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Championship Trial
Venue: Enfield
Trial Held: 06 April 2008

Trials Manager’s Report

Unfortunately the spraying lost us 3 hours of tracklayers’ work on the Friday - apologies to the competitors waiting, but I felt for Tom and Lynne who had to re-lay, and Tony Lockyer (Judge) and Jan Darby, who also had to walk back then out again. Thank you for not complaining, although there was nothing we could do about it as the farmers had to get on ahead of the bad weather coming in. Fortunately Saturday, Tom, Lynne and Barry persuaded the tractors to ‘follow round’ as the tracks were finished. Well done. Because of a team that pulls together and ‘mucks in’ to do anything the trial ended successfully, with the’ Icing On The Cake’, Sunday’s TD control in thick snow.  

Thank you: Hilary Mercer, in the kitchen all day all week, great job; Jean Howells, base, sorting my paperwork genius; Lee Kane, jumps, tracklaying and gofer; Dave and Julia Skipp, kitchen, as well as tracklaying and stewarding - such a multi-task couple, great; June Raymond, help before the trial, kitchen, stewarding; Arthur Jeal, jumps, tracklaying, helping when needed; Mary Cooper, kitchen, writing TD certificates in her beautiful writing; Jan Vallack, delicious cake supplier, also ran raffle making £90 for swimming pool at a children’s hospice, well done. I will leave the judges, Tony, Jill, Margaret and Chris - thank you for your time and good company - to thank their helpers, Lynne, Tom, Lee, Jan, Julia, Arthur, Paula, Barry, June, Dave and Caroline, in their reports.  With such good help around it made my job much easier, THANK YOU ALL.

Vana Moody


Stake: CD

Judge: Christine Brooks

Steward: Caroline Ashford

Thank you to ASPADS for the invitation to judge, to Vana and helpers in the base, and to Caroline for her usual impeccable stewarding and sharing the driving with me.  Thanks also to the ‘weatherman’ so my judging was done before the snow arrived!

Most teams did well in the nosework section and it was good to see so many dogs well-motivated to search.  The C/A. took its usual toll though, and the more experienced handlers were that bit better at hanging on in there when things threatened to go wrong.  Although he didn’t qualify I was so impressed with the performance of Gerry Guinan’s fox terrier – keep working on him!

1st Doug Shearer with DREAGANTA ALPHA CENTAURI, BC, B, 91. Restrained quiet handling from the ‘big man with the little collie’ which got the best out of her. Congratulations  

2nd Angela Sanders with STARSHOT BUCCANEER AT SZIKRAS, W-H Vizsla, D, 90.5.  Angela was almost rendered speechless by Tyler’s full-mark sendaway, especially when it was followed by 18.5 for the jumps.  He certainly put it all together for you on this occasion - hope it continues!

3rd Jan Vallack with KENMILQUIN CROWN IMPERIAL, LAB, B, 84.5.  Reba put Jan through the wringer again with her variety in performance level (it’s that royal name which gives her illusions of doing what she chooses!) but this time there were enough good marks to qualify.

4th Kate Wykes with KIPCROFT MEG OF TARNFORCE, BC, B, 83.  Another bitch who delighted her handler by putting it all together on this occasion after some ‘hard times’.

Two handlers just missed out on that ‘excellent’ qualification which is eventually needed to enter WDEx. Better luck next time.

John Phillips with BLAKATO BILLIE, GSD, B, 79.5, CD.

Wendy Siggers with HEATHGATE ISLA, WSD, B, 74.5, CD.




Trials Manager: Vana Moody

Base Steward: Jean Howells

Thanks to the society for the invitation to judge and to all the helpers who made this such a brilliant trial despite all the problems.  Well done to Vana for keeping it all together.  She absolutely deserved to have a nervous breakdown, but instead just carried on like the professional she is.  High speed tracking was the order of the day and we managed to beat the tractors - but only just.  As the last dog finished the track the tractor was entering the field we were in.  Thanks to Barry Harvey for his diplomatic persuasion that convinced the contractors to spray another field prior to the one we were using.  This gave us just enough time to finish the tracks.  Thank you, Barry.

Thanks to the tracklayers and square steward, who joined in the race, never complained and rose to the occasion, not forgetting the competitors who had little time for nerves and made themselves available to work as required.

Thanks also to Julie, Dave, and Hilary for the wonderful food.  Always there, and ready on demand.

1st Anne Clarke with STYPERSON QUINCEY, CDEx, Lab.  Smashing track with both articles and four out of the square, followed by a  competent control round that included an excellent sendaway.  Quincey is a lovely dog who continually works at keeping his abundant energy and enthusiasm under control.  A really good team with an excellent future.  Track 84, Square 33, Control 30.5, Agility 17.5,  Total 185, Qual UDEx

2nd Betty Briley with JETRIL MUSTANG, CDEx,.GSD.  A very nice track, again with both articles and four from the square.  Good handling helped this young dog give a nice controlled performance.  A little more experience and Bronco will be well on his way. Good luck.  85, 30, 29.5,  17, Total 182.5 Qual UDEx

3rd Mary Drewitt with LAWINICK RIOJA, CDEx, GSD.  Erin really excelled herself with a competent and neat track obtaining both articles.  A little loss of concentration in the square resulted in only 2 articles but she redeemed herself with a brilliant sendaway for full marks.  Getting it together now, Mary, and showing she is ready to take on the higher stakes.  Well done.  85, 20, 31, 19, Total 173, Qual UDEx.

4th Rosemary Turner with KHAMYSKER KWIK KRACKER, CDEx, GSD.  Kwiks gained in confidence with each leg of the track, only to lose a little concentration in the square and this proved costly, as did a hiccup on the sendaway.  Never mind, Rosemary, she is improving all the time as this qualification and placing suggests.  83, 20, 27, 17.5, Total 170.5 Qual UDEx.

Also Qual UDEx:

Di Assheton-Bowtle with ASHBOW KRAZY KIA, GSD.  Nice track, nice sendaway, excellent jumps. Well done.  163.5

Keith Gillett with STARNIAS SPECKLED WOOD, CDEx, BC.  The only man and the only BC to qualify.  A little bit more work and experience required in the nosework, but an excellent control round with full point agility. 163.5


Stake: WD

Judge: Jill Carruthers

Tracklayers; Arthur Jeal 4 days, Paula and Barry Harvey 3 days, Jan Vallack 1 day

Search Stewards; June Raymond, 2 days; Julie Skipp, 2days

C/A Steward: Julie Skipp, 4 days

I would like to thank ASPADS for the invitation to judge WD at this trial. Also a BIG THANK YOU to Vana for all her hard work as trials manager - nothing is too much trouble for her to sort out.  She is a true professional; nothing is left to chance, her team of friends and helpers are second to none.  You are all to be congratulated on making this trial such a success; long may it last!!

The food here is wonderful, thanks to Hilary Mercer and Dave Skipp keeping us all fed and watered. Jean Howells managed to decipher my scrawl on the score sheets, run the base, do the certificates and work her dog and qualify TDEx – thanks, Jean.

To Arthur, Paula, Barry and Jan, many thanks for giving up your time to lay tracks for us, giving everyone an accurate track to work; your expertise is much appreciated, especially by the nine folk below!

I must say June Raymond is a fantastic search steward and a wonderful hostess; she looked after Kim and me in her lovely home, and both her dogs and the visiting Lab accepted us without question.  I hope you have recovered from the invasion, June. Good luck with your clever boy.

Thank you to Julie for all your help and good company over the four days.  If ever you need a steward, this is the lady. We witnessed some fantastic C/A rounds over the four days.

1st 186.5, SUNSHINE ANTIC, BC, with Nick Williams.  Congratulations on a good all round performance from you both. Most marks were lost for the destruction of a search article, recovering only a quarter of it from the square!  This is a lovely working partnership.

2nd 178, STARDELL INDI, BC, with Hilary Mercer.  Indi worked her track very well and Hilary was overjoyed with her; super C/A gaining a very comfortable WDEx.

3rd 173, WOLFHART TOUCH OF GOLD, GSD, with Liz Hickman.  Jay tracks beautifully, with a very good C/A round. She will do well in Liz’s capable hands. Another WDEx.

4th 172, MORROW AMAROO, GSD, with David Barker.  Sophie worked well for you David, just a little over exuberant on the barking, but far better than having to constantly motivate a dog.  Keep up the good work, she’s great.

171.5, WAGGERLAND DILEMMA, WSD, with Gary Haim.

168.5, WAGGERLAND TED, WSD, with Colin Harrison.

168, NEDLO TOP OF THE POPS, BC, with Janet Parker.

166.6, VOMKYNA BORUSS, GSD, with Ruth Cahill.

166, STYPERSON EBONY, Lab, with Sheila Tannert.

Congratulations to everyone who qualified and good luck for your future trials to all competitors who worked.

P.S. A polite reminder; that the control field is a test area and should not be used for a training area prior to working. This could interfere with the chance of a winning/qualifying opponent. Please consider your fellow competitors. Thank you.


Stake: TD


Tracklayers:  Lynne Baker, Tom Darby And Lee Kane.

Steward: search and C/A.  Jan Darby

My thanks to the committee of ASPADS for the invitation to judge the Ticket stake at this Trial and to everybody involved with the running of the trial - and from Vana’s point of view it really was a trial, from having to deal with a new farmer to get the land in the first place, to having him coming on to the land with both chemical sprayer and fertilizer distributor, so that on Friday we had a three hour delay as well as losing three tracks that had already been laid, and on Saturday we were really playing beat the tractor as he was following us across the fields!  Then to cap it all SNOW on Sunday morning.  Vana managed to conjure up a brown long jump and Lee did the honours with black tape on the hurdle to ensure that the jumps were clearly visible in a white background.

Thank you to everyone at base - Jean as base steward, the kitchen ladies Hilary and June, with Dave taking a turn when he wasn’t tracklaying.  My tracklayers, Tom as usual on all the earlies, and Lynne laying the later batch and Lee taking over to finish on Saturday  thank you all, the tracks were all laid as I wanted.

I am still convinced that the person who works hardest on the nosework field is the search steward and I wish more handlers when they have all four articles out, and know in advance that the gun test allows it, would save the steward a few steps by fetching the poles. Thank you, Jan, for all your work, and then standing out on Sunday scribing for me when it really did get freezing.

Apart from some light drizzle on Tues and Wed mornings the weather for tracking was dry and at times quite warm, but for some reason the land did not track well, with some very good tracking dogs falling by the wayside or getting quite low marks.

Of the 44 teams that worked 20 qualified on the nosework, 3 had enough track marks but only one article, and 24 retrieved four from the square.

On Sunday 2 teams on low nosework marks did not come back, 1 withdrew, 1 failed the down before working and then withdrew, and 1 withdrew because of lameness - I hope he is fit for Surrey, Gary.  That left us with sixteen teams to work; the top ten marks ranged from 160.5, which won, to 141, which came 3rd.

1st and CC Anne Fowler and WTCh WAGGERLAND FLOSS, 204.5. It is always gratifying as a judge in TD when the best track then goes on to win the Ticket. Congratulations and well done, Anne.

2nd and Res CC Sheila Tannert and WTCh STYPERSON BRIAR, 201.  Better control round than the winner, but uncharacteristic mistakes on the track were too costly

3rd Julie Atkins and WTCh OUR DUG, 192.  Articles were the costly part for this pair, but one of the very few dogs to get full marks on the jumps.

4th John Currie and DREAGANTA SAMH, 190.  John left before the presentation thinking he had not qualified.

Also Qualifying TDEx:

Jean Howells and GLENALPINE JED, 189.5

Mark Lewindon and SORUMOUR LETS BOOGIE AT BRACOKELI, 185. Nice to have a Shepherd in the line up!!

Nigel Hines and TYTRI KES OF BRYNSWOOD, 181

Stevie Boyall and STYPERSON LOMOND, 179.5

Thank you to all the competitors for accepting my decisions - it was a pleasure to judge you all.

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