Gun Dog Training Cornwall

What? A girl training my gun dog…ha ha I don’t think so!

Well – You haven’t met Morwenna!

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Morwenna is widely considered as one of the premier gun dog trainers in Cornwall.

An up and coming field trial star competing with her own dogs – not only attending – but WINNING.  She has become a force to be reckoned with.

Training on a 200 acre pheasant shoot, stuffed with game and diverse cover to give your dog the experience, training and work to make it a first class gun dog.


Morwenna has a secret – She has great mentors!

Hedley and Cathy Millington

Worked at Nancarrow kennels for 3 years under Hedley and Cathy, Morwenna was able to continue the Nancarrow line of Cockers after his passing.

Started her kennel ‘Aveegotun’ with the last of the Nancarrow line, Morwenna has continued the tradition, producing a classic Cocker that’s hard hunting, a natural retriever with a desire to please.

Hedley needs little introduction in gun dog training Cornwall circles – he made up 10 FTCH’s including the legendary Swallowlaw Snipe.

Had a heart attack in front of the Queen during the run off in the Championships – but finished the run off anyway and took 3rd.

Took under his wing and helped many aspiring gun dog trainers – with tough love, bringing out the best in them, but demanding perfection.  Bred a Cocker Championship Winner…the list goes on…

Hedley – you are deeply missed by those of us that knew and loved you.  Thank you – for everything.

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Martin Bell and Hedley Millington – with 3 of Martin’s FTCH’s

Martin Bell

Another Hedley Millington student (and author of this page – because Morwenna is way too modest to write this!)

Martin Bell

So – I’m going to only state the facts – because I’m way to modest to simply tell you I’m awesome :-)

I was born in Cornwall and taught by Hedley at Nancarrow to train gun dogs from the age of 15.

I left Cornwall at 21 and started my own dog training business in Texas USA.

At 24 I started field trialling and dominated for 10 years before retiring from competition.

I have won over 100 Open all age stakes, high point puppy twice, high point open all age dog in 2007 and won the National Championships in 2008 as well as winning top professional handler in the US 4 of the 5 times I attempted the feat and made up 15 FTCH’s in the process.

The last dog I owned, trained and ran – ‘Lucy’ won 9 of 11 open stakes and then won the Nationals in 2008 all before turning 3 years old.

Finishing her trial career with 10 wins in 12 starts – I retired her and gave her to my Mum in Truro – because it would not be fair to let any dog ever beat her again after such a career.  Her only losses were to her own kennel mate, my other dog ‘Libby’ (Lucy placed 2nd!).

So – About Morwenna

She trains dogs unlike most other ‘men’ gun dog trainers I have ever met.  She has a unique way of communicating with dogs, kind but firm and demanding of proper behaviour, coupled with a unique enthusiasm and hard working ethics.  Thats why her dogs simply love to work hard for her.

She can easily out walk and out work me – she’s a right pain in the ass :-) – she always wants to run ‘just one more’ dog. And its this unwavering dedication to training and the dogs in her care that make her a first class gun dog trainer.

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Truthfully I have tried to mentor several other trainers – but they have all fallen short, either on ability or work ethic.

Not Morwenna – she takes advice and help then runs with it.  She has a desire to learn, implement and the dedication to do the everyday stuff, like scoop poop, clean up, feed and make sure every dog in her care is happy and healthy.

Remember my Lucy that I gave to my Mum?  Lucy only boards and trains with Morwenna, there’s simply no one else I trust enough.

So – I started this page with a joke “What? A girl training my gun dog…ha ha I don’t think so!”

Well if you believe that – you are a fool – because no one – man or woman – will put the work, time and effort into your dog that Morwenna will.

Martin Bell – Katy, Texas USA