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Venue: Dunholme




Tracklayers: Steve Smith and Joe Craft

Steward: Fran Atkin


Many thanks to Chris Bell, Trials Manager, and the Society for asking me to judge. Trials secretary, Jenny Henton, was helped on the desk by Judy Meekings and Jean Morley. In the kitchen I saw Pat Quinn, Theresa Musgrave, Carol Grant and Vicky Gurnhill. Many thanks to you all. Huge thanks to Fran Atkin who once again stewarded all the stake.

There were 13 entries with 10 teams working. We started with nosework which was on very lush healthy crop. All tracks were expertly laid by Steve and Joe - thank you both very much. Only two dogs didn’t complete the track and eight dogs got all four square articles, the other two getting three.

One dog failed the stay, so there were seven dogs qualifying going into the control and agility, where another four failed to get qualifying marks

 1st Mike Williams, TADMARTON ELEANOR, Labrador, 194.5, Q. Handler and dog have a wonderful rapport. I am sure they are destined for the top.

2nd Irene Seymour, HAUSBAILEY KALAB, CDEx, GSD, 180.5, Q. Steady track but marks lost on corners, otherwise a tidy round.

3rd Hilary Mercer, STARDELL RANA, CDEx, BC, 175, Q. Article location on track was costly.

4th Judith Stamp, LITTLE MADAM MABELLINE, Cross, 185.5, NQ. Shame about the agility. Judith may believe Mabel on the track after this trial!




Tracklayers: Brian Page, Christine Stewart, Liz Warrior

Search Stewards: John Phillips and Irene Seymour

Scribes: Brian Page and Irene Seymour

 I would like to thank Chris Bell and the committee of Lincoln Society for the invitation to judge the WD Stake at this very well organised and friendly trial; everything seemed to run like clockwork from start to finish. The base staff consisted of Jenny, Jean and Judy, who made it look so easy; the kitchen staff were brilliant, nothing was too much trouble, with cakes and crumbles galore - thank you so much. The caravan site we stay at is superb, right next to the control show ground, and the meals at the Brown Cow were excellent - what more could a judge have?

The weather stayed reasonably good for early March, and the tracking land, which was well grown winter wheat, was excellent. There were 18 entries with 14 working and 4 teams qualified.

Many thanks to my tracklayers for putting the tracks out just as I asked, and for your company, and to my search stewards, John and Irene, for your company.

 1st Andy Fox with BC, STARDELL MUSCIDA, Kane, 191, Q. Very nice track followed by full point search square put this team in a good position. Well done!

2nd Carol Grant with BC, DREAGANTA ROB ROY, Robbie, 185, Q. Another good steady track, a bit of chewing etc in the square, but overall a nice round. Congratulations!

3rd Paul Morling with Cocker Spaniel, THORNEFLEET PAPRIKA, Oomie, 171.5, Q. What a busy little bee this dog is! Well done, Paul!

4th Dave Craven with WSD, QUIZ-IS SOMETHING SPECIAL, Quiz, 166.5, Q. Quiz found the track hard today, missing the first article, but went on to get four articles from square. Congratulations!

 Thank you all for entering under me, and good luck at your next trial.




Tracklayers: Brian Page, John Phillips

Search Steward: Richard Musgrave

Control Steward: Laura Bardwell

Patrol Steward: John Phillips

Scribe: Laura Bardwell

Criminals: Chris Trevor, Steve Lancashire, Tom Davis, Vic Snook


I would like to thank Lincolnshire Society for the invitation to judge the PD stake at their March 2014 trial. On a sad note, this was due to the unfortunate death of Jacqui Gibney; I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to her husband, Jim.

The weather for the three days was cool but dry, and on the whole very pleasant, as was the company of Chris Bell and his first class team, who could not have been more helpful, and there to satisfy every whim. I will not risk offending someone (by omission) so give my thanks to one and all.

All my team were first class and did all they could to ensure all the competitors got every opportunity to show their dogs to their best ability. Thanks also go to the competitors, who accepted my decisions in the manner we have come to expect in working trials.

A big thank you to all the above, you made my job easy.

 1st Alan Bexon and FLY BY NIGHT LAD, 273, Q. An excellent performance in all sections secured this team’s place. Congratulations, keep up your good work. Nosework 106, Control 32, Agility 20, Patrol Round 115.

2nd Manda McLellan and LITTLE TIGER, 271, Q. Another excellent performance in all sections, surely will soon have their day. 111, 29, 20, 111.

3rd Lee Payne and WTCh LITTLE ROUGH RHINESTONE, CDEx, TDEx, PDEx, 259.5, Q. Once again an excellent performance in all sections from this experienced team. 99, 33, 19.5, 108.

4th Alan Heatley and JOTUNHEIM TRUCKER, 256.5, Q. A creditable performance from this very inexperienced and nervous team, the only team to get any marks from the recall, well done. 85, 32, 19.5, 120.


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