The Sporting Saint Gun Dog Village

Whether you're a pedigree gundog or bonkers cockapoo with boundless energy, you'll love our Gundog Village. With bales to scale and dummys to retrieve there are loads of canine challenges to tackle. 

Award-winning Trainer and Gundog Aficionado Sam Thatcher

Award-winning Trainer and Gundog Aficionado Sam Thatcher

To ensure we’re fully ‘on the whistle’ we’ve enlisted award-winning trainer and Gundog aficionado Sam Thatcher. Sam has been competing Working Cocker Spaniels for five years and is always in the top awards. The bond between her and her dogs can be seen through the achievements over the years; from gaining 3rd and 4th at the Cocker Spaniel Championships 2018 and 2019, to gaining top Spaniel of the year at the BASC awards 2019

She’ll be accompanied by her pack of champion Strigidae Gundogs who have scooped more trophies than Bella our office sprocker’s had sausages….ok that last bit isn’t probably true.

Welcome To Our Gundog Village

Welcome To Our Gundog Village

Being in the heart of an ancient hunting ground, Dogstival needs to doff it’s lead to our canine working dog heritage. We’re delighted to be supported by Sporting Saint (insert URL) to give dogs of all breeds and sizes a chance to pit their canine wits against our scurries and challenges.

With a working test, along with junior handler competitions, why not see how your dog enjoys the thrill and fun from our Gundog Village…Here’s what to expect:

  1. Junior Handler
  2. Memory Retrieve
  3. Novice Retrieve
  4. Seen and Blind
  5. Short Fence
  6. Up & Over
  7. Working Test

Don’t worry, there won’t be any guns being fired or loud bangs as we know many dogs are sensitive

The Hamble and Hound Gundog Club

The Hamble and Hound Gundog Club

Hamble and Hound Gundog Club was formed by a group of people who own gundog breeds.  The majority of members work their dogs on various shoots around the country in the winter and then travel around to Country and Game Fairs countrywide to compete in scurries and working tests in the summer.   Over the last few years some of us have been training together with great trainers like Sam Thatcher and Annie Buckley.

The club name derives from the where the majority of us live and that is in the parishes of Hamble and Hound which encompasses the villages of Hamble-le-Rice and Netley Abbey in southern Hampshire.

We are dedicated to the welfare of all gundog breeds and also to the education of all dog owners and the general public into what these breeds are capable of both as a working dog and as a pet.  By this token we use the shows we run scurries at to encourage young people to have a go with a dog by lending our own dogs for their supervised us in our ‘Borrow a Dog’ scheme.

If you would like more information about Hamble and Hound Gundog Club then find us on Facebook and request to join our closed group.

At Dogstival this year we will be on hand with training tips and all manner of other advice gained over many years of Gundog ownership.

Sporting Saint

Sporting Saint

Sporting Saint is a Specialist Worldwide Supplier and manufacturer of Quality Gundog Training Equipment

They are a small family owned business that train and work our own gundogs, enjoy days out, picking up, beating, shooting or simple socialising.

Philippa Jones founded Sporting Saint in 2007. Sporting Saint is now supplying gundog trainers, gundog clubs, private individuals, rough shooters, wildfowlers, commercial shooting estates and country pursuit outlets worldwide and we always have room for more!

We are confident in offering competitive pricing on all of our products and have an easy to use mail order service with fast and reliable delivery.

Small personal orders, club orders, trade and wholesale orders are all catered for.

We are proud to say that we manufacturer many of our products in house here in the UK and will try to cater for individual requirements.

If there is a product you require and you cannot see it on our website please do contact us.

They are always keen to talk and listen to customers and value your comments on any part of their business.

Contact them on or 01885 400 343

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Skinners.. born to be outdoors

Skinners.. born to be outdoors

We are super excited that the Dogstival Gun Dog Village is supported by Skinner’s so if you are lucky enough to be a winner at one of the have a go area's you will be in for some treats from Skinners!

Skinner’s produce quality dog food for active and working dogs in Stradbroke, Suffolk. The family run business, along with The Mill, has been a part of the Skinner’s family for 7 generations.

With over 50 years of nutritional know-how, generations of working dogs have thrived on Skinner’s Field & Trial. Thanks to the extensive range which includes traditional dry foods, brand new grain free wet food recipes and treats perfect for training, there really is a diet and reward to suit every life stage and every lifestyle.

Not sure which diet will suit your dog? Their qualified team of canine nutritionists, are on hand to provide you with free, personalised advice. They also ensure everyone at Skinner’s stay up to date with all the latest scientific research, meaning the diets will continue to meet your dog’s nutritional needs.

For owners wanting to try their dry food, they offer samples to let you give your dog a taste test before you buy a bag, which also comes with free delivery! Don’t forget to check out the news section of their website to read their latest articles too!

Skinner’s – by your side, born to be outdoors.


What A Fantastic Festival

What a fantastic festival this was. Very well organised and so much to see and do with your dog. Great fun.
Will definitely be going back next year.
Thank you

Tracy Ritchie


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