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Judge: JEAN HOWELLS

Tracklayers: TD:Arthur; WD:Diana Collie and Ger Philpott; UD:Diana and Jean

Square Stewards: TD:Mary O'Donovan; WD:Mary O'Donovan and Sandra Meenan; UD: Mary Q'Donovan

Control Stewards: TD: Arthur; WD and UD: Diana

CD Searches and Control: Sandra Meenan

I would like to thank Fingal Dog Club for inviting me to judge. Arthur and I really enjoyed ourselves in Ireland and thank you all for making us so welcome. Thanks to Anne for running a happy and relaxed trial. Also a special thanks to Anne for the super accommodation and to Anne and Diana for the lovely meals. Another thank you goes to Marjorie and all the helpers at base. Base was Marjorie's kitchen and she gave us a lovely lunch each day. The home made soup was delicious and so was the rest of the food.

The trial ran over three days - the first day was a lovely sunny day but cold - the next 2 days were overcast, but luckily no rain during the day. The tracking was on sparse crop, very dry on the first day and tacky on the other 2 days. The dogs had to work hard but I saw some lovely tracks as well as some good control rounds.

TD

Thank you to Arthur for laying all the TD tracks and for stewarding the control round on Sunday afternoon. Thank you also to my steward Mary, it was your first time laying squares and you did a first class job, especially as you had to swap between TD, WD and UD.

1st     Receiving the Green Star, WTCh COLLIEWOOD BROWN EYES BLUE, BC, handled by Diana Collie. A well deserved win - you had a little trouble on the track but you managed to sort it out. A very nice control round with a lovely sendaway. Well done. Q, 200.

2nd   WTCh TESSA OF TANTRUM CROSS, GSP, handled by Anne Collen. A good track and a good control round with a super full mark sendaway. Full marks on the jumps. Well done. Q, 193.5.

3rd   WTCh TAMERRYE MARANELLO, BC, handled by Miriam Lyons. A nice track, a very nice square and a good control round. Well done. Q, 188.

4th    FORCROFT IDAHO, GSD, handled by Steve Fearon. A very nice track - received the Best Track Award. Unfortunately your control let you down today, Steve, but full marks on the agility. NQ, 193.

WD

Thank you to Diana and Ger for tracklaying, Mary and Sandra for doing the squares, and to Diana for stewarding the C/A.

1st     LAETARE SWEET CHARIOT, BC, handled by Angela Higgins. You were qualifying_until the jumps, when unfortunately Libby decided she couldn’t do the clear or long jump. You are so nearly there - keep trying. NQ, 160.

UD

Thank you again to Diana for tracklaying and C/A, and to Mary for squares.

1st     RAMBAUDS ORTIE, Pyr. Sheepdog, handled by Anne Collen. First track of the trial -ground frozen, but this little dog worked so hard and did a lovely track with 2 articles and 4 out of the square. Tiggy then went on to do a good control round. Best Track Award - well done.   186.5

2nd   BATTERSEA’S BEST TO PELE, WSD, handled by Samantha Rawson. He tried so hard on the track and found the first article. He continued for a while then went the wrong way, then did a good square with 4 articles and went on to do a good control round. Keep trying, he is a lovely dog. NQ, 113.

CD

Thank you to Sandra for laying the squares and stewarding the C/A.

1st     LAETARE SWEET CHARIOT, BC, handled by Angela Higgins. A very nice square and control round.   My heart was in my mouth but she managed to qualify on the jumps this time. Well done. Q, 91.5

2nd   BATTERSEA’S BEST TO PELE, WSD, handled by Samantha Rawson. Another good square and control round. Well done. Q, 88

3rd   WILLOWDALE XAUL, GSD, handled by Karen Murray. Boss seemed to be having an off day, but keep trying. NQ, 59.5.

4th    PARAVEL HANNAH, GSD, handled by Fititan Doherty. A good square and retrieve, but the jumps let you down today; sort those out and you will start qualifying. NQ, 58.5

A big thank you to everyone who helped. It was very much appreciated and I wish you all every success for the coming year.

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