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BASC launch new class at Crufts

BASC launch new class at Crufts
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  • THE UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), will host a new class for Crufts 2017. The BASC Young Gamekeeper Trophy will be awarded for the best dog or bitch, any variety, owned by a student gamekeeper or gamekeeper under 25 years of age.

  • The winner of that and the other gamekeeper-only classes will go forward to the main ring at the end of the day to compete against the other gamekeepers, for a chance to win the Northesk memorial trophy. The class joins the other 19 in the gamekeepers class, which takes place on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the NEC in Birmingham.

  • Matt Dutton, a BASC game and gamekeeping officer, said: “The new BASC Young Gamekeeper Trophy will recognise the hard work of young keepers and their working gundogs. I would encourage any young keeper or gamekeeping student with a working gundog to enter the class. The BASC game and deer team look forward to welcoming you.”

  • Ian Grindy, chairman of BASC’s game and gameshooting committee, said: “Next year’s Crufts promises to be bigger than ever following the addition of a new class and we are particularly looking forward to seeing the young gamekeepers in action.” Visit https://basc.org.uk/gundogs/basc-at-crufts/crufts-schedule-and-entry-form-2017/ to enter your dog, with the closing date for paper entry forms Monday 9 January 2017.

  • Entries for all the BASC gamekeeping classes must be accompanied by a signed declaration which can be found on the back of the entry form. The BASC gundog programme is sponsored by Chudleys