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Trials Manager’s report

The annual Working Trials held at Pailton attracted a good number of entries for each stake: 85 in TD, 22 in UD and 30 in CD.   As this was my first attempt as Trials Manager I was concerned that I had taken on more than I could manage, however with the support of a super team of helpers it ran very smoothly.

We had some great Judges. Thanks to Nigel Hines TD, Ann Shepherd UD, Lol ‘man flu’ Campbell (which he generously shared with us) CD. I will leave the Judges to thank their tracklayers and stewards.

Thanks must go to the farmers for the use of their land, and to the sponsors, TPMS, for their super donations. Thanks also to Jan Derby and Sue Ashby for base stewarding, to Zoe Finlay for catalogues and useful lists, to Dottie Levin for secretarial work and food during the trial, and also thanks to the catering helpers Di, Sue Jones and Zoe. To Sue Ashby again (what would I do without her?) for organising all the helpers and marking out the land, John Wykes for getting all the land and arranging the equipment, David Barker for the accounts, Kate Payton for CD base steward and Jackie Gibney for writing the certificates.

The weather was good for the whole week; a little drop of rain on Tuesday seemed to have an effect on the tracking - but then came Sunday. CD second day, Control and Agility for TD, and it rained and it rained and then it snowed - but that did wait until evening. Our poor judges and stewards had to suffer the wet and cold, and I thank them for their endurance.

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


Steward: Linda Newbold – you did a brill job, thank you, Linda.

Thanks to the Society for the appointment to judge CD. Thanks also to Kate and John Wykes for the accommodation and to the competitors for the pleasure of judging you and your dogs. Finally, thanks to Trials Manager Julie Skipp and her team for making me so welcome.

Saturday was fine and sunny, with no wind, but Sunday was awful – rain, wind, sleet…

1st     Rosemary Elliott and WINDMILLS MISTER SOFTEE, WSD, Qual, 91.5. A pleasure to watch, they worked very well throughout the test. Well done.

2nd   Jenny Orchard and WILLOW WHISPER, Lab, Qual 86.5. A busy little dog who works better when slowed down. Well done.

3rd   Rosemary Elliott and WINDMILLS IRON WILL, WSD, Qual, 86. A very steady dog. Well done.

4th    Paul Adams and GLENALPINE MEG, BC, Qual, 86. She really tries hard for you, Paul, but some work needed on the jumps. Well done.

Also qualifying CDEx:

Eric Carpenter and HEX AT CARFELD, BC, 85.5

Mary Drewitt and LAWINICK RIOJA, GSD, 85.5


Allyson Tohme and JAKE AT JOTENHEIM, GSD, 80.

Qualifying CD:

Ruth Cahill and VOMKYNA BORUSS, GSD, 70.


Stake: UD


Tracklayers: Jacqui Gibney and Zoe Finlay

Steward: Jane Webb

Many thanks to Leamington DTS for inviting me to judge at their Championship trial. My thanks go to Julie, the trials manager, Jan at the base, Kate and Jacqui for doing the scores and certificates, and Dot for doing the food and drinks.

Jacqui and Zoe laid the tracks as I instructed and Jane was my steward for the nosework and C/A. Excellent, as one would expect, put everyone at ease, and even agreed with my marking – well, most of it!

We were very lucky with the weather, as both days were cold but fine. We were entertained by some really excellent tracking, which was on winter wheat. The first article (a piece of rubber) was missed by several dogs, but all that got round got the end one, which was a nice piece of carpet. The searches on the whole were well done. The articles were a piece of green scourer, a lolly stick, a piece of rubber and a plastic top.

I was quite impressed by the standard of the C/A. Thanks to all the competitors for allowing me the opportunity of judging your dogs. I really enjoyed this couple of days.

1st     Lynne Baker and AQUACADIAN BLACK AZELL, Lab Ret, D. A very keen dog, well handled by Lynne, lost 4 on the track, and recovered all the articles on the track and in the search. Just lost odd marks on the control, with full mark jumps. Very well done. 189.5, Qual.

2nd   Ann Clarke and STYPERSON QUINCEY, Lab Ret, D. Another keen lab well handled. Also lost 4 on the track and recovered all the articles on the track and search. The second attempt on the long jump cost you first place today, Ann, but well done. 188.5, Qual.

3rd   Eleanor Mestraud and WOLFHART FIRENFUL IDES, GSD, B. A good track, losing 5, but Eleanor had good eyesight recovering the first article. Found 4 in the search. Excellent control round, losing just 1.5, and full mark agility. Well done. 186, Qual.

4th    Donna Walker and FFIGLINA OBERON, Dalmatian, D. One of the best tracks, only losing 2, recovering both articles and all 4 from the square. Heelwork let you down a bit today, and he needed a second attempt on the long jump. Lovely to see a different breed doing so well. Well done. 186, Qual.

Also qualifying UDEx:

Nick Williams and SUNSHINE ANTIC, WSD, B, 185.5

Sue Lawrie and LAZARUS MARSH MEDLAR, WSD, D, 183.5

Julia Findeisen and TOLBERG JUMPING JACK, GSD, D, 181.5

Linda Newbold and COLLIEWOOD DANCING BRAVE, WSD, D, 181.5

Pat Williams and SUNSHINE PIP, XB, B, 180

Jain Douglas and ROTHIEVALE CIARA, Lab Ret, B, 179

Mrs S Austin and ShCh GHYLLBECK ANTHELLIS OF ISHEEKA, Large Munsterlander, D, 174.5

Paul Adams, GLENALPINE MEG, BC, B, 168


Stake:  TD


Tracklayers:  Tom Darby, Len Newman, Roger Shrimpton, Norma Ansell, Maurice Cooke, Lol Campbell

Steward:  June Hines.  

Firstly, I must apologise for the lateness of this report.  Secondly, thanks to the Leamington Committee for the invitation to judge the TD stake at this very popular trial.  Special thanks to Julie Skipp, who did a first class job of being Trials Manager; you wouldn’t have known it was her first attempt and I think she has probably secured the post permanently.  Julie had an excellent team working with her and I would like to thank all of them for their hard work, ensuring that everything ran like clockwork.

My tracklayers were Tom Darby, Len Newman (both of whom covered all 7 days tracking), Roger Shrimpton (3 days), Norma Ansell, Maurice Cooke and Lol Campbell.  Thanks for your company and your dedication, ensuring that all the competitors had a fair chance.  June stewarded the squares and the control.

We had 72 entries so tracking started on the Sunday and finished the following Saturday.  During the week, there was sharp frost in the mornings then varying between sunshine, rain and wind. The morning tracks seemed to be the more successful.  I set an open plan track with the first three legs each 180 yards long.  A few competitors lost marks here as their dogs were maybe not used to such long legs and did quite a bit of casting.

The control day was horrible, to say the least, with non-stop rain and wind from start to finish but I was pleased to see 37 competitors returning to have a go.  I saw some excellent rounds; we lost 4 dogs in the stays (obviously didn’t want to lie around in the rain) and the jumps took their usual toll for others.  Well done to the qualifiers - and to the non-qualifiers, I’m sure the awful weather was much to blame.

1st WTCh STYPERSON BRIAR, CDEx-TDEx,Lab Ret, B, handled by Sheila Tannert, 214.5, Q TDEx.  What can I say?  Another brilliant success for these two!

2nd  WTCh CAFCOLL RON, CDEx-TDEx,BC, D, handled by Gary Atkins, 214, Q TDEx.  So close to the winning mark and a superb all-rounder.  Well done.

3rd WTCh TYTRI LACE OF TRENTVALLEY,BC, B, handled by Margaret Robinson, 213.5, Q TDEx.  Again, the marks were so close.  Well done, Margaret.

4th BELDORM DUNCAN, TDEx, Std Poodle, D, handled by Christine Stewart, 206, Q TDEx.  Duncan put in a consistent performance in all the exercises.  Well done.

Also qualifying TDEx:

FLYNNTASTIC RED JAFF OF TARNFORCE, CDEx-TDEx, BC, D, handled by John Wykes, 205.5

GLENALPINE JED CDEx-TDEx, BC, D, handled by Jean Howells, 204

LATCHETS BOSS, CDEx-TDEx, GSD, D, handled by Jeff Poole, 202.5

WTCh GLENALPINE PHOEBE OF STARDELL, CDEx-TDEx, PDEx, BC, B, handled by Wendy Beasley, 201.5

STYPERSON TAY, CDEx-TDEx, Lab Ret, B, handled by Maeve Weselby, 201

ELECAMPANE SPRUCE, CDEx-TDEx, Lat Ret, D, handled by Paula Harvey, 200

SLIEVE CLINKER, CDEx-TDEx, BC, B, handled by Pat Middleton-Smith, 199.5

Ir WTCh FIRCROFT DOON, CDEx-TDEx, PDEx, BC, B, handled by Judith Owens-Poole, 199

GLENALPINE IZZIE AT DALEMAIN, CDEx-TDEx, BC, B, handled by Anne Thorpe, 198

OH MY KKATIE, CDEx-TDEx, XB, B, handled by Liz Warrior, 193.5

HOLLY COLLIE, WSD, B, handled by Rosemary Woods, 189

WTCh JOLLY JILL, CDEx-TDEx, WSD, B, handled by Pat Herbert, 187

HEATHERMARK VIXEN, CDEx-TDEx, GSP, B, handled by Deborah Meade, 178.5

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