Twistmount Gundogs

Moorwood Farm, Redlynch nr Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0NJ

Neil Varney


I went to the West Country Game Fair in the early 90s and watched a demonstration by Jack Davey and his Wivenwood Team and committed there and then that my next dog would be trained to that standard! There followed a great deal of time reading books, watching videos and seeking advice from other trainers.


In 1995 I bought Craigend Choicest and took her on to win a number of working tests, then came Comford Cora who also won a number of tests.  Spring Whisper of Spioncop was my next dog, trained by me but ran by Dennis Douglas, at the time chairman of The Spaniel Club she won one trial and was placed in several others.


Spioncop Oscar (Twist) was gift from his breeder Nancy Banister he went on to win many tests and trial awards and also covered 76 bitches. He is remembered always now in my kennel name "Twistmount" all of my present spaniel line trace back to him.


As I have matured I have started my own line of Labradors which are proven in the field and hopefully in competition this season.


I travel all over the country and am in great demand for gun dog demonstrations at Game Fairs, County Shows and Agricultural Shows.  I was privileged to work at the very last Royal Show at Stonleigh.


The Country Landowners Association Game Fair is the biggest game fair in the world and I have coordinated their working dog ring 7 times as well as providing the spaniel demonstration every year since 2007.


Neil is the host and spaniel trainer for both the Wiltshire and Dorset Clubs.  As well as gaining various awards in gundog tests and trials he has also judged both spaniel and retriever competitions.  He runs his own training group, Twistmount Gundogs in Somerset and travels the country giving demonstrations and holding training days.