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A gundog natural instinct is to retrieve. Retrieving Trials provide a perfect avenue for these dogs to express their natural abilities, have fun and exercise. Our sport simulates hunting conditions where the dogs ability to retrieve is tested over various terrain and conditions commonly found in hunting scenarios. The dogs retrieve Dokken Dead Fowl Trainers (artificial game) from anything from dams or creeks to thick marsh or sparse paddocks. We strive to make our competitions a friendly and social environment where our competitors can not only compete whilst having fun with their canine companions, but also enjoy the comradery and friendships that develop with people of similar interests.

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Monday, 1 May 2017

Anzac Trial 2017

This years Anzac weekend of trials, has again, come and gone.

All those who attended can attest to yet another wonderful event.  Not only did we enjoy the friendly competition, beautiful trophy table and a warm fire at night (and maybe a few drinks)!  But we also spent time remembering those that fought for the freedom of our country with a very special service. A very big thanks to Stuart and Edwena Adcock for all their efforts, and the donation of a beautiful perpetual trophy.

The Anzac Trophy was awarded to the highest scoring competitor for the weekend, and was warmly welcomed by it's first recipients, Bryan Pritchard & Gunner. 
A well deserved win!

One of the highlights of our Anzac service, was a poetry reading from the property owner, Ian.  Ian was asked if he would like to contribute to our service, and I don't think he could have chosen better piece.  I have transcribed the poems below for all to read, it was not only a beautiful tribute to the men, women and animals that fought, but it was also a touching piece that brought a tear to my eye....and he read it from memory.

by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Having read John McCrae's poem 'In Flanders Fields' Moina Michael made a personal pledge to 'keep the faith'.  he felt compelled to make a note of this pledge and hastily scribbled down a response entitled "We Shall Keep the Faith" on the back of a used envelope.  From that day she vowed to wear a read poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance.

by Moina Michael, November 1918
Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.
We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.
And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.


Thursday, 9 February 2017

RTCD RTCH Garjanhauf Errol


3/3/2003 - 16/10/2016

Sam and Elaine Haigh had to say goodbye to one of their best mates, Errol late last year.

Errol was a wonderful dog who worked so hard for Sam, achieving so much in the trialing field, won so  numerous trials, and his name is engraved on so many trophies and shields.

He has left behind two lovely dogs sired by him, to follow in his footsteps,  Tallowood Errols Elley (Elley) and Tallowood Coras Butch (Butch).
So his memory will carry on through both dogs.

He was a gentle natured dog, with a big heart and will be sadly missed
From everyone in UFR Errol...Rest in peace old fellow.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

2016 Trophy Night - 14th January 2017

The Acacia Ridge Hotel, 1386 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge.

6.30pm - 11.30pm

Tickets - $50 per person
Includes 3 Course Meal, Tea & Coffee

Lucky Door Prizes and Raffles Drawn on the Night.

RSVP 10th December 2016
To Margaret Wedgewood 0417 606 214
or Denise Nimmo 07 3351 2398

Payment can be made via direct deposit or cheque.
Hotel accommodation is available.

December Meeting - Cancelled

Our December meeting has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
All agenda items for this meeting will be carried over to our February meeting, Wednesday 1/2/16.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

2016 SSAA Championship - Postponed

At our July Meeting, the decision was made to postpone our 2016 Championship to 2017.

More information will follow soon.

In the meantime, we'd like to thank everyone who kindly donated their services, time and sponsorship efforts for this event. 

Please stay tuned!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

PLEASE NOTE - July Meeting Postponement

Due to the funeral of Fran Jones on Wednesday 6th July, our July meeting will be postpone until the Memorial Weekend of Trials at Jimna.

All members present are welcome to attend.

Mrs Fran Jones - Funeral Arrangements

One  of our members sadly passed away last Saturday. 

Fran Jones was an active member of UFR from 'day 1', Vice President Training,  Retrieving Judge and a lady who loved nothing more than spending time with her husband and  her dogs.

 Fran had successes with Retrieving and Tracking. She will be missed.

Fran's funeral arrangements are as follows -
'Garden Chapel' Albany Creek Crematorium
Wednesday 6th July at 10.30am
Following the service, everyone is invited to share refreshments at the Samsonvale and District Public Hall, Winn Road, Mt Samson. (about 20 minutes drive from the Crematorium)

Fran was an active member of the Samsonvale Hall Committee and loved relaxing on the verandahs.

It would be appreciated if you could please bring a plate to share at the Hall.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Memorial Weekend of Trials - 16th & 17th July - Jimna QLD


Saturday 16th July 2016 - Our 'Companion Trial'
Sunday 17th July 2016 - Our 'Garry Haigh Memorial Trial'
These Trials will be held at Monsildale (Jimna) Qld and Camping is available.

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Unfortunately we have lost many great trialing friends, both two legged and four over the years.  UFR's Memorial Weekend of Trials is a weekend of celebration, as we remember those that are not longer with us, all of the wonderful things they brought to not only our lives, but also our sport, and the memories that they leave behind.