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Trials Manager’s Report

Thank you to Keith and Sandra Dearing for the perfect base for this trial, to Sandra and Di for all their hard work in the kitchen, and to Jan Sewell for running the base so efficiently. Thanks to the committee for all their help and support and to all the farmers, judges, tracklayers, stewards, escorts, cooks and bottle washers, without whom we wouldn’t have trials. To all the competitors, thanks for entering and I hope to see you again.

Penny Bellis


Stake: CD


Steward: June Hines

Many thanks to the Society for the invitation to judge the CD stake. It was a pleasant change to judge the competitors who are just starting out in trials. Thanks to Penny Bellis for running the trial, with Paul Morling assisting. Jan Sewell ran the base in her usual efficient manner and kept everything running like clockwork. Thank you to the ladies in the kitchen and the owners of the kennels for being so obliging. Thanks also to my wife, June, for stewarding.

Overall, I was disappointed that I had no qualifiers, but there were the usual problems with the stays and jumps. Some of the dogs also seemed confused about what was expected of them on the day.

1st           LEIBORSCHY EMIRA, Hungarian Wire-haired Vizsla, B, handled by Mr R J Stoyles, 59.5, NQ.

2nd         IVYMOOR ICE CRYSTAL, Weim, B, handled by Mrs S Carter, 55.5, NQ.

3rd         QUELLA QUICKSILVER, Golden Retriever, D, handled by Mrs G Martin, 53.5, NQ.

4th          BONHEUR VOODOO, Tervueren, D, handled by Mrs R Mack, 52.5, NQ.


Stake: UD


Tracklayers: Sat – Penny Bellis and Lol Campbell; Sun – Nigel Hines and Malcolm Snowden

Stewards: Sat – Eleanor Mestraud; Sun – June Hines

Thank you to EAWTTS for asking me to judge UD. Thanks to Penny Bellis for a well run friendly trial; also thanks to Sandra and Keith at the kennels for making me so welcome in their home. The food was great – thanks Diane. Thank you to Penny, Lol, Nigel and Malcolm for the tracks, and to Eleanor and June for stewarding the squares and control, on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

1st           Wendy Siggers, HEATHGATE ISLA, WSD, 177.5, Q. Well done - I bet you were pleased!

2nd         Betty Briley, JETZIL MUSTANG, GSD, 171, NQ.

3rd         Barry Gilbert, IATKA FOLLOW THAT STAR, Std Poodle, 168, NQ.

4th          Paul Morling, VONGRAF KAGUL, GSD, 161, NQ.


Stake: WD


Stewards: Karen Warner and Joan Snowden

Tracklayers: Karen Warner, Paul Morling, Penny Bellis and John Phillips

Thank you to EAWTTS for the invitation to judge WD, to Penny Bellis and her excellent team of helpers, Jan in the base, Diane in the kitchen keeping us well fed and Sandra for organising such a well run trial. A special thank you to Sandra and Keith for making all the trialists so welcome and allowing us to use Waterlow Farm for the base.

Thank you to Karen and Joan for laying squares and stewarding the C/A - you did a great job - to my tracklayers Karen, Penny, Paul and John who did a superb job and to the competitors for entering under me.

The weather was mixed, Friday being wet and very windy and Sunday hot and dry, making tracking on rolled plough very difficult on both days, and unfortunately proved to be very costly, leaving us with only three qualifiers. To those that qualified, well done, and good luck to the rest for the future.

1st           Linda Newbold with COLLIEWOOD DANCING BRAVE, WSD, 191.5, Q. Dylan did you proud. A super round from this young dog, handled very confidently by Linda. Well done.

2nd         Ron Jaques with JAQ IN A BOX, BC, 190.5, Q. Another super round from this young dog in experienced hands. Shame about the long jump. Well done.

3rd         Lol Campbell with SELDOMSEEN SHEP, WSD, 169, Q. Tye worked so hard for you, Lol, but just found tracking conditions a little difficult. Well done.

4th          Donna Walker, FFIGLINA OBERON, Dalmatian, 141, NQ.


Stake: PD


Tracklayer: Paul Morling

Search / Control / Patrol Steward: Julia Findeisen

Criminals: Nigel Hines, Paul Morling and Jim Sewell

Thank you to EAWTTS for the invitation to judge and to Paul for all his organisation and hospitality. Thanks to Jan at the base, Sandra and Di for the food, Paul for tracklaying, Julia for stewarding squares, control and the PD and thanks to Paul, Nigel and Jim for acting criminal. It was Julia’s first time stewarding the patrol and she did a brilliant job, which proves that women over 40 do have their uses.

Both dogs tracked well but unfortunately Bill and Kali failed to recover the articles. After the square and gun, each team was asked to deal with a criminal who appeared on the field. Each team found one of the two weapons.

After the C/A the patrol round started with the test of courage, which was Nigel standing on a groundsheet, trying to keep the dogs out with a dustbin lid and a rattle bottle. It didn’t faze either dog and both received full marks. They then had to escort Nigel past the chase criminal (Paul). Once Nigel had attacked the handler, Paul took off. The handler had to get the dog out and keep it under control until told to send on the chase. Handlers were told to keep control of the criminals until they were told they were finished with – I’m sure you’ll remember in future!!

A straightforward quarter followed with Jim (innocent for the first time in his life) in the first hide. The dog then had to quarter the rest of the boundary to find Nigel in a natural hide, who was then escorted back past Paul for the recall.

1st           Malcolm and JAY. Well deserved. Everything I wanted to see – a committed dog that is under control and well handled. Good luck in ticket.

2nd         Bill and KALI. Shame about the track articles as this team were also impressive (full mark quarter). With a bit more control this team will be one to watch.

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