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TRIALS MANAGER’S REPORT

Thank you to all those involved.  It was a fantastic trial with great company and good weather - for a change!  I’ll let the judges thank their own helpers for each stake but I would personally like to thank Sandra and Keith for allowing us to use their kennels as a base and everything they do behind the scenes, Di in the kitchen and Rita and Hazel for the homemade cakes and cookies.

The farmers were fantastic - we lost our land due to the early harvest and our fields being re-seeded but our farmer phoned round and found us some fields and they delayed drilling until we’d finished tracking.

Thanks to Paul, the judges and last but not least, the competitors.  Well done to all those who qualified.

KAREN WARNER

 

Stake: Introductory

Judge: RITA BANFATHER

Steward: Karen Warner

I was honoured to be asked to judge the Introductory stake.  The more I see of this intro the more I like it.  Only one of them ever competed in trials beyond CD before and that was many years ago.  We had nine competitors, only one of them able to do the scale on the day.  I did see some very nice heelwork, control and good searches.  I do hope that the experience has given them the boost to carry on and help keep our sport going.

1st Gill Martin, SNOWIECOTT GREAT AND GOOD, Golden Ret, 94.5, Q.  Yogi worked so well for you, Gill.  I can see you have worked very hard on training this last year.  It was my pleasure to be able to give you your introductory qualification very well done.

2nd Anita de Klerk, LITTLE ISABELLA, Cross Breed, 84, Q.  Isabella was the only dog to do the scale, she also did full mark heelwork, retrieve and recall.  I am sure this couple will be seen in higher stakes very soon.

3rd Barry Shepherd, MEGAN SHERINGHAM, Cross Breed, 77, NQ.  Megan did a very steady, round the sit stay costing her dearly.  Get that sorted, Barry, and I can see you both doing well.

4th Elaine Boyde, Lab\ Ret.  Diesel did a perfect search square, the scale and sit stay costing you today.  Keep going, so nearly there.

Thank you all for entering under me, it really was my pleasure to be able to watch you all compete and work your dogs so well.  I look forward to reading about your progress.

 

Stake: CD

Judge: RICHARD CORNWELL

Steward: Emma Baker

Escort / Helper: Andy Baker

Thanks to the EAWTTS committee for inviting me to judge the CD and for all the teams who entered under me.  11 entered and 8 competed on the Saturday.  Thanks to Karen, Trials Manager, and Paul, Base Steward, setting everything up and not leaving anything to chance you; both coped with the usual trials hiccups easily and kept everything running smoothly and finished nice and early, leaving us to walk our dogs and have beer before the Chinese meal in the evening - enough said!

Thanks also to Diane for the bacon butties in the morning, lunch time meal and drinks etc all day long - fantastic.  Also thanks for Sandra and Keith for letting me stay in the granny annex, very luxurious and very comfortable.

A big thank you to Emma for volunteering to steward for the first time and keeping a watchful eye on me; as they say, I couldn’t have done it without you.  I must say I am not sure which one of us enjoyed being out in the field more, as we both watched dogs working.  Trouble is, you did have to put up with me all day!

The weather was glorious all day and made my job much easier and gave no one an advantage or disadvantage, as it was consistently sunny all day.

The entry was split into two rough halves to allow people with dogs in other stakes to go off as and when required and not having to panic about missing stays etc.

The nosework was first and almost all the dogs performed this exercise very well, getting out all three articles in good time. The articles were a square of carpet, a plastic top and a piece of wooden dowel.  The control work was varied, ranging from near perfect to handlers who must ask themselves what they are doing wrong.  I think most of this was stage fright on the handler’s part.  I positioned myself down wind for the heelwork so that I could easily hear all the extra commands that some were being given to the dogs.  Having said that the sendaway was performed well by most all the dogs, as were the jumps.

For the stays I asked the handlers to walk to and behind a row of conifer trees.  I find the CD stays the most worrying part judging this stake.  Fortunately we had no runners, just lying down on the sit stay and wriggling around on the down stay.

At the end of the day there were two qualifiers and most of the rest were not far off qualifying.  Well done, keep up the hard work and I am sure you will qualify very soon.  To the two qualifiers very well done, I am sure other trials will be seeing you in the future and not just your local EAWTTS.

1st Hazel Marraner, SOD LEGS, XB, 91, Q

2nd Jill Kevis, BUMBLERIDGES NIGHTSTAR, Bearded Collie, 82.5, Q

3rd Jo Johns, NEELIX TALAXIAN, XB, 78.5, NQ

4th Sally Toynbee, HUNDWITH DUTIFUL, Weim, 75.5, NQ

 

Stake: WD

Judge: RITA BANFATHER

Tracklayers: Karen Warner, Steve Banfather

Steward: Hazel Marraner

Thank you to East Anglia Working Trials for asking me to judge WD open.  I had a wonderful time, thank you Sandra and Keith for letting us put our caravan at the kennels enabling us to enjoy your very dog friendly home.  You made us so welcome.  Our dogs now bark with excitement as we pull in your gates.  Diane kept the judges and competitors so well fed - nothing was too much trouble, thank you again Diane.

Karen Warner did a sterling job as Trials Manager, filling in with any job she could do.  Along with Steve, my husband, she laid tracks for me.  Thank you both you did a great job.

Hazel Marraner kept me company all day, laying the squares and stewarding the control.  It was Hazel’s first time helping at a trial, as she is very new to trialling; I wish her the very best with her dogs.  Although Hazel was worried she did a grand job - nice to see "newbies" putting something back into our sport.

Tracking was on rolled plough, a 13 leg track, first article a blue gun cartridge half way round.  The article at the end a 3 inch piece of wood cut from the hedgerow in Bedfordshire.  Only six competed, 4 of them finding the tracking just too difficult.   We only had two get round the track, one of them going out on the control.

1st Ruth Payton CORIES BLAZING STAR AT KALIAZAR, BC, 178, Q.  Lunatic made the track look so easy, a young dog to watch out for.  One article she found on the track, last article Ruth found, as by that time Lunatic was so into tracking there was no stopping her.  Three out of the square.  Some tiding up needed on the control round but a dog willing to work.

2nd Helen Brown, MANPOL SAPPHIRE, GSD, 174, NQ.  Freya, what a cracking dog.  She went round that track taking Helen with her, a joy to watch.  Both track articles found, 3 out of the square.  Full marks jumps, it was the send away that cost you dearly.  It will not be long.

3rd Jayne Lewis, RUSHBOTTOM RHYNSON, Aussie Shep, 93.5, NQ. Brows found the track too hard today, a shame as she and Jayne lost 1 mark on the square and only half on the control.  Well handled, Jayne, a great team.

4th Dave Self, LAURINCO RED KITE, Lab Retriever, 87, NQ.  Kai made the first 2 legs of the track look easy, then something went wrong.  Full marks jumps, lovely sendaway but with no wait, such a shame. 

Thank you all for entering under me; good luck next time.

 

Stake: PD

Judge: RICHARD CORNWELL

Tracklayers: Andy Baker and Emma Baker

Search Steward: Emma Baker

C/A Steward and Patrol: Karen Warner

Patrol Criminals: Andy Baker, Emma Baker, Rachel Carol, Penny Bellis

Track Escort: Steve Banfather

Thanks to the EAWTTS committee for inviting me to judge PD and to the four teams who entered under me and turned up for the test.  Many had travelled a very long way, even though they had already got their two PD opens.

A big thank you to all those above for giving up their time and making the trial the success it surely was.  Also thanks to Paul and Karen for sorting out the land, putting the jumps in the C/A field and all the thousand one other things that need to be done behind the scenes.  Thanks also to Diane for the bacon butties in the morning, lunch time meal and drinks etc all day long, fantastic.  Also thanks for Sandra and Keith for letting me stay in the granny annex, very luxurious and very comfortable.

The weather was mostly cloudy and overcast with some sunny spells and a strong constant wind that you get in East Anglia; this made the nosework much harder as a result.  We were very lucky for this time of year and had no rain all day even though it had been forecast.

The nosework was on stubble that had been harrowed, quite rough, but not as bad as plough; what moisture there was first thing in the morning soon dried out with the wind.  Andy laid the tracks just I had explained, unfortunately the first two were blown off, but the next two both finished the track and made it look easy.  No-one got all four out of the squares, that were laid by Emma exactly to the plan I had given her.  One dog only got one out; I think the effort of getting round the track had an effect on Oz with his large fluffy coat.

Thanks to all the competitors for smiling from beginning to end no matter what the result.  I am totally convinced that all of you will be competing in PDEx in the near future and some of you will win CC’s for sure.  Please remember that all the marks count, not just the Patrol Round; a good PD dog gets 2 and on this day the nosework knocked three of you out.  Thank you staying and completing the whole test.

The C/A commenced with heel work at all the three paces, straight forward simple stuff.  Next was the speak; for this the dog was placed in any position and the  handler joined the steward 5 paces away with their back to the dog and then put their hands on the pole in front of them - 5 barks quiet, another 5 barks, quiet and rejoin the dog.  Everyone got marks for this, but no-one managed a full score.  The sendaway was 110 paces to a pole in front of a gate at edge of the field, then back towards the handler 60 paces before redirecting to the right to two crossed poles.  Sam under Glenys’ control made this look easy and got full marks, however the others did not.  Next were the jumps with the usual routine of clear, long and scale in the handler’s own time, but told when to rejoin the dog by the handler for the clear and long jump.  A brilliant effort by all of the dogs on the jumps ensured none failed to qualify in this section of the completion.  The final C/A exercise was the down stay, with the same set up that I had used for the CD in the day before.  All dogs stayed, but a couple did lose marks for rolling around and wriggling.

After this we had a lunch break and then rushed back to set up the PD round; great team effort ensured that everything was set up as per my plan.

The round commenced with quartering the ground, which due to the topography of the field and for the dogs’ safety was set up with 3 hides, each about 200 yards to 400 yards apart forming a large rectangle.  Firstly the dog was sent to an innocent Penny with an army poncho on, sitting on a chair with the sleeve on display.  This did cause some problems and in hindsight I should have made the distance for this first part of the quarter much shorter.  However, all the dogs did get there, but only one barked, so it seems that something is lacking on the basics here.  The quarter recommenced with the dog being sent round two hides and onto the third hide in which was a person.  At the end of the quarter the handler joined the dog and searched the criminal and hide.  The search was for one knife on the criminal and an axe in the hide - everyone found both of the weapons. The escort was for the most part performed well, but one of you forgot to tell the handler to stand still and some of you needed a lot of commands to keep your dog under control.  I must say a big thank you to Rachel, the hide and S and E criminal, being a criminal for the first time at 26 when most of the rest including me are in their 40’s and 50’s.

Next was the recall: the criminal came out from the first hide diagonally across the field, at first walking and talking for 20 yards to get the dog focused, with the handler challenging the criminal, and then running 100 yards before the dog was sent.  The recall point was approximately 70 yards from the handler as I wanted to see and make sure the dog was fully committed prior to being called back.  Emma was instructed to carry on running till out of sight down the ditch and stay there as the chase was next.  No dogs failed this; however a lot of you used extra commands, whistle, voice and arms when the dog was returning.

The chase and detention, with the same set up, finished by doing a cursory search of the criminal.  However two dogs failed on this exercise and consequently lost their recall marks.  In PD you really do need to use one eye on the dog and one on the criminal and judge, a combination of lack of experience and nerves seemed to have an effect with long period before the dog was sent.

The round finished with a test of courage with four criminals about 75 yards away holding either a dust bin lid or milk bottles with stones inside.  One came forward to encourage the dogs in then returned to the rest who then made lots of noise which continued until the handler took control of the situation.  All dogs came through this with flying colours, except for one.

After all this we sadly had no qualifiers; with a little more work in the future I am sure you will all qualify and go on to win tickets.  My heart goes out to Glenys whose nerves got the better of her; I fully understand and have made similar mistakes myself when starting out in PD.  Sam’s work is so good that it will not be long before you qualify.

Results

1st Adrian Quick, LAWINICK SLOW N EASY, CDEx - WDEx, GSD, D, NQ, 264.  So close, but watch the C/A with Oz.

2nd Glenys Page, BILKO’S GLORY CDEx - WDEx, WSD, D, NQ, 238.5.  Well done.

3rd Paul Morling, VONGRAF KAGUL, CDEx – WDEx, GSD, D, NQ, 198.  Keep up the good work.

4th John Phillips, WESTMIDS WANDERER, CDEx – WDEx, GSD, B, NQ, 110.5.  Not Ruby’s day today.

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