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Open Trial
Venue: Scarborough
Trial Held: 11 May 2014




Steward: Fay Rae

 We started off with 2 entries, and 1 ran, but what we lacked in quantity we certainly made up for in quality. Thank you again to Fay for stewarding and being super organized and generally fabulous, to Tom for organizing us on Sunday morning, to Richard Musgrave for making sure we had no hitches in lowering the jumps, and especially to the ladies in the kitchen for making Fay and me the biggest, tastiest cooked breakfast we have ever had the pleasure of eating.

I used nice big articles in the square (all about the size of your hand) which suited both the stake and the terrain, which was ankle-height lush grass.

 1st Colin Wilson with DIESEL OF BLACKHOUSE, Akita, D, ‘qualifying’ with a perfect score of 100/100. Colin was literally shaking with nerves before the test; Diesel, however, was a picture of tranquillity. Colin was certainly hiding his light under a bushel because as the test unfolded he showed super control of Diesel, along with an obvious understanding of his dog. Diesel did have everyone holding their breath during the 5 minute down stay however, but he managed to stay put for his Dad. I think we all felt like cheering at the end, and Colin looked like he’d won the lottery. Very, very well done - you made our day.




Tracklayers: Richard (Fri and Sat), Dave (Fri) and Arthur (Sat)

Stewards: Liz Mills (Fri) and Fay Rae (Sat)

 Thank you to ASPADS for inviting me to judge at this extremely welcoming and friendly trial. Thank you to Trials Manager, Tom Mills, and also of course Liz, for organizing me and making me feel like royalty throughout my stay. The ladies in the kitchen - Liz Stewart, Liz Mills and Teresa did a fantastic job - thank you. Jan, Mary and Jenny were efficient and always friendly at the base, and Mary made everyone’s certificates a work of art. A huge thank you to Fay Rae and Liz Mills (again wearing just one of her many hats) who stewarded on the Saturday and Friday respectively, and made the job look easy, which it most certainly is not. My tracklayers, Richard (Friday and Saturday), Dave (Friday) and Arthur (Saturday) know their job inside out, are true gentlemen and an absolute pleasure to spend the days with - I just wish we had more time to finish our conversations! If I have missed anyone then please accept my sincere apologies.

Weather over the two days ranged from horizontal rain to stone-splitting sunshine and everything in between, but this certainly didn’t seem to deter the dogs. In what I see as the spirit of a UD open test, I set a simple 7 leg "pair of trousers" track pattern with the first article (5" x 5" carpet) 50 yards from the pole. The end article was a 3.5" x 3.5" piece of patterned vinyl. The terrain, which was lush ankle/shin-height grass, proved quite testing in the squares and all but one dog was rewarded for their hard work with 2 articles or more.


1st B M N Montague and D Thompson’s CRISELLA DELTA DUFFY, Lab, handled by Bridget Montague, 196, Q. Duffy was positive and precise throughout the whole test and I was particularly impressed with the efficient way she worked the square, along with her very clean retrieves. Plaudits to Bridget for training to such a standard. Duffy didn’t put a paw wrong, hence the perfect score of 145.

2nd Jenny Olley with STARDELL ARCHE, BC, 195, Q. Archie didn’t put a paw wrong on the track which was super to watch. It would also have been a full square had he not stopped for what I’m sure was an uncharacteristic wee! Well done, Jenny and Archie.

3rd Jenny Holt with BEELAHOLT BRYN, BC, 192.5, Q. A striking Border Collie, Bryn certainly looked the part as he made short work of the track. He went on to make a very good account of himself in the square with just a few drops, which I’m sure Jenny will soon sort out.

4th J Atkinson with THE QUARRYMAN AT DENLEA, WSD, 190.5, Q. This team worked in driving, horizontal rain in particularly long grass. A full mark track was followed by this little dog working his socks off to find 3 articles in grass that was almost as tall as he was. He is a wee dynamo - well done.

 Also qualifying UD Certificate of Merit:

Diane Yeatman with LLANWOPS TARGA AT ROMSEY, Lab, 188. A fast and furious full mark track and 3 out of the square. Congratulations on your qualification.

Lisa Coull with CALLISAE EXCLUSIVE, Weim, 185.5. A full point track from this team was followed by a well-executed square. Well done.

Ms Elaine Barr with WINDLEGREY PHANTOM, Weim, 175.5. This big happy dog pulled his mum around the track despite her reservations, losing only 1 point. Elaine kept her nerve in the square and was rewarded with a well-deserved qualification.




Steward: Kate Peyton

 My thanks to ASPADS and Tom for the invitation to judge C/A at Scarborough open trial. It was decided to revert to a separate C/A judge for this trial and it appears everyone was happy with the decision. As always, the team worked like clockwork. Tom Mills had to make last minute alterations when Jan was taken ill and rushed to hospital - I hope you are on the road to recovery Jan. To all at the base and the kitchen team, a big thank you. Nothing was too much trouble and thanks for giving me the chance to get out of the kitchen!

A big thank you to Kate, who was not only the perfect steward and great company, she also managed to sort the weather with her positive thinking! Thanks Kate.

I was impressed with the overall standard of work, in particular the sendaway, with one dog even attempting a sendaway to the mast 2 miles away!

It was great to see so many new faces to working trials as well as lots of old timers out with youngsters. Good luck to you all in the future.


1st Bridget Montague and DC Thompson, CRISELLA DELTA DUFFY, Lab, B, 196, Q. What a lovely relationship you have with Duffy. A really nice control round and I know you have been doing well elsewhere. I’m sure we will see a lot more of you both. Well done and good luck.

2nd Jenny Olley, STARDELL ARCHE, B/C, D, 195.5, Q. Well, Jenny, Archie was showing you that he really does know how to do it! I think you are going to have a lot of fun with him.

3rd Jenny Holt, BEELAHOLT BRYN, B/C, D, 192.5, Q. A really nice control round Jenny. Showed great determination when his litter sister decided it was playtime in the stays.

4th Janine Atkinson, THE QUARRYMAN AT DENLEA, CDEx, WSD, 190.5, Q. Well done, Janine. Let’s hope that’s the end of your stay problem.


Janine was over the moon with Quarry and so she should be, winning Pete Hodgkin’s best C/A trophy. I know a few tears were shed when it was awarded to you. Pat and Pete will always be a great loss to trials, especially at Scarborough where they were so well loved by us all.



1st Wendy Beasley, STARDELL VENUS, CDEx - UDEx, B/C, B, 197.5, Q. Hardly putting a foot wrong. I’ve always admired Wendy’s no nonsense handling and today was no exception, a joy to watch.

2nd Glenys Page, LITTLETHORN MORGAN, CDEx - UDEx, B/C, D, 196, Q. A full mark C/A round says it all. Very impressive, Glenys.

3rd Pat Quinn, RASTWYKE RAPIDE, CDEx - UDEx, Lab, D, 195, Q. A very confident and polished round from this team. Well done.

4th Emily Arch, JASPER THE COWPE CRUSADER, WSD, D, 187, Q. Failed the long jump, otherwise a really tidy round from this team.


1st Sally Toynbee, HUNDWITH DUTIFUL, Weim, D, 210, Q. What a lovely dog and a handler with a sense of humour. I was informed his speak would be like the King’s Speech and it was, pretty much, otherwise an excellent round from Merry.

2nd Rosemary Smythe, BEELAHOLT KEZZY BEAST, CDEx - WDEx, WSD, D, 208.5, Q. Another near perfect C/A round.

3rd Margaret Robinson, JUST ARRAN AT TRENTVALLEY, CDEx – UDEx, WSD, D, 207.5, Q. Arran is on his way to the top without a doubt! Lovely to watch.

4th Vic Snook, WOOLSHAN INKSPOT, CDEx – WDEx, GSD, D, 205, Q. A very smart team, hardly putting a foot wrong.


Thank you to all the competitors for accepting my decisions and being such good company.


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