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Many thanks to our judges, Nigel Hines (TD), Jean Howells (WD), Dave Clark (UD) and Dave Self (CD). Thank you to the Speakmans, who once again allowed us to use their land - Sally, the farmer’s wife has even offered to tracklay for us!!! As usual in November there were various weather conditions which led to the usual amount of mud at the base; after having their traditional bacon roll and coffee Richard and Sally have offered us the use of their barns for our base next year.

Thank you to all the competitors and spectators who helped take all the jumps down at the end of each stake – it was very much appreciated by us all and made packing the base up an easy job. Congratulations to those who qualified and better luck next time to those who didn’t.






Steward: Wendy Siggers

 Thank you to the Essex 2000 committee for the invitation to judge the CD Stake at their Championship Trial. Trials Manager Penny Bann ensured everything ran smoothly as usual and many thanks to everyone involved in organising this trial. Thanks to Jan Vallack in the base and also to Angela Clarke and Diane Ling in the kitchen.

Big thanks to Wendy Siggers, my search square and C/A Steward on both the Friday and Saturday. Also, we had two days in Essex in November with no rain!

19 dogs entered and 13 ran. (6 Friday, 7 Saturday). We had a blend of experienced handlers bringing on young dogs and handlers who were new to Trials, some competing for the first time. Search articles were a 6" wooden lolly stick, 2" x 3" brown fur fabric and a 2" x 2" paper espresso cup. Unfortunately the sheep wanted the 4 inches of grass originally planned for CD so, at the last minute, the nosework had to be changed to a field with only 1 inch of grass. (Note to self: Take alternative articles and/or scissors with you next time!!!)

The square was worked first followed by the dumb-bell retrieve. The majority of marks lost in the square were due to dogs dropping and/or mouthing the articles. Interestingly, quite a few of the dogs refused to acknowledge the one visible article and eventually had to be told to pick it up.

The Control section began with group sit stays (handlers out of sight), followed by heel on lead, recall, heel free and sendaway (60 paces to a white pole in the hedge). Down stays were carried out after the agility section.

We had 9 teams qualifying after the nosework and control sections but only 5 teams qualified on the agility section, the biggest problem being the scale: 9 dogs scaled successfully but then 6 dogs failed on the recall over the scale.

If you are a new handler competing in trials, you need to find out what you may do and what you shouldn’t do when competing.

Example of a "may":- You may tell your dog to hold the article in the search square.

Example of a "shouldn’t":- You shouldn’t use the search articles to play fetch with your dog before you hand them to the judge.

We ended up with 5 qualifiers overall. Thank you to all the competitors for entering under me; it was a pleasure to watch your dogs work. I hope you enjoyed my test and good luck at your future Trials.

 1st Nick Brunner and NORDIC SPRUCE, Labrador Retriever, D, 97, Q. Gunner was the only dog to get full marks on the jumps. A good controlled round from this team. Congratulations.

2nd Colin Ball and GARRETHALL REBUS, Labrador Retriever, D, 90.5, Q. Rebus was consistently good throughout the stake, with just the occasional dropped mark and a second attempt on the clear jump.

3rd Sheren Perez and KAEFFER KAL, WSD, B, 87, Q. No long jump from Kalli today but a good standard overall gave her the qualification she deserved.

4th Jill Kevis and MEADOWDALE SPIDER, ESS, D, 83.5, Q. Ollie decided that 28 seconds was long enough for the down stay and then proceeded to do a steady 9.5 minute sit stay. Despite this hiccup he had already done enough to qualify and was the only dog to get full marks on the nosework.

 Also qualifying CDEx:

Sue Cunningham and NOSE TO TAIL JAX, X-Breed, D, 80




Tracklayers: Mick Head, Vana Moody, Ian Brown.

Steward: Doreen Hook

 Many thanks to Essex 2000 for inviting me to judge the UD stake, also to my tracklayers, Mick Head, Vana Moody and Ian Brown. And a big thank you to Doreen Hook for being my steward - you all did a good job, thank you.

 1st Lee Payne with ASHLINDT METEOR, Q. Very good handler, as you would expect. He always seems to stay calm with this nice young dog. Well done, Lee.

2nd Graham Blake with TOBIAS COLLIER, Q. 1 point behind Lee - very well done.

3rd Manda McLellan with GARTONHAUS BORA OF ASHLINDT, Q. Yet another good handler with a very keen young dog. Well done.

4th Peter Dyer with CARMELITA OF KIRKVIEW, Q. Very well done.

 Also qualified:

Shirley Simpson with WESTMIDS KYRE - well done.

Wendy Beasley with STARDELL VENUS - well done, Wendy


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