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Open Trial
Venue: Oxspring
Trial Held: 31 August 2009

TM, CD, UD, PD Stakes


Thank you once again to the farmers, Mr and Mrs Stuart, Mr and Mrs Battye, and Mr and Mrs Fox for the use of your land for the tracking stakes. Special thanks to Carol and Arthur Rivers for the use of their land for the patrol round and base, and allowing all the helpers etc to bring their caravans. To Carol for setting up such a brilliant food base and feeding all the judges and workers, with the help of Karen and David.

We had a very good entry this year, PD 13 entries, UD 20 entries and 8 in CD, resulting in the trial starting a day early. Our judges this year were Malc Snowden PD, Kath Woolley UD, and Glenys CD; many thanks for your time and expertise. I will leave it to them to name their own teams.

The weather was extremely windy first day but dry, cloudy next day but it rained later, soaking everything, but then quite warm on the last day - so just a typical bank holiday. A big thank you goes to Sheila Margreaves for running the base very efficiently on all 3 days. Finally I would like to thank all the competitors for entering our trial. Congratulations to all who qualified, to those that didn’t, better luck at your next trial.





Steward: Laura Bardwell

Many thanks to BAGSD for the invitation to judge the CD Stake at this friendly trial, and a big thank you to my steward, Laura Bardwell, who was great company as well as doing everything just as I asked.

There were 8 entries, and 7 teams worked; we had a mixture of breeds, including two small dogs. Searches were on the whole done quite nicely, followed by the sit stay individually. The standard of heelwork was disappointing, with lots of correcting with leads and verbal commands, which cost marks. Sendaway was two cross poles in front of a wall, which most dogs found easy. Congratulations to the qualifiers.

1st Maeve Weselby and GILLIE, Lab, 92.5, Qual. Good performance from this young lab. 3 from the square, nice sendaway, and just a second attempt on the long, otherwise full marks for the jumps. He’s coming on nicely, Maeve, well done.

2nd Monica Brickell and GINNY, Lab X, 85.5, Qual. Very nice attempt from this team, only the heelwork and mouthing the articles let you down today, but full marks for the agility brought you through. Well done.

3rd Pamela Huskins and BROCK, Mali, 84, Qual. Congratulations, Pam, on handling this dog so well today, only the sendaway was a problem. I’m sure you’ll sort this out.

4th Jenny Henton and BARNEY, Lab, 76.5, NQ. A good attempt from this team today, keep trying, Jenny - your day will come.

I would like to thank all the competitors for entering under me; I really enjoyed judging your dogs - and keep training!




Tracklayers: John Atkin, Jeff Margreaves

Steward: Fran Atkin

Many thanks to BAGSD for inviting me to judge, and to Brian Page, Trials Manager, John and Jeff, the tracklayers, Carol, Karon and David in the kitchen and Sheila at the base. Also, thank you to the farmers, without whom our sport could not continue, and to Carol and Arthur for the use of their lovely home as the base. A huge thank you to Fran, my steward, who is very precise in everything she does – I can recommend her stewarding skills.

We had 20 entries, of whom 18 worked and nine teams qualified. Tracking was on pasture, the weather wsa variable, mostly fine and windy. As this was UD Open, which normally has young dogs and inexperienced handlers, I set a very straightforward test with generous articles in the nosework. But “the best laid plans….”, over half the entrants were very experienced handlers with their young dogs. I found the judging extremely hard as most of the dogs found it just too easy. The standard was very high.

1st Chris Stewart and ANGELWISHES ARIEL OF NATURE, Std Poodle. Well done, Casey is so enthusiastic and really wants to please. 140/33.5/20, 193.5, Q.

2nd Sheila Tannert and STYPERSON CLEO, Lab. Lost marks were purely due to the youthful exuberance of Teal. 141/33/5/20, 193, Q

3rd Shirley Frankcom and VAPRESTO DISCOVERY, BSD. Myla is sympathetically handled by Shirley; I am sure she is not the easiest dog to work. 139/34.5/18.5, 192, Q

4th Julie Atkins and GLENALPINE REG, BC. Excellent nosework from Reg. The long jump came between this team and first place. 144/32.5/15, 191.5, Q

Also qualified:

Gillian Flowers and RUSHBOTTOM RARE SURPRIZE, 190.5

Sue Ashby and THE TITAN, 187

Maeve Weselby and STYPERSON GILLIE, 187

Patricia Harding and RUSHBOTTOM RIVER OTTER, 183

Val Isherwood and DUSTERS TWENTY FOUR SEVEN, 173




Tracklayers: Jeff Margreaves, Graham Reaney

Steward: Joan Snowden

Many thanks to BAGSD for the invitation to judge my first PD. Thank you to Brian and the team for looking after us so well, and to Arthur and his wife for allowing the trial to run at their home. Many thanks to my tracklayers, Jeff and Graham, and to Joan for square laying and stewarding.

I was pleased to be told that there was an entry of 13 dogs. The stake was run over 2 days, with 11 dogs competing. Unfortunately, the tracking conditions were difficult, and only four dogs were still qualifying after the nosework, but all four were still in with a chance going into the PD round. I set the patrol round wanting to see a little control of the dog. I put hides up to help the dogs quarter. Most dogs made a good attempt at all the exercises, and I finished with one qualifier. Thank you to all who entered, and I hope you found the test enjoyable.

1st Heather Patrick and SELDOMSEEN ZIGGY, 278, Q. At times I didn’t think you were going to make it, but you got there in the end. Very well done!

2nd Bill Richardson and CAPER KALI, 275, NQ. Kali worked well for you in the PD round, and looked impressive.

3rd Cath Phillips and TYGUARD CHILLI MANPOL, 230, NQ. Another good round, nearly there.

4th Moira Rogerson and SELDOMSEEN TWIST, 221.5, NQ. All was going well until the last exercise – what a shame.

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