Fingal Dog Club
TD WD & UD Stakes
Judge: TONY ORCHARD
I would like to thank the Fingal Club for inviting me to come and judge for the first time in Ireland.
It was a really pleasant experience amongst an enthusiastic, friendly group of trialists.
I was made to feel at home immediately by Anne Collen who collected me from the airport, provided accommodation and transported me everywhere. Nothing was too much trouble.
I was treated to some fabulous meals out in the evening and provided with very tasty sandwiches and soups at lunch time in a very warm comfortable base.
I also wish to thank Diana Collie for the delicious meal after the trial on the Sunday evening; it really was a very good job I was not judging the following day!
I arrived on Friday to sleet and snow, and it was bitterly cold although by the time I had started judging it had dried up a little. Generally the weather although windy at times was kind to us, although you did need your arctic clothing on.
The tracking ground was stubble with a fair amount of growth so I was surprised how dogs struggled to track, of course the wind and cold will have played its part, particularly on the more exposed fields.
The track layers all laid the tracks perfectly giving each competitor an equal chance of qualifying. Square stewards did a great job particularly as they laid different patterns for each stake, no TD dog got a UD square!
The trial was well organised which is no mean feat when every one is involved, competing, track laying, stewarding. Anne must have an impressive computer programme to work it all out.
So a big thank you to every single person involved.
To the results, disappointingly only three qualifiers, two Tracking Dog and one Working dog.
We did over the three days see some very good individual performances as the Special Club awards show.
Utility Dog (6 entries)
Track Layers: Anne Collen, Diana Collie
Square Steward: Janet McGoughlin-Munch, Mary Dolan
1st 183. FIRCROFT DALWINNIE BC b and Judith Owens.Only lost 3 on the track with a full mark square, an impressive control round a real joy to watch very well done. My heart sank when disaster struck with the stay getting up at 3.5 minutes, really bad luck.
2nd 154. HIGHFIELD CLYTEMNESTRA GSD b and Miranda Moriarty.A good track losing only 2 marks until coming off the track at the last corner. Another impressive square at 34. Good c/a round with 10 for send away.
Club Special Awards To
SUE SEPTEMBER Lab b Liam Ward 157.5
Very good track, but missing an article in the square. No sendaway today, but you have a
very capable dog with potential.
IR.SH.CH.TRILITE PRIVATE RYAN Wiem. d. and Marjorie Briggs 147.5 & Best Track Excellent track with a full mark square well done.
Working Dog (6 entries)
Track Layers: Donal Flynn, Sandra Meenan
Square Steward: Vicky Dixon, Mary Dolan
1st Q,. 188 COLLIEWOOD BROWN EYES BLUE BC B and Diana Collie. A superb track and search followed by a 32.5 control round, perfect agility and a very worthy winner a joy to watch. Congratulations
Club Special Awards
2nd 136 & Best Track IR.SH.CH. TRILITE PRIVATE RYAN Wiem. d. and Marjorie Briggs
A real winner of a track good to watch.
3rd 91, XANDOAS DARGO WSD D and Caroline Woods
4th 83, PARAVEL GABRIELLA GSD B and Caroline Woods
Tracking Dog (11 entries)
Track Layers: Sandra Meenan, Vicky Dixon
Square Steward: Vicky Dixon, Mary Dolan
1st Q, 201. TAMMERRYE MARANELLO BC b and Miriam Lyons Very good track and full point square. 8.5 send away, a very professional all round performance. Congratulations on a brilliant win.
2nd Q, 182.5, TESSA OF TANTRUM Cross CDex - TDex GWP b and Anne Collen
Worked hard on the track. Team work found all three articles. An excellent send away topped a professional performance. Well Done.
3rd 132, HIGHFIELD QUO VADIS and Miranda Moriaty. A good track until hitting difficulties on the 13th leg. No speak and a slip up on the send away meant no qualification, but you worked hard earning you a deserved placing well done.
Club Special Award To
WT.CH. FIRCROFT DOON BC B and Judith Owens 152 & Best Track
Finally a thank you to all the competitors for entering, accepting my decisions and making it for me a very enjoyable three days.