Driffield Game And Country Fair: One man and his dog gunning for success
THEY are a high-energy take on One Man And His Dog.
Labrador Will and owner Neville Nicholson demonstrate sublime skill and iron control at game fairs up and down the country.
One Tan Will, to use his kennel name, was the best gun dog at this year's Midland Game Fair, the biggest country show in Britain.
Now, he and Neville are aiming for success a little closer to home.
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The fox red labrador is one of the favourites for honours at Driffield Game And Country Fair.
Today and tomorrow rural folk from across the region will descend on Driffield Showground for an event that concludes the country sports calendar.
Neville, 62, of Bempton, said: "There'll be some really good dogs there this weekend so I don't know if we'll be favourite.
"He's fast, though. At Midland he won the long retrieve from about three or four hundred yards.
"There were a lot of dogs that entered, I couldn't tell how many. But he stayed on top of the leader board all day Saturday."
Will and Neville compete in several "gun dog scurries" categories.
A starter pistol is shot, then dummies are fired into hard-to-reach areas such as rivers or thickets.
On command, the dogs have to fetch first one, then the other. Three-year-old Will is proving himself a star.
Neville said: "I got him as a puppy in Driffield. He's good but I'm firm with him. If you give him an inch he'll take a mile."
The gun dog trials are billed as a highlight at the Driffield fair, which is seen as a long overdue nod to the East Riding's rural heritage and farming status.
Event manager Nicola Frankish said: "It's about supporting farming and rural life. We're in a very rural area and there are a number of clay pigeon shoots and farms near here so it seemed a fantastic idea.
"We've got 77 acres of land and the events we'll have on take up a lot of room. It's the first game and country fair we've done so we're going in at a very high standard.
"We know there a lot of very well-established game fairs, all the events will be here."
The fair was launched by Driffield Agricultural Society. It runs the well-established annual Driffield Show but, fearful of the unpredictable British summer, it has moved away from planning just one event a year.
This year it has staged a harvest food festival, a musical proms concert and a wedding fair.
But the country fair is the new jewel in the crown.
Miss Frankish said: "It's a traditional day out for the family. It's a chance for people to get out into the fresh air and bring their dogs along.
"This is the type of event that really belongs in this area."
As well as pulling together traditionalists and countryside-lovers, it is hoped the fair will attract young people who have drifted away from country pursuits.
Neville said: "When I started, young lads used to go ferreting. Now they're more interested in playing PlayStations or watching telly. I've had a go on a PlayStation but I wasn't very good.
"I think the countryside life is coming back a bit. We have a few young ones getting interested now."
As well as the scurries and the working dog trials there will be clay pigeon shooting, rifles and archery and a fun dog show.
Entry costs £6 for adults, £2 for children and gates will be open from 9am to 5pm.