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Championship Trial
Venue: Flintham
Trial Held: 15 April 2007

Trial Manager’s Report

Firstly I would like to thank Lis Warrior for all her hard work before the trial started, sorting out the land and liaising with the farm contractors and the Gamekeeper.  She also found us some new land, where we ran the PD tracks.  Many thanks to both you and John for all your hard work.

Thank you to Mr Robert Hildyard for the use of his land, where we ran the WD Stake, CD Stake and the PD Stake C/A and Patrol Round.  Many thanks also to Mr George Neil for allowing us to use his land for the PD tracks. 

Thanks to my Assistant Trials Manager, David Waite, for all his hard work sorting the entries, producing the catalogue and the many other jobs he did; he also managed to lay PD tracks.  Jan Darby ran the base and made sure everyone was in the right place at the right time - we never lost a track or competitor.  Thank you, Jan.

Thank you also to my tracklayers.  In PD they were Tom Darby and David Waite, in WD Robert Currie and Stevi Boyall.  Thanks to Linda Newbold for stewarding the PD search square, C/A and Patrol round; Maeve Weselby, WD search square steward;  Lis Warrior, WD C/A steward; and Tony Orchard for stewarding CD.  Thanks also to Steve Lancashire for arranging all the helpers for the PD Patrol Round.  Thanks to Keith for supplying the mobile catering.  Finally a big thank you to all the Judges, who gave up their time to judge.  I hope they all enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed their company.

A total of £42.50 was raised from competitors for catalogues; this has been donated to the AARU (Animal Accident & Rescue Unit).

Sheila Tannert


Stake: CD


Steward: Tony Orchard

I would like to thank BAGSD for the invitation to judge to judge the CD stake at this friendly trial, well run by Sheila Tannert.

Twelve teams entered with ten actually competing.  The nose work field was lush grass; however conditions were extremely difficult, a misty day with no breeze.  I stewarded the retrieve whilst Tony laid the square, the articles being a two inch square of carpet placed in the centre, a six piece of brown electrical wire and a cartridge, each placed 4 paces from the top corners.  The majority of dogs performed the search/retrieve to a reasonable standard with 70% qualifying this section.

The control round commenced with heel on lead, then the recall, heel free, and send away, which was 70 paces to a hedge - anywhere between two markers placed 30 yards apart gained 10 marks. We finished with the agility, with second attempts on all jumps, with the exception of the recall over the scale.

I saw some lovely control rounds, but as is usual in CD lost one or two on the jumps.

1st           Mrs Moira Rogerson handling SELDOMSEEN TWIST, WSD, 88.5, Q CDEx.  It was a joy to watch your control round.

2nd         Mr P Turner handling TOP SHELF ZAC, WSD, 81.5, Q CDEx.  A good nose work round, retrieving all three articles from the square.

3rd         Mrs S Naylor handling DUKE OF WHITWELL, Lab, Q CD. I am sure that it will not be long before you and Assa qualify CDEx.

4th          Mrs J Douglas handling ROTHIEVALE CIARA, Lab, 87.5, NQ.  Again retrieved 3 articles from the square, lost 1.5 on the control.  The hard luck story of the stake, Ciara failing the scale.

I would like to thank Jan Darby for her work in the base, Stevie for keeping the scores, Tony for stewarding and above all the competitors for entering and allowing me to watch their dogs work.


Stake: WD 


Tracklayers: Robert Currie, Stevi Boyall
Search Steward:  Maeve Weselby
C/A Steward: Lis Warrior

Thank you BAGSDS for inviting me to judge WD.   Many thanks to Sheila Tannert for managing such a super trial, and to Jan Darby for doing her usual excellent job of holding fort at the base.   Thank you Robert and Stevi for laying the tracks, and managing to keep going in a straight line even after nearly standing on pheasants - we all know what an awful sound they make when suddenly they just fly up from right under your foot!  You both did a super job.    To Maeve - a big thank you; you must have been exhausted by the end of the week.  You did everything you could to help the handlers and dogs.     Lis Warrior was my control and agility steward.   Thank you Lis, you were superb.  You put the handlers at their ease, and didn’t get flustered when some handlers did the wrong turn etc.   Also pointed to my “spot” every time.  Hope the move goes well.
The weather was very, very hot!  Yes!   25 degrees in April.   Tracking was on lush ground, which gave us some lovely tracks, but there wasn’t a bit of a breeze, it was completely still, which didn’t help the dogs in the square.   The number of times I was willing the handlers to “look down now and you will see it.“     Easy to say when it’s not you working the dog, isn’t it?
36 entered   25 ran, 7 qualified, and another 3 qualified the nosework, but failed the C/A, and 3 qualified the C/A, but failed the nosework .  The rest failed overall.   I’m pleased to say all qualified the stays - great!

1st        Sue Jones, DURSTONE MELODY, WSD, (B), 185.5.  2 and 3.  Lovely track and 31 for control.    Super round Sue - Meg’s performance stood out.   Well done.  Good luck for the future.
2nd      Celia Bourne, FLAME OF THE FOREST, WSD, (D),  183.5.  2 and 4.  Super track, and full mark square.   Good sendaway, missing the long jump to-day made us hold our breath for the scale.   Well done.  All the best for the future.  Celia also won the best Nosework Trophy.
Three people were on 176.5  They were:
3rd       Vicky Wilford, RICAUD ULTRIC DE PICORS, Pyrenean S Dog, (D).  2 and 3 off the nosework.  Very accurate track.  Well done,  Skooter is a lovely dog.  Good luck
4th       Colin Harrison, WAGGERLAND TED, WSD, (D).  2 and 2 articles.  Again, a lovely track.  Good control round with clear jumps.  Ted worked really well; it was a pleasure to see him work. Good Luck.
5th       Fran Mitchell, KEENSHAW BUTCH, Lab, (D).  1 and 3 articles.   Super track.  Very good control round and clear jumps with a good sendaway.   Harvey works with such enthusiasm; it is a joy to watch.   Well done.
6th       Nikki Prescott, DUNNSLAYNE DASHA, WSD, (B), 173.5.  2 and 2 articles.   Super track, absolutely lovely.  Good control round.  Good Luck for the future trials.
Also qualifying was Irene Seymour, OAKENHEART DARK AFFAIR, GSD, (B), on 161.  2and 2 articles.  Well done Issey.
Last, but not least I’d like to thank the competitors for entering under me and accepting my decisions; as usual it was a pleasure to be with Working Trials people.


Stake: PD


Tracklayers: Tom Davis, David Waite

Steward: (Search, control and patrol round) Linda Newbold

PD helpers: Tom Darby, Steve Lancashire, Nigel Hines, Malcolm Snowden, Ron Jacques, and Chris Madden.

Firstly, I must apologise for the lateness of this report; my apologies to the BAGSD Flintham club and the competitors.

My thanks to Flintham for the judging appointment, and thanks to everyone who worked towards a very successful trial. Special thanks to Linda Newbold for stewarding for me throughout.

21 entered, 16 ran. Tracking was on a good growth of wheat, which, although the weather was sunny, was wet underfoot, leaving some competitors with very wet legs. 2 competitors went out on the track, leaving 14.

6 competitors went out on the C/A - 4 on the jumps, 1 on jumps and obedience, and 1 just on obedience.

12 competitors worked the Patrol round, with 3 qualifying.

The round was straightforward, just one exercise after the other, with no scenario. While judging the round I placed myself at the business end of the exercises. I was at the point of contact on the chase, test of courage, and hold and bark after the quarter, so I could see exactly what was happening. The recall was set up in a way that gave each dog the same distance from the helper on recall, whether the dog was fast or slow.

1st           Suzanne Jaffa with ACCRA EAZEL BOB, CDEx-TDEx, PD Ex, ASD, 277.5. C/A perfect. Congratulations on your 2nd Ticket.

2nd         Dave Marchant with WTCh WAGGERLAND MURPHY, CDEx-TD Ex, PD Ex, WSD. A really good Patrol round, Congratulations.

3rd         Rod Roberts with WTCh LITTLE BART, CDEx-TDEx, PDEx, X-breed. Well done, and thanks.

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