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Venue: Dundee
Trial Held: 20 February 2011

 

STAKE: CD

Judge: JACKIE SUCKLING

Steward: Stevie Braithwaite

Thank you to ASPADS for this judging appointment, to Joyce Rae for running a very well organised trial, and to everyone at the base for all their help.  Thank you to Stevie for agreeing to steward for me, and for your company on the journey.  When I accepted the appointment, I never gave a thought to the weather – Stevie and I managed to travel through snow, sleet and rain, all in the space of 2 hours.

Unfortunately, there was a low entry, with only two dogs, but despite the weather, they both presented themselves ready and somewhat willing on the Saturday morning.  I started with the retrieve and then the search square; articles were a 3" metal lid, a 3.5" piece of green hosepipe and a 5" piece of white cord tied in the middle.  Both dogs got all three articles.  After a short break we went into the control round, starting with heel on lead, then the recall, followed by heel off lead.  The sendaway came next and then on to the jumps.  Unfortunately, these turned out to be the stumbling block for both dogs and neither qualified this section.  Both dogs did the sit stay, but sadly only one managed the down.

Thank you to both competitors for entering, and I hope you enjoyed the test, despite not qualifying and the cold weather.

1st Cath Gordon with NNERUM FANFARE, Cocker Spaniel, 79, NQ

2nd Helen Rakska, LOCHEIL LOOK NO FURTHER, BC, 67, NQ

STAKES: UD AND WD

Judge: JIM McKAY

Tracklayers: Gary Tait, Jim Jeffrey, Bill Mackie

Steward: Sandra Dawson

My thanks to ASPADS for the opportunity to judge these stakes, and of course to Joyce Rae for her customary efficient running of the trial.  My thanks also to Karen Tait (aided by Jenny Beaton) not only for catering for us, but also for making us feel so welcome.

The weather on the Saturday was very cold, very wet and very windy; the weather on the Sunday was merely very cold.  All the work was done on stubble; the UD was on the Saturday and the WD was done across both days.

I must thank the ever reliable tracklaying team of Jim, Bill and Gary for turning out yet again - especially considering the weather.  I must also thank Sandra in particular, because this was her first time stewarding - some introduction in the Saturday weather!  Sandra took her job very seriously and was both totally reliable as far as I was concerned, and thoroughly friendly and sympathetic as far as the handlers were concerned.

UD STAKE:

Disappointingly, and perhaps worryingly?, there were only two entries and only one competitor on the day; however, although Nick was the only competitor he was definitely worth a first place!

1st Nick McMechan with BLACK AMAETHON, X-Breed, 192, Q.  This was mostly a highly competent round with only 8 marks dropped, but the highlight for me was watching Nick and Lady score a full mark track in very windy conditions – superb.

WD STAKE:

There were ten entries but only seven competitors.  I believe that the other three encountered increasing snow as they crossed the Borders and turned back, fearing that it was worse further north.

1st Joan Miller with WOOLSHAN JAGER, GSD, 192.5, Q.  Apart from Tyler’s excitability at the start of his heelwork, this was another highly competent round - including a near-perfect track.  Congratulations, Joan!

2nd Anne Symon with MIDNIGHT ONYX, Lab, 190.5, Q.  Betty tracked in the very windy conditions of the Saturday and clearly found it difficult but worked and worked away at it and, to her great credit, got there in the end.  For the rest this was an excellent round and it was a pleasure to watch Anne and Betty work together.

3rd Frank Glancy with DORNHOLZ ATHOS, GSD, 176.5, NQ.  Fargo scored 89 for his track and by the time Frank and Fargo reached the last exercise of the day they had dropped only 13.5 marks and were qualifying easily.  The last exercise, however, was the scale and Fargo just wasn’t up for it.  Subsequently Frank discovered that Fargo had badly gashed a leg on barbed wire on a walk earlier in the day.  Such is one’s ‘luck’ in trials!

4th Yvonne Walker with DIEGOS CAUGHT ‘N’ THE ACT, Dob, 167, NQ.  Marley got lost on the second last leg of his track but a full point square and a full point control round meant that Yvonne and Marley were also still qualifying right up to the last exercise - only to lose it on the scale!  So disappointing, Yvonne, but there was plenty to be pleased about too!  Better luck next time!

Finally, I must thank those handlers who despite competing in such adverse conditions still managed to take it all in good part.

STAKE: WD

Judge: JIM McKAY

Steward: Sandra Dawson

Tracklayers: Jim Jeffrey, Bill Mackie, Gary Tait

My thanks to A.S.P.A.D.S. for the opportunity to judge these stakes; and of course to Joyce Rae for her customary efficient running of the trial. My thanks also to Karen Tait (aided by Jenny Beaton) not only for catering for us but also for making us feel so welcome.

The weather on the Saturday was very cold, very wet and very windy. The weather on the Sunday was merely very cold. All the work was done on stubble. The UD was on the Saturday and the WD was done across both days.

I must thank the ever reliable tracklaying team of Jim, Bill and Gary for turning out yet again -  especially considering the weather. I must also thank Sandra in particular because this was her first time stewarding: some introduction in the Saturday weather! Sandra took her job very seriously and was both totally reliable as far as I was concerned and thoroughly friendly and sympathetic as far as the handlers were concerned.

UD

Disappointingly, and perhaps worryingly?, there were only two entries and only one competitor on the day; however, although Nick was the only competitor he was definitely worth a first place!

1st.   Nick McMechan with BLACK AMAETHON, X-BREED, 192, Q. This was mostly a highly competent round with only 8 marks dropped but the highlight for me was watching Nick and Lady score a full mark track in very windy conditions – superb.

WD

There were ten entries but only seven competitors. (I believe that the other three encountered increasing snow as they crossed the Borders and turned back, fearing that it was worse further north.)

1st.   Joan Miller with WOOLSHAN JAGER, GSD, 192½, Q. Apart from Tyler's excitability at the start of his heelwork, this was another highly competent round - including a near-perfect track. Congratulations, Joan!

2nd.   Anne Symon with MIDNIGHT ONYX, LAB., 190½, Q. Betty tracked in the very windy conditions of the Saturday and clearly found it difficult but worked and worked away at it and, to her great credit, got there in the end. For the rest this was an excellent round and it was a pleasure to watch Anne and Betty work together.

3rd.   Frank Glancy with DORNHOLZ ATHOS, GSD, 176½, NQ. Fargo scored 89 for his track and by the time Frank and Fargo reached the last exercise of the day they had dropped only 13½ marks and were qualifying easily. The last exercise however was the scale and Fargo just wasn't up for it. Subsequently Frank discovered that Fargo had badly gashed a leg on barbed wire on a walk earlier in the day. Such is one's 'luck' in trials!

4th.   Yvonne Walker with DIEGOS CAUGHT 'N' THE ACT, DOB., 167, NQ. Marley got lost on the second last leg of his track but a full point square and a full point control round meant that Yvonne and Marley were also still qualifying right up to the last exercise – only to lose it on the scale! So disappointing, Yvonne, but there was plenty to be pleased about too! Better luck next time!

Finally, I must thank those handlers who despite competing in such adverse conditions still managed to take it all in good part.

 

STAKE: TD

Judge: ANN BEDFORD

Tracklayer: Jim Jeffrey

Steward: Lorraine Wilson

Thanks to Joyce Rae and her team for the effort they all put into running this trial.  Many thanks to Jim Jeffrey for laying tracks and to Lorraine Wilson for laying squares and stewarding C/A.  Also to Karen Tait for providing much appreciated refreshment.

TD took place on one day, sadly only drawing in two competitors - though we came away with a 50% pass rate which is quite something!  All work was completed on stubble.

1st Pam Cuthbert and PIERCES APPRENTICE, X-Breed, D, 200.5, Q.  Team Spam kept it together today to achieve this qualification.  Lots of minor checks on the track but completed with three articles.  Lost a bit of enthusiasm in the square but did manage to retrieve three.  Nice control round, sendaway needing a bit of work.  Full point agility.

2nd Hilary Hirst and TRIJEM ALL AMERICAN TALE OF AVAWAGA, ASD, D, 141, NQ.  Good attempt but not Quincy’s day.  Lovely control round and square but outside influences proved to be too much temptation on the track.

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