Newtown, Championship Trial
- Venue: North Boarhunt
Judge: BELINDA FRAKES-SPENSLEY
Steward: Mary Drewitt
Many thanks to Jean Howells and Hampshire WTS for inviting me to judge the CD stake; I had a thoroughly enjoyable two days. Experience showed, and this trial is friendly, efficient and well run, with Dorothy and John Bowen plying me with sandwiched, tea and home-made cake. I had the luxury of choosing my fields and nothing seemed too much trouble for Len, Arthur, Melvin, Mary and Penny, who carried the jumps to the furthest one. Sorry, but it was a great location! Lovely quiet, secluded setting, surrounded by hedges, grass quite long, bit challenging for heelwork but, thankfully, no thistles. I tried to set a test which was practical and fair, starting with an individual sit stay, heel on lead, recall, then an 80 yard sendaway, followed by heel off lead and jumps. Search articles were 3"x 2" carpet, two house keys on a ring and a 7" length of yellow washing line. Mary, thank you so much for your help, energy and wonderful enthusiasm, which I’m sure helped the competitors’ nerves. Showing great compassion, you far exceeded your role with one competitor which, I’m sure, helped to make that team’s day an enjoyable one. Thanks to the competitors for accepting my decisions, and for those whose day is still to come, keep trying and focus on the positives.
1st Miss Jodie-Lea Phillips with Border Collie D, FLIP FLOP RIP, Q CDEx, 91.5. Fabulous team, Rip clearly adores Jodie, tried hard to please her and, judging by the leap in the air and hugs for everyone, I’d say he did! Perfect square in 1 min 20 secs. Well done!
2nd Mrs Kelly Chapman with Labrador B, TARNEDGE POSY, Q CDEx, 90.5. Petite little Kai worked beautifully today; a perfect square for this team and lovely heelwork in the long grass.
3rd Gill Lawrence and Border Collie D, BEKKIS BEKWAY MERRIDOWN, Q CDEx, 90. Tigger, enjoying his new life as a trials dog after the showring, completed an excellent control round; obedience style heelwork a bit costly, otherwise almost perfect marks.
4th Anne Bussey with Border Collie D, LAETARE YUMA, Q CDEx, 84.5. Good solid round by Gwyllum, who is just starting his trials career. The odd glitches and excited anticipation that this team will soon overcome. Watch this space!
Penny Bann with GSP D, JENNALINE QUACKINUP WISUKY, 77.5. Sickness in stays caused him to stand – lived up to his name of LS this weekend, though. Excellent jumps.
Sylvia Cook with GSD B, WESTMIDS ABI OF GOLDOAK, 75. Magda tried hard and as her confidence in the stays increases, so will your marks. Super sendaway.
Judge: ANNE SHEPHERD
Tracklayer: Arthur Jeal, Lynne Watkins, Le Newman
Steward: Jodie-Lea Phillips
Thanks to Hampshire for the invitation to judge the UD Stake, and to Jean and her helpers for running a well organised and friendly trial. I had a very good team with Arthur, Lynne and Le tracklaying, and Jodie, who was an excellent steward. Thank you to you all.
Tracking was on lush grass and the weather was lovely, so we had some really good nosework; 10 out of 11 qualified in that group. The track articles were a piece of black rubber and a piece of carpet; the square articles were a piece of green elastic, a lollypop stick, a piece of rubber and a piece of leather. The control round was very straightforward, with dogs just falling by the wayside.
1st Bert Maynard, LAKATAMIA NOMI, GSD, B. Lovely quiet handling. Lost 0.5 on the track, 1 on the square and odd points on C/A. Very well done. 194.5, Q.
2nd Mary Prentice, MOUNTLOCHAN LAIRD O’LEYS, BC, D. Super C/A, just losing 0.5. Marks lost on the first article on the track, otherwise an excellent round. 186.5, Q.
3rd M Moran, ALTRICIA TODDIE, BC, D. Another very good track, 3 from the square and a good C/A. Well done. 185, Q.
4th Don Laskey, GEFNI BUMPER BUNDLE, GSD, B. Another very good track, and also 3 from the square. Sendaway needs working on, otherwise very good control. Well done. 179.5, Q.
5th Gill Lawrence, BEKKIS DULCIMER, BC, B, 166.5, Q. Well done.
Thank you to you all for making my weekend so pleasurable, especially to Jean for putting me up in your beautiful home. To the competitors, thanks for accepting my decisions and congratulations to the qualifiers, and to the rest of you, it’s nearly there.
Judge: ANN CLARKE
Tracklayers: Arthur Jeal, Lynne Watkins, Lė Newman
Steward: Jodie Phillips
Thanks to the Hampshire WTS Committee for the invitation to judge at their Trial, and especially to Jean for all her hard work running it - no easy job at this time of year, and particularly this year with the bad weather delaying the wheat harvest. Thanks also to Jean for putting me and my dogs up for the week in her lovely house. Grateful thanks to my tracklayers, Arthur, Lynne and Lė, and to my steward, Jodie, who gave every competitor exactly the same test and who were also great company.
27 dogs ran. We saw some very nice tracking, but some rather messy squares. Overall there were 18 nosework qualifiers. The control field was rather large, which enabled me to set a straightforward, if rather long, sendaway to the hedge. Dogs which went in the direction indicated would get a good mark even if they didn’t quite make it to the hedge. However, not many even started in the right direction, with many dogs opting for a 45 degree angle and giving up after about 30-40 yards. We were, however, treated to four excellent demonstrations of how it should be done, and three further very good attempts. With a few notable exceptions, heelwork generally was poor, with extra commands, some dogs making a very good attempt at tripping up their handlers, and some even pretending never to have seen them before! Retrieves were fairly good and only three dogs failed the jumps, with most of the others successfully attempting all jumps.
All handlers accepted their fate with good humour and I am sure all will succeed in the future. After
the control and agility the following qualified:-
1st Barbara Riste and GEMWELL STORM DRAGON, CDEx, UDEx, Gordon Setter, D. Lovely track and square with all the articles, and excellent heelwork and retrieve made up for what could have been an expensive sendaway. You have worked wonders with Bennett but you will always have to be one step ahead of him. Hard work but well worth it. Well done. Qual WDEx, 184.5
2nd Chris Daubney and COLLIEWOOD LA BELLE, WSD, B. Very tidy track but not such a clean square as the winner, and other bits and pieces, although a better sendaway than most. Well done. Qual WDEx, 181
3rd John Turtill and BISQUET TORRA, CDEx, UDEx, WSD, D. Didn’t find the track easy but more than made up for that with an impressive full mark sendaway. Well done. Qual WDEx, 180
4th Judy Meekings and STYPERSON BRIG AT WINDLEBROOK, CDEx - WDEx, Lab, D. Like the winner, another who benefited by having all the articles, and good heelwork and retrieve in the control and agility. Well done Qual WDEx, 178
Also qualified WDEx:
Liz Hickman and WOLFHART TOUCH OF GOLD, CDEx – WDEx, GSD, B. Nice track but what a difference the first article would have made! Nice cpntrpl round with one of the better sendaway marks. 175.5
Andy Baker and SID THE LEMON SQUEEZER, CDEx, UDEx, BC, D. Worked on Tuesday and was the first dog to venture straight down to that "dangerous area" that all the other dogs were avoiding by the hedge, and made it look so simple. Well done. 169.5
Sheila Tannert and STYPERSON EBONY, CDEx – WDEx, Lab, B. Nice track but left an article and only 2 from the square made it tight. However an excellent sendaway and good control saved the day. Well done. 161
Robert Willats and GOWRAN INDIGO EXTRA, CDEx, UDEx, FC Ret, D. The fourth really good sendaway, pity about all those articles. 156.5
Chris Brooks and DARIAN IN YOUR SMILE, CDEx – WDEx, BC, D, 154.5
Pat McMaster and KRISTAL MIGHTY, Crossbreed, B, 153.5
Thank you to all competitors for allowing me to judge your dogs and accepting my decisions. Congratulations to the qualifiers and may I wish everyone the best of luck in future competitions.