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Championship Trial
Venue: Enfield
Trial Held: 10 April 2016



Stake: CD


Steward: Judith Owen

Thank you to Vana Moody and the Society for inviting me to judge CD. I was more than happy to oblige, as this is always such a well-run and friendly trial. Judith Owen kindly agreed to steward for me – you did a super job, Judith, and I really enjoyed our day together. Wonderful French bread and yummy home-made cakes put the icing on the cake, so to speak.

Without exception, every dog gave their handler some work to be proud of. Sadly, it didn’t all go exactly to plan for everyone, but I’m sure you will achieve your qualification before too long.

10 entered, 7 ran.


1st                Mr JohnTurtill with DREAGANTA MYCORRAN GEALA, BC, B, 95.5, Q CDEx. Teela did you proud today, John. Fabulous search square. Many congratulations on gaining your CDEx.

2nd              Mrs Di Assheton-Bowtle with THE ASHBOW INKSPOT, Cross, D, 89.5, Q CDEx. Inca is a cracking little chap – full of life. It was the life spilling over a bit that caused some losses of marks, but he held it together enough to qualify. Very well done on gaining your CDEx.

3rd               Mrs Sandra Lewindon with LITTLE MISS JYNX AT BRACOKELI, WS, B, NQ. Jynx’s work overall was very nice indeed, but sadly at 6 minutes into the 10 minute down, she popped up into the stand, then promptly laid down again, which left you 2 marks short of gaining CDEx – such a shame.

4th               Mrs Rosemary Turner with KHAMYSER ROULETTE, GSD, B, NQ. Really nice control round, apart from the down stay. Blondie was unsettled right from the start, crept at least double her body length forward before deciding to join my steward. Better luck next time, Rosemary.

In closing I would like to thank the landowners and farmers for kindly allowing us access to their land; without them our great sport of dog trialling would not be possible.


Stake: UD


Tracklayers: Lee Kane and Arthur Jeal

Steward: Pat Parkinson

Thank you to ASPADS for asking me to judge the UD at this long standing trial at Enfield.  Vana and her team of helpers, who come from all over the UK, do a great job in sometimes challenging circumstances; this year the weather was a little temperamental over the four days.  Hard to know what to wear, but luckily us trials people are always prepared!  I had excellent help with Lee Kane and Arthur Jeal tracklaying, and Pat Parkinson was my square and control steward.  I was looked after on all counts by my helpers, lovely food and especially Rita’s cakes!  (Love that coffee and walnut ……)

Of the ten entries eight ran.  All the dogs tackled the track with enthusiasm and accuracy but not all with both articles, which were a thick piece of yellow cable 4 inches long and a black leather coin purse.  Most of the handlers were experienced and I found the whole atmosphere to be very friendly and welcoming.  I believe the competitors and their dogs enjoyed the day and I thank them for accepting my decisions.

There were five qualifiers, with those pesky jumps claiming a few marks for some, and the sendaway, which was quite straightforward, seemed to throw a few dogs.  Just goes to show you never know what the dogs will do to make things interesting for their handlers!

1st                John Wykes with DREAGANTA RED RORY OF TARNFORCE (Rory), Border Collie, 191, Q.  John and Rory, calm and cool as a cucumber, completed a textbook round only losing 2 on the track with a full mark square. Lovely round John, well done.

2nd         Angela Porter with CHOCOLATE GLADIATOR (Harley), crossbreed, 191, Q.  Good to see you back, Angela, with this gorgeous little dog.  Completing his square in under 2 mins he is very busy.  Beautiful control round, just losing 1 mark overall on the scale.  Tied for first place with John and Rory.

3rd               Claire Norton with DREAGANTA KAINAAT (Kainaat) Border Collie, 179 Q.  Beautifully handled by Claire, this is a strong minded collie who works Claire’s sheep in addition to competing in WTs.  Pat and I did smile when on the sendaway he looked like he was looking for sheep - probably wondered where they were!  Well done, Claire, I know you've had a bit of a break, good to see you back. 

4th               Ruth Payton with KALIAZAR CHAOS (Dot), Border Collie, 178, Q.  Happy enthusiastic little dog expertly handled by Ruth, another cool customer whose experience shows in keeping Dot’s paws on the ground.  Full mark square, just a costly track article and long jump blip.

Also qualified UDEx:

Andy Baker with RIGHT THEN SONNY JIM, CDEx, WSD, 164


Stake: TD


Tracklayers: Jeff Margreaves, Len Newman

Search Stewards: Belinda Spensley, Genine Newport

Control Steward: Sheila Margreaves

I would like to start by saying a very big Thank You to all my helpers, as most of them offered at the last moment due to Vana being let down by some; we all know that sometimes reasons occur that cannot be avoided, however, if there is any doubt do not offer!

The crop this year was more lush than I’ve known, which made articles a little more difficult to retrieve, but with two excellent tracklayers all were found by the end of the first day, unfortunately not by the same dog. This also applied with the square, finding all four articles with different dogs, which I feel was made more difficult by quite a strong cold wind. So, as I said at the start, my thanks to Jeff and Len for the tracks and to Belinda for the squares, not forgetting Genine, who laid the squares on Saturday while Belinda was judging; all were done perfectly, and sorry that you all had to collect the articles missed.

Thank you to Sheila, who scribed the control round on Sunday, not only knowing in advanced after a couple of dogs what marks were coming, but was also good company.

I would also like to thank all the kitchen staff who kept us fed and watered all week; they were Zara, Genine, Jackie, Vikki and Ross - good food, fat tummy. I must do some more tracklaying to get back to my weight of n…….stone - and thanks to Rita Banfather for two great evening meals.

Finally, a big thank you to Jean Howells, who was dragged off her sick bed and ran the base with her usual proficiency, helped on the last day by Judy Meekings to collect the scores at the control field and print the certificates.

1st                Tony Lockyer with WTCh LAWINICK COME N GET IT AT HARTSHILL, CDEx – TDEx, GSD, 200.5, Q.              Was behind by three points from the nosework, but with an exact sendaway and one more on the other exercises, managed to squeeze home an advantage. Well done to you and Isla for gaining this Ticket.

2nd              Di Ling with WTCh DEBEN LITTLE TOM, CDEx - TDEx, PDEx, Cross, D, 198, Q. Tom was the first dog to complete the track and then get four out of the square; however, missing one article on track was his only hiccup. With a little less quartering on sendaway, it all could have all been different. Nevertheless, it was a well-deserved reserve from another Champion.

3rd               Mr Gary and Mrs Julie Atkins, WTCh GLENALPINE PETE, CDEx – TDEx, BC, 197, Q, handled by Gary Atkins. Another good round from Pete, who was unfortunate to have the cold wind on the day of his nosework. With only two out of the square, Pete showed us all why he is a Trials champion, pulling himself up to third. Excellent work from you both.

4th               Mr Tony Lockyer, WTCh TRIPLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, CDEx – TDEx, WSD, 193.5, Q. Once again, this was another accomplished round from Tony and Bob, however Bob also fell foul of the weather, only getting two out of the square, but with a good all round performance showed he is worthy of WTCh status.

Also qualified TDEx:

Mr Barry Gilbert, with WTCh GLENALPINE COSWORTH, CDEx – TDEx, BC, 192.5. Another competent round from this team, only articles and weather a problem.

Pat Parkinson, with WAGGERLAND MY SHADOW, CDEx – TDEx, WSD, 191. Up with the leaders after the nosework, just a small hiccup with the agility.

Mr Paul Beasley, with STARDELL SPICA, CDEx - TDEx, BC, 179. Spike also found articles difficult, nevertheless a well-deserved qualification on the work achieved.

Qualified TD:

Ms Kate Peyton, with ASTLEY FLEET, CDEx - TDEx, BC, 165.5. A good effort, which could have been different with an extra article.

My congratulations to all the above for their well-deserved rounds and qualifications, and I hope you all continue to enjoy your successes. Good luck to Tony at this year’s KCC’s.       


Stake: WD


Tracklayers: Peter Brooke and Steve Banfather.

Steward: Sheren Perez

I would like to thank ASPADS for asking me to judge WD at their Enfield trial.  As the trials manager, Vana does a fantastic job, with the help of Genine Newport as assistant trials manager.  Although some find the base hard to find up a long drive way between a road of garden centres, it is a perfect place for the trial base.  Zehra kept us fed and watered in the week, Vicky and Ross doing the weekend.  Thank you, a very good butty came out of that kitchen.

Jean Howells as base steward made sure the competitors arrived at the tracking field in plenty of time, and they all knew where they were going and what they were doing.

My tracklayers were Peter Brooke and Steve Banfather.  After making sure they had the track pattern and articles I was able to leave them to it.  Thank you both, expertly done.  You are becoming quite a team.

Sheren Perez was very much my right hand woman.  We sorted out the control round well in advance, making setting up on the first day a lot easier.  We tested all the articles and nosework patterns, making sure the articles worked for the length of grass.  As always, she was great company to spend 2 days with.

14 entered, 11 ran, 7 on Thursday and 4 on Friday, 6 qualifying.  Tracking was on lush grass, wet in places.  The weather was dry and breezy, and all dogs got around their tracks.

1st           Pat Herbert, GLENALPINE FEN, CDEx – UDEx, Border Collie, bitch, 196, Q.  Pat must stop taking pictures of her dog sitting on things, Fen could not resist sitting on the straw heap in the middle of her sendaway.  Still, that didn't stop her winning the stake.  What a team - 2 off the track, 4 out of the square, all done in a very neat, tidy way. Congratulations, big things are happening for you both.

2nd         Julie Atkins, GLENALPINE PEG, CDEx-WDEx, Border Collie, bitch, 191, Q.  Only losing half in the control round, such a pleasure to judge.  Good luck to you, Julie and Peg - amazing team.

3rd          Tony Lockyer, ABBI BLACK AT HARTSHILL, CDEx-WDEx, German Shepherd, bitch, 189, Q.  Very keen strong bitch; tracking her today was Tony's third track of the day, doing two TD’s with his other dogs before Abbi’s WDEx track.  You did amazing, Tony, not many could have done it.  Congratulations.

4th          Michael Woods, JOTUNHEIM JIGSAW, CDEx-WDEx, Malinois, bitch, 183.5, Q.  Mike proved today that Mali’s can track by not putting a foot wrong, they went around on rails.  Congratulations, Mike, keep it up - loved to be able to judge you.

Also qualifying:

Hilary Mercer, STARDELL RANA, CDEx-UDEx, BC, bitch, 176.5

Juliet Maskell, KAMARDA JULIETS DREAM, CDEx- UDEx, BC, bitch, 168.5

Congratulations both, good luck for getting your next one.

Thank you all for working under me and excepting my test. 


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