Bretford, Championship Trial
Judge: ZOE FINLAY
Stewards: Julia Skipp and Gary Gibbard
Thanks to Leamington Dog Training Club for the appointment to judge the CD stake. Thanks to the Leamington team for all the organisation, Kate Wykes, Pat Herbert, Jane Sutherland and the rest of the Committee. Thanks as always to the ladies in the kitchen for keeping us well fed: Di Assheton-Bowtle, Jill Shrimpton and Dot Levin, also John and Kate Wykes on the base; and last but not least my two stewards, Julia Skipp on Friday and Gary Gibbard on Saturday. Thank you both, you did a great job. Thank you to the competitors for entering under me. I saw some fabulous teams work and I thoroughly enjoyed the privilege.
The weather was very kind to us as it had been quite extreme throughout the week. We had 24 entries, 16 ran with 5 qualifiers overall. Some teams were superb, some just had back luck and a few were not quite ready. There was just one mark splitting the first three dogs, first and third were litter mates, which I didn’t realise at the time. I was impressed with the standard of the search squares, especially on rape - this started us off nicely with 13 nosework qualifiers. Overall the control work was quite tidy to outstanding and just a couple of bad luck stories on stays. Jumps were the biggest stumbling block, with only half the dogs qualifying in the agility section. Only one dog got the full 20 marks here.
1st Sheren Perez and KAEFFER KAL, WSD, 96.5, Q CDEx. Kali only lost half a mark on the nosework, nice heelwork and a lovely sendaway. She was the only dog in the stake to get full marks on the jumps. Lovely tidy work from this team - a pleasure to judge. Well done, Sheren, and good luck working through the stakes.
2nd Susanne Jaffa and DITSY DOT, Crossbreed, 96.25, Q CDEx. A full mark nosework section, very clean and precise work by Dot. Lovely precise heelwork and another great sendaway, just the clear jump that cost you today. Again, a pleasure to judge - good luck in the tracking stakes, Susanne.
3rd Margaret Robinson and JUST ARRAN AT TRENTVALLEY, WSD, 95.75, Q CDEx. Yet another full mark nosework section, Arran really knew his job. Lovely heelwork, just a little over enthusiastic, but such a pleasure to watch this dog loving his work; and a good sendaway. Just a couple of minor marks lost on the long and scale but I’m sure Margaret’s experience will see this young boy through these little transgressions. I love him, Margaret, good luck through the stakes.
4th Pat Quinn and RASTWYKE RAPIDE, Lab Ret, 87.5, Q CDEx. Very tidy nosework from George and nice control. Just the long jump let you down today. Well done.
Also qualifying CDEx:
Wendy Donaldson and AMBERSLADE MARGARITA, ASD, 81.5
Judge: ZOE FINLAY
I think this is a lovely stake to judge, and I wasn’t disappointed on this occasion at all. We had a lovely mix of breeds and ages from 7.5 to 12.5, the winner being the oldest dog of the day. I set quite a straight forward track pattern with just two diagonals and four articles, hoping that all the dogs would get at least one reward, and hopefully all four. I’m pleased to say most dogs did. The search square had five articles but I only wanted four out; again, most of the dogs obliged here too.
1st Diana Stephens and MAESTRO THE POCKET ROCKET, Cross Breed aged 12.5, 170/175. Oh my goodness, this little dog certainly lives up to his name. Maestro whizzed round the track, hardly putting a paw out of place; I struggled to take any marks off his tracking. I never had the privilege to watch this dog work prior to today, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved his articles too. Well done, Diana, thank you.
2nd Gail Gwesyn-Price and CONCENN XCEL, CDEx - WDEx, GSD aged 10, 166/175. Steadier pace but good accurate tracking and a very nice square. Exactly the same marks in each exercise as Christine and Duncan, but I awarded Kevin 2nd place for better holds on the articles. Well done, Gail.
3rd Christine Stewart and BELDORM DUNCAN, TDEx, Std Poodle aged 10.5, 166/175. Nice accurate tracking from Duncan with only one sticky point. Good square; well done, Christine.
4th Suzanna Hough with TRICK OF THE TRADE, WSD aged 7.5, 164/175. Just a bit of excessive checking on the corners, otherwise a lovely track from Dessie and one of the best squares. Well done.
Judge: NORMA ANSELL
Search / Control Steward: Kate Peyton
Tracklayers: Sue Ashby, Roger Shrimpton
Thanks to LDTC for the invitation to judge the Working Dog stake at their Championship Trial. Thanks also to Kate, Sue and Roger for all their help over the three days.
We started with control in the mornings and I must confess that I found the standard quite low, especially as TD is the next step up. The ones that were good were very good, but basic control was sadly lacking in some partnerships. Strangely, the return over the scale caused quite a few problems, for no reason that we could see.
Tracking was on rape and conditions were good, a bit breezy at times and quite chilly, as expected for November. Article recovery was fair for both track and search, with no particular article causing any major problems.
1st Kevin Johnson with VOMKYNA ECHO, GSP, 186.5, WDEx. Isla seemed to cope with Kevin’s handling style; very motivated, lovely control round, but search square needs some improvement. Well done on your first attempt at Championship WD.
2nd F and R Veazey’s JANALLEN BAKARI, BSD, 161.5, WDEx. A touch untidy on the track and only one article but good control and agility. Well done.
3rd Mrs Judy Meekings with LAURINCO RED SKYE AT WINDLEBROOK, Lab, 147.5, WD. Already got WDEx; a powerhouse of a dog but sadly only two out of the square cost him today.
4th Mrs Rosemary Turner with KHAMYSKER KALAMITY KATE, GSD, 145, WD. Another case of ‘if only’ - one off the track and two out of the square, but will do better.
Before closing I would like to congratulate Gary Atkins and Pete on winning the Ticket, Pete’s first I believe.
Judge: JUDITH OWENS-POOLE
Tracklayers: Tom Darby, Pat Herbert, Julie Atkins
Square and C/A Steward: Jeff Poole
Stay Stewards: Pat Herbert, Jane Sutherland, Kate Peyton, Wendy Magyar
Base: Jan Darby, John Wykes, Kate Wykes
Many thanks to Leamington Dog Training Club for the invitation to judge my first Ticket, it really has been an honour to be invited. Thank you to Jane Sutherland, Trials Manager, for all your hard work before and during the trial. A special thank you to John and Kate Wykes for your hospitality - it’s our second home.
To my steward and tracklayers - what can I say? I could not have asked for a better group of helpers, you were all fantastic company and did a brilliant job, thank you so much for giving up your time.
Thank you to Jan Darby, doing a great job in base as always. On the Wednesday we were all concerned when Jan was taken ill and Tom decided to take her home. We hope you are well on the mend, Jan, and we will see you again soon.
To everyone in the kitchen, Dot, Kate, Di and Jill, who kept us well fed and watered each day, thank you so much. And lastly a really big thank you to the farmers for the use of their land.
We had seven days of tracking, which was on corn; the weather was very mixed and we had a change in climate practically every day - frost, wind, rain, sunshine. This did play quite a part in the nosework results.
1st and CC, Gary Atkins and GLENALPINE PETE, CDEx – WDEx, BC, 212.5, Q TDEx. Well done, Gary and Pete. Super track and square on the first day to put them into the lead and that’s where they stayed all week, so the pressure was on for Sunday. A very tidy C/A secured their TDEx and first ticket. Congratulations, Gary (and Julie). Track 97 + 30, Square 34.5, Control 31, Agility 20.
2nd and Reserve CC, Jane Wood and LUDGATE POWER ‘N’ GLORY, CDEx – TDEx, BC, 210.5, Q TDEx. A nice steady track from this team, well done. A very good C/A round pulled them up to take the reserve. Well done again. 96.5 + 30, 32, 32, 20.
3rd Sue Ashby and WTCh THE TITAN, WSD, 208.5, Q TDEx. Well done Sue, another solid round from this consistent team. 96.5 + 30, 31.5, 31.5, 19
4th Tony Lockyer and WTCh LAWINICK COME N GET IT AT HARTSHILL, CDEx – TDEx, GSD, 207.5, Q TDEx. Another team that is so consistent and always in the running at the moment, well done Tony. 94.5 + 30, 33.5, 29.5, 20
Also qualifying TDEx:
Andy Baker and WTCh SID THE LEMON SQUEEZER, 207
Diane Ling and WTCh DEBEN LITTLE TOM, 207
Julie Skipp and ZAK OF SKIPAWAY, CDEx – TDEx, 206
Gary Haim and WTCh WAGGERLAND DILEMMA, CDEx – TDEx, 200
Barry Gilbert and GLENALPINE COSWORTH, 197.5
Maeve Weselby and STYPERSON GILLIE, 196
Jill Carruthers and WTCh VOMKYNA DARCA, 191
Tony Orchard and WILLOWY WHISPER OF TADMARTON, CDEx – TDEx, 191
Tracey Park and WAGGERLAND TYNE, CDEx – TDEx, 188.5
Dave Olley and WTCh LITTLE RAYMOND, CDEx – TDEx, PDEx, 188. Best Control Round Trophy
Wendy Beasley and STARDELL LUNAR, 181
Jeny Miller and FOXFOLD UNEXPECTED EDITION, OW, CDEx – WDEx, 181
Thank you to all competitors, I thoroughly enjoyed watching you and your dogs work the test. Best of luck to you all at future trials.