Stamford, Championship Trial
- Championship Trial
- Trial Held: 20 July 2003
TRIALS MANAGER'S REPORT
This year there was real green grass at Stanford, the only slight hiccup was on the P.D. land where the farmer 's cutter had been stolen and he hadn't cut the set-aside grass, so it was rather long. My thanks to all the judges and helpers, especially to Margaret and Fred Welham who are the backbone of Stamford trial, and to Graham and Grainie who came up for the week and do the catering, tracklaying, and criminal work between them. Also to Jo Magness for stepping in at the last minute to judge the C.D. stake when John Wykes was taken ill.
We have a terrific bunch of farmers at Stamford and hopefully things will get better each year.
Judge: JAN VALLACK
Stewards: Jean and Peter Morley ·,
40 teams entered, 32 worked. Thanks you ASPADS for the invitation to judge the C.D. stake. Many thanks to Jean and Peter Morley for stewarding everything between them, and for being great fun and good company for three days; to Jacqui Gibney for all her hard work before, during and after the trial , to the ladies in the kitchen and Lorna's Mum for the welcome cup whenever I turned up. Also a big thank you to Marian Foers and her girls for the warm welcome and hospitality.
The weather was very hot, not good for a lot of dogs. 1 was so disappointed for the han dlers and dogs, I'm sure a l ot of these dogs would have qualified in cooler conditions. The jumps, and especially the stays, took a very heavy toll.
Search articles were: 3" x I" black canvas, 3" x 1" pine wood and I large red plastic cap. Searches and retrieves were very good. The heelwork pattem had to be modified due to the field conditions. There were no left or right turns, just straight line heelwork with about turns and halts. 30 yards recall, 85 yard sendaway to crossed poles.
1st Lesley Nevi lie with CI-IOXXSTART DRE A M ANGUS (Beardie) D. Excellent full mark control and search. A very impressive, happy team . Well deserved first place. 96.5.
2nd Hazel Burton with H AZTON S BRIGHT STAR (BC) D. Very nice handling throughout. Full mark jumps, 96. Well done.
3rd Rita Kidson with CARFELD GYP (BC) D. Very nice handling from this happy team. 94. Well done.
4th Rowena Hodnet with DRUMMAJOR GOOD LUCK CHARM (Rott) B. A very competent round, full mark jumps and retrieve. 93. Good to see you back Rowena. Well done.
Also Qualifying CDex:
Francis Ball, ALICE ON SPRINGS (Lab) B. Full marks square and retrieve. 91 .5 Well one.
Brenda Nevard, TOPPER THE POPS (WSD) D. Full marks jumps. 90.5 Well done.
Alan Wright, CAMPBELL BLACK (BC) D. 87.5 Well done.
Benny Bann, JENNALINES MUCKIN FUDDLE (GSP) D. Full mark square in 34 seconds! 86.5. Well done.
Lynn Davies with KANE SYRUS (X Breed) D. Good handling. 86.5. Well done.
To all competitors, thank you for the privilege of judging your dogs. Good luck in future trials. Some of you are so close, especially the lovely little Boxer 'Jessie' - what a charmer, and the handsome GSD 'Brad'.
Judge: JUDY MEEKINGS
Tracklayers: Jane Gray & Vana Moody
Steward: Joan Watkins
My thanks to ASPADS for the invitation to judge UD. Jacqui's organisation was great, with everything laid on superbly, even down to photos of the tracking land beforehand. Also thanks to the everybody involved in the kitchen for refreshments and wonderful evening meals. I am also very grateful to Marion for the excellent accommodation.
I had an extremely enjoyable few days, with some first class performances from some very promising young dogs. Tracks were laid by Jane and Vana exactly as required, Joan was a first class search and control steward , and all competitors were escorted on time to their tracks. Thank you all very much for your efficiency and good company.
19 dogs worked from the 26 entered; of these, 13 qualified UDex, and 1 UD only, a very high percentage. On the whole, the attitude of these young dogs was impressive, with some superb tracks. Only one dog failed to qualify in the square, and most got at least 3 articles. Control and agility were also of a high standard. Well done to all the qualifiers all look to have very promising futures.
1st. John Wykes with FLYNTASTIC RED JAFF OF TARN FORCE, BC. A lovely round by John and Jaff, only losing odd marks here and there. I think this is the first time 1 have given full marks for a UD control round , but this was well deserved. Good luck for the future. Qual. 194.5
2nd. Pat McGrane with her BC bitch, LITTLETHORN CLASSIC. Pat and Classy worked a well controlled track and square, followed by a very nice control and agility round. Qual. 193.5
3rd and best track trophy Pat Herbert and JOLLY JILL, WSD bitch. Jill worked an absolutely superb track and square, and a lovely control and agility round. Shame about the long jump! Qual. 193
4th. John Phillips with his GSD dog, JENSIL BLAKATO BOUNTY . Logan worked very well in all sections, and fully deserved this good qualification. Qual. 187
Also qualifying UDex.
Sue Yates with BEBTON BRYN, (X breed) 183.5
Pat Williams with SUNSHIN E JED, Lab. 181
Jo Ellis and GIBBOSAN PIPER GSD. 178
Pam Stare with KASSIEGER SHEROCCO, GSD. 174.5
Ruth Payton and GOYTRES ACE 'S HIGH WITH KALIAZAR, BC. 170.5
Alan Heatley with AUMFAX PANDER, GSD. 169.5
Stevi Boyall and STYPERSON LOMOND, Lab. 168
Julia Findeisen with GEFNI YELLOW MELLOW FOR GRACORN, GSD. 163
Stevie Braithwaite and NORSHEP SHULA, GSD. 162.5
Qualifying UD only
Alison Davidson with MY GIRL MILLY, WSD 153.5
Judge: ALAN BOLTON
Tracklayers: Lynne Baker, Charlie Taylor
Steward: Rob Dobson
Criminals: Tom Davies, Steve Lancashire,
Charlie Taylor, Lynne Baker
Thanks to ASPADS for the invitation to judge the P.O. ticket at Stamford, to Jacqui Gibney for managing the trial so profession ally and not forgetting the delicious meal she provided which she cooked in a caravan, only she knows how she managed . To m y tracklayers Lynne Baker and Charlie Taylor, as l would expect from you it was just as I wanted it. To my criminals Tom Davies, Steve Lancashire, Charlie Taylor and Lynne Baker thanks a lot, you not only did a first class job, your company was great. My steward Rob Dobson, who has been out of trials for a while due to work commitments, did a brilliant job and was excellent company.
Tracking was on pasture and looked ideal for dogs to work on but the weather was very hot and out of 17 entries six failed their track and one failed to get sufficient articles out of the
square. The weather taking its toll. Articles on the track were a 3" square cloth and half a 12 bore cartridge. The square articles were a builders wall tie, yellow hose, a clear plastic spoon and half a 12 bore cartridge. A further three competitors went out on the control and one on the jumps.
The patrol round started with the test of courage. I thought I would try something different from the normal shouting, waving a stick or firing a gun etc. The test started with the criminal attracting the dog's attention by shouting, as the dog was released the criminal concealed himself behind a pile of straw and remained impassive, as the dog came around the corner the criminal squirted the dogs with water from a child's water pistol, Oh Dear, some dogs did not like this, however there were some good scores. As soon as this exercise was completed the criminal Charlie Taylor took over as steward, his brief was to hassle and hurry competitors in the remaining exercise. Charlie was escorted at double pace by all competitors to a starting pole; as soon as they reached this point a criminal ran off 150 yards down the field, at a given signal the handler recalled their dog.
The chase followed which was the same set up as the recall, all teams were successful. The search of the criminal was next, with the majority of handlers missing the weapon which was concealed on the criminal. The escort was of a distance of approximately 50 yards during which time there was an attack on the handler which was done to a high standard. The final exercise was the quarter and search; the field was large, the weather warm, and all dogs had worked extremely hard in the heat. The search was 150 yards up the side of the wood and then 200 yards across the side of the wood and then 300 yards across the open field before coming down to a small copse where a passive criminal stood reading a newspaper. The fitness of dogs was to be admired, it was a long test and all dogs that competed did it with enthusiasm.
1st Wendy Beasley, with W.T. CH BRIDGALPINE LIBRA OF STARDELL. Well done, consistent throughout, best of luck at the KC's. 274.
2nd Moira Rogerson, W.T. CH. XANDOA's BORN FREE. Another good round, failure to return on the scale cost dearly. 273.
3rd Celia Bourne, KAI'S KINDRED SPIRIT. Well done Celia and Kai, you had a lovely round. 257.
4th Manda McLellan, JETFIRE JAKE OF ASHLINDT. Q PD only. Only 2 articles out , the square was costly Manda. 255.5.