I have been handling and training gundogs since 2000 and have sent six different dogs to the International Gundog League Championship, including three Field Trial Champions. 2017 I had qualified 2 dogs to The Championship.
As an A panel retriever judge under the British Kennel Club I have judged numerous Novice, All Aged and Open field trials as well as Working Tests in Great Britain and in Europe.
I breed gundogs under the Affix ‘Labdom’ and have sold Labdom dogs around the world. Also, I train gundogs which I compete in trials with, or sell onto working people who either shoot or compete in field trials, as well as train dogs for guns either as peg dogs or as part of a picking up team. I do give gundog training lessons on an individual or a group basis. Currently I am competing with some Labdom dogs in field trials.
I am delighted and honoured to have been asked to judge in Sweden and very much look forward to a wonderful weekend.
Vinnare av The Irish Retriever Championship 2017 med INT FTCH Millar MC DUFF.
I was introduced to gundogs at an early age, as my Father was a part time Gamekeeper/Head Gardener. I had my first Gundog, a Flatcoated Retriever in 1974. He was Barradon Viscount, a grandson of Heronsflight Tercel. We won an Any Variety Novice Working Test when he was 16 months old and, I had caught the bug!
Over the years I have trained and run Flatcoats which have been successful in Field Trials, Shooting Dog Certificates and Working Tests. Many of these dogs have also been successful in the Show ring. Some six years ago I was introduced to the joys of the Golden Retriever and now have two girls, Ling and Roxy.
I have previously served on the Flatcoated Retriever Society General Committee, Held the position of Field Trial Secretary of the FCRS Society for three years and served on the United Retriever Club Committee for a number of years as well as regularly shooting and helping at Field Trials. I also spent several years running training classes and helping to organise Working Tests for the Northern England Flatcoated Retriever Association.
I began awarding C.C.’s in the breed Show Ring in England in the 1990’s. I have taken Gundog Training classes and organised Field Trial Training days in this country, Sweden, Germany and Italy and over the years I have judged Shows in Europe and Canada. I ran my own dog in the Swedish Flatcoated Retriever Championship and have also competed in Denmark.
I am married to Roz who is also a Championship Show Judge and Working enthusiast, and we share our life with 3 Flatcoats, 2 Goldens and Martha, the Border Terrier.
David J. Bellamy
Woodfinch Flatcoated Retrievers.