Trainer - Harriet Newcombe
I have been a trainer at Riverlily for 4 years now and all my dogs have been trained at Riverlily. I have spent hours in the training field gaining experience and have had the pleasure of teaching hundreds of dogs and handlers. I love seeing dogs and handlers progress through our courses and workshops, my favourite classes to teach are our Puppy New Recruits and Cadets classes.
My team comprises of 5 dogs, Millie the cockerdor, Cooper a black labrador, Lara a yellow labrador, Mouse a black labrador and newest addition Zeta a black labrador.
We enjoy picking up during the shooting season on four local shoots and during the summer enjoy training and entering Gundog Working Tests.
I am also the Working Test Secretary for the Utility Gundog Society (Herts, Beds and Bucks Branch) and organise and run four Working Tests a year.
My top training tip: In training you have good days and bad days but always remember you go home with the best dog!
Millie - Labrador x Cocker Spaniel
Millie was my first gundog, she is a cockerdor and is 9 years old.
We had a late start to gundog training but once we started we didn't want to stop!
I have had a great time training Millie to work in the beating line as well as becoming part of my picking up team on shoots. She is a great game finder, loves hunting and will get into any bit of cover whether there is a bird or not!
Millie is super driven, loves to retrieve, hunts hard and also wants to please.
We have entered a few Charity Working Tests and also competed her in fun obedience and agility competitions.
"Millie - 1st Place Novice Scurry at The Game Fair.
"Millie - 1st Place ND/NH Riverlily Charity Working test.
"Millie - 2nd Place Novice Little Offley Charity Working Test.
"Millie - 2nd Place Novice GWCT Working Test.
Cooper - Riverlily Sunny Sunshine of Galicombe
Sire FtCh Kestrelway Freddie
Dam Riverlily Angel of Sunshine
Cooper loves to retrieve, has great drive and style and is such a sweetheart.
He takes amazing straight lines, hunts like a machine and just wants to please.
He is my best picking up dog and I love watching him on a runner!
Cooper is usually the last dog back at the end of a drive but will always have a bird.
We pick up on four local shoots throughout the winter and during the summer months I regularly compete in Gundog Working Tests.
Super proud of my handsome boy.
"Cooper - 4th Place ND/NH UGS HBB.
"Cooper - 2nd Place Novice Midland Gundog Society.
"Cooper - 1st Place Open Isle of Wight Gundog Club.
"Cooper - 3rd Place ND/NH URC Bucks.
"Cooper - 1st Place Open GWCT Charity Working Test.
"Cooper - 1st Place Open Kennet Valley.
"Cooper - 4th Place Novice Norfolk Gundog Club.
"Cooper - 4th Place Novice URC Essex.
"Cooper - 3rd Place Novice UGS SWSH.
"Cooper - 1st Place Novice Isle of Wight Gundog Club.
"Cooper - COM Open Qualifier URC Bucks.
"Cooper - 3rd Place Novice and 1st Place Open BASC Charity Working Test.
"Cooper - 1st Place Intermediate Cold Game URC Southern.
Lara - Lyebreach Golden Plover of Galicombe
Sire FtCh Levenghyl Malusi
Dam Riverlily Sunshine Swift at Lyebreach
Lara is super loving, wants to please, loves training and is a sensitive soul.
Her stop whistle and handling are amazing, she hunts methodically and with purpose and is a pleasure to have around.
Lara didn't have the best of luck growing up with three operations in the space of a year but has come out the other side ready to give it her all.
She is a great addition to the picking up team, steady and calm but really comes into her own when hunting or on a runner.
Lara and myself entered our first Novice Field Trial at the beginning of the year, she was absolutely amazing and took it all in her stride and we were very honoured to come first!
We will be entering Open Working Tests during the summer and Open Field Trials this winter... Wish us luck!
"Lara - 1st Place Novice Field Trial UGS HBB.
"Lara - 2nd Place in Field Trial Labrador Bitch Class at Crufts.
"Lara - 4th Place Open Qualifier URC Bucks.
"Lara - 6th Place URC Bucks Team Area Finals
"Lara - COM UGS HBB Open Sugar Beet on Field Trial Lines.
Mouse - Riverlily Angel Eyes of Galicombe
Sire Annaloughan Scott of Wickmoor
Dam Riverlily Summer Star
Mouse is the sweetest little dog with the biggest personality.
She loves to retrieve and was born to hunt, she is super cheeky, very clever and is a pleasure to train.
Mouse joined the picking up team this year and had an absolute blast.
She learnt all about what is expected on a shoot day, is calm and quiet but loves to hunt.
This summer Mouse is progressing her training in all situations, proofing her stop whistle and handling and having great fun!
Mouse is a pleasure is train and be around.
Zeta - Idawood Lace of Galicombe
Sire FtCh Turpinggreen Bohol
Dam OFtW Idawood Heather
Zeta is the newest addition to the team and is currently learning about how the world works.
She is a confident happy little girl and will give everything a go with great enthusiasm.
Zeta is busy learning puppy good manners, living in a pack, the beginnings of heelwork, sit/stays, recalls and fun play retrieves but most of all fitting into life.
She is meeting people, dogs and other animals, going to town and most importantly visiting pubs and cafes!! All essential training.
Keep an eye out for how Zeta is getting on in training and all her adventures on our Riverlily Facebook Page and Instagram.
"Zeta - 4th Place Special Puppy Chiltern Water Test.