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TRIALS MANAGER’S REPORT

The Championship Working Trial ran smoothly with the support of a super team of helpers.

We had some great judges; thanks to Lorna Cottier, TD, Linda Newbold, WD, Julia Findeisen, UD, and Barrie James, CD. I will leave the judges to thank their track layers and stewards.

Thanks must go to the farmers for the use of their land, and to Dot Levin for catalogues, useful lists and secretarial work. The food during the Trial was organised by Chris, David and Di. And thanks to Sue Ashby for organising all the helpers and marking out the land, John Wykes for getting all the land and arranging the equipment, and to David Barker, who also did the accounts.

At this point I must say a special thanks to Tom and Jan Darby - what would we do without them? To Jan for organising the base and never making a fuss, and to Tom for tracklaying all week and then on Sunday helping to put fridges, microwaves etc into Kate Payton’s van to be taken to Kate Wykes ready for the Open Trial - a big, big thank you.

The weather was reasonable for the whole week and all the Stakes ran successfully.

Last but not least I would like to thank the competitors for entering our Trial. I hope you all enjoyed the Trial as much as we enjoyed running it.

JULIE SKIPP

 

STAKE: CD

Judge: BARRIE JAMES

Stewards: John and Dot

Thanks to Leamington DTC for the invitation to judge the CD Stake. Thanks to Julia Skipp and her team for a well run trial; Jan on the table and doing the scores, Chris, David and Di providing the food.

With 40 dogs entered we had a steward putting out the squares ready for Dot to place the articles – thanks, John. Thanks to Dot Levin for very ably stewarding the rounds and placing the search square articles and also for putting up with me! The weather forecast was not very encouraging for the weekend but we did not do too badly - blustery Friday and Sunday, with strong winds and occasional showers on Saturday.

Overall the standard of dogs and handling was quite good. Out of the 40 entries 24 worked (I assume the weather forecast put some folks off), 11 gained CDEx and 2 gained CD, about a 50% success rate.

I set a very straight forward round. Squares articles were a 3” x 3” piece of pink felt, a 6” x 0.75” thin lollipop stick and a 3” x 2” braided material. Nearly all dogs qualified on the search square. Heelwork was on uneven ground and I made allowances for lots of thistles on the field. Sendaway was 75 yards slightly up hill over clear open ground to a small yellow cone. Again, most dogs had no difficulty with the exercise. Heelwork was disappointing with only a handful of dogs getting reasonable marks. Unfortunately jumps and stays took their usual toll of marks.

1st Jayne Sutherland with CANDLEWIND LA VENEZIANA, BC, B, 91.5. Nice competent handling. Very good heelwork, only lost a half point here. Excellent square; 3 articles for 19 points. Good recall and retrieve. Jumps could have been costly today but just had enough. Well done.

2nd Jan Sewell with BRYN OF HARWOOD DALE, WSD, D, 90.5. Clean, unfussy handling. Heelwork was costly today. 3 articles for 17 points in the search square. Excellent recall, retrieve, sendaway and jumps. Well done.

3rd Elizabeth de Unger with STYPERSON ROYCE, Lab Ret, D, 89. A steady round. Full point search square. Good heelwork, sendaway and recall. Points lost on the retrieve and long jump cost a higher place. Well done.

4th Jackie Lloyd with LITTLETHORN ROLLS ROYCE AT BROOKSBID, BC, D, 88.5. This handler is relatively new to trials and was perhaps a bit nervous in the heelwork. 3 articles for 18 points in the search square. Well handled later for full point recall, sendaway and jumps to save the day. Well done.

Also qualifying CDEx:

Donna Walker with ASTRA JAY, BC, D

Heather Donnelly with WOOLRAM LOTHARIO, BC, D

James Warrior with WARRIORS LITTLE ROSIE, Cross Breed, B

John Coley with MISTER ZAK, BC, Dog

Marie Dixon with THE GODWIT, Cross Breed, B

Linda Johnson with RAVEN HILL RORY, Cross Breed, D

Adrian Quick with LAWINICK SLOW N EASY, GSD, D

Qualifying CD:

Rachel Abbott with SQWUFFEE FENSTER, WSD, B

Patricia Harding with RUSHBOTTOM RIVEROTTER, GSD, D

Well done to all the competitors and to those who did not qualify this time, keep training - none of you are very far away from qualifying but remember to enjoy your dog and your training together!

 

STAKE: UD

Judge: JULZ FINDEISEN

Steward: Carole Hall

Tracklayers: Jennifer Speake and Ann Clarke (two days); Bob Shropshire and Anne Thorpe (one day)

Thank you to Leamington DTC for the invitation to judge at this friendly well run trial. The weather forecast was not good, but we were lucky and only suffered a couple of downpours while out in the fields. Julie Skipp does a great job running this trial, along with a great bunch of helpers. Thank you to Sue Ashby for allowing Carole and me to stay throughout the trial. Jan Darby did a great job in the base, managing all the scores and crowds booking in! Thanks also to Chris Gregory and David Barker for the supply of hot coffee and food throughout the trial. Carole did a fab job of stewarding and laying my squares and my tracklayers for the two days also did a fantastic job. Thank you to you all.

Tracking was on deepish rape, (ankle deep in places)! Track pattern below.

Track articles: 3” Green hose pipe and 3” x 3” cream lino (‘THE END’ written on). Square articles were; 2” x 2” beige carpet, 2” diameter wooden ring, 3” x 1” black car mat and 2” x 2” green scourer.

21 entries, 19 dogs worked.

1st Julie Atkins, GLENALPINE REG, CDEx, BC, D, 199, Q UDEx. Only losing one point on the nosework, this lovely young dog worked with style and enthusiasm. Finished with a fab full point C/A. You and Reg are going places Julie; well done and good luck for the future.

2nd Sheila Williams, WAGGERLAND TOCKEE, WSD, D, 197.5, Q UDEx. Again a lovely nosework round and half a point lost on control. Tockee tries so hard for you, he is lovely. Good luck for the future.

3rd Maeve Weselby, STYPERSON GILLIE, CDEx, UDEx, Lab D, 193 Q UDEx. Brilliant nosework. Gillie lost his way with the retrieve, but otherwise a lovely round. Good luck for the future.

4th Richard Musgrave, XANDOA SAM, BC, D, 192.5, Q UDEx. A lovely track from this team. Bits and pieces in control, but finished with full point jumps. Well done Richard, and good luck for the future.

Also Qualifying UDEx:

Kelly Chapman, TARNEDGE POSY, Lab, B, 192.5

Sheila Tannert, STYPERSON CLEO, CDEx, Lab, B, 191

Andrea Clark, BEINHARD YASKO, CDEx, GSD, D, 191

Chris Stewart, ANGELWISHES ARIEL OF NATURE, CDEx, Std Poodle, D, 190.5

Zoe Finlay, TRIJEM OCEANS BLURAIN WITH OVERDRIVE, CDEx, ASD D, 190

Pat Hodgkins, MERE MAGIC, CDEx, X-Breed, B, 189.5

Adrian Quick, LAWNICK SLOW N EASY, GSD, D, 187.5

Norma Ansell, GEFNI CAUGHT ON CAMERA, CDEx, GSD, D, 185

 

STAKE: TD

Judge: LORNA COTTIER

Tracklayers: Tom Darby, Len Newman (both 7 days), Pat Herbert (6 days), Sue Ashby (1 day)

Search Steward: Le Newman

C/A Steward: Pat Herbert

C/A Gate Steward: Kate Peyton

C/A day Dog Walker: Sue Ashby

Many thanks to Leamington for the invitation to judge - what a great bunch of folk to be with for 8 days. The weather forecast wasn’t good for the week ahead but we were blessed with mostly dry days and good conditions, with the exception of Saturday when I suspect most wished they had never got out of bed.

To Julie Skipp, Trials Manager; Sue Ashby, co-organiser and John Wykes, land arranger; many thanks for all your hard work before hand and during the trial.

Also thanks must go to David Barker, Chris and Di for their work in the catering, Jan Darby at Base and most especially to my brilliant helpers – apart from the fact that you all did a sterling job, you were terrific company and we had many great discussions and laughs.

Finally to my hosts, John and Kate, many thanks for making feel at home and for your lovely hospitality.

Nosework was on a mixture of winter wheat and rape. It wasn’t very long or thick but varied throughout our large field. Funnily enough, the teams seemed to find the winter wheat easier to track on than the much thicker rape.

Some dogs excelled in the tracking but then left an article in the search, perhaps not stepping up a gear when needing to.

31 out of an entry of 69 returned on Sunday to work the C/A. The test started with heelwork, clear jump, more heelwork, and long jump, the jumps being spaced out across the top section of the field. The handler then left their dog on a lead and held by the steward and walked with me to the sendaway pole where this exercise was explained to them. They then commanded their dog to speak and walked back towards the dog. Fast pace uphill to the scale were the final exercises.

Thanks to Kate’s organisation at the gate and Pat’s super stewarding, we were finished promptly early afternoon. Many thanks to all who entered – we saw some lovely rounds.

1st Gary Haim and WAGGERLAND DILEMMA, WSD, D. In amongst the 7 days of tracking there are a few teams that stay in your mind for one reason or another. This was one of them and for all the right reasons – top quality nosework and handled really well - especially the way the line was worked. Little to fault and they didn’t have the easiest of conditions to work in. Kept it all together in the C/A, earning Flynn a well deserved WTCh title. Many congratulations, best of luck at the KCC’s. Track 97/100, Art 30/30, Search 32.5/35, Cont 32/35, Agility 20/20; Total 211.5

2nd Diana Collie and Ir WTCh COLLIEWOOD BROWN EYES BLUE, WSD, B. I take my hat off to you Diana, there are few teams in TD that have been as consistent at qualifying and being placed. Perhaps a bit frustrating at being the bridesmaid again but hopefully luck will be on your side in the near future. You should be very proud of the way you have turned Krystal around and are putting in such quality rounds. Well done on the reserve ticket. (94.5, 30, 35, 30.5, 14.5) 204.5

3rd Dave Marchant and WTCh WAGGERLAND MURPHY, WSD, D. As ever, so strong in the nosework. Saved the C/A with a faultless sendaway and speak. Won the run off with Annie. (93.5, 30, 35, 30, 15) 203.5

4th Anne Thorpe and WTCh GLENALPINE IZZIE AT DALEMAIN, BC, B. Set the standard for the nosework at the start of the week and a very solid C/A ensured a well deserved placing. (91, 25, 35, 32.5) 203.5

Also qualifying TDEx:

Janette Sayer and VILLAGE KING, GSP, 203. What a brilliant C/A!

Stevi Boyall and WTCh STYPERSON LOMOND, Lab, 202

CC Guard and LENWORTH BERTRAM OF PHILKINDY, Lab, 201.5

Sue Jones and DURSTONE MELODY, WSD, 200

Nick Williams and SUNSHINE ANTIC, BC, 199.5

Jenny Miller and FOXFOLD CO-ALITION, X-Breed, 199

John Wykes and WTCh FLYNNTASTIC RED JAFF AT TARNFORCE, BC, 197.5

June Raymond and CANDLEWIND ROMULUS, BC, 196

Colin Ball and CONNEYWARREN TUCKER BOX, Lab, 195

Tony Lockyer and WT Ch DOUBLE TOP AT HARTSHILL, WSD, 194

Sheila Tannert and STYPERSON EBONY, Lab, 194

Wendy Beasley and WTCh GLENALPINE PHOEBE OF STARDELL, BC, 193.5

Nigel Hines and TYTRI KES OF BRYNSWOOD, BC, 192

Margo Brothwell and TANGHAM LITTLE RYAN, X-Breed, 190

Vana Moody and GLENALPINE SHEP, BC, 186

Qualifying TD:

Hilary Mercer and STARDELL INDI, BC, 174.5

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