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Championship Trial
Venue: Oxford
Trial Held: 14 February 2010

TM, CD, WD, TD Stakes


 With such a great team of helpers, how could we fail to have a successful Oxford trial?

The farmers here must be the most generous and friendly in the country - all of them just said “Help yourself – go where you like!” - so we had a huge corn field just a few minutes up the road from the base for all the TD tracks, and a little further away, a number of rape fields for the WD.

Many thanks to all the helpers, for all the work before and during the trial, particularly Jacqui Gibney, who not only fed the entire team every evening with fabulous home-cooked gourmet meals, but gave up a lot of time beforehand, coming with me to see the farmers, and offering advice gleaned from her long years of experience, and then wrote out the Certificates for the qualifiers. Thanks, Jacqui!

To the judges, Anne Collen, TD, Sheila Tannert, WD, and Stevi Boyall, CD - you all set good, fair tests, and were huge contributors to the great atmosphere during the whole week. Many, many thanks!

I’m sure the judges will thank their teams in person, but thank you very much to all the tracklayers (Tom, Mark, Gary and Sandra) and stewards (Jan, Diana, Stevi, Jean and Sheila), who braved icy cold weather without complaint, and kept smiling all week. Thanks also to the team at base - Jean Howells, keeping everything under control, with help from Jan Darby; Caroline Martin in the kitchen, keeping everybody fed during the day; and Arthur Jeal, General Factotum, who escorted competitors to their tracks, moved jumps, washed up and did all the little jobs that nobody notices, but which are vital to the running of the trial, and even negotiated storage of the jumps for the next year. Thank you all very, very much – you are perfect examples of why Working Trials is such a rewarding sport!

Finally, thank you to all the competitors for entering, and making the whole atmosphere of the trial so warm and friendly. Congratulations to Julie and Dug on winning the Ticket, and well done to all the qualifiers. I look forward to seeing you all again next year, when we’ll be running CD, UD and TD.





Steward: Sheila Tannert

Thanks for ASPADS for the invitation to judge the CD Championship at Oxford. Thanks go to Judy for running a wonderful trial, thank you to Jean for running the base and keeping all the competitors in order for me! A big thank you to everyone who kept me well fed, both Caroline during the day and Jacqui for all the meals at night, we couldn’t have wished for better.

Thank you to Sheila who was both my square and control steward - great job once my maps didn’t confuse her!

Also thank you to Jan, Arthur and Sandra for being my stay stewards. Last but not least I would like to say thank you to all the competitors for entering under me! I hope you enjoyed the test. Although we only had 3 qualifiers everyone worked their dogs well, but a lot of my competitors went out on the jumps. But keep at it, you will all get there.

1st Le Newman with JONTY. A very nice round well handled from an experienced handler. Well Done. Q, 89

2nd Rita Banfather with MACOY. Winning the run off. Well done, another nice round. Q, 88

3rd Jackie Rutter with JOEY. Another nice round. Q, 88

4th Pat Sunderland with DELA. Shame about the jumps, keep trying you will get there. Other than that a very polished round.

Just a little mention for Mary Braybooke with RAGG, a Cocker Spaniel. What a super little dog you have - shame about the stay today. Keep it up, one to look out for!

Best of luck to you all in the future.




Tracklayers: Gary Martin and Sandra Lewindon

Stewards: Stevi Boyall and Jean Howells

I would like to thank ASPADS for the invitation to judge the WD stake. Thank you to my tracklayers, Gary and Sandra - you did a great job - and to Stevi and Jean for putting up with me. Thanks also to Caroline in the base kitchen for breakfast and to Jacqui for the wonderful meals in the evening – it was fine dining every day. To Jan and Jean doing the scores and Judy for all her hard work before and during the trial; and I couldn’t forget Arthur for escort and all the other little jobs he did. To the competitors for entering under me - thank you, I had a fabulous week.


1st Kevin Hill, VEKKA LADY, GSD, 188, Q. When Vekka started to track we didn’t think she was going to get down the first leg, then after the first corner went round on rails. She then did a super control round. Well Done.

2nd Tony Lockyer, LAWINICK COME N GET IT AT HARTSHILL, GSD, 181.5, Q. Isla did a lovely track but missed an article in the square; also a nice control round - one of only 3 dogs to get full points on the agility. Well done, you deserve your qualification

3rd Di Cottrill, SANDY’S OAK, CDEx - WDEx, Lab, 178.5, Q. A lovely strong lab. Poor Di had to run round the track and lost a few marks on the corners but did a nice square and control round, so well done

4th Jenny Orchard, WILLOWY WHISPER OF TADMARTON, CDEx - WDEx, Lab, 177.5, Q. Another very fit lady also had to run round most of the track with Willow, but managed it even with the big clogs of mud on her wellies. A good control round and a worthy qualification, well done.

Also Qualifying WDEx:

Christine Stewart, ANGEL WISHES ARIEL OF NATURE, Std Poodle, CDEx - WDEx, 164.5

Qualifying WD:





Tracklayers: Tom Darby and Mark Lewindon

Square Stewards: Jan Darby and Diana Collie

C/A Steward: Diana Collie

Scribe: Jan Darby

Firstly, a sincere thank you to ASPADS for giving me the opportunity to judge a ‘Ticket’. I really enjoyed the experience. Thanks to Judy for all the hard work she put in to enable the trial to run so smoothly and also for getting such a great team of helpers together.

A big thank you to my two tracklayers, Tom and Mark, who slogged away all week and were great company. They made every effort to ensure that each competitor had the best possible chance of success, whatever the conditions. Thanks also to Jan, who did squares on the first day and was my scribe on the Sunday. I have never before had the luxury of such an efficient steward, she had everything to hand which meant I could totally relax! Thanks also to my sister, Diana, who took time off to travel over with me in spite of her injuries. Much appreciated. She did squares the other four days and stewarded the control very efficiently.

Thanks to Jacqui for providing us with wonderful meals every evening. Brilliant food! Also the cups of tea during the stays - lifesaving! And then, to finish off, wrote all the certificates.

Thanks to Caroline for providing us with sustenance out in the field and also for the breakfasts, and to Jean and Arthur who were both multitasking, Jean for doing all the adding up and paperwork, Arthur for cups of coffee, helping put up jumps and stay stewarding, to mention just a few!

The weather was very cold but mainly dry, and was very windy at times. Tracking was all in one very large field on sparse crop. The ground conditions varied from frozen to porridge-like mud, depending on the day and the hour.

No dog found it easy and it was fascinating to watch how different dogs coped with the prevailing conditions.

The one track that stood out for me was done by Margo Brothwell’s Ryan. He tracked on the last day, when the land was covered with a multitude of foot prints, yet he managed to do a near perfect track. Unfortunately for Margo, he didn’t have his article finding hat on, otherwise he would have been on the other end of the line up!

C/A was done close to the Base on the cricket field. Being open to the public, and also adjoining the area where competitors had been walking their dogs, did cause problems for some. Thank you to all who helped divert the local dog walkers!

I set as straight forward a sendaway as I could, given the area we were working in…120 paces straight out to the boundary where the pitch joined the rough grass area for 3 marks, 60 paces recall, for 2 marks, to stop just short of a pathway, redirect about 100 paces at right angles up this pathway to a boundary.

47 dogs entered, 39 dogs worked, 17 qualified the nosework with 12 qualifying overall.

1st and CC, WTCh OUR DUG, BC, with Julie Atkins, 198.5. Nosework 86, 30, 34. C/A 29.5, Agility 19. There is a lovely rapport between Julie and Dug. It’s not hard to see why they are consistently so successful. Congratulations and good luck at the KCC’s.

2nd and reserve CC, WTCh DOUBLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, WSD, with Tony Lockyer, 196.5. 82/30/ 34/31.5/19. Gyp had to work hard on the track but his persistence paid off. Best control round and the only dog to make the sendaway look very simple – thanks, Tony! Well done.

3rd WTCh WAGGERLAND MURPHY, WSD, with Dave Marchant, 194.5. 88.5/30/33/28/15. Good work by Murphy. No return over the scale proved very expensive in the end. Commiserations and also, well done.

4th LITTLE MISS LOTTIE, X-Breed with Anne Shepherd, 187.5. 88.5/30/22/27.5/19.5. Super little dog, great attitude, really enjoyed watching her work. Well done.

Also qualifying TDEx:

CORNDON TAFF AT GRELGANNA, BC, with Roger Shrimpton, 187.

GLENALPINE SHEP, BC with Vana Moody, 186.

WTCh GLENALPINE IZZIE AT DALEMAIN, BC, with Annie Thorpe, 185.5.

TANGHAM LITTLE RYAN, X-Breed, with Margo Brothwell, 184.5.

HEX AT CARFELD, BC, with Eric Carpenter, 184.

LAWINICK RIOJA, GSD, with Mary Drewitt, 182.

WOLFHART TOUCH OF GOLD, GSD, with Liz Hickman, 180.

Qualifying TD:

THAMESPOL ISSIE, GSD, with Heather Cooke, 174.5.

Thank you to all the competitors. Your sporting attitude, and sense of humour when needed, made for a really enjoyable judging appointment.

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