Meet the Riverlily Team

Trainer - Abbie Reid


My dog training career started 13 years ago with Mya, my 8 week old working bred black Labrador puppy. I began the task of training this full on, high energy puppy using reference books and a DVD. It was a steep learning curve.


Since those early days I am now an IABTC Qualified Dog Instructor, a Member of the Guild of Dog Trainers and I have a Diploma in Canine Psychology. For 3 years I was an Assistant Gundog Trainer at Ashleygrove Gundogs.


Riverlily was started in 2012 and since then has grown into a fantastic Club where people can train their dogs in a friendly and relaxed environment. Training is reward based and our sessions are structured and progressive so everyone can achieve their training goals. We have numerous social events throughout the year and finish most training session with cake and lots of tea!!

My aim is for all trainees to come to Riverlily and build a working bond of trust and respect with their dog and to have fun doing so, whilst at the same time making new friends and enriching their personal lives. 


I have attended many courses over the years, both Gundog courses and Pet Dog courses. I have acquired a great depth of knowledge and training skills through listening to other trainers and through training my own seven dogs and hundreds of clients' dogs. All of which are totally different in character and temperament and require very different training techniques, depending on the breed and the individual nature of each dog.


My team comprises of six beautiful black Labradors, five of which are related and one cheeky yellow Labrador puppy called Rooster. I have bred two litters in the Riverlily line and have produced cracking big, strong, bold dogs and small, fast and super clever bitches. They are all hunting machines. 


They are trained and walked every day and lead fantastic active lives. In the summer months I regularly compete in Working Tests and in the winter months I pick up on a number of shoots with them all. There is never a dull moment. I have also entered a number of Field Trials and this is currently what I am focusing on with my young dogs.


Come and see us soon and start your gundog training adventure with Riverlily today!





My advice would be "always remember you and your dog are a team and if you are enjoying the training then I am sure your dog will be too!"

Riverlily Working Dogs

Trainer – Jon Cowen


I have always had Labradors in my family, and have had an interest in training them from a young age. I currently own and work two labradors. Mylo my black labrador is nine years old and Harry, my yellow boy, is seven.


During the winter months they enjoy picking up with me on local shoots. During the summer Harry enjoys the challenge of competing in Working Tests and both my dogs love an afternoon out pigeon shooting.


I have been a trainer at Riverlily for 9 years now and during that time I have worked with hundreds of handlers and their dogs, some of whom are back with Riverlily on their second and third dogs.


It is a pleasure to see handlers and their dogs progress through the chain of learning at Riverlily and to have success in the shooting field, at Working Tests or to own a happy family dog.


Gundog training is a fantastic way to spend time with likeminded people and to build that special relationship with your best four legged friend.


My top training tip: Relax, if you enjoy training, your dog will too!


I hope to see you at Riverlily soon.





My Dogs

My first Labrador was Mya.

Sire Millbuies Mccoy

Dam Brocklebank Topaz

Born 02.07.07


Mya was born to retrieve and work.


She is fast moving and fast thinking. She loves to train everyday. She is happy to retrieve from any cover too.... No brambles are too much for our Mya.


Her stop whistle at distance is a dream and she takes direction at any distance. She loves to spend the day with me. Training or competing in Working Tests in the summer months and picking up on my five local shoots in the winter.


She is loyal and is everyone’s friend and her tail is always wagging.


I had a beautiful litter of four puppies from Mya in 2012. I kept two, River and Star.


At the fabulous age of 12 Mya is now retired from competitions and spends the winter months doing a few days picking up and the summer enjoying walks and sun bathing.





Mya - Almshoebury Persuasion of Riverlily

Roxy - Lamazing Bella of Riverlily

Sire FTCH Greenbriar Viper of Drakeshead

Dam Calderhay Beaver of Lamazing

Born 31.10.08


Super fit and lean, Roxy is the athlete of the team. She loves to run and retrieve with super fast speed.


Roxy has been trained with Field Trial competitions in mind. She runs straight lines and her delivery is so soft and gentle. She is steady to game and her heelwork the best in my team.


She is a very loyal dog and just lives for picking up in the winter. She regularly picks up on my local shoots 4 times a week during the season. Her ability to pick runners is a joy to watch and her hunting and sweeping skills are brilliant. Roxy is the dog I know will find the bird tucked up tight after the drive a long way back from the guns. Not forgetting her recall and heelwork that makes taking her out on shoot day a real pleasure.

Roxy is a Labrador like no other in looks and character.

River - Riverlily Spirit of Destiny

Sire Dalvoulin Fraser of Drakeshead

Dam Almshoebury Persuasion of Riverlily

Born 17.04.12


River is now aged 8 and has grown into the biggest, happiest, friendliest and kindest Labrador I know.

He loves his days out in the shooting field and loves both a day picking up or beating. He is very steady to shot and falling game and has a really stylish delivery to finish off the retrieve.

River is very happy to work with clients so they can see what it feels like to work a trained dog.

He is also equally happy to spend the day at home chilling out or spending time with my family and friends.

He is one genuine, honest, kind and loving boy and I wouldn't be without him.







Star - Riverlily Angel of Adventure

Sire Dalvoulin Fraser of Drakeshead

Dam Almshoebury Persuasion of Riverlily

Born 17.04.12


Star has grown up into a little lightening package. Everything is done at full speed ahead!


She is tiny compared to her brother River. She only weighs about 20kgs compared to his 34kgs. However, what she lacks in size she makes up for in speed and brain power.


She loves retrieving and no obstacle or cover will get in her way. She either jumps it, swims across it or ploughs straight through it.


Starry handles beautifully in training, on the shooting field and in competitions and she is a delight to own and work with.


In 2016 Star had a litter of 9 black puppies. She was a fantastic mum and all of them have grown up into super fast, intelligent, happy, loving and driven dogs.

Here at Riverlily I kept 2 of the puppies. Namely Sherman and Daisy.


Riverlily Working Dogs – Gundog and Handler in Partnership

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”Mya - 1st place

Novice URC Essex.

August 2013”


“Roxy - 1st place

Kennet Valley Novice. August 2013”


”Mya - 2nd place URC

Essex Open Qualifier Working Test. May 2014"

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“Mya - 1st place UGS Eastern Counties Open Sugarbeet Walked up Working Test and winner of the award for the Best Marking Dog. August 2014"


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"Star -  1st place Cambridgeshire Gundog Club   Novice Charity Working Test. September 2014"



”Mya – 4th place Chatsworth Open. September 2014"


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"Mya - 2nd place URC Bucks Open. March 2015"


"Roxy - 3rd place Charity Open Cambridgeshire Gundog Club. September 2015"


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"Mya - 2nd place Open Charity Working Test. Luton Hoo. May 2014"


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"Mya - 2nd place in the BASC Open Gundog Test in Essex. May 2015"


”Mya – member of the URC Bucks Team in the Inter Area Finals. June 2015"


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“Mya – COM URC Essex Open Qualifier. April 2015”


“Mya – COM URC Bucks Open Qualifier. May 2015”



“Mya – 4th place Chiltern Gundog Society Open Water Test. August 2015”


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“Mya – 1st place Charity Open Working Test. Cambridgeshire Gundog Club. September 2015”



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"Mya - 2nd place URC Bucks Open Qualifier

May 2016"



"Roxy -1st place Kestrelway Gundogs

Open. August 2016"


"Star - COM UGS HBB Novice Test

with water August 2016"


"Star - COM Kestrelway Gundogs

Novice. August 2016"


"Roxy - 1st place Cambridgeshire Gundog

Club Charity Open.

September 2016"

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Sherman - Riverlily Summer Storm

Sire FTCH Kestrelway Freddie

Dam Riverlily Angel of Sunshine

Born 28.04.16


Sherman is one bold, confident and good looking boy. He was the biggest puppy in the litter from day 1 and has matured into a strong and brave dog who loves to work and play at top speed.


He has drive and style and thunders out and back on every retrieve. Teaching steadiness has been an interesting process with Sherman!


This year Sherman was out picking up over 45 days on shoots and really proved himself to be an amazing member of the Riverlily Team. He hunts cover like a demon, takes runners with ease and will keep hunting any terrain for as long as it takes to find the birds.


This summer I will be concentrating on entering him in Novice Working Tests. Wish us luck!

Daisy - Riverlily Summer Star

Sire FTCH Kestrelway Freddie

Dam Riverlily Angel of Sunshine

Born 28.04.16



Daisy was nicknamed Crazy Daisy in the litter as she spent the first few months of her very active life racing round and running and jumping on and over anything and everything.


Now she has grown up she has matured into a very fast, clever and extremely biddable girl who loves to please. She also has the biggest ears on a Labrador we have ever seen!


Daisy loves to retrieve and takes direction and the stop whistle all in her stride. She is a pleasure to train and have around.


This year Daisy picked up over 45 days on shoots and proved herself to be an amazing member of the Riverlily Team. She is so fast on runners and will hunt any cover for shot game.


Last year Daisy won a Novice Working Test and an Intermediate Working Test and this year we will be concentrating on entering Open Working Tests. Wish us luck!


I am very proud of my little, speedy Daisy.

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”Mya - 4th place ND/NH GWCT. July 2010”


”Mya - 3rd place ND/NH GWCT. June 2011”


”Mya - COM Novice Chiltern. June 2012”



”Mya - 2nd place ND/NH URC Bucks. August 2012”



”Mya - 2nd place Chiltern Open. August 2014"


”Mya – COM SIWSC Open Working Test. October 2014"



"Mya - 3rd place UGS EC Veteran.

April 2016"



"Mya - COM Kennet Valley Open.

March 2017"


"Mya - 1st Place URC Bucks Open.

April 2017"


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"Mya - 1st Place Chiltern Veteran.

April 2017"


"Mya - COM Chiltern Open.

August 2016"


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"Mya - 4th place UGS Bucks Veteran.

May 2017"



"Mya - 4th place Kestrelway Challenge Open.

June 2017"


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"Mya - 1st place UGS HBB Veteran.

August 2017"


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"Mya - 1st place Chiltern Veteran.

August 2018"



"Mya - 4th place URC Bucks Veteran.

July 2018"


“Roxy - 3rd ND/NH GWCT. June 2012”



“Roxy - COM URC Essex Novice. August 2013”


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“Roxy - 1st place

URC Bucks Veteran. May 2017”


“Roxy - COM Chiltern Intermediate. August 2017”


“Roxy - 2nd UGS HBB Veteran. August 2017”


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“Roxy - COM Isle of Wight Open. February 2019”


“Roxy - 1st place UGS HBB Veteran. July 2019”



“Roxy - COM Chiltern Open. March 2019”



“Roxy - 4th place UGS EC Veteran. March 2019”


The Riverlily Training Team

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"Star - COM SIWSC Novice. October 2014"

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"Star - 3rd place URC Southern Intermediate cold game. January 2017"

"Star - 4th place UGS HBB Novice. May 2017"

"Star -  3rd place Kennet Valley Novice. June 2017"



"Star -  COM Kestrelway Challenge Novice. June 2017"


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"Star -  1st place GWCT Charity Working Test Novice. June 2018"


"Star -  1st place SIWSC Novice. April 2019"


"Star -  3rd place Norfolk Gundog Club Open. Winner of Top Lady Handler Award. April 2019"


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"Sherman -  COM Kestrelway Challenge Novice. May 2019"


"Sherman -  4th place Labrador Retriever Club Novice. August 2019"


"Sherman -  Reserve in BASC Gamekeepers Labrador Dog Class at Crufts. March 2019"


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"Daisy -  4th place UGS HBB Puppy. August 2017"


"Daisy -  1st place Norfolk Gundog Club Novice. April 2019"


"Daisy -  1st place Kennet Valley Intermediate. May 2019"


"Daisy -  2nd place BASC Charity Working Test Open. May 2019"


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Latest Edition


Rooster - Lyebreach Golden Eagle of Riverlily

Sire FTCH Levenghyl Malusi

Dam Riverlily Sunshine Swift at Lyebreach

Born 19.10.19



Little Rooster joined the team on New Years Eve 2019 and has settled in really quickly to his new family.

He is a super friendly, super happy, cheeky puppy.


He loves to race about and is forever carrying things around in his mouth. He loves to retrieve and is busy learning recall, heelwork, sit/stay and good puppy manners.


Watch this space for news and training updates on Rooster.


All his adventures can be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages... Riverlily Working Dogs

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"Daisy - 2nd place East Anglian Lab Retriever Club

Novice. August 2018"

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Trainer – Sylvie Smith


My first dogs were German Shepherds, I trained and competed in local obedience competitions. In 2002 Archie a lovely gentle Black Labrador arrived in our family, and he introduced me to gundog training. I currently have two have 2 black Labradors, Bramble is 12, the old hand who still loves to retrieve game or dummies. Cara is 6 the pocket rocket, she loves to come out picking up. When we are out wildfowling she hears the geese before I do, the tell tale sign is the wagging of the tail. We have competed in various charity tests. We also achieved the Kennel Club Good Citizen bronze, silver and gold awards.


I started pet dog training in 2004, at a local dog club where I worked with handlers with a wide range of dog breeds with various challenges. I joined Riverlily with my youngest dog in 2013 and progressed from client, tea maker, dummy thrower and in 2016 joined the team as a Trainer. Within this time I attended various courses one of which was the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers with whom I'm affiliated.


Being a Trainer it is very rewarding to see the dogs and handlers develop a bond and work as a team, have a well mannered member of the family, be able to go out in the shooting field and or compete in tests.


My training top tip, everyday is a school day, bring along your sense of humour and have fun.



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Trainer – Harriet Newcombe


Millie was my first gundog. She is cockerdor and is 7 years old. I have had a great time training her to work in the beating line on shoots and to enter Charity Working Tests. She is a brilliant gamefinder and hunting dog. I have also competed her in fun obedience and agility competitions.


I also own Cooper (Riverlily Sunny Sunshine) who is my amazing 4 year old black labrador. He is my picking up companion on four local shoots throughout the winter and during the summer months I regularly compete in Gundog Working Tests.


Last summer I won my first Novice Working Test on the Isle of Wight. This year I am entering Open so wish me luck!


Newest addition is little Lara (Lyebreach Golden Plover) who is currently 5 months old adorable and super cheeky! She is busy learning all the basics of heelwork, sit/stays, recall and good puppy manners.


I am also the working Test Secretary for the Utility Gundog Society (Herts, Beds and Bucks Branch).


I trained my dogs at Riverlily and now am a trainer myself. I have spent hours in the training field gaining experience and my favourite classes to teach are our Puppy New Recruits and Cadets classes.



My top training tip: In training you have good days and bad days but always remember you go home with the best dog!




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"Millie -  2nd place Little Offley Charity Working Test Novice. May 2018"


"Cooper -  4th place UGS HBB ND/NH. May 2018"


"Millie -  2nd place GWCT Charlty Working Test Novice. June 2018"


"Cooper -  3rd place URC Bucks ND/NH. August 2018"


"Cooper -  4th place Norfolk Gundog Club Novice. April 2019"


"Cooper -  4th place URC Essex Novice. April 2019"


"Cooper -  3rd place BASC Charity Working Test Novice and 1st Place Open. April 2019"


"Cooper -  1st Place GWCT Charity Working Test Open. June 2019"


"Cooper -  2nd Place Midland Gundog Society Novice. May 2019"


"Cooper - 3rd Place UGS SWSH Novice. September 2019"


"Cooper -  1st Place Isle of Wight Gundog Club Novice. September 2019"


"Cooper -  1st Place URC Southern. Intermediate Cold Game. February 2020"


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"Millie - 1st place Novice Scurry The Game Fair. July 2017"


"Millie -  1st place Riverlily Charity Working Test ND/NH. Sept 2017"


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