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A big thank you to Northside Dog Training Club for inviting Pat and me to judge at their trial.  Special thanks to Miriam Lyons for your hospitality over the three days - nothing was too much trouble.

To everyone who helped in any way- Catering, Jenny and Bernadette; Tracklayers:- WD, Jeff and Judith,; UD, Steve and Jenny; UD and WD squares, Pat;  C/A Pat;  thank you all for all your hard work.

Tracking was on stubble, which I would consider difficult.


1st Jenny Hickey’s BC Ch and Int Ch HA’PENNY KINGFISHER, handled by Steve Fearon. Tracking proved too hard for Steve and Guinness.  A solid C/A round gave you 1st place.  NQ

2nd Samantha Rawson’s WSD, BATTERSEA’S BEST TO PELE. Again Pele could not cope with the track. The best control, 33.5 with the only full point sendaway. NQ

3rd Jenny Hickey’s BC, Ch HA’PENNY LITTLE OWL.  No track, but the best square mark.  NQ

A special mention must go to Marjorie Briggs’s Weimeraner, TRILITE PRIVATE RYAN.  The only dog to complete the track and made it look easy.  Winner of the Best Track.  Marjorie chose not to do the C/A


1st Fintan Doherty’s GSD, PARAVEL HANNAH, handled by Caroline Woods. Tracked nicely until overshooting the second to last corner.  4 out of the square, and just enough on control and good agility. Qualified UD and Best Track.

Good luck to you all at future trials. I am sure with different ground and conditions all dogs are capable of qualifying.




This was our third judging appointment in Ireland and once again it was a pleasure to be amongst you all and your dogs.  Thank you, Miriam, for looking after us so well and doing a great job as Trials Manager.

The tracking fields were very wet  and Saturday was very windy, although the rain stayed away until late afternoon. Sunday was warm and sunny (even the midges were out).

My tracklayers and stewards did a super job. They were:- CD steward, Samantha; TD tracklayers, Pete and Caroline; Square steward, Bernadette; C/A steward, Pete.  Thank you from myself and competitors.


There were 5 entries, 3 competed.  Caroline Woods handled Fintan’s GSD, PARAVEL HANNAH.  They made a good attempt at all sections but not enough marks to qualify.  Halle works well for you, Caroline.

The other two dogs did not attempt all the exercises.


1st Miriam Lyon’s BC, WTCh TAMERRYE MARANELLO.  Miriam and Abbey were the only team to complete the track.  All 3 articles were recovered and 3 out of the square.  Another well deserved GREEN STAR for Abbey. Best Track. Many congratulations. 200.5, Q.

2nd Jenny Hickey’s BC Ch and Int Ch BEESTING WICCA, NQ.

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