Newtown, Championship Trial
- Championship Trial
- Venue: North Boarhunt
- Trial Held: 23 August 2003
Judge: TERESA CLINICK
Steward: Lynne Watkins
Thank you to the committee of Hampshire WTS for inviting me to judge my first championship stake. 1 had a brilliant time: First class accommodation with sea view - thank you, Jean; Excellent food and waitress
service, thanks to Jackie and Mary. All things well organised and running smoothly, thank you to the whole team who worked with Jean, including Jean's grandson, Ben, (who showed a keen interest in the trial and stewarded for the stays), and Vana, (who stewarded for the stays and looked after the competitors).
All the really hard work done for me, thanks to Lynne who was an excellent steward. Model competitors and great company, thanks to everyone. Although, in general, the standard of control and nose work was good, the jumps and the stays took their toll and we were left with just three qualifiers. There was a run off for first place, (a square), and third place was only 0.5 of a mark behind . Congratulations to all who qualified commiserations to those who failed and I wish you all good luck for the future.
1st Judy Meekings, WITHYLINCH MURR AT WINDLEBROOK (Lab) B. 92.5. It was a pleasure to watch Megan work. Despite the heat, she appeared to consider a second square to be a huge treat and quickly retrieved all three articles.
2nd Pauline Pearce, WAGGERLAND KRISP (BC) D. 92.5. A full mark square and an impressive control round. Two articles out of the second square.
3rd Sharon Carter, lVYMOOR KALYPSO KATIE (Weim) B. 92. A good all round performance.
4th Maurice Millington, MILKYHILL ROXY (GSD) B. NQ.
Judge: JOHN WEST
Tracklayers: Mary Drewitt, Arthur Jeal, Lindsey Poole
Steward: Jodie Phillips
Thank you to Hampshire's Committee for the invitation to Judge W.D. this coming after a long time as I was invited to Judge this stake when Foot and Mouth was disrupting all our trials. I think Jean Howell's and her team accomplished another well run trial.
The weather as we all know this summer has been very hot and dry, added to this the tracking land was on stubble and the ground was very firm, these conditions with the weather remaining dry was the downfall of the majority of the competitors. However the dogs that did qualify the test will certainly be good contenders when they compete in TDex.
At this point I would like to thank my track layers because as I have said above there were many failures therefore they had to collect the articles and as I have also had trials like these it can be disheartening, so thank you all for your efforts.
Jodie laid all the search squares every day superbly and had the most success with most dog's retrieving four articles, Jodie also stewarded for the control round on the Saturday and as she does not yet compete regularly in trials was very professional and competent.
1st Mrs. A. Bussey, ROMENO IF SIX WAS NINE (WSD) 193. Best nosework points of the stake, usual competent control round making Ann with Grad very worthy winners. Good Luck in TDex.
2nd Mr. G. Atkins CAFCOLL RON (BC)
184. Would have been a closer run contest if Ron had got the fourth article out of the square. However overall a very good round . Good luck for the future.
3rd Mrs. J. Lane's PHARM PHRESH PHO EBE (Cross) 181.5. (Handler M. Bartlett) Phoebe struggled a little more than the first two on track but made ground with a good square. Good luck at your next trial.
4th Mrs. S. Parr CHEYENNE JANE (GSD)164.5. Under the conditions Kendra did well to qualify but will need a little improvement in T.D. Better luck in the future.
Mr. T. Lockyer LIDLECORNISH KATE OF HARTSHlLL (GSD) Qex 163.
Judge: LEN NEWMAN
Tracklayers: John Reynolds, Melvin Drewitt & Paula Harvey
Search Steward: Le' New man
Control Stewards: Le' Newman, Mary Drewitt & Melvin Drewitt.
47 entered 44 worked. I would like to thank Hampshire Working Trials Society for the invitation to judge and Jean Howell s for being Trials Manager. This is quite difficult tri al , as you do not know what ground is available till the Sunday.
The food as usual was excellent with Mary & Jackie in the caravan and Le' , Paula and Jean for the evening meal s at the early part of the week. Lindsey completed the certificates and collated the scores. Thank you all.
The track pattern was an open pattern to allow the track layers to make adjustments if required . The tracklayers laid the pattern from different directions each day, so giving the dog a fair test, having the same people all week and then John laid the run off tracks. Thank you for your work.
The articles were a green plastic tie, piece of wood and carpet. The best track was Jean Cooke with 94/30. In the search 1 had 1O inch bolt, triangle piece of plastic, peg and a small piece of carpet. We only had four dogs getting 3 & 4. It shows that you do not have to have all the articles in a matchbox. With the variation on size, texture & weight, it allowed me to judge the pick up carry and present in the search. 1 verbally gave the marks after each exercise, then a hard copy to each competitor in the tracking field and in control. I feel that doing this everybody knows their marks and surely a step in the right direction. After the tracking we finished up with 25 qualifiers.
On the control l wanted to set an all round test not won and lost on one exercise. The heel work was asking the handler to have the dog under control when answering questions at the normal pace, figure of eight at fast pace and distraction at slow. With the help of Mary & Melvin (who now know everybody's address) the heel work was interesting. The speak exercise was with the handler facing the dog behind Le' sitting in a chair. The speak is in the control section and I was not only asking for a continuous speak but also control. The sendaway was straight down the field 120 and a redirection along a hedge of 160. The hedgerow was on the left hand side about 20 yards away. I asked that the dog be sent straight down to the hedge. This did cause some discussion on my marking!! I was looking for a dog to run in straight line not taking the pretty route. Once the do came off line, I marked at that point thus allowing the handler to work the dog to the required area for extra marks. The points were 5 for the outrun and 5 redirection. I thought a lot about all the tests as presumably all judges do, set my marks and standard. I feel that I complied with the "I" Regs. and consistent with my marking. The jumps did take their toll, possibly due to the hot weather. After this section we were left with a run off between Ann Fowler & Mike Snow both on 204.5. The tracking was excellent after a long day with both competitors obtaining three articles Ann gained 95 and Mike 94.
Both had completed my test to a high standard and it was a pleasure to judge you both.
1st Ann Fowler, 204.5 WAGGERLAND FLOSS 93.5/30-32.5 tracking. 29 & 19.5 C & A.
2nd after run off Mike Snow WAGGERLAND HARRY 91.5/30-35 tracking 28 & 20 C&A.
3rd Margaret Robinson 204 STILLMOOR WIZZ KID 93. 5/30-27 tracking 33.5 & 20 C &A.
4th Tony Lockyer 197 HARTSHILL NUTMEG 91.5/30-26 tracking 29.5 -20 C & A.
B Gilbert LAETARE DAY JAVU 193.5
M Weselby STYPERSON MILLIE 191.5
J Cooke W.T.CH MELNOLA MOON DANCE 191
S Tannert STYPERSON BRIER 190
S Tannert STYPERSON TERN 1 90
J Robinson JUST BRADY AT TRENTYALLEY 186
W Beasley W.T. CH BRIDEALPINE LIBRA OF STARDELL 182.5
J Webb FLYNNTASTIC VENTURE 180
A Ballinger MAGIC FEATHER DUSTER 173
Lastly thanks go to Mike Hewitt a vet and fellow bell ringer for his advice in checking all the articles and Rob Bracey Wright for removing the threads on 15 bolts making them safe for the dogs to retrieve on advice from Mike.