With just one qualifying event for the Chudleys Gundog Championship remaining, the setting for the grand final is almost ready. This year has seen a significant rise of female competitors, with almost half the finalists being women! This is a momentous occasion considering just three short years ago it was almost exclusively a male line up for the final.
Not only will the lady handlers and their dogs compete for the coveted title of Chudleys Gundog Champion, the top lady will also be presented with the Pip Watson Memorial Trophy.
Pip Watson lived in Bisley, Surrey and was an avid clay and game shooter and a lover of working dogs.
Dedicated in loving memory of Pip Watson, the top lady handler will walk away with this prestigious award. The trophy features two bronze cast Labradors that represent Pip’s dogs Fallow and Cobber set a top a plinth that each year will be engraved with the winning ladies name.
Pip loved new challenges, the outdoors and being competitive. A competitive Olympic Skeet shot Pip took Gold in 2009 at the Senior Games. Aside from her love of skeet, Pip was an avid game shooter and shot many days each season and was in a syndicate.
On game days she was one of the only women shooters so she had to ensure she didn’t miss! She was an excellent and sporting game shot and only took a few select birds that her dogs could proudly retrieve. She loved nothing more than days in the field with fellow shooters and her trusty companions.
Pip Watson passed away on 7th August 2018. Her family, friends and the wider community miss her beyond words.
The Chudleys Gundog Championship Grand Final will take place on Sunday the 16th September at the Midland Game Fair. The final qualifying day is Saturday 15th September.