Girls impress in gundog challenge

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Two schoolgirls from a North Yorkshire School are celebrating reaching the finals of the ISA Gundog Challenge.

Tallulah Lascelles and Hattie Attwood, both of Cundall Manor School near Ripon, reached the final of the Independent Schools Association Gundog Challenge at Weston Park in Shropshire earlier last week.

The pair progressed into the final following an impressive showing in qualifying rounds and managed to be one of two selected for the final of eight contestants from four larger qualifying groups.

Hattie was placed fourth overall and Tullulah fifth and Hattie also managed to claim the Judges Choice Award, an accolade which comes with the enviable prize of a solid silver dog whistle.

The competition was held at the annual Midland Game Fair which took place on September 17 and 18 at Weston Park in Shropshire.

John Robertson, owner of The Gundog Company, showed the enthusiastic crowd the tricks of the trade.

He said: “The purpose of the competition and show is to allow younger children to gain a knowledge of the gun dog and how they work.

“By the time I am finished explaining how they work and what they do, the children have a good knowledge and are eager to put it into action with the dogs.”

The competition is run in association with the ISA and John has so far visited nearly forty schools up and down the country.