exciting our children and ways to enhance their learning.  The idea of having a school dog was raised and I knew just the dog for the job.  So I set about having Sonny assessed by Pets As Therapy.

Sonny helps children with their reading and is a good listening ear, by creating a lovely calm atmosphere.  He has children visit him who are not good at socialising with other children.  We talk about how we should care for animals and each other.  We discuss how we keep Sonny healthy and happy and relate this to leading a healthy lifestyle themselves.  Sonny has cuddles from several children who unfortunately do not have a perfect home environment or are in care and he gives them a little bit of much needed love and attention.

Sonny has now worked with over 50 children and the successes are far too numerous to mention, however some examples are:-

-         Children who were unhappy coming in to school, suddenly coming in smiling  (sometimes     with dog treats in hand)!

-         Children with behaviour problems, learning to behave well in school (just like Sonny)!

-         Children with movement difficulties, playing ball with Sonny.

-         Children who do not like reading, picking up books and reading to Sonny.

Sonny has been undertaking his visits now for a year. We initially started with visits just once a week but due to the success of the project he now visits School twice a week.  Everyone involved has been astounded by the positive feedback we have received from children, parents, governors, local social workers and Ofsted.  It has truly become a very special experience for many special children.

Sonny too is enjoying all the attention, including articles in the local newspapers, receiving his own letters, presents, paintings and of course plenty of cuddles - oh and clearing up the crumbs on the staff room floor!!!

Jenny Clarke

Sonny’s info: Bramblebriar Coachman at Sunnyoak (Gatchells Lone Ranger at Seruilia x Mulfield Starlight of Bramblebriar)

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