2009 Kennel Club Championships
Kennel Club Working Trial Championships
Essex 2000 WTS
15th -17th October 2009
Once again we must thank our farmers, the Speakmans, who opened up their farm for our use. The whole trial took place within one area of the farm, so once at the base all the competitors and spectators needed to do was walk the farm tracks to the tracking and C/A fields.
For the three days that the trial ran we had sunshine with various different wind conditions. The Nosework took place on the Thursday and Friday with the Control and Agility and Patrol rounds taking place on the Saturday. Thursday was dry and sunny for the tracking, with Friday dry and windy, which took its toll on the TD competitors as our tracking is on arable land, which due to very little rain a month before the trial was sparse, with very little growth on the ground.
The Patrol Dog Stake were first to work on the Saturday, which was dry but very cold, and after the C/A round all the competitors were qualifying, which left it to the Patrol round in the afternoon to sort out the final placings. Congratulations to Dave Marchant and WTCh WAGGERLAND MURPHY for winning the KCC ticket, with Mick Tustain and WTCh JOTENHEIM VIP getting the reserve ticket.
The Tracking Dog stake then went into the C/A field with seven competitors qualifying on the tracking. The jumps seemed to take their toll, with only 3 competitors qualifying in the end. Congratulations to Tony Lockyer and WTCh DOUBLE TOP AT HARTSHILL for winning the ticket, with Dave Marchant and WTCh WAGGERLAND MURPHY picking up the reserve ticket.
Thank you to all my helpers; without your support this trial wouldn’t have run so smoothly.
Tracking Dog Stake
Judge: CHARLIE TAYLOR
Tracklayers: Nigel Hines and Mark Lewindon
Square Steward: Sandra Lewindon
C/A Steward: Martine Taylor
Track Watchers: Jan Vallack, Helen Brown, Wendy Siggers, Dave Self, Ann Wright and Doreen Hook
Thank you to the Societies that put me forward to judge at this year’s Kennel Club Championships, and to the Kennel Club for the invitation to judge the TD stake. Congratulations to Penny Bann and everyone from Essex 2000 for running a very well organised and thoroughly enjoyable KCC’s. From the moment I arrived they looked after me really well and made me feel welcome. It was the first time this society, and the people involved, had experienced organising this premier event. All their hard work was well worth while, and ensured it was a great success. Thanks to the tracklayers, Nigel and Mark, and Stewards Sandra and Martine, who all did exactly what I asked of them, and also for being such good company. My thanks go to the track watchers, Jan Vallack, Helen Brown, Wendy Siggers, Dave Self, Ann Wright and Doreen Hook – hope you all had a good book to read!
The tracking was on fairly sparse winter wheat, which was hard underfoot, meaning that the conditions were a challenge to the dogs. I am pleased to say that the quality of the dogs shone through and they all made an impressive attempt and didn’t give up. Some dogs grafted hard for a full 20 minutes and 8 out of the 12 ended up with qualifying marks. All 12 dogs searched really well with 10 dogs recovering all 4 articles and 2 recovering 3 articles. Gary Atkins with WTCh CAFCOL RON gained the highest marks in this section, with 153 out of a possible 160 marks. They were a pleasure to watch and made what were truly difficult nosework conditions look easy.
For the Control round the test consisted of a 2 part speak and 3 part sendaway, with heelwork between these exercises. The test started with normal pace heelwork through the entrance gate to the field and halted at a pole to begin the first part of the speak exercise. This was at heel, and for the second part the dog was left in the middle of a marked out square while the handler walked around the outside of the square. The next exercise was heelwork at all 3 paces, with all turns incorporated, until they reached the sendaway pole. The sendaway started with a short outrun at a left diagonal towards a tree; the dogs were then redirected right to a specified area of open field. The final part of the sendaway was away and back towards a set of two trees. 8 out of the 12 dogs qualified in the control round. Jane Webb and INSTINCTIVELY PIPPA gained the highest marks in the control with 31 out of a possible 35 - Pippa’s first appearance at the KCC’s. The jumps were set up in a line and the handlers were briefed to keep their dogs under control whilst moving from one jump to the next, without adversely man-handling them. 9 out of the 12 dogs gained qualifying marks in this section.
1st & CC Tony Lockyer,
WTCh DOUBLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, CDEx – TDEx,
Working Sheep Dog, D. Nosework group 148.5/165, C/A 49.5/55, Total 198/220, Q TDEx.
This team achieved a high standard in all sections, recovering 3 articles from the track and 4 out of the search square.
Congratulations on a consistent performance throughout the test and a well deserved qualification and win.
2nd & Res CC Dave Marchant,
WTCh WAGGERLAND MURPHY, CDEx – TDEx, PDEx
Working Sheep Dog, D. Nosework group 132/165, C/A 45/55, Total 177/220, Q TDEx.
The tireless work rate of this dog, coupled with faultless handing on the track, ensured they completed it, recovering all three articles.
Congratulations on winning the Reserve CC, rounding off a very successful weekend.
3rd Julie Atkins,
WTCh OUR DUG, CDEx - TDEx,
Border Collie, D. Nosework group 126/165, C/A 41.5/55, Total 167.5/220, Q TD.
Another example of excellent work on the track by both dog and handler. Well done on gaining 3rd place.
4th Stevie Boyall,
WTCh STYPERSON LOMOND,
CDEx – TDEx,
Labrador, D, 196.5, NQ
Congratulations to everyone who achieved qualification to compete at this year’s Kennel Club Championships.
Patrol Dog Stake
Judge: MOIRA ROGERSON
Tracklayers: Paul Morling, Andy Baker
Search, Control and Manwork Steward: Bill Richardson
Criminals: Tom Davies, Steve Lancashire, Vic Snook, Paul Morling, Andy Baker
Track Watchers: Jan Vallack, Helen Brown
Firstly, thank you to Penny Bann and all at Essex Working Trials Society for organising a great KCC’s.
We arrived on Thursday to glorious sunshine. By Friday morning the weather had changed and it was quite cool and breezy. Tracking was on sparse winter wheat. The track was twelve legs with all right angles, and we finished tracking with four out of five still qualifying.
I did the Speak on the tracking field while the handlers collected the search poles, and on Saturday morning all dogs completed the Control and Agility without any problems.
Manwork followed after TD Control was finished. The handlers were told that at the end of the test they should have five criminals to escort off the field.
The manwork consisted of a Quarter with two locations - one behind a tree, the other in a vehicle - a Chase from the vehicle, then the Recall. Now the handler had three criminals to escort. While escorting, one criminal attacked, one ran off, and one would stand still if told to do so. The Escort was back to the van that they had not had time to search - only two handlers remembered to do this. The Test of Courage was on a pathway, and at the end there were strings of plastic bottles which the dog had to run through in order to bite the two remaining criminals. Once under control, the handler had five unruly criminals to escort off the field. This completed the test.
All dogs qualified in the manwork section and put on an excellent show.
Judging was made easy with outstanding tracklayers, criminals and a brilliant steward. I would like to say a big thank you to you all, and also thank you to the competitors for making my judging enjoyable.
1st 294, winning PD at the KCC’s three times in a row,
Dave Marchant with WTCh WAGGERLAND MURPHY,
Working Sheep Dog, D
An excellent all around performance, a dog to be proud of. Well done.
2nd 287.5, Mick Tustain with
WTCh JOTUNHEIN VIP,
Belgium Malinois, D.
Another excellent performance, a bark on a second location would have clinched it. Excellent teamwork, well done.
3rd 279.5, Ron Jaques and
JAQ IN A BOX
Border Collie, D.
A super young dog with time on his side; well done. I’m sure you will be back next year.
4th 265, Gary Martin,
WTCh TYTRI ROY,
Border Collie, D
Too many points to make up after missing out some of the track, Roy put on a great show on the manwork. Well done.
5th 230.5, Dean Woodcocks,
WTCh LAETARE LEFT IN THE DARK AT SANDAIS,
BC, B. Unfortunately Abi went out on the track. Qualified in all other sections - a super little bitch, well done