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Venue: Dunholme

Trials Manager’s Report

Another trial under our belts and I would like to thank all my helpers for making this another successful trial. Well done to you all - you were brilliant.

The kitchen staff of Bob, Annie and Jenny did a great job as usual, keeping everyone well fed and watered. To my other half Janet for being Trials Secretary and Base Steward, and all the work she does before and after the trial - a special thank you. To the judges Glenys Page, Tracey Park, Ray Lea and Chris Bell, thanks for being such good company and being easy to work with. All the judges set good tests. A special thanks to Glenys Page for taking over as CD and C/A Judge at short notice. Unfortunately Stephanie McBride had to withdraw from judging the CD and C/A due to a knee injury - all at Lincoln wish her a speedy recovery.

Many thanks to the farmers for supplying the land, they certainly came up trumps again, finding us plenty of fields to work and fall back on. Thanks again to the Lincolnshire Showground for letting us use the car park for the control.

A big thank you to Joan and Malcolm Snowden for all their help, putting up helpers, Janet and myself.

I hope the competitors enjoyed the trial. Congratulations to those who qualified and the best of luck next time for those that didn't.

Jim Sewell


Stake: CD and UD, WD Control and Agility

Judge: Glenys Page

Steward: Rita Shields (Fri), Joan Snowden (Sat/Sun)

Thank you to the committee for the invitation to judge at this friendly trial, well run by Jan and Jim Sewell. Many thanks to Annie, Bob and Jenny in the kitchen, keeping me well supplied with food and drink. My stewards did a great job, keeping the competitors happy by not having to wait around too long.

UD, WD: the test started with heelwork, then retrieve, and sendaway. The WD sendaway was 90 paces to cross-poles, UD 50 paces to a small flag in the hedge. I saw some very good sendaways, and some who were not quite ready to compete. Second attempts at the jumps were allowed in UD, one of the handler’s choice in WD. There was a lot of man-handling of dogs in both stakes – it looks a lot better if you can control your dog without pulling it about between the jumps.

Thanks to all of you for entering.

CD Stake:

1st     CoM, 92, Ruth Cahill with BUD. A big Shepherd with lots of motivation, who worked very well with his experienced handler. Well done.

2nd   CoM, 84.5, Jenny Orchard with WILLOW. Same marks as the winner after the nosework; shame about the scale, but still had enough marks to qualify.

3rd   NQ, Sandra Dearing with DAZ

4th    NQ, I Bocock with WILLOW

UD Stake:

1st     CoM, 193, Vana Moody with GLENALPINE SHEP. Good round, worked the sendaway out well. Congratulations.

2nd   CoM, 191, Ruth Cahill with BUD. Another nice round. You had a good day – worth the journey to Lincoln.

3rd   CoM, 190, Graham Brumpton with TAFFY. Good round, a pity about the long jump – success there would have won the stake, but I’m sure you’re still very pleased with his performance.

4th    CoM, 184.5, Paul Morling with NIPPER. Best control round, lovely to watch. Sort out your stay and you’ll do well with your dog. Congratulations.

Also qualified:

Jan Vallack with REBA, 187.5. You were very, very pleased when she did the scale. Congratulations.

WD Stake:

1st     CoM, 188, Eleanor Francis with ROCKY OF MINE, Lab. Nice control round. Congratulations and good luck in Championship.

2nd   CoM, 186, Linda Newbold with COLLIEWOOD DANCING BRAVE, WSD. Another nice round – well done.

3rd   CoM, 185, Gill Armstrong with SAPPHIRE TYG, ACD. This dog amazed me how it jumped so easily and consistently, for a small stocky breed. Well done.

4th    CoM, 182, Tony Orchard with GOODREST SKYE OF TADMARTON, Lab. I thought the heelwork was brilliant, just what Working Trials heelwork should be. Congratulations.

Also qualified:

182, Jain Douglas with ROTHIEVALE CIARA, Lab


172, Eleanor Mestraud with WOLFHART FIRENFUL IDES, GSD

166.5, Sylvia Austin with ShCh GHYLLBECK ANTHEMIS OF ISHEERA, Large Munsterlander


Stake: UD nosework


Tracklayers: Andrea Lynd and Alan Davies

Square Steward: Ann Davies

Firstly, many thanks to Lincoln Society for inviting me to judge the UD nosework. Also thanks to my two tracklayers, who did a first class job, and to my square steward who laid every square to perfection and was also great company over the two days. Thank you to you all, much appreciated. Trials manager Jim Sewell, base Jan Sewell and kitchen staff (Bob Carter, Annie Edwards, Jenny (Joan Snowdon's sister) - thanks to you all. I recommend this society and its many helpers to anyone; they are very friendly, helpful, and boy can they drink!

Tracking was on a small growth of winter corn. Weather was wet first thing, then dried up, but remained cold and windy throughout the day. Track articles were 4" green hose and 3" x 2" blue carpet, and square articles were a lolly stick, 4" x 4" white piece vertical blind, black and white plastic scoobie and a green milk carton top.

There were 19 entries and 18 ran.

1st     Q, 193, Vana Moody and GLENALPINE SHEP, BC, Dog. Vana and Ziga only lost 1.5 on their nosework. Their track was simply first class and I wished everyone had been there to see it. Well done, Vana you’re a star. Also won best nosework trophy.

2nd   Q, 191, Ruth Cahill and VOMKYNA BORUSS, GSD, Dog. Another extremely good track. He's really strong, Ruth. You just keep hanging on to the end of your line coz you're doing just great. Well done.

3rd   Q, 190, Graham Brumpton and TAFFY GO LUCKY, Cross, Dog. This dog's concentration on his track was simply first class. Well done Graham, I think you should do more trials with him - he enjoys it.

4th    Q, 184.5, Paul Morling and VONGRAF KAGUL, GSD, Dog. Another brilliant track - nice and steady. Well done Paul. Would have had run off with 1st place for nosework trophy, but didn't have his dog with him on the last day, but nevertheless is entitled to share the glory.

Also Qualified:

182.5, D. Curren and ANSONA BRIGADIER, SRHP, Dog. Well done

182.5,     Jan Vallack and KENMILQUIN CROWN IMPERIAL, Lab/Ret, Bitch. Well done.

To those that qualified well done, to all the rest that didn't - time for a little but more hard work, but you will get there. Thank you for accepting my decisions gracefully.


WD Nosework:

Judge: RAY LEA

Tracklayers: Trevor Smith, Jeff Ball

Stewards: Shirley Frankcom (2 days), Jenny Clarke (1 day)

First of all, a big thank you to the committee of Lincoln GSD & AB Society for the invitation to judge WD nosework at their open trial. To Jim and Jan Sewell, thank you for looking after me throughout the trial. To my tracklayers, Trevor Smith and Jeff Ball, you were both brilliant and such good company throughout the trial; and special thanks to Trevor for the early tracks. I was also blessed with two super search stewards – both laying squares for the first time at a trial, and they never put a foot wrong, and were able to walk straight in to recover any articles not found by the dogs. This society has just found two new search stewards. Well done, and thanks for your very good company. Thanks to Jan for doing the base, and to Bob and his staff in the kitchen for keeping us fed and watered throughout the trial.

The trial started on the Friday with a bright but windy and very cold day, and this seemed to take its toll, as first one and then another didn’t manage more than half way round the track. Then, late in the afternoon, we had success, followed by a second, but ended the day with only one qualifier. Saturday started with a shower, just to put some life in the ground, and it was a lot warmer; we had a lot more success, but, alas, we still only finished with two qualifiers. Sunday again started with a shower of rain, and then, oh boy, were we in for a treat – teams were finding it easy. You wonder why there was such a big difference in a couple of days.

Tracking was on stubble, and the articles were a green cartridge and a 3” x 1” piece of car door seal. Search articles were a black cap, 3” purple wire, 3” x 1” red plastic tape and a 3” x 1” piece of green underlay.

1st     Eleanor Francis with ROCKY OF MINE, Lab, 188. Got lost on the way to the track, but found their way round the track with ease. Well done.

2nd   Linda Newbold with COLLIEWOOD DANCING BRAVE, WSD, 186. Went round the track on rails - fabulous to watch. This team will go a long way. Won the best nosework trophy. Well done.

3rd   Gill Armstrong with SAPPHIRE TYG, ACD, 185. Very well done, Gill. Nice steady track, well handled.

4th    Tony Orchard with GOODREST SKYE OF TADMARTON, Lab, 182. Tracked on Friday when the going seemed to be tough. Well done

Also qualified:

Jain Douglas with ROTHIEVALE CIARA, Lab, 182


Eleanor Mestraud with WOLFHART FIRENFUL IDES, GSD, 172

Sylvia Austin with ShCh GHYLLBECK ANTHEMIS OF ISHEERA, Large Munsterlander, 166.5

Thank you to everyone who entered the trial, and for allowing me to judge you. Good luck to you all in the future.


Stake: PD


Tracklayers: Lol Campbell, Paul Morling

Steward: Linda Newbold

Criminals: John Phillips, Paul Morling, Lol Campbell

The Sunday was bright, clear and fine, unlike the first two days of the trial. The tracking was on winter wheat with about 2” to 3” of growth. All the dogs tracked, but not all qualified. The searches were laid out by Linda, and all the dogs found all the articles. The C/A caused a few problems, mainly poor sendaways, and there was some movement in the down stay.

The patrol round in the afternoon started with the test of courage, leading on to the recall – only one dog did this successfully. The quarter and search was well done in general, but the escort and attack on handler caught out some dogs. The last exercise, the chase, was well done by all the dogs, but not all got full marks.

1st     Malc Snowden with FLYNNTASTIC JUST JAY, 262.5, Q. A very good round of PD, and a worthy winner.

2nd   Lynn Davies with MISTER MISFIT MONGREL, NQ. This dog did the best track, but failed the recall.

3rd   Bill Richardson with CAPER KALI, NQ. This dog did the best bites today, but failed the recall.

4th    Terry Austin with GHYLLBECK NIMBOSTRATUS, NQ. This dog will have better days, when his patrol work improves.

My thanks to all the competitors for the way in which they competed all day, on what was a more exacting and longer test than they and their dogs are maybe used to in PD Open.

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