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FIELD TRIAL LABRADOR RETRIEVERS

Field Trial Labrador Retrievers at Ravensbank: Flo, Bob, Bibi, Holly and Nessie

Ravensbank is a kennel with focus on the working Labrador Retriever. Our dogs are bred on Irish and British Field Trialing lines.

Many people think that a field trial Labrador is bred to be particularly small, skinny and with snipey noses. While that can be true for some, most modern breeders of the FT Labrador Retriever aims to develop their lines to be both good looking yet sound and stylish workers.

The FT Labrador is the result of more than 150 years of breeding in Britain and Ireland. Through generations these dogs have been developed to serve the gun after the shot, and breeding has been based on sires and dams who have carefully been selected for their working qualities and above all their "will-to-please".

Our dogs are trained retrievers, used for picking-up and as sporting dogs in tests (cold game) and trials (warm game). I often use the dogs for picking up on organised shoots during the shooting season in Denmark (from September to January).

In my work as a breeder, i prioritise that both sire and dam are healthy, strongly built and above all have excellent temper. I will want to be assured that they are well balanced dogs and they are known for their trainability.

I do study pedigrees, but in my eyes a lot of "red ink" (e.g. champion merits) in the pedigree of parents does not necessarily guarantee that their puppies will be good workers.

In 2004 I imported Tidemark Ivy (Ivy) from Angela and Andy Markham, Kennel Tidemark in England. Ivy is the foundation of my breeding line.

Please read more about the individual dogs below. Click on the name to see the pedigree of the individual dog, or click on the picture to see a small slideshow of selected pictures of that dog.
Flo is from Ivy's second litter in May 2008, and she is 12 years and 2 months old. She is a fine, petite bitch who posesses all the good qualities we like to see in our breeding. She is very calm and easy to work with. In her active years, she was a very fast and competent retriever, which made her a treasured companion on shoots.

Flo was two years old when she came back to our kennel in 2010, and she was trained and handled by Annelise. During 2011, both Flo and Annelise had their debut in the field trial game. This lead to some very decent results, for example best dog on the day merit in both the aptitude test and in novice class at unofficial tests. At official cold game tests Flo has been awarded two 2nd prizes in her debut season. She has successfully completed several Official Working Tests and has become 3rd Winner in Novice Working Test.

In August 2012, Flo had her first litter of puppies. From this litter we kept Ravensbank Bob (Bob). Flo had her second litter in September 2013, and in April 2015 she had her third litter. All of these were sired by Levenghyl Como (Drago). In November 2015 she had her last litter. This time it was sired by Glenanne Nero (Eico).
Bob is from Flo's first litter with Levenghyl Como (Drago) as a sire, and he is 7 years and 11 months old. Bob is a true worker. Bold on the outside, but calm in his heart, he is our gentle giant, and yet very easy to train.

At the age of eight months, Bob passed the Danish Retriever Club's Aptitude test. Within four weeks of the spring of 2014, Bob was awarded two first prizes at Official cold game test in novice class, qualifying him for Intermediate class, and at his debut in intermediate class, Bob took an impressive win as 1WT with 116 points out of 120 possible. During the 2014 season, Bob participated in six official working tests, achieving a winner's position in all of them, and he continued his working success into 2015 where he, after having competed at 11 working tests, official and unofficial, achieved a winner's position in them all.

Before he reached the age of two years, Bob had added two 1st prizes in intermediate class on official cold game tests, which qualified him for the novice field trials, and open class on cold game. At the age of 2 years and 3 months, Bob had 1st prize in his novice field trial, and was then qualified for open class on both cold and warm game.

Bob is a brilliant working dog and an excellent gamefinder who works with style and speed. He is a joy to work with on shooting or picking up days. He sits calmly and waits for his turn, and he works intelligently and independently.

He is a strong dog with lovely dark eyes. He has hip score A, and elbow score 0. He is genetically tested clear of PRA, EIC, HNPK and CNM, and he carries a clear eye certificate. He is carrier of SD2.
Bibi was born in March 2014, which makes her 6 years and 4 months old today. Her mother is Ravensbank Wagtail (Waggie) and she is sired by Levenghyl Como (Drago).

Bibi has a very feminine exterior, she moves beautifully with nice tail action. She has a lovely temper, loads of will-to-please and is eager to cooperate. She had her debut on official cold game tests in 2015 and has been awarded two 1st prizes in her two tests. One of the tests was the Young Dogs' Championship where she not only had a 1st prize, but also completed the competition as one of few dogs.

In 2015, Bibi was introduced to warm game, and today she is a full member of our picking-up team of working gundogs alongside Ravensbank Bob (Bob) and her daughter Ravensbank Holly (Holly).

Bibi is a natural breeding bitch. Her health status is impeccable: Hip and elbow scores of (A) and (0), respectively, and she is genetically tested clear of PRAprcd, CNM, EIC, SD2, and HNPK. Bibi carries a clear eye certificate from March 2020. She mates easily and without any fuss, and she is a very good mother to her pups, even-tempered and calm.

Bibi's mum, Waggie, has passed on all the best of her temper to Bibi. Bibi is everyone's darling, and she is always attentive and cooperative. At the same time she is an efficient retriever with an excellent nose, and all in all, a brilliant gamefinder.
Holly is 4 years old. She is one of our own, with Ravensbank Biscuit (Bibi) as mother and DKFTCH DKTM DKBRCH DKJCH Studebaker Bonneville (Mike) as her dad.

She is a very charming and calm worker, and she has inherited all the fine qualities we want to see in a breeding bitch. She is a "pleaser" who loves to cooperate. Her health status is excellent: She has hip score A and elbow score 0 (FCI-registered scores). She is genetically clear by parentage from PRA, CNM, SD2 and EIC.

In 2018 she has had her Working Test debut, and she consistently delivered fine results. She also had her debut on our picking-up team in 2018, and she has proven to be a calm and reliable worker and an excellent game finder.
Squareclose Wendy (Nessie) is bred by Mr. I. W. Christie, and was imported by us from Scotland in June 2018. She is now 2 years and 3 months old, and she is a lovely character in our pack.

Nessie shows great talent in her training. She has passed the Danish Retriever Club Aptitude Test, she has been awarded WT4 in Official Working Test, and she has been awarded a 1st prize in official cold game test. Nessie has hip score A, elbow score 0, Clear eye certificate from 04-2019, and she is tested clear on CNM, EIC, PRAprcd, HNPK and SD2.