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Open Trial
Venue : Hinton in the Hedges
Trial Held: 12 April 2009

TM, CD, UD, TD Stakes


Our 21st Trial, which ran at Easter, was very different from our previous trials in that our regular sunshine did not materialise and the crops were nothing like as lush, in fact they were quite sparse, which may have accounted for the lack of qualifiers in the TD Stake. The UD Stake, fortunately, had plenty of qualifiers. In spite of numbers being down at Championship Trials recently, our entry was similar to most other years: 31 in the TD Stake, 26 in the UD Stake and 7 in the CD Stake.

Interestingly we only had one TD cancellation at the start of the trial, but word must have gone around about the difficult conditions in this stake and a further 6 cancelled during the trial, 3 of which were on the last day, which meant we could finish early on the Sunday.

I would like to thank all our judges: Paul Adams (TD nosework), Ken Coleman (C/A), Judy Meekings (UD nosework) and Jane Webb (CD Stake), all of whom had judged for us before and who did not appear to have aged at all! You were all great company and made every competitor feel good about their dog’s performance in parts of their test if not all of them!

Whatever it was that made the TD Stake so hard this year, the failures were definitely not due to all the hard work our judges and helpers put in, and all credit must go to them for the smooth running of the trial and giving everybody a nice day out with their dogs. I shall let the judges thank their own helpers, but would like to thank a few people who were not out in the field but worked very hard in the background, mostly at the Base: Steph Gordon, and Lynne and Colin Bricknell, who organised all of the catering and did most of the cooking, and all the other helpers in the kitchen, especially Di Asbow who turned up at 7am on most days to help cook the breakfasts. You all turned the Cricket Club into a 5 star kitchen and there was no nicer place to hide from the dreariness outside. Also big thank you to Sue Lawrie, who cooked our Friday meal, assisted by Lynne Bricknell. Poor Sue went ill on the Friday morning and had to abandon ship for the rest of the trial. Thank you so much, Sue, for organising yourself well in advance so we did not have to go hunting for fish and chips on the day.

Thank you also to John and Shirley Simpson for organising the Calor Gaz again, and also the generator which thankfully provided us with light inside the base when there was none outside! Our escorts, Pat Sunderland and Paul Thornton, made sure everybody got to their field in time and we never lost any tracks. And last and certainly not least, Lynn Griffiths for running the base very efficiently on all 3 days for the 3rd year in a row and doing all the scoring faultlessly, ensuring an early presentation on the Sunday afternoon.

Finally Congratulations to the winners: Liz Hickman (TD), Pat Herbert (UD) and Marie Dixon (CD) and all the other UD qualifiers. Thank you to all the competitors for supporting our trial. If you did not manage to qualify this time spare a thought for the poor farmers. When delivering the whiskeys the next day one of them told me that because the crops are so behind after last summer’s floods, they will now not catch up and there will be a very poor harvest. At least our livelihood does not depend on our dogs’ performance at a trial.

We hope to see you all again next year. Meanwhile, Happy Trialling!





Steward: John Turtill

Thank you to Banbury for the invitation to judge CD. As ever, Carla ran the trial with her usual efficiency; the atmosphere was happy and friendly, and John and I thoroughly enjoyed our day. Thank you to the amazing kitchen team for keeping us well fed and watered – you did a great job! Thank you to Lynn for all your hard work in the base, and most of all to John for your expert stewarding, making my job so much easier.

1st Mrs Marie Dixon, THE GODWIT, Cross, B. Qualifying with style on 95 points. Well done, Marie and Tui, fabulous all-round work.

2nd Mrs Linda Johnson, RAVEN HILL RORY, Cross, D, NQ. This was Linda and Rory’s first ever competition. What a brilliant start, only the scale causing a problem today. On another day you will easily qualify.

3rd Mr Pete Ross, BARNSTORMER BOY, Lab, D, NQ. A good solid control round secured you this place - well done. Watch your handling of the search square, you’re losing unnecessary marks which could have cost you the qualification.

4th Mr Maurice Millington, GLENALPINE PERDI, BC, B, NQ. What a shame about the jumps. Full mark nosework and good control. Well done.

The overall standard today was exceptionally high for CD Open. The stays and jumps, however, took their toll. Nosework and sendaways were performed, on the whole, brilliantly. Well done to all the competitors – I’m sure you’ll all be successful soon.




Steward: Shirley Simpson

Firstly I would like to thank B&DDTS for the invitation to judge at their Open Trial, and with Carla at the helm the trial was really well organised once again. Thank you to Carla for putting us at ‘Hotel Ryelands’ - shame I had to go home. The hospitality shown to us - a meal at the base on Friday, followed by a great pub meal on Saturday - was great and made for a truly enjoyable weekend.

Big thanks to Lynn at the base for scores and keeping the competitors coming up for control. Thank you to all the Banbury catering people: Steph Gordon, Colin and Lynne Bricknell, Di Assheton-Bowtle, Sue Lawrie, and all the others who helped out when needed. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

Thanks to Shirley for her expertise over the three days. She is brilliant at giving competitors every chance with her clear and consistent instructions.

The weather was the same for all three days, overcast and showery.


1st Mrs Pat Herbert, GLENALPINE MOO, BC, B, 194.5, Q. Strong in all exercises. Control 33, Agility 19.5.

2nd Mrs Di Cottrill, SANDY’S OAK, LAB, D, 192, Q. Control 32.5, Agility 18

3rd Ms Brenda Nevard, REDFOR SPIN, WSD, D, 191.5, Q, Control 33, Agility 16.5

4th Mrs Kelly Chapman, TARNEDGE POSY, Lab, B, 190, Q. Control 33.5, Agility 20. Also won the Merry Steps Cup for Best Control.

Also qualifying CoM:

Ms Rosemary Elliott, WINDMILLS MISTER SOFTEE (WSD) B, 174

Mrs Angie Fields, JUST RED ROBIN, Lab, D, 171.5 Mrs Marie Dixon, THE GODWIT, Cross, B, 170.5. Also won Mr. Sam’s Cup for Best Crossbreed



1st Mrs Liz Hickman, WOLFHART TOUCH OF GOLD, GSD, B, 202, Q. Control 27, Agility 20. The only qualifier. The Sendaway needs more work, but with Liz in control it will soon get stronger.

2nd Margo Brothwell, TANGHAM LITTLE RYAN, Cross, D, NQ.

3rd Jackie Dykes, DAISY DOO, Cross, B, NQ.

4th Bob Shropshire, STYPERSON OLIVER, Lab, D, NQ.

The Hinton Trophy for Best Control was won by Jenny Holt and BEELAHOLT ZIGGY ZAG.

Well done to all who qualified, and for those who didn’t - keeping trying, your time will come!




Tracklayers: Clive Griffiths and Anne Shepherd

Steward: John Simpson

My thanks to Banbury & DDTS and Carla for the invitation to judge the UD nosework. It was a real pleasure to return to Hinton in the Hedges, and to meet up again with the friendly Banbury crew. Special thanks must go to all at the base, for working so hard all weekend to make the trial the success it was, and for looking after little Jessica (I was able to hand her back to her owners fully socialised with dogs and people!); scorer Lynne Griffiths, escorts Pat Sutherland and Paul Thornton, and of course the catering team, led by Colin and Lynne Bricknell and Steph Gordon. Sue Lawrie produced an excellent meal on Friday evening, but was unfortunately not well enough to join us – I hope you are now fully recovered, Sue. Also many thanks, Carla, for the accommodation in your lovely home, and for managing the trial with your usual quiet efficiency.

My tracklayers, Clive and Anne, laid every track exactly as required, and John, my very efficient search steward, not only laid each square exactly as instructed but was also very good company throughout – I think!! Thank you all very much.

26 dogs were entered, 23 ran. The tracking was on winter wheat, not nearly as lush as in previous years, but dogs which were determined to work had no problem with the lack of growth. The standard of tracking in the main was very high, and all 18 teams who completed the track recovered both articles; only three dogs failed the search, with 9 recovering all four articles.

1st Pat Herbert, GLENALPINE MOO, BC, B, 194.5, Q. Moo stormed round the track with only a couple of minor glitches, and then completed a full mark square in 1 minute and 8 seconds. Looks like another on heading for the top, Pat! Very well done. Also won the Best Nosework Shield.

2nd Di Cottrill, SANDY’S OAK, CDEx, Lab, D, 192, Q. Simba galloped round the track in under 5 minutes, and showed his fitness and enthusiasm by quickly recovering all 4 search articles. I think you’ll need to slow him down a bit, Di, if you’re going to be able to keep up with him! Well done on your athletic performance.

3rd Brenda Nevard, REDFOR SPIN, WSD, D, 191.5, Q. Spin tracked almost faultlessly, and then completed the search in 2 minutes. A very promising performance, very well done.

4th Kelly Chapman, TARNEDGE POSY, CDEx, Lab, B, 190, Q. Kai tracked steadily and accurately; the fourth article from the square would have made a huge difference to the placings.

Also qualified:

Rosemary Elliott, WINDMILLS MISTER SOFTEE, CDEx, UDEx, WSD, D, 174.

Angie Fields, JUST RED ROBIN, Lab, D, 171.5

Marie Dixon, THE GODWIT, Cross, B, 170.5


The best track was by Kath Channing and GLENALPINE ACE, BC, D, who went round the track as if on rails, never putting a foot wrong for full marks. Wonderful to watch.

Thank you to all the competitors for entering and competing in such a friendly, sporting manner. Congratulations to all the qualifiers, and the best of luck to all in the future.




Tracklayers: Friday: Jane Webb, Sue Ashby and Jennifer Speake; Saturday: Jane Webb, Sue Ashby; Sunday: Heather Donnelly and Jennifer Speake

Search Steward: Diana Stephens (3 days)

Tracking Ground: Winter Wheat (about 6’’ high)

Weather: A mixture of wet, dry, windy and cold.

I would like to thank Carla and the committee of B & DDTS for the invitation to judge the TD Nosework at the above trial. Also I would like to thank the ladies and gentlemen in the kitchen for keeping us fed and watered for 3 days, especially for the lovely evening meal on Friday night. Thank you to Carla and Jeremy for letting me stay at Hotel Ryelands at the very reasonable rate of £13.50 per night (she said she has vacancies for the rest of the year, so give her a ring - it is very nice). I was very lucky to have the company of Diana for 3 days; she laid all the squares just as I asked her to, thank you Diana. I was also very lucky to have 4 of the best tracklayers with Jane and Heather doing the early tracks; unfortunately they all had to pick up the majority of the articles. I would be happy to have any one of them lay tracks for me again and I certainly would be happy to work one that they had laid - thank you, ladies. The tracking was on lush wheat and to be honest if I had been entered I would be thinking, “Wow, I’m in with a good chance here.” However, out of 24 teams we only had 1 team get round the track, which was very disappointing. I think that possibly a few of the dogs were not ready for TD and didn’t really have the right attitude approaching the track, and there were a few dogs that did have the right approach but for some reason just found it too hard on the day - who are we to know? The results are as follows:-

1st Liz Hickman with WOLFHART TOUCH OF GOLD, CDEx, UDEx, WDEx, GSD, B, Q, 202. Well done Liz and good luck in Ticket. As soon as this dog started to work it was obvious she would be successful, and she was, with 90 for the track and 3 articles. She then had a full mark square. Liz had a few people watching her and at the end of her track there was a round of applause. Also won: Best Nosework Shield, Best Track Rosette and the Rocky Mountain Trophy for Best GSD.

2nd Margo Brothwell with TANGHAM LITTLE RYAN, CDEx, Cross, D, NQ.

3rd Jackie Dykes with DAISY DOO, CDEx, UDEx, WDEx, Cross, B, NQ.

4th Bob Shropshire with STYPERSON OLIVER, Lab, D, NQ.

Finally, this is a very happy and friendly trial which I thoroughly enjoyed being part of - thank you, Banbury.

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