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Venue: Enfield
Trial Held: 29 December 1997

TRIALS MANAGER'S REPORT

The experiment started last year, of changing from a September date to Christmas time has proved a great success. Entries have doubled - and, more importantly, the better ground is giving us qualifiers (a rarety in September).

In fact 26 dogs qualified from a total of 64 entries.

I made a late decision to use the Cricket Club as an operations base and apologise to any competitor who didn't find us first time. We have not lost the Robin Hood and continue to use it for feeding the troops. There was a problem with being certain of access to the pub at 06.30am.

The tracking was all on grass, the weather was good on all days up to mid-afternoon and then turned awful. My special thanks to the following who all did a great job and helped to create a terrific atmosphere- please come back in April!!

Base: Le' Newman, Escort: Mick Mendoza.

UD Judge: Colin Ball, steward Judy Meekings, T/layers Bridget Upton-Taylor, Alan Stidder.

WD Judge: Frances Ball, steward Sandra Barnes, T/layers Len Newman, Mandy Smith, Chris Raynor, Bridget Upton-Taylor.

CIA Judge: Betty Mayes, stewards Trevor Cox and Ann Wright.

TERRY BRACE

 

C.D. STAKE and U.D./W.D. CONTROL & AGILITY

Judge: BETTY MAYES

Steward: Trevor Cox

So glad this trial was last weekend. Had it been this weekend we should have been out in gales and heavy rain. As it was we were very lucky, as though it was cold it was fairly dry. I didn't make a good start as in dripdrying tablecloths after Christmas I got about a quarter inch of water into my wellington boot without noticing. Sure enough, when we got to the control field I put my foot straight into it! I think the base was a bit surprised when one boot arrived to be dried.

Many thanks to Trevor for stewarding. This was his first time and he's a real find! I should hang onto him, Terry. As one competitor remarked, he was friendly, clear but unobtrusive.

Also thanks to Ann Wright who did a great job rounding up competitors so that we hardly ever had to wait - important when daylight hours are short.

The dogs we judged were a delight! I love fast keen dogs and they were there in abundance.

The standard of heelwork and retrieve was very high, and - given a straightforward test - I have never seen so many dogs do fast accurate sendaways with such obvious enjoyment. Incidentally, how does Marney Wells teach her Staffies to do such good sendaways? She had four entries here and got marks of 7.5, 9.5, I 0 and I 0. She says it's just luck, but I don't believe a word of it!

C.D. Stake

1st. B Chapman's SABREFIELD RIGHT ON CUE (Malinois) 94 marks. A very steady consistent round - well handled. CoM.

2nd. L Collins BILLY OF CAPSTAND LAD (WSD) 91 . Nice attitude in the square. CoM.

3rd. L Bassett WAGGERLAND TAG (BC) 84 . Very keen dog with a super sendaway. CoM.

4th. Marney Wells ARAD LLEWELLYN BREN OF COPYHOLD (SBT) Lovely control round, but restricted by the jumps. NQ.

U.D. Stake

1st. Lynne Watkins LUCKY CHANCE AT JARIDON (Hung Vizsla) 194.5 CoM. This small bare-skinned dog did his I0 minute down stay at 3.30pm on a very cold December afternoon. He looked absolutely frozen (like us) but he never moved a muscle till Lynne came back. Very well done.

2nd. H Donnelly REACASSO NO EXCUSE FOR WOOLRAM (BC) 185 CoM. Having done a full mark nosework round, Heather was very disappointed when distant gunfire made her dog break the stays. Then we realised that as she also had a full mark control round she had actually qualified. This is a super bitch, with a good handler.

3rd. Com. of Metropolis METPOL AMIDES (GSD) Handler G Shaw. 184 CoM. A good round except that he thought he was doing a quarter of the field for a criminal, rather than a sendaway.

4th. R Boyce's BALENOPTERA ACUTOROSTRATA (WSD) 183 CoM. A good control round apart from a problem with barking.

Also gaining Certificates of Merit:

Terry Hadley JACINTOS MACE (Lab) 175.5.

C Morton MYSTIC MERYL (X Breed) 175.

Comm of Metropolis METPOL ARGON, handler C Chapman, 173.5.

L Collins BILLY OF CAPSTAND LAD (WSD) 170.5.

D & J Bunce's CRANHAM SERGEANT MAJOR (GSD)

 

W.D. Stake

1st. K Johnson TENNISONS BLUE

BEAUTY (WSD) 190.5 marks CoM. Lovely dog with bouncy heelwork and a keen, accurate retrieve. Well done.

2nd. Julie Skipp RETCOLL FAME AND FORTUNE (X Breed) 189.5 CoM. Another live ly, well trained dog, calmly handled by Julie.

3rd. Joan Milnes LATCHETS REFLECTION (GSD) 188.5 CoM. We had a few hairy moments in the down stay when Corrie decided to creep, but she bad carefully measured out a body's length, and kept just within it!

4th. L Short's WOLFHART CRUSADER (GSD) A very good round with lovely heelwork. CoM.

Also gaining Certificates of Merit:

Sandra Hill NORSTOCK IMPUDENT AT SHANG A Y (GSD) 184.

D & J Bunce's FOXFOLD SATIRE (GSD) 181.

H Donnelly SH CH WOOLRAM ELEGANCE (BC) 18 1.

T Donovan 's KINGSTOWN ECHO (GSD) 181.

P Merritt MARIETH CAPAULERRI (ASD) 180.5.

A Walker HOTLINE ZAP (GSD) 179.5.

D Nelson LITTLE BUDDY BARNEY (WSD) 173.5.

H Baker TAMAH BLACK NITE (GSD) 166

A Vamdell MASCANl JORDAN (GSD) 166.

P Darby KOLINGA MEGAN (GSD) 164.

P Hillier MERRYWA Y ALEXANDER (G/Ret) 161.

Finally, many thanks to Le' Newman for running the base and to Terry Brace for organising the trial. Terry does so much for trials, he runs two at Enfield and regularly tracklays for S.A.T.S. and other trials, and he doesn't even work a dog at the moment! What would we do without you, Terry?

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