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5th November 2018

About the owner

Eric Burchell professional gundog trainer

Eric Burchell

Eric Burchell has been a professional gundog trainer for 33 years and has produced shooting and competition dogs world-wide

His main influence for competition came from his mentor and great friend the late Keith Erlandson, days of shooting over spaniels in woodland and on bracken banks for rabbits, woodcock and pheasants and much harder days of shooting over pointers and setters on the Berywn mountain range over vast tracts of moorland for grouse were invaluable and all added to the experience of training and shooting with a proven professional

In the early days he shot at many field trials which also gave him an opportunity to see top class dogs working at close quarters and gave him an insight into what was required from both dog and handler as a team to become a winning combination

After first competing in 1984 and winning novice trials the first season with an English Springer Spaniel bitch Eric moved on to Cocker Spaniels and qualified for the 1986 - 1991 Championships also being top breeder for four consecutive seasons and winning the Tower Bird trophy in 1987,placing second in the Cocker championship in 1989

During this period Eric won trials with  English Springer's and also qualified for the any variety (except cockers) Championship in 1991, in total winning field trials with nine different dogs producing Field Trial Champions and winners in the USA and Italy and also training an Open stake winning English Pointer and Novice stake winning Labrador

Eric became a Kennel Club "B" panel judge for Spaniels in 1988.. and has judged and been referee at both Open qualifying, All aged and Novice spaniel trials in the United Kingdom and also many working tests

Labrador's,Golden Retrievers, HPR's,Flat coats, Curly Coated Retrievers and all minor breed spaniels have all been trained over the past years at Bournepark training kennels!

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