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Stake: UD Nosework

Judge: Barrie James

Tracklayers: Andy Magyar, Dave Waite

Steward: Wendy Magyar

Thanks to MCGSDA for the invitation to judge this Stake. Thanks to Gary Talbot and his gang for running a very competent trial.

Thanks to the base crew, Jan Darby and Linda Newbold, for keeping everything running smoothly as usual.

When I decided on my track pattern I had in mind that the regulations state that the track should be approximately half a mile long. Usually this can be quite difficult in UD, where the track pattern does not want to be too complicated or with too many legs, especially if pushed for land availability. I had the luxury of having 150 x 150 yard track areas here so went for an 840 yard track with 12 legs.  Eleven dogs out of the twenty that worked got round the track within qualifying marks.  Unfortunately there were some teams that were not quite ready for competitive tracks yet and need a bit more work in their training.  The dogs that applied themselves from the start of the track had no trouble at all negotiating the pattern.  Five dogs got both articles.  The track articles were a 3" piece of cane and a piece of carpet 3’’ x 2". The search squares were very disappointing. Only four dogs got all four articles out of the square. All the articles were of a good size. Most dogs seemed to have been trained to run round in the square with their heads in the air and seemed to be having a good game and not searching at all.  It was the experienced handlers with their young dogs that showed how it should be done.  It was a pity the new, upcoming, handlers could not have watched these dogs working the squares.

Thanks to the tracklayers Andy and Dave, who both did a sterling job as usual.  Many, many thanks to Wendy for laying the squares, doing a marvellous job on both days.  All three were very good company over the two days.

1st Barry Gilbert with IATKA FOLLOW THAT STAR, Standard Poodle, D, 165.5, Q.  Freddie was sure and steady round the track today, unfortunately overshooting the last corner. Did a nice square to finish off a competent nosework round.  Experience showed.  Well done.

2nd Steph McBride with SMALE CALYPSO, Labrador, B, 163, Q.  Very much the same as above.  Kali did a good steady track but overshot the last corner. Again saved the nosework day with a good search square.  Another experienced handler showing how it should be done.  Well done.

3rd Hayley Phillipson with POPLARTIME MYSTICAL MUSIC, Great Dane, D, 162.5. Q.  This team impressed me on the track.  Boris really applied himself well and only a cast on a couple of corners cost marks.  Went over the first article, however. Did a reasonable search square, with three articles retrieved.  Well done.

4th Rosie Jones with DREGANTA GALLADUBH, Border Collie, B, NQ.  Got round the track with both articles, although Rosie got the first one, and four out of the square. Again, experience showed the way. Unfortunately, I believe did not qualify in the agility section.


Stake: PD


Tracklayers: Andy Fox and Andy Magyar

Control and Square Steward: Heather Cook

Patrol Steward: Linda Newbold

Criminals: Nigel Hines, Tom Davis, Malc Snowden, Andy Magyar

Many thanks to MCGSDA for the invitation to judge.  We were well looked after by Garry and his very efficient team.

To my tracklayers, Andy and Andy,  stewards, Heather and Linda,  and criminals,  Nigel, Tom, Malcolm, and Andy,  you all did everything as I wanted it, making it an easier day for me, - big thanks to you all.  Thanks also to Paul Morling and Baz for doing the run-through and helping us to set up - very much appreciated.

Lastly, thank you to the competitors for entering and accepting my decisions.  Hope you all enjoyed your day.

1st  Manda McLellan with ASTRA STORM, BC, Q.  Best nosework mark, recovering all articles.  This young dog is coming on nicely, just needs more experience in the patrol section.  Congratulations on qualifying and good luck in Ticket.  

2nd Dean Woodcock with LAETARE LEFT IN THE DARK, BC, NQ.  Unlucky, Dean, Abbi finding the jumps a bit too much today, preventing a qualification.  Not much else wrong, good luck in Ticket.

3rd Ruth Cahill with VOMKYNA BORUSS, GSD, NQ.  Well done Ruth, hope you enjoyed your first PD outing - Budd certainly did!   Good luck at your next one.

4th Rosie Jones with DREAGANTA DOUBLE DISTINCTION, BC, NQ.  Best control marks, super sendaway and nosework, unfortunately it all fell apart on the patrol section – unlucky, Rosie.  I hope you have got your breath back!  Good luck at the next one.

Also competed:

Lynne Davies with MISTER MISFIT MONGREL, X Breed, NQ.  Another one started off well with the nosework, but unfortunately went down hill from there.  Sorry you had one of those days Lynne!  Better luck next time.

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