Riverlily Working Dogs

Some exciting news for all our HPR dog owners at Riverlily.


Come along to our specialist training session run specifically for HPR breeds.

Your trainer will be Susie Zarpanely, who has owned, trained and competed in tests and trials with HPRs for many years.


Susie has a wealth of knowledge and will help you to understand your HPR and get the best from your dog in training.


The day will focus on obedience, hunting, retrieving and general gundog skills tailored for HPR breeds.


Book early as places are limited.

Please note that once booked the training fee is payable if you have to cancel unless we have a waiting list. Thanks for your understanding.

HPR Workshops

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Riverlily Working Dogs – Gundog and Handler in Partnership

* Required

HPR Workshops






10.00 - 1.30





Open to all levels



Please book via the booking form

A little bit about Susie...


I bought my first German Shorthair in 1982 because I had shot over them in Kent and loved their work ethic!

I thought I could train a dog!  Wrong,  a HPR was very different and by 10 months she was out of control, 2 hours chasing crows through slurry finished me! 3 baths later I went to the Club show and asked for help.

The Breed then was not split quite so much into show and working and I got SO much generous help!! (Got the showing bug too!)

I joined the GSP and Chiltern training clubs and the turn around began.


At 20 months she won an Intermediate/Graduate working test and 3rd in Novice on the same day!

We worked hard and eventually won a total of 10 Open tests!! We never trialled but we picked up regularly and worked for two different groups of guns on early partridges!


The next HPR was a second hand GWP who won an Open Test, I did Trial her but not after she had her massive litter!


Her daughter managed placings in Open Tests but had issues with speed, she still managed 6 guns awards in Trials. She came back to showing as a Veteran 2nd and 3rd in BASC classes and retired on a Crufts Breed 3rd in a class of 7 Veterans!


She gave me Teazle who possibly was my HPR lifetime dog, several Trial awards working test awards in all categories and she was the last I qualified for Crufts winning 2/54 in the BASC ring and 2 Limit Bitch in the Breed ring.


She gave me Fleckle who has had an up and down career in that she was attacked by a Labrador at 5 months with an operation to repair the damage at 8 months followed by 6 months physio.

She never did a Puppy Test but was 2nd in her first Novice, 3rd in her second and won her third but has done little competition since, house sale, two moves, so she does what she does best Picking up!!!


Her daughter watch this space????


Me? I started teaching in the early 90s because I kept being asked for help.

Richmond Park for 30 years, Retrievers, HPR and then Spaniels!!

United Retriever Club for 15 years committee member for 28 and Working Test Secretary for 15.

I served as Field Trial Secretary for the Hungarian Viszla Society and the German Wirehaired Pointer Club. I was a Committee member for about 6 years each.

I also taught for GSP Club Surrey and Hampshire Branch for 10 years and served on their committee!!

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