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Championship Trial
Venue: Scarborough
Trial Held: 05 August 2012



Search Stewards: Sandra Lewindon and Kate Peyton

Control Steward: Margaret Robinson

May I take this opportunity to thank the ASPADS committee for inviting me to judge the CD stake.

Thanks to Barry and Linda for organising a well run trial and Mary, Jan and Linda for running the base.  In the kitchen were Pat, Liz, Diane and our youngest help, Sophie - thank you for keeping us watered and fed with lovely food.

Special thanks to Sandra Lewindon and Kate Peyton, my search stewards, for doing a brilliant job with the smooth and efficient laying of the squares; also special thanks go to Margaret Robinson, my control steward, for efficiently instructing the control round, a job very well done.  Thank you.

The weather started bright with a light wind; within one hour the sun came out and it was a beautiful day, with just a slight drizzle of rain for the down stay late in the afternoon.

1st Mr Nelson Smith with THREENINES ALEX, Malinois, 98, Q CDEx.  What a brilliant job training this high drive Malinois - well done Nelson!

2nd Mrs W Craven with QUIZ-IS SOMETHING SPECIAL, WSD, 94.5, Q CDEx.  Lovely round, enjoyable to watch - well done, Wendy.

3rd Mr Malcolm Snowden with STARDELL SIRIUS, BC, 93.5, Q CDEx.  Another experienced handler with an enjoyable round; nice work, Malc.

4th Mrs Hilary Mercer with STARDELL RANA, BC, 92, Q CDEx.  Really nice round, Hilary

Also qualified CDEx:


Mrs H Shaw, DESERT PRINCE, 84.5


Qualified CD:

Kim Astbury, CHASING A DREAM, 73.5

I would like to thank all the competitors for entering and allowing me to judge them - all the best for the future in trials.




Tracklayers: Tom Mills and Steve Banfather

Steward: Sandra Lewindon

Thanks to ASPADS for the invitation to judge at this trial.  I have been going to this trial for the past 5 years both as a competitor and a judge and have enjoyed the experience every time.

There were 9 dogs entered, one dog scratched so that left 8 dogs competing.  The weather was good; we managed to avoid the heavy shower at the end. 

It was a very strong entry, with a lot of experienced handlers; the control work was excellent, especially the heelwork, and again it was the jumps that took their toll.  The nosework was in the same fields the PD competitors had been competing in and found a lot wanting.  So that was a concern.  Glad to say there was no such problem with the UD dogs.  Every dog doing the track managed to get round.

1st Heather Patrick, SHEREBRIDGE KHOAS, BC, D, 187.5, Q. 

2nd Debbie Meade, HEATHER HAWK, GSP, D, 187.5, Q

These two were on equal marks, but as neither was available for a run-off, Heather won on having the better track mark.

3rd Fran Mitchell, LITTLE SMOKEY, Cross, D, 183, Q

4th Fran Mitchell, BARACK BALDEMAR, WSD, D, 167.5, Q

I would like to thank my steward Sandra for all her help and reassurance, my two track layers Tom and Steve, and the base staff, who are invaluable in the smooth running of a trial.




Tracklayers: Barry Gilbert, Tom Darby, Dave Stewart, Malcolm Snowden.

Search Squares and C/A Steward: Diana Collie.

Scribe: Heather Shaw.

Stay stewards: Linda Gilbert, Mary Hardacre and Suzanne Plumb.

A sincere thank you to ASPADS for the judging invitation.  I first competed at Scarborough 25 years ago and it’s always been one of my favourite trials. To get the opportunity to come and judge the ‘ticket’ there was wonderful. The hospitality was great, the scenery was magnificent, the weather was kind to us and I thoroughly enjoyed my week.

Thank you to Barry Gilbert, backed up brilliantly by Linda, for all the hard work and planning it takes to run a big Championship Trial really efficiently.  Everything ran like clockwork but with a relaxed atmosphere.

Thank you to all who were helping at the Base:- Linda Gilbert doing check-in and generally multitasking everywhere; Mary Hardacre in charge of scoreboards and writing certificates, and last but by no means least, Pat Parkinson and her team in the kitchen.  Pat was there when we arrived on Monday afternoon and was still there working away on Sunday afternoon when we were leaving. Thank you, Pat, for looking after us so well.

I couldn’t have had a better team of tracklayers, all really experienced and every track laid to perfection!  Thank you to Barry, Tom, Dave, and were all just brilliant and great company too.

A BIG thank you to my sister Diana, who travelled over with me and laid all 60 search squares and stewarded the C/A.  I don’t think she has recovered yet, particularly as she had to find so many unrecovered articles! We had to provide a seat for her in the control round so she could have a sit down while they were doing their sendaways!

The statistics: 64 dogs entered, 60 dogs worked.  The tracking was on grass, which varied in length from long silage grass to short, cattle grazed.  34 dogs completed the track, with 16 finding all three articles, 14 finding two and 4 finding only one.

The track was 1,000 paces long with 25 legs.  Track articles were: green plastic mesh 3’’x 3’’, bundle of knotted green wool 5" long and a wooden plant label 4"x 3/4".

Search Square articles were:- 3" long twig, 12" long piece of green wool, 4" long piece of green plastic strimmer cable and a 3" long, knotted piece of hemp cord.  Only 3 dogs managed to retrieve all four articles out of the square, 14 found three, 18 found two, 16 found only one and 9 dogs didn’t manage to find any at all.

At the end of the day, that fourth square article was all that was between winning the ‘ticket’ or just being placed!  So, after 5 days of tracking we unfortunately only had 18 dogs qualifiying going into the C/A.

The Control Round started with the speak.  Handlers had the choice of tying their dogs up or leaving them in a stay while they went out of sight round the back of a car. This was followed by heelwork up the field, passing close to the jumps, to bring them up to the sendaway point.  The sendaway was 100 paces straight up the field in the direction of the far gate. The dog was to be stopped at a clump of strategically placed bracken, for 4 marks; redirect was left, 120 paces, over the brow of the hill to a gate in the boundary wall, for the remaining 6 marks.  This was followed by the clear and long jump in a straight line, going back down the field in the direction of the scale.  Another short piece of heel work brought the handlers to the scale to finish the round.  We finished up the morning with 15 qualifiers overall.

1st and CC Tony Lockyer with LAWINICK COME N GET IT AT HARTSHILL, GSD, 203.5.  Nosework: 90.5, 30, 32. C/A: 27, 19.  Isla tracked on Saturday afternoon; she got a great cheer when she got her last article out of the square and became the first and only dog to get 3 and 4!  She turned in a good overall performance and thoroughly deserved her win, which also gives her her title! Very well done and congratulations, Tony.

2nd and Reserve CC Diane Ling with DEBEN LITTLE TOM, X Breed, 201.  93.5, 30, 24.5, 33, 20.  Tom did actually find and pick up the 4th article in the square, but whether he dropped it or swallowed it we shall never know, it just never found its way into Diane’s hand, unfortunately.  A good control round.  A super young dog who I’m sure won’t have to wait too long for that 2nd win.  Well done.

3rd Mike Williams with MARINA BEN’S PAL, X Breed, 198.5.   93, 30, 25, 30.5, 20.  Marina did a great track in one of the longer fields.  Unfortunately as she was coming across the square with the 4th article firmly clasped in her mouth, the clock sounded time. Given any luck at all, she certainly deserves to win a ‘ticket’. Well done.

4th Paul Beasley with STARDELL SPICA, BC 198.   93, 30, 26, 30, 19.  A great performance by Spike, nicely handled. Good teamwork in the square produced 3 articles.  Very well done.

Also qualifying TDEx:

Gary Haim with WTCh WAGGERLAND DILEMMA, WSD, 195.5

Tony Lockyer with WTCh DOUBLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, WSD, 193.5.

James Warrior with WARRIORS LITTLE ROSIE, X Breed, 185.

Sue Ashby with THE TITAN, WSD, 184.

Wendy Beasley with STARDELL LUNAR, BC, 184.

Margaret Robinson with JUST FRANKIE AT TRENTVALLEY, WSD, 184.

Maeve Weselby with STYPERSON GILLIE, Lab, 183.5.

Moira Rogerson with XANDOAS CHANCE, BC, 181.5.

Julia Skipp with ZAK OF SKIPAWAY, WSD, 177.5.

Qualifying TD:

Yvonne Carpenter with HEX AT CARFELD, BC, 172.5.

Bill Richardson with KENOCTO OCTOBER’S DELIGHT, BSD, 168.

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