The Bettie Town Glen Prosen Challenge was a one-off Setter & Pointer team event held at the magnificent Glen Prosen Estate in the Angus Glens, Scotland. The event was a proper traditional grouse shooting day hosted by the English Setter Club in memory of their late President, Mrs Bettie Town.
The English Setter Club invited The Pointer Club, The Gordon Setter Field Trial Society and the Irish Setter Association to each assemble a team of 6 dogs to compete against the English Setter Club in a breed team Challenge. The judges for the day were Mr Colin Organ & Mrs Fiona Kirk. There was also a team of 4 very experienced guns on hand to shoot over the dogs.
5 dogs from each team were expected to run into the wind (where possible) as a brace against an opposing team, with the sixth dog from the team running on its own with a much harder downwind beat. Each dog was expected to run for a full 15-minute period, which did not include the time taken to retrieve shot game.
The dogs were judged on a points system where they could gain points in different categories - ground treatment, game handling, overall performance, handler’s instruction to the guns and an extra 10 bonus points on offer for outstanding work. The maximum score that any individual dog could gain was 60. The team with the highest combined score was the winner. There were also several special prizes for different dogs, including a ‘Gun’s Choice’ for a dog in each team.
Bettie Town was a truly wonderful lady with a zest for life which was an example for us all. Her achievements and passion for working setters and pointers warranted a special day. The Bettie Town Glen Prosen Challenge was without doubt a fitting tribute to a remarkable lady.
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Filmed and Produced by Paul French Video commentary by David Hall